UChicago CASE

Seed Funding

CASE members have access to internal funding opportunities designed specifically to promote joint projects across UChicago and National Laboratories (JTFI); internal funding that prepares a team of researchers to apply for substantial federal grants (BIG); seed funds for international collaborations (FACCTS, Weizmann Institute). The University also provides comprehensive pre-award support for federal grants; the Research Development Support (RDS) team helps curate funding opportunities and develop proposals and University Research Administration (URA) manages all pre-award and post-award management.

Internal Funding

JTFI Seed Funding

Primary Goals:

• Deepen collaborative research opportunities between UChicago, Argonne, and Fermilab

• Position projects to successfully scale and secure future large-scale sponsored research funding

• Accelerate the development of transformational research and technologies that deliver high impact results to society

• Frequency varies, but generally one opportunity every 1-2 years

• Topic areas generally aligned with strategic focus areas or federal funding trends

• Competitive process

• Approximately $50K – $100K/year per project

• Each project team must include at least one PI from UChicago and at least one co-PI from Argonne and/or Fermilab

• Argonne and Fermilab PIs need to obtain a UChicago CASE appointment if their project is awarded

Contact Anna Szabo: anna.szabo@uchicago.edu

Big Ideas Generator (BIG) Seed Funding

Big is a seed funding program managed by Research Development Support (RDS) and sponsored by the Office of Research, Divisions, and affiliate institutions.
The purpose of the program is to support interdisciplinary research teams to develop novel research agendas and partnerships that will form the foundation for targeting large-scale (~$5M+) federal funding opportunities in the next 1-3 years.

Awards are typically $50-100K for one year, with opportunity for renewal for a second year.
Next completion cycle is anticipated Spring 2024
Contact Beth Ziolkowski: bethz@uchicago.edu

France and Chicago Collaborating in The Sciences (FACCTS)

FACCTS is designed to enhance science at the University of Chicago by encouraging closer relations between researchers in the Physical Sciences Division (PSD), The Biological Sciences Division (BSD), and the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) and high-level research teams and institutions of higher education in France. The FACCTS program accomplishes this goal by providing seed funding for new and potentially fruitful project-based collaborations. Through a partnership with Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab, researchers at these two national laboratories are also eligible for FACCTS support, and are encouraged to apply.

Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS)

UChicago recently announced two new grant opportunities in collaboration with the Weizmann Institute of Science and the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago.

Quantum Information Sciences: Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) and University of Chicago (UChicago) scientists were invited to submit joint proposals for collaborative projects in the areas of Quantum Information Sciences. The overall goal of this program is to initiate and support collaborations between WIS and UChicago in this specific research area. Successful proposals will set ambitious goals with the potential for significant impact in science and technology.

Artificial Intelligence: Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS), University of Chicago (UChicago), and Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (TTIC) scholars were invited to submit joint proposals for collaborative projects focusing on the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Materials Sciences or Health Sciences and Biology. The overall goal of this program is to initiate and support collaborations among WIS, UChicago, and TTIC in these specific research areas. Research projects must advance both the scientific domain and the foundations of AI.

For more information:
Contact Research Development Support: researchdevelopment@uchicago.edu


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