ICS@PSU: Institute for CyberScience

ICS Seed Grant Program

The Penn State Institute for CyberScience awards "Seed Grants" to help researchers do the groundwork for major proposals

An informational webinar about the 2018 Seed Grant program was held on December 6. Download the 2018 ICS Seed Grant Webinar Presentation.

The Penn State Institute for CyberScience (ICS) is now accepting applications for 2018 Seed Grants. Applications are due January 19 at 5:00 p.m.

Our Seed Grant Program advances computation- and data-enabled research by Penn State faculty. Grants are intended to support interdisciplinary research groups as they prepare to pursue major awards from external granting agencies; the seed grant serves as an initial investment that lays the groundwork for the larger proposal.

You may also apply for a Seed Grant to fund a conference at Penn State that encourages computation- and data-enabled interdisciplinary research.

Download the RFP

Apply online, following the application instructions below.

ICS Seed Grant Requirements

ICS especially encourages applications that align with the key strategic areas of “Health,” “Methodology,” and “Energy and Environment,” and that relate to “Driving Digital Innovation,” a thematic priority of Penn State’s strategic plan.

ICS Seed Grants will be awarded to projects that:

  • facilitate the development of competitive proposals to external funding agencies
  • pursue center-scale efforts or establish centers of excellence
  • enhance the visibility of Penn State

Amount of Awards

ICS plans to distribute $400,000 in 2018. Research awards are for one year of funding. The award amounts are determined by the degree of collaboration involved in the research project:

  • Up to $5,000 will be awarded to projects carried out by a single researcher.
  • Up to $10,000 will be awarded to projects that bring together multiple faculty in a single college.
  • Up to $25,000 will be awarded to projects where faculty collaborate across colleges.
  • Up to $35,000 will be awarded to multi-college projects involving an ICS Associate.
  • Conference awards are for up to $4,000 to support the organization of a conference.

Note that collaborative, interdisciplinary projects in emerging areas will be given priority. Principal Investigators (PIs) must be tenured or tenure-track faculty with proven standing in their respective fields.

Please read the full RFP before applying. Team leads are encouraged to contact us about proposal concepts prior to the submission deadline. Direct your inquiry to ICS Associate Director Guido Cervone at ics-seed-grants@ics.psu.edu.

College-specific Matching Funds

Seed grant recipients from the College of Information Science and Technology and from the College of Medicine are eligible to receive additional matching funds from their college:

  • 1:1 matching (doubling seed grant funds) for projects with a single researcher, or with multiple faculty in a single college
  • 1:2 matching (adding 50% of seed grant funds) for projects where faculty collaborate across colleges

We will automatically notify the College of IST and the College of Medicine of recipients from these colleges so that they may be considered for matching funds.

InfoReady Quick Start Guide for Applying to Opportunities

To manage this year’s ICS Seed Grant Program applications, ICS is using the InfoReady Review proposal management system. For your proposal to be submitted properly, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Go to psu.infoready4.com and log in to the site using the link in the upper right corner of the page. Then click the button for Penn State Login. You may have to login using your UserID (e.g. abc123).
  2. Click on the title of the opportunity (Institute for CyberScience Seed Grant 2018-19) from the list on the home page, opening the details page for that opportunity.
  3. On the details page, click the “Apply” button to the right to start your application, or the “My Application” button to resume your application.
    NOTE: If someone will be submitting the proposal for you (i.e., your college research administrative staff), you must add them as a proxy in your user profile prior to submission. See the instructions below.
  4. Complete the application form and upload the documents required by the Request for Proposals. The application is saved as you go. You will be prompted to resume the next time you log in.
  5. When you are finished entering your information and uploading documents, click “Submit Application.” You will receive confirmation when the submitted application has been received.

 Adding PSU employees as proxies

In order for another PSU employee to submit an application on your behalf, you need to designate them as a proxy.

  1. Log in to the InfoReady site, as in step 1 above.
  2. Click your name in the upper right of the InfoReady window when you are logged in.
  3. Complete profile information (Optional)
  4. Go to the section of the profile titled “Designate an Applicant Proxy.” Click the “Add Proxy” button.
  5. Enter your proxy’s PSU email address in the form [AccessID]@psu.edu (e.g., abc123@psu.edu). You must use the Access ID form of the email for the permissions to be granted. Do not use an email alias.
  6. Click Add, then click “Save Changes.” An email will be sent to the person designated as a proxy.

Your proxy will log in to the system and follow the application steps listed above. Your proxy will list you as the applicant.

Penn State Institute for CyberScience

Help us build the future. Contact ICS at Penn State.

  • email: ics@psu.edu
  • phone: ICS-ACI Support (i-ASK Center): 814-865-4275 | General Inquiries: 814-867-1467

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