COEIT Interdisciplinary Proposals 2024

We invite COEIT Interdisciplinary Proposals (CIP) to cross pollinate ideas for use-inspired research, fostering collaborations across departments and units within COEIT, and preparing for future external grant proposals or foundation funding. In selecting the awardees, emphasis will be on interdisciplinary teams and innovative ideas to increase future external funding. External Collaborators are welcome but not required, and may not be funded using College funds. The CIPs will foster cross-cutting contributions across disciplines, nurture new research ideas, and diversify future funding sources to address impactful societal problems. The competition is open to all COEIT tenured and tenure-track faculty, instructional faculty, and research faculty. Proposals for funding must include collaborative groups across departments.

We invite following types of CIPs:

  • Research project: Ideal for a well defined research interdisciplinary problem. Budget is up to $20,000 for no more than 1 year. These are suitable for standard projects but we also welcome center scale ideas for future external large grant submissions.
  • Seed funding: This category is for projects that are ramping up or nearing completion with an existing partnership or are ready for transition to practice. Budget is up to $3000.

We anticipate funding multiple projects depending on the scope of the projects. There are no limitations on categories for use of funds, but the budget should be clearly justified. It is an expectation that each project will submit a collaborative proposal for external funding at the end of the project but no later than within a year after completion of the project. A report with outcomes will be required at the end of the project period.

Submission Requirements:

  • Applicants should submit a proposal including the following:
  • Team with at least two COEIT departments involved.
  • 2-page project description (excluding references): including research description, team expertise as it relates to the project, timeline, deliverables, budget, and concrete plans for future funding.
  • Two page CV of team members.

Review process:

Review will be performed by a group of faculty members across COEIT departments. The review process will focus on the merit of the proposed idea, its potential impact, and potential for external funding. Final decisions based on these reviews will be made by the Dean’s office, and will include input from chairs. Plans for acquiring future funding will play a key role in the final decisions of awarding these grants. We also encourage considering diverse programs and sources of funding as you plan for acquiring future funding.

Deadline: May 3rd, 2024

Anticipated announcements expected: May 30th

Funding Period: August 1 2024- July 31st 2025

Submission : Form 

For questions please reach out to: vjaneja@umbc.edu

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