Today is proposal deadline for smart living seed funding

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On April 15, 2019

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As part of the Center for Smart Living (ISC SMRT), faculty are encouraged to submit proposals for seed money funding by Monday, April 15. Three types of funding are available:

1. Graduate, undergraduate or postdoctoral support: In science and engineering departments, time is built into the workload for research. What is needed is graduate student support for the entire year to create the needed preliminary research. This type of funding includes a GRA stipend of $24,000 plus partial tuition support up to $7,500. Also needed is support for undergraduate research, hourly funding from $11-15 an hour for up to 20 hours a week. Postdoctoral support is needed in the form of a 50 percent match on other funding (up to $24,000).

  1. Faculty release time or student support: In certain College of Arts, Sciences, and Business departments, release time is not built in, and there may not be graduate programs. This type of funding includes release time plus a fringe of $10,000 plus undergraduate support of $5,000.
  2. Specialized equipment support and special initiatives: In particular, smart living involves internet of things devices that are generally small and of diverse technologies interlinked in potentially complex networks. This type of funding allows for initiatives of up to $10,000 to purchase equipment. Once purchased, it will be maintained as part of the laboratory maintenance budget proposed below.

Proposals must be interdisciplinary and may mix and match different funding types. The proposal must address one or more specific funding programs that it will address. Proposals will be sought throughout campus. Special effort in the form of ideation sessions and other outreach will be made to seek proposals from researchers who have not traditionally sought external funding. Decisions on awards will be made jointly by the Smart Living Center co-directors and the associate deans of both colleges.

Each proposal should consist of the following sections:

  1. Project title
  2. Relevance to smart living thrust areas:
  • Decision making and governance
  • Smart grid and transportation
  • Privacy and security
  • Environment and health
  1. Names of faculty members in the collaborative project
  2. Research objective
  3. Project description
  4. Targeted funding programs
  5. Results from prior smart living support

Please follow these instructions

  • In the project description, describe the motivation or significance, approach, and tasks.
  • For results from prior smart living support, provide 1) title of Smart Living funded collaborative project in the past academic year, 2) summary of project results in one or two paragraphs, 3) list of project publications that have credited the Center for Smart Living, and 4) list of related proposals that have been submitted for external funding (proposals should credit the center on the PSRS).
  • The text style and page layout are: Times New Roman 12 point, single spacing, and 1-inch margin on all four sides.
  • During the coming academic year, the student working on the project will be asked to present the project results (in both writing and oral presentation) at the SMRT Graduate Research Symposium in the spring 2020 semester.

Submit your proposals electronically to Cindy Heck, business support specialist, at by Monday, April 15, 2019

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