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ILSDI Seed Funding - Phase I

Developing Working Themes for the ILSDI

Call for Proposals - May 2015

This phase will fund 4–5 proposals for up to $5,000 per proposal. Funds will be used to convene and coordinate seminars or colloquia that engage multi-disciplinary teams from across campus in translating the overarching goals of the ILSDI into well defined and articulated working themes. Each funded group will develop a white paper, which outlines a working theme, as will as identify and define specific questions, issues, and opportunities at the cutting-edge of research and development related to their theme. The white paper will build on or launch a number of seminars that would enable lead participants to expand on their ideas into research, development, and/or design proposals for internal and/or external funding.

Phase II. Grant Development and Pilot Projects: Call for Proposals - January 2016

The themes generated by Phase I awardees have framed the Phase II call for proposals. Two types of proposals will be funded:

  • Type I Grant Development Projects: The target is to fund 4 proposals for up to $15,000 per proposal. Funds will be used to convene and support a multi- or trans-disciplinary team with promising preliminary findings in hand who are ready to plan, develop, and submit at least one large-scale proposal for external funding.
  • Type II Pilot or Proof-of-Concept Projects: The target is to fund 2 proposals for up to $40,000 per proposal. Funds will be used by multi- or trans-disciplinary teams that will benefit from a period of development and/or specific pilot research to generate sufficient findings to position the team for competitive external proposal submission. Type II project activities will be conducted in two stages:
    • Stage I (six months or less) will convene and support the conduct of specified development and/or research activities.
    • Stage II will be used to plan, develop, and submit at least one large-scale proposal for external funding.