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The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) and Fermilab invite faculty from the University of Illinois System (DPI, University of Illinois Chicago, University of Illinois Springfield, and University of Illinois 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.


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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: May 15th, 2024 by 11:59 pm


Submit your application here

DPI RFP information session

This information took place via Zoom on March 12th, 2024


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