2021 MnDRIVE Informatics PhD Graduate Assistantship Program
The MnDRIVE research assistantship program provides funding for PhD graduate students currently pursuing research at the University of Minnesota at the intersection of informatics and any of the five MnDRIVE areas: Robotics, sensors and advanced manufacturing; global food ventures; advancing industry, conserving our environment; and discoveries and treatments for brain conditions; and cancer clinical trials. The program will support up to ten 12-months research assistantships at the level of a 50% graduate research assistantship (departmental rate applies), including tuition for up to 14 credits each semester (fall and spring) and subsidized health insurance through the Graduate Assistant Health Plan. The assistantship must start no later than June 1, 2021, and can start as early as Spring 2021. Graduate students are expected to have completed their preliminary oral exam by the start of the appointment. The award includes up to $1500 for travel to a conference or research support for the proposed research. A final report of accomplishments is expected after completion of the award.
The application window will open in early August and close on October 1, 2020 at 5:00pm CST. Fellowship awards will be announced by the end of November. See detailed MnDRIVE Graduate Assistantship application instructions. Download the Title Page Template here.
Other Funding Opportunities
Additional funding opportunities through UMII funding sources are listed below. The funding applications below at a minimum must:
- be accompanied by the Value Matrix
- have a proposal written in single-spaced, 11-point Calibri or Arial font, with one-inch margins
On the Horizon Call for Proposals
Deadlines: Submit at any time
Large extramural funding opportunities are often preceded by workshops at funding agencies, NRC reports, or requests for information. The On the Horizon Call for Proposals provides funding to faculty and staff to convene larger group and prepare for major anticipated funding opportunities. Examples of developing funding initiatives or initiatives with deadlines sufficiently far into the future can be found here. Funding is limited to up to $50,000 per application for MnDRIVE related projects for the duration of twelve months. To apply, Email up to two pages to email@example.com with a plan for responding to an extramural funding opportunity. A detailed budget with budget justification on a separate page must be included, in addition to a list of collaborators and the Value Matrix.
Eligibility: Applicant must be a professor (tenured, tenured track, contract) or established researcher at the U of MN. Adjunct faculty are not eligible for this program.
Deadlines: Submit at any time
Like a small-scale current of rising air, Updraft funding enables internal researchers to reach a higher "altitude" by addressing immediate and short-term needs. For example:
- A PI needs a data set reformatted prior to analysis and hires an undergraduate student on an hourly basis for this task.
- A group of graduate students and postdocs want to bring a speaker on campus to learn about a newly developed genome analysis tool.
- A small group of researchers need travel funds to attend an Open Session organized by the NIH to learn more about an upcoming funding opportunity.
- A PI needs travel funding to send a graduate student to a course at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
- A PI wants to send a postdoc to a data mining course and needs funds to cover the tuition.
- A doctoral student in the social sciences received an NSF SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement grant and needs assistance with data analysis.
- A PI needs bioinformatics support in order to produce preliminary data for a grant submission, improve the efficiency of an analysis workflow by applying a new technique, or bring to publication a dataset that has otherwise been abandoned.
Funding is limited to up to $7,500 per 12 month period for MnDRIVE related projects and up to $5,000 per 12 month period for other projects. To apply, Email a single page to firstname.lastname@example.org explaining your needs. A detailed budget with budget justification (including why the support is needed given other potential resources) on a separate page must be included, in addition to the Value Matrix.
Matching Funds for Extramural Grants in MnDRIVE Related Areas (Ongoing)
Limited matching funds are available for extramural grant applications that are related to MnDRIVE research. Email email@example.com with your requests.