Funding

Due to the generosity of Princeton’s alumni, parents, and other donors, the School of Engineering and Applied Science is able to offer numerous Innovation Research Grants to faculty for cutting-edge research in areas such as general engineering, health, environment, neuroscience, and data science. Scroll down for details and guidelines.


Proposals should include:

  • Application form (see below)
  • Detailed overview of the proposed research (two-page maximum)
  • Detailed budget outlining how the funds will be used (budgets will be reviewed carefully for reasonable and appropriate expenses)
  • Two-page CV and a list of current and pending research support for all team members

Proposals should be submitted to seasresearch@princeton.edu by Friday, December 11, 2020, at 5:00 PM. Proposals will be reviewed by a faculty committee and funding decisions will be announced by February.


Application Form

 Innovation Grants Proposal Form


Guidelines

  1. Please select one specific fund or group of funds to apply to during the application process; SEAS will only accept one proposal per faculty member.
  2. Faculty members are not eligible to apply for a SEAS Innovation Research Grant if they currently have an active innovation grant from SEAS.
  3. SEAS expects that funds are spent according to the proposed budget. Any major change in budget allocation should be discussed in advance with SEAS.
  4. Extensions (including no-cost extensions) to project duration will not be granted unless exceptional circumstances arise; please choose appropriate research start and end dates during the application process. Please note projects can range from three months to two years.
  5. Proposals selected for funding will be required to submit a summary report annually to provide an update on research objectives and fund expenditures, as well as a final report at the conclusion of the project.
  6. Any unspent funds at the end of a project must be returned to SEAS.

Available Grants

General Engineering Research

Anonymous Fund I

Made possible by the generosity and vision of multiple donors to support innovative engineering research

Total grant amount: up to $90,000

Yang Family Fund

Made possible by Geoffrey Y. Yang ’81 to support innovative engineering research

David T. Wilkinson Innovation Fund

The David T. Wilkinson Innovation Fund was established by Edward S. Cheng ’77 *83 to support innovative engineering research

Total grant amount: up to $90,000

“Out of the box” Engineering Research

Project X

Made possible by G. Lynn Shostack S69 in honor of David A. Gardner ’69 to support exploratory research that is not easily funded through traditional mechanisms geared towards creativity, “tinkering,” and risk-taking

Total grant amount: up to $150,000

Health

Forese Family Fund

The Forese family (James P83, P85, P88, P90; Laura ’83; James ’85; Diane ’88; and John ’90) established this fund to support innovative research in human health

Wilke Family Fund

Made possible by Jeff Wilke ’89 and Liesl Wilke ’89 to support innovative engineering research with a preference for understanding human biochemistry with an eye toward global health

O’Brien Family Fund

Made possible by Lynne O’Brien ’84 and Gregory O’Brien to support research aimed at improving human health with a preference, but not a requirement, for research related to cancer detection and treatment

Total grant amount: up to $100,000

Helen Shipley Hunt Fund

Made possible by Helen Shipley Hunt *71 to support research aimed at improving human health with a focus on applied projects rather than theoretical/basic research

Total grant amount: up to $100,000

Environment

Science to Action Fund

The Science to Action Fund will support research aimed at understanding and improving freshwater conservation (species and ecosystems) in the United States that bridges the gap between lab work and practical, on-the- ground solutions to create immediate conservation impact. Preference given to projects that partner with conservation NGOs, focus on regions of interest such as North Carolina and Long Island, NY, conduct field testing, and emphasize multi-disciplinary collaborations.

Total grant amount: up to $100,000

Neuroscience

J. Blair Pyne Fund

Established in memory of J. Insley Blair Pyne to support interdisciplinary research at the intersection of engineering and neuroscience

Total grant amount: up to $150,000

Stuart M. Essig ’83 and Erin S. Enright ’82 Fund

Made possible by Stuart M. Essig ’83 and Erin S. Enright ’82 to support undergraduate student involvement in research at the intersection of engineering and neuroscience. Expenditures may include undergraduate independent work, senior thesis, or summer research; research-related travel by undergraduates; and laboratory supplies associated with the project.

Total grant amount: up to $30,000

Data Science

James Mi *91

Made possible by James Mi *91 to support innovative research in the field of data science

Total grant amount: up to $100,000