Institute for CyberScience announces seed funding opportunity

ICS Director Jenni Evans discusses how ICS supports research.

The Penn State Institute for CyberScience (ICS) has launched its 2017 Seed Grant Program, providing potential funding opportunities to encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects involving computation- and data-enabled science.

Through this year’s program, ICS will distribute roughly $400,000 to awardees. The funds are intended to help researchers with innovative ideas to perform the preliminary work needed to pursue larger awards from external funding agencies, such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

“ICS brings together researchers from different disciplines who can leverage their unique expertise to make important discoveries,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas Jones. “The ICS Seed Grant Program will encourage the kind of interdisciplinary collaboration that has made Penn State one of the United States’ leading research universities.”

The theme of this year’s program is “Driving Digital Innovation.” Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that use digital resources and technology in new ways in order to produce knowledge and address critical social problems. “Driving Digital Innovation” is also one of Penn State’s thematic priorities, as outlined in the University’s Strategic Plan for 2016 to 2020.

“ICS is well-positioned to help researchers find digital solutions to problems across a range of disciplines, from astrophysics and earth science to psychology and political science,” said Jenni Evans, interim Director of ICS. “I look forward to seeing how our applicants plan to use the latest digital technologies in creative ways.”

Details about the 2017 Seed Grant Program, as well as information on how to apply, can be found at The deadline for submissions is Jan. 17, 2017. Researchers with questions about the program can email them to [email protected]

The Institute for CyberScience is one of the five interdisciplinary research institutes under the Office of the Vice President for Research, and is dedicated to supporting cyber-enabled research across the disciplines. ICS builds an active community of researchers using computational methods in a wide range of fields through co-hiring of tenure-track faculty, providing seed funding for ambitious computational research projects, and offering access to high-performance computing resources through its Advanced Cyber Infrastructure. With the support of ICS, Penn State researchers harness the power of big data, big simulation, and big compute to solve the world’s problems.


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