Overview:

The Massive Data Institute (MDI) at the McCourt School of Public Policy accepts applications each spring for research seed grants and joint seed grants with the Georgetown Environment Initiative. 

Research Seed Grants: Up to three 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.  All projects must involve at least one full-time Georgetown researcher.

Joint Seed Grants: 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 faculty and another institution or organization.

More information about applications & deadlines will be posted in the Spring. For more information, please contact MDI.

Application Process:

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.

Applications should be submitted as a single PDF, including the cover sheet, project description, and budget, via email to Michelyne Chavez 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 faculty and another institution or organization. Interested faculty should apply using this form (.pdf) and send copies to both Jennifer Eagleton and Michelyne Chavez with the subject: GEI-MDI Grant, the name of the project, and the PI's last name. Application information will be available early next year.

View Previously Awarded Seed Grants