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2023-2024 Internal Funding Program for Research and Creative Scholarship - Call for Proposals

Announcement Release Date: Feb. 6, 2023

Application Receipt Date: May 12, 2023

Estimated Award Announcement Date: June 30, 2023


Based on some of the CIC’s strategic planning priorities, we are launching a call for proposals to support collaborative research and creative scholarship across the College and with other units on campus. We are seeking proposals from faculty and doctoral students in the CIC to support research and creative scholarship in 2023-2024. 

In line with the university’s strategic goals, these grants are designed to provide seed funding to fund pilot studies or projects that could lead to future external funding. 

The focus of this grant call is open, but priority will be given to proposals that include or promote the following: 

  • Collaborative proposals such as multiple CIC faculty and students partnering together to advance research and creative scholarship.
  • Research and creative scholarship that involves one or both of our labs, the Social Media Insights Lab and/or the Biometrics and User Experience Lab.
  • Collaborations with other faculty or units on campus, such as the AI Institute, College of Education, College of Engineering and Computing, College of Nursing, Arnold School of Public Health, etc. 


Two types of grants are offered:

  • Track I Faculty Grants: Up to $4,000 will be awarded to a faculty-lead project.
  • Track II Student Grants: Up to $1,000 will be awarded to a (doctoral) student-lead project. 


All full-time faculty from the CIC are eligible to apply for Track I Faculty Grants. All full-time Ph.D. students from the CIC are eligible to apply for Track II Student Grants. 


Up to $18,000 will be allocated to support selected proposals (4 Track I Grants and 2 Track II Grants). The college reserves the right not to offer funding if meritorious proposals are not identified. 

  • Allowable costs: Research participants compensation, travel essential to conduct the project, project supplies, salary and fringe for student assistants.
  • Unallowable costs: Faculty salary; doctoral student salary for Track II Grants. 


Develop a three-page proposal (12-point font, single spaced, and 1-inch margins) that include the followings: 

  1. Introduction and objectives.
  2. Significance.
  3. Methods or design: Research questions and hypotheses, data collection and analysis plans for a research project, or tasks and expected accomplishments during the course for a creative project.
  4. Outcomes: Plan for presentations and publications, and a clear description of seeking potential external funding sources (with a timeline of seeking external funding sources). If other funding is involved, please specify in the proposal.
  5. References, a budget, budget justification, and timeline for project activities should be included but are not part of the 3-page limit noted above.
  6. CVs for all study team members 

Timeline and other details

Proposals will be accepted through May 12, 2023. Please send submissions electronically to the Associate Dean for Research, Linwan Wu ( Please use “2023-2024 CIC Internal Grant Application” as the submission email subject.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Associate Dean for Research and the Research and Scholarship Advisory Council or other CIC faculty who may be invited to provide expertise in the proposed research and creative area. The funding decisions are anticipated by the end of June, 2023. Research projects should be concluded and summarized in a brief report by the July of 2024. Failure of meeting this deadline will keep the principle investigator from applying for future CIC Internal Funding Programs. Funding recipients will be asked to present their progress at least once during or at the end of the funding cycle. Funded teams should acknowledge the source of funding in all publications and presentations resulting from the work. 

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