Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve included the answers to many frequently asked questions below. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, please contact us for more information.

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Extramural Research Support
Hariri Research Awards
Junior Faculty Fellows Program
Graduate Student Fellows Program

Extramural Research Support

For proposals submitted through/managed by the Institute, we provide support for budget development, coordination with OSP, document templates, routing for signatures, solicitation review, and proposal uploads. Additionally, the Institute can provide guidance through:

  • brainstorming how technical, computational, or data-driven solutions can help achieve research goals;
  • providing pointers and references to relevant literature, systems, platforms, and tools (and briefly evaluate their fitness for the purpose at hand);
  • writing technical content describing how tools and techniques can be utilized;
  • providing standard content describing best practices in software engineering and project management for external funding proposals.
  • You should contact Andrei Lapets at lapets@bu.edu to set up an initial discussion. If the proposed research is in line with the mission of the Hariri Institute for Computing and with the resources and expertise that can be made available by SAIL, we will be happy to draft a letter of support describing SAIL and any specific, relevant experience and expertise it can bring to your project.

    This depends on the specific requirements and restrictions of the agency and program to which you are applying. Often, it can be useful to describe the relevant experience, expertise, and resources that SAIL makes available.

    The Software & Application Innovation Lab can help you create a budget for software development support. Please contact Andrei Lapets, Director of Research Development, at lapets@bu.edu.

    The Hariri Institute for Computing, unlike centers, does not receive IDC returns (neither for those submitted through/managed by the Institute, nor for those affiliated with the Institute). IDC will continue to be returned through your College or Center’s standard practice.

    Yes, there should be no issues with multiple affiliations, since the Institute does not receive IDC returns for any grants.

    Hariri Research Awards (access the Hariri Research Awards program page)

    Hariri Institute Faculty Affiliates can apply for Hariri Research Awards. If you are not yet an affiliate, you can apply here.

    Allowable expenses 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 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.

    For technical/research-related questions, please contact Andrei Lapets, Director of Research Development, at lapets@bu.edu. We encourage you to contact Andrei well in advance of the proposal deadline to discuss proposal ideas.

    It is best to submit a research award proposal if the proposal is seeking support for a specific research topic, activity, or faculty/researcher collaboration rather than for a specific student. It is best to submit a graduate fellowship nomination to recognize an outstanding student (i.e., while the student may be engaged in relevant research, the emphasis of recognition is on the student and not the specific research).

    There is no restriction on the number of research awards we give out each cycle.

    We have two proposal calls. Our fall semester proposal call is announced in September, with proposals due in November. Our spring semester proposal call is announced in February, with proposals due in April.

    For fall semester calls, faculty will be notified by early January. For spring semester calls, faculty will be notified in June.

    If circumstances are extraordinary and you communicate your situation to the Hariri Institute well in advance of the deadline, we will consider accommodating reasonable delays. However, since the timeframe for proposal evaluation is short, we would direct an applicant anticipating longer delays to apply during the next award cycle.

    Junior Faculty Fellows Program (access the Junior Faculty Fellows program page)

    BU Medical Campus faculty members holding a standard assistant professor rank are eligible for nomination.

    If circumstances are extraordinary and you communicate your situation to the Hariri Institute well in advance of the deadline, we will consider accommodating reasonable delays. However, since the timeframe for nomination evaluation is short, we would direct an anyone anticipating longer delays to submit during the next nomination cycle.

    Graduate Student Fellows Program (access the Graduate Student Fellows program page)

    It is best to submit a Graduate Fellowship nomination to recognize an outstanding student (i.e., while the student may be engaged in relevant research, the emphasis of recognition is on the student and not the specific research). It is best to submit a Research Proposal if the proposal is seeking support for a specific research topic, activity, or faculty/researcher collaboration rather than for a specific student.

    Prospective PhD students are nominated by their departmental graduate admissions committee. Fellowships awarded to prospective, incoming PhD students recognize a student’s potential for pursuing exceptional computational and/or data-driven research, based on nominations received from departmental graduate admission committees.

    Any Hariri Institute Faculty Affiliate can nominate a continuing student for the GSF program. Faculty do not need to be in the same department as they student they wish to nominate. Fellowships awarded to continuing PhD students are meant to support and promote promising students who have attained significant achievements in computational and/or data-driven research at Boston University.

    Departments may submit up to two prioritized nominations for prospective PhD students. There is no cap on nominations for continuing PhD students.

    Nominees are evaluated based on their academic record as well as their trajectory and evidence of an ability or willingness to work with computational and data-driven research. Please visit the GSF program page for more criteria and selection details.

    Incoming PhD students receive a $10,000 award that can be used throughout the student’s doctoral studies toward expenses including, but not limited to travel, equipment, and research supplies. (This award cannot be used for tuition and/or Fall/Spring semester stipends. For questions about the use of these funds, please contact the Associate Director, Finance & Administration at hicadmin@bu.edu.)

    Continung students receive one semester of stipend support in the form of a standard graduate research award stipend. The stipend can be used toward any one semester (fall/spring/summer).

    We would like to be notified as soon as the candidate accepts, or rejects, the BU offer, and no later than April 15.

    No, as long as the student’s advisor or nominee continues to advise the student regardless of location, it is not an issue to travel elsewhere for research.

    If circumstances are extraordinary and you communicate your situation to the Hariri Institute well in advance of the deadline, we will consider accommodating reasonable delays. However, since the timeframe for nomination evaluation is short, we would direct an anyone anticipating longer delays to submit during the next nomination cycle.

    Yes! The Institute is building a student community with many opportunities for engagement with Institute activities, including poster sessions, roundtables, internships, and more.