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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

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Submit Your Proposal

Eligible applicants are encouraged to apply using the following link.

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Information Session


Watch the information session

DPI and Fermilab leaders discuss the research partnership and answer questions. The session took place Feb. 1. Proposals are due March 3, 2023.