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Call for Proposals:
Digital Technology Initiative Seed Grants
Submission deadline: Sunday, May 11, 2014
The Digital Technology Center is seeking proposals from
University of Minnesota faculty members for seed projects in the following
areas of digital technology:
- Signal Processing and Machine Learning
- Wireless Communications and Networking
- Big Data and Energy Informatics
- Robotics and Computer Vision
- Graphics and Visualization
- Digital Storage Systems
Proposals should promote and foster DTC interdisciplinary and interdepartmental excellence in research. Proposals should also document how the seed funds will facilitate larger efforts toward securing external funding on the proposed topics.
The DTI grant program requires that each proposal team include at least one DTC-associated faculty member, not necessarily as the PI. By accepting an award, investigators agree to seek follow-on DTC support from external sources and that all follow-on grants will be submitted through DTC administration.
The upper limit for support per DTI grant is $80,000. Proposals requesting less than the maximum are acceptable, and all proposed costs must be well justified. Up to 4 awards will be granted this year. The exact number of awards will depend on the submissions received and the funds available. These one-year seed grants may be used to support graduate students, research associates, travel that facilitates collaborations, workshops related to the project, PI salary (up to 20% buy-out time during one academic semester or one-half summer month), or other justifiable expenses.
The DTC will host a DTI Project Forum on Friday, April 4, 2014 (3:30-5:00 pm). The forum will feature posters and short presentations from the 2013-2014 DTI awardees. Individuals or teams interested in applying for the 2014 round of awards should attend this forum to learn more about the projects and the award process. Proposals funded in previous years are documented on the DTC website.
All proposals must be led by a University of Minnesota faculty member. Each proposal team must include at least one DTC-associated faculty member. Each UMN faculty member is limited to submitting one proposal per year as principal investigator. There is no limit to the number of proposals a UMN faculty member can submit as a co-investigator.
Proposal submission and deadline:
Deadline for submissions is Sunday, May 11, 2014. Proposals must be submitted electronically as a single file (PDF or Word format) to Jeremy R. Jenkins:
Proposals must contain the following:
- Name, home department, and contact information for Principal Investigator
- Names, home departments, and contact information for other investigator(s)
- Project title
- Brief abstract (300 word limit)
- Description of project or event (2 page limit)
- Budget and budget justification (2 page limit)
- Follow-on proposal summary for planned external funding (1 page limit)
- Current curriculum vitae (2 page limit; NSF style)
Proposals that exceed length limits may be dismissed without review.
DTI awards are made within the University. No indirect or F&A costs will be charged. Proposals should not be submitted through Sponsored Project Administration (SPA); a PRF is not required.
Proposals will be peer-reviewed by a panel appointed by and including the DTC Director. No review panelist will be involved in any 2014 DTI proposals. Proposals will be selected on the basis of the quality of the proposed project, the impact of the proposed project in promoting the DTC mission, the reasonableness of the budget, the extent to which the project involves interdisciplinary research, and the case made for follow-on external funding opportunities. Educating students and post-doctoral associates for high-technology careers continues to be part of the DTC mission and may be considered in the review. As part of the review process, finalists are required to meet with the DTC Director to discuss the proposal’s project objectives and plans for external funding.
Award notification will be made by June 7, 2014.
Funds will be available no later than July 1, 2014, and will remain available through June 30, 2015. Funds not spent by June 30, 2015, will revert to the DTC unless an extension is granted by the DTC Director.
Jeremy R. Jenkins, DTC Assistant Director for Programs and Facilities
(firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-625-4104).