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The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) and Fermilab invite faculty from the University of Illinois System (DPI, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Springfield, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and researchers from Fermilab to submit seed grant proposals to conduct joint research on computing and data technologies (e.g., artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, machine learning, cybersecurity, pattern recognition). Our goal is to leverage the complementary research expertise and resources from both organizations to develop the next generation of computing and data technologies with inspiring impacts on science, the economy, and society.

Proposals should demonstrate the ability to advance fundamental knowledge in research on computing and data technologies with potential for industry application in one or more of the following sectors:

  • Digital government
  • Energy
  • Finance and insurance
  • Food and agriculture
  • Health and wellness
  • Information technology
  • Infrastructure
  • Transportation / logistics
  • Water, environment, climate

Funding available: Up to $150,000 over 18 months

Proposal Due: March 3, 2023

Download Full Call for Proposals

Information Session and Team Facilitation Meeting

DPI will hold an information session on Monday, September 20 from 12-1pm CT. The meeting will include an informational presentation and include time for questions and answers.  Your answers to the registration questions will be distributed to other registrants in order to support networking opportunities.

While we encourage participation, your involvement in this meeting will not impact the review of a subsequent proposal.


12:00 – 12:02 pm    Introduction: Phyllis Baker, DPI Director of Academic Affairs

12:02 – 12:07 pm     Welcome: Bill Jackson, DPI Executive Director; Tim Meyer, Fermilab Head of Technology Engagements

12:07 – 12:12 pm      DPI R&D Overview: Venkat Venkatakrishnan, DPI Director of Research

12:07 – 12:12 pm      Call for Proposals: Michael Fitzsimons, DPI Associate Director of R&D Programs

12:12 – 12:22 pm      DPI-Fermilab Partnership: Joe Cheng, Research Professor of Global Innovation and Director of Special Projects, UIUC Gies College of Business and DPI; Mauricio Suarez, Fermilab Deputy Head of Technology Development and Industry Engagements

12:22 – 12:50 pm     Discussion and Q&A

12:50 – 1:00 pm      Team Facilitation: Michael Fitzsimons, DPI Associate Director of R&D Programs

Watch Recording of Event Here

If you missed the presentation and are interested in finding potential collaborators at Fermilab or the University of Illinois System please reach out to to learn about what team facilitation resources are available.


Please email your questions to