GVU / IPaT Engagement Grants

Application Deadline: Wednesday, Aug 1 2018, 5pm

The GVU Center and Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) announce the call for proposals for Engagement Grants for 2018-2019. This year we are doing something new. We are focusing on Engagement Grants to build new collaborations and strategic plans for new research areas and programs. We will support up to five teams. Proposal details should cover (a) description of a strategic area, (b) a list of key academic / research faculty, (c) a plan spanning the fall and spring semester to convene cross-disciplinary discussions including GT faculty and outside potential partners, and (d) a cross disciplinary list of leaders who will guide the engagement grant.

The goal of this program is to engage researchers in thinking and working across disciplinary boundaries, as a means to generate the novel research questions and approaches required to address grand challenges. Initial budgets for the two semester engagement grants should be limited to $5K.

This program is designed to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration by funding activities, which support the seeding of these synergistic research-focused relationships. Preference will be given to teams that are intentional about broadening participation.

What we fund:
  • The cultivation of new interdisciplinary research partnerships
  • Travel to visit key partners and to bring key partners and expertise to Georgia Tech
  • Ideation sessions
  • Faculty-led discussions and seminars
  • Other innovative activities which expand the circle of interdisciplinary thought and research

In early November, we will meet with these planning groups. During that time, they will have the opportunity to propose a focused research activity to help propel the strategic research area forward. Possibilities include running a pilot experiment, developing a prototype or needed tool, data gathering, a series of community engagement activities and creating a public facing installation.

We will fund up to three research activities for the spring semester to amplify the continued activities of the engagement grants.

We seek bold new work that by its preliminary nature would be difficult to fund through ordinary channels. Preference will be given to early-stage ideation and research with a high probability of leading to extramural funding, and with a strong interdisciplinary component.

GRANTEE RESPONSIBILITIES
If you receive a grant, you must:
  • Present your planned work at an introductory GVU brown bag panel in the fall, present your final results at at a GVU brown bag panel the following spring, and present at the fall or spring IPaT Townhall.
  • Complete a community white paper describing the emergent research area, its importance strategically for GVU/IPaT/GT, and a 3-5 year plan for building this area going forward.
  • Maintain a project web page that describes the proposed work, outcomes, etc.,
  • Acknowledge GVU and IPaT  support for the project in any talks, papers, proposals, or other outreach based on the project.
  • Aim to acquire additional funding for parallel and subsequent research activities and notify us about these efforts.
  • All funds must be spent by the end of the spring semester.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION
The proposal should be submitted as a single PDF document no more than three pages in length, and should describe: (a) description of a strategic area, (b) a list of key academic / research faculty, (c) a plan spanning the fall and spring semester to convene cross-disciplinary discussions including GT faculty and outside potential partners, (d) a cross disciplinary list of leaders who will guide the engagement grant, (e) a clear description of how the grant will enable subsequent external funding (if appropriate), and (f) an outline of the required budget (please do not include overhead in your budget). Please let us know in your proposal if you require administrative staff time or other resources from GVU and IPaT.

Proposals must be submitted to gvu@cc.gatech.edu by Aug 1. Awards will be announced in the summer and will be posted on GVU and IPaT home pages. Late submissions cannot be considered.

PROPOSAL REVIEW CRITERIA AND AWARD
An interdisciplinary committee will review the submissions on the basis of merit, originality, plans for furthering the collaboration through external funding, synergy with GVU and IPaT themes and activities, and the degree of interaction between different disciplines and between the faculty members from the different academic units.

Preference will be given to proposals that span at least two different academic units (e.g., computer science/psychology, or digital media/music) and/or academic and applied units, and which set the stage for new collaborations in the GVU/IPaT community.

If you have questions about process, review criteria, or program goals, please address them to GVU Center Director Keith Edwards (keith@cc.gatech.edu) and IPaT Executive Director Beth Mynatt (mynatt@gatech.edu).

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