Focused Research Programs
The Hariri Institute for Computing’s Focused Research Programs (FRPs) support intensive, faculty-driven efforts in large, multi-disciplinary teams. The FRP mission is to evolve and advance Boston University’s research in computing, computational, and data-driven science and engineering around areas of strategic importance and emerging opportunity. The programs are designed to facilitate research convergence by providing ‘scaffolding’ for groups to coalesce in sustainable ways, with the goal of accelerating research for future funding and broader impact.
Faculty interested in submitting a proposal are strongly encouraged to discuss their ideas as early as the fall with the Hariri Institute’s Director, Yannis Paschalidis, email@example.com. Funding decisions are typically made in April or May, following the spring meeting of the Hariri Institute Steering Committee.
Proposing a Focused Research Program is a two-stage process. Pre-proposals are due by Thursday, February 2, 2023 and full-proposals are due by Thursday, April 6, 2023.
Special Track: Digital Health Initiative
The DHI FRP is funded by Boston University’s School of Public Health, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the Hariri Institute for Computing with an opportunity for projects on breast cancer, neuroscience, or genetics to apply for pilot grants funded by the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine.
FRPs are supported by a package of “infrastructure + process,” aimed at helping groups coalesce in sustainable ways. A typical award will include Hariri Institute administrative support (i.e., communications, events, grant development) for the following:
All Faculty members listed in the proposed Focused Research Program’s structure must have capacity to fully participate in the year-long program (attending and participating in planning meetings, workshops, conferences, activities, etc.)
We strongly encourage faculty interested in leading and submitting a Focused Research Program to discuss their proposed program idea and community structure early with Hariri Institute’s Director, Yannis Paschalidis, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hariri Institute for Computing FRP funds can be used to support Boston University graduate students, postdoctoral, and undergraduate students; event costs pertaining to food, supplies, etc; a limited amount of speaker and/or visitor travel/accommodations; and research supplies and equipment.
Cost sharing at the level of departments or colleges/schools, as well as through leveraging of faculty grant funds consistent with the FRP theme, is strongly encouraged to help build creative partnerships across entities and across education/research units.
Interactions with our Software Applications and Innovation Lab (SAIL) are also strongly encouraged, but must be budgeted after meeting with SAIL to discuss the scope of work and cost.
a.) To what extent does the proposed program promise to focus, evolve, and advance Boston University’s research in in computing, computational, and data-driven science and engineering, at basic and/or translational levels?
b.) To what extent does the program create or strengthen a community converging in an important area(s) with the prospect for broad, positive social impact?
c.) To what extent does the program pursues new ideas (methodological or new applications of more established methodologies) that have not been pursued under earlier funding, internal or external?
d.) How likely is the program to succeed in facilitating its proposed research convergence and enable the proposing team to attract external funding (smaller, but also high-profile center-level awards)?
Submit a FRP Pre-Proposal
For administrative questions, please contact Katherine D’Angelo, Assistant Director, Programs and Events, at email@example.com.