Research Incubation Awards

The Institute supports a portfolio of ambitious research projects and activities that align with its mission to catalyze new directions and collaborations in interdisciplinary research that applies computational and data-driven approaches. By supporting projects in fields from social sciences, humanities, law, business, and medicine – to engineering, computer science, and statistics, the Research Incubation Awards advance the Institute’s goal of bringing together and building a community of researchers across schools and colleges at BU.

In this research award program, the Institute sees itself not only as a funding source, but also as a partner. We encourage principal investigators to involve the Institute early to discuss proposal ideas.

Please review the criteria for Hariri Institute Research Incubation Awards below before submitting your proposal submission. The deadline for proposal submission has passed; information for the next call will be posted.

Hariri Institute faculty affiliates engaging in research that applies data-driven and/or computational approaches are eligible to submit proposals. If you are not yet a faculty affiliate, please apply here. All PIs must submit faculty affiliate forms; co-PIs are encouraged to request affiliation if it fits their research interests.

Depending on the type of project, funding up to $50,000 can be requested, including:

  • Graduate student or postdoctoral researcher support
  • Activities in direct support of research

PIs may also propose collaborations with the Software & Application Innovation Lab (SAIL) in support of existing or translational research. Effort estimates should be made in consultation directly with SAIL.

Ineligible expenses include overhead, fringe benefits, travel, events, publications and PI/faculty salaries.

Note: Once awarded, funds may be carried forward at most one year and by approval only.

The Institute prioritizes project selection based on the following criteria:

  • Defining a new area of research, and/or taking existing research in a new direction
  • Proposals on novel, joint research efforts from faculty in different disciplines, preferably with no prior record of collaboration
  • The impact and likelihood of success, including positioning faculty for other funding and/or significant professional growth
  • Proposals with explicitly specified faculty collaborators and/or graduate students

The Institute’s Steering Committee makes the final decision on which projects to support based on a presentation by Institute leadership. Proposals to be funded will be notified following the Steering Committee’s decision.

In a proposal of at most two (2) pages in length, please include the following. Proposals that exceed 2 pages will be returned.

  • Why is this project important to society (2-3 sentences)
  • Project overview (3-5 sentences)
  • A project description that includes its readiness and dependencies, expected outcomes and deliverables, and potential future extramural funding sources.
  • How the project meets the selection criteria, and discussion of why this project is not currently appropriate for other available funding sources.
  • Requested budget and justification. Allowable expenses and effort requests include graduate student and postdoctoral researcher support, as well as support for visiting project collaborators. PIs may also propose collaborations with SAIL and request software engineering personnel effort. Ineligible expenses include overhead, fringe benefits, travel, events, publications and PI/faculty salaries. Note: Once awarded, funds may be carried forward at most one year and by approval only.

The deadline for proposal submission is Friday, April 13, 2018, 5pm.

Research Incubation Award FAQs

For technical/research-related questions, please contact Andrei Lapets, Director of Research Development, at lapets@bu.edu.

For administrative questions, please contact Katherine D’Angelo, Program and Events Manager, at ktd@bu.edu.