Overview:

The Massive Data Institute (MDI) at the McCourt School of Public Policy offers seed grants to progress research at the intersection of big data and public policy. Two types of grants will be available:

Mini travel grants: Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to faculty or graduate students who wish to attend big data conferences or establish collaborations with external faculty on projects using big data. Applicants must have a clear explanation of how the conference/training/travel will contribute to future research or skill building.

Research seed grants: Up to four grants of up to $40,000 will be awarded to early-stage projects with high potential to generate external funding. These projects must make use of large data sets and involve collaboration between data science and public policy. Special consideration will be given to proposals that involve faculty collaborations between the hard and natural and the social sciences, and projects that would make use of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s computing capacity. All projects must involve at least one full-time Georgetown researcher. 

Previously Awarded Seed Grants

Application Process:

Mini Travel Grants

To apply for mini travel grants, applicants must submit:

  • A mini travel grant application (.pdf) including an explanation of the conference/training/travel’s relevance to future research or skill building, and a proposed budget of no more than $1,000.
    • If using funds for research design or data collection, an explanation of the planned project and an expected project trajectory.

If funded, no later than June 30, 2017 a summary report (maximum two pages) explaining the outcome of the travel must be submitted to the Massive Data Institute.

Applications will be accepted beginning March 1, 2016 and grants will be awarded until funds are exhausted. Applications should be submitted as a single PDF via email to Jessica Hassanzadeh with “MDI mini travel grant” and the applicant’s last name in the subject line.

Research Seed Grants

To apply for research seed grants applicants must submit:

  • A research seed grant cover sheet (.pdf).
  • A project description of no more than 4 pages which includes:
    • Project goals and objectives
    • Research methods
    • Potential future external funding sources
  • A proposed budget of no more than $40,000
    • Allowable expenses are up to $10,000 in summer salary support per PI as well as funds for research assistants and data acquisition or travel expenses.

Funds are to cover projects carried out during the 2016-17 academic year, and projects may begin in the summer of 2016. If funded, no later than June 30, 2017 a summary report (maximum three pages) must be submitted to the Massive Data Institute describing the progress towards project goals.

Applications for MDI research grants are due by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 11, 2016. Applications should be submitted as a single PDF, including the cover sheet, project description, and budget, via email to Jessica Hassanzadeh with “MDI research seed grant” and the primary PI’s last name in the subject line.

Additional Funding Opportunity:

Georgetown Environment Initiative

The Massive Data Institute and the Georgetown Environment Initiative (GEI) will again award a joint seed grant to fund projects undertaken by Georgetown faculty that employ large data sets and associated quantitative and computational approaches to address questions centrally related to environment. Proposals must involve collaboration between faculty in different departments or between Georgetown faulty and another institution or organization. Interested faculty should apply using this form (.pdf) and send copies to both Jennifer Eagleton and Jessica Hassanzadeh with the subject: GEI-MDI Grant, the name of the project, and the PI's last name. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 11.