Dean for Research Innovation Funds
The Office of Dean for Research offers a series of competitive "innovation funds." These competitions encourage bold new ideas that involve the use of the campus as a lab, bold research in the natural sciences, collaboration between artists and scientists or engineers, and new partnerships with industry.
Proposals are reviewed by a committee of Princeton peers knowledgeable in the discipline being explored. Each committee will make funding recommendations.
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Innovation Fund for Industrial Collaborations
Proposals must be submitted by Friday, December 19, 2014.
This fund aims to support research collaborations between industry and academia. Faculty members in Divisions III (Natural Sciences) and IV (Engineering) are invited to submit proposals.
Applications should be brief, no more than two pages plus a separate budget page, and must include a letter of intent stating the partner company’s commitment to provide funding on year 2. Applications can request up to $100,000 for year 1, and up to $75,000 on year 2. Funding for year 2 is contingent upon 1:1 matching by industry. Projects can therefore receive up to $250,000 over two years, of which up to $75,000 would come from industry, and $175,000 from the University.
Expenditures can include equipment, graduate student stipends and tuition, post-doctoral salaries and benefits, and undergraduate student stipends.
A faculty committee will review the proposals and make funding recommendations. Proposals will be judged on the basis of quality, originality and commercial potential. Other things being equal, preference will be given to proposals for new collaborations, not involving companies from which Principal Investigators (PIs) have received or are receiving research funding. Funding from a company in which a PI has significant financial interest is not allowed. For the purpose of this initiative, a PI has a significant financial interest in a company if he/she has received $5,000 or more in cumulative salary or payment for services during the previous 12 months, or if the value of any equity interest possessed by a PI in the company plus cumulative salary and payment for services during the past 12 months equals or exceeds $5,000.
Innovation Fund for New Ideas in the Natural Sciences
This initiative is designed to support the exploration of new concepts and ideas that are at an early stage and therefore not ready for forming the basis of a competitive proposal submitted to a funding agency. Faculty members in Division III (Natural Sciences, including Mathematics and Psychology ) can request up to $100,000 per year for up to two years.
Expenditures can include graduate student stipend and tuition, post-doctoral salary and benefits, undergraduate student stipend, and equipment.
A faculty committee will review the proposals and make funding recommendations. Proposals will be judged on the basis of quality and originality. Proposals must include a brief statement of plans to submit a regular proposal to a funding agency after two years. Special attention will be paid to the articulation of a compelling case for the exploratory nature of the research.
Innovation Fund for the Campus as a Lab: Faculty Research in Sustainability, Energy and the Environment
This initiative supports bold new ideas that involve the use of the campus as a laboratory for scientific, engineering, humanistic, artistic or social science research on sustainability, energy and the environment. Faculty from all four divisions may propose up to two research projects, one for undergraduate student research and another for graduate student or postdoctoral research.
Innovation Fund for Research Collaborations between Artists and Scientists or Engineers
Faculty members and program directors in Division I (Humanities), and faculty members in Divisions III (Natural Sciences) and IV (Engineering) are eligible to apply for this fund.
Proposals should have at least two co-PIs, one from Division I and one from Divisions III or IV. Applicants can request up to $75,000 per year for up to two years. Expenditures can include graduate student stipend and tuition, post-doctoral salary and benefits, undergraduate student stipend, equipment, event organization, and travel.
A faculty committee will review the proposals and make funding recommendations. Proposals will be judged on the bases of quality, originality, intellectually compelling case for a close collaboration between artists and scientists or engineers, and plans for making the activity self-sustaining through competitive funding.
Innovation Fund for New Ideas in the Humanities
This fund is designed to encourage innovation, as well as scholarship on enduring questions, in the humanities. Assistant professors, associate professors and professors in Division I are invited to propose projects that will result in the advancement of a discipline (through the development of new ideas, working groups, conferences, technologies, datasets, and/or expanded access to research resources) and/or a major piece of scholarly work.
Proposers can request up to $50,000 (total) for projects lasting up to 2 years. Expenditures can include research assistants, consultants, faculty summer salary, publishing charges, equipment, event organization, and travel. Faculty release time (semester leave), preparation of textbooks and courses will not be supported through this innovation fund. The proposal should specifically describe how the funds will be utilized to accomplish the research objectives. The budget justification should list other funding applied for or received in the last two years in support of the project.
A faculty committee will review the proposals and make funding recommendations. Proposals are judged on the bases of quality, originality, and impact.
Read more about the Dean for Research Innovation Funds.
Read about the winners of the inaugural Dean for Research Innovation Funds.