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CIC Grant

2024-2025 Internal Funding Program for Research and Creative Scholarship

Call for Proposals

In alignment with the CIC’s aspiration to be at the forefront of artificial intelligence (AI), we are launching a call for proposals to support collaborative research and creative scholarship that investigate AI within the realms of Information Science and Communications across the college. This call aims to support research endeavors that shed light on the multifaceted implications, advancements, and challenges posed by AI in our fields.

In addition to the focus on AI, priority will be given to proposals that include or promote the following:

  • Great potential to secure external funding.
  • Collaborations with other units on campus.
  • Collaborative proposals such as multiple CIC faculty and students partnering together to advance research and creative scholarship.
  • Research and creative scholarship that involves one or both of our labs, the Social Media Insights Lab and/or the Biometrics and User Experience Lab.

Two types of grants are offered:

  • Track I Faculty Grants: Up to $4000 will be awarded to a faculty-led project.
  • Track II Student Grants: Up to $500 will be awarded to a doctoral student-led project.

All full-time faculty from the CIC are eligible to apply for Track I Faculty Grants. All full-time Ph.D. students from the CIC are eligible to apply for Track II Student Grants.

Up to $18,000 will be allocated to support selected proposals (4 Track I Grants and 4 Track II Grants). The college reserves the right not to offer funding if meritorious proposals are not identified.

  • Allowable costs: Research participants compensation, travel essential to conduct the project, project supplies, salary and fringe for student assistants (only for Track I Grants).
  • Unallowable costs: Faculty salary; doctoral student salary for Track II Grants.

Develop a three-page proposal (12-point font, single spaced, and 1-inch margins) that include the followings:

  1. Introduction and objectives
  2. Significance
  3. Methods or design: Research questions and hypotheses, data collection and analysis plans for a research project, or tasks and expected accomplishments during the course for a creative project.
  4. Outcomes: Plan for presentations and publications, and a clear description of seeking potential external funding sources (with a timeline of seeking external funding sources). If other funding is involved, please specify in the proposal.
  5. References, a budget, budget justification, and timeline for project activities should be included but are not part of the 3-page limit noted above.

CVs for all study team members should also be submitted along with the study proposal.

Timeline and Other Details

Announcement Release Date:

February 8, 2024

Application Receipt Date:

May 10, 2024

Estimated Award Announcement Date:

June 28, 2024

 Proposals will be accepted through May 10, 2024. Please send submissions electronically to the Associate Dean for Research, Linwan Wu ( Please use “2024-2025 CIC Internal Grant Application” as the submission email subject.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Associate Dean for Research and faculty members of the Research and Scholarship Advisory Council or other CIC faculty invited to provide expertise in the proposed research and creative area. The funding decisions are anticipated by the end of June, 2024. Research projects should be concluded and summarized in a brief report by July of 2025.

Awarded principal investigators of the previous CIC Internal Funding Program (2023-2024) are not eligible to apply for this round of internal grant. Awarded principal investigators will not be eligible to apply for future internal grants until they finish their projects.

Progress reports will be required during the funding cycle. Funding recipients will be asked to present their progress at least once during or at the end of the funding cycle. Funded teams should acknowledge the source of funding in all publications and presentations resulting from the work. 

See all previous recipients of the CIC Grant

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