Research Computing offers funding opportunities through the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute. UMII funding enables UMN faculty and graduate students across all disciplines to advance their informatics research by supporting research proposals that are innovative, align with new or existing initiatives, seek to develop new multidisciplinary collaborations, and identify means to sustain UMN-based research. More information on funding opportunities and instructions on how you can apply is provided below.
UMII Seed Grant Program
Formerly known as the Updraft and On the Horizon funding programs
In 2020, UMII's Updraft and On the Horizons programs were merged to form the UMII Seed Grant program. UMII Seed Grant funds are intended to promote, catalyze, accelerate and advance UMN-based informatics research so that UMN faculty and staff are well prepared to compete for longer term external funding opportunities. Proposals from all disciplines are encouraged to apply, with special consideration given to proposals that align with one or more of the five areas of the MnDRIVE initiative. Seed grants are divided into three funding levels; Small, Medium, and Large. Small seed grants can be used to cover immediate, short-term needs, whereas medium and large seed grants may be used to cover mid-term needs over multiple years.
UMII MnDRIVE 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; discoveries and treatments for brain conditions; and cancer clinical trials.
Apply for Funding
To view more detailed program information on active UMII funding programs, or to submit a proposal, please visit the UMII grants application portal and follow these instructions:
- If you are already logged into the portal (your name appears in the top right corner of the page), you may click the Apply Now button under any program to be taken to the program page to view program details and complete your application. If you are not yet logged in, please proceed to step 2 and 3.
- Log in with your UMN credentials by selecting UMN Login from the dropdown in the top right corner of this page. If you do not have UMN login credentials, you will need to create and log in with a SurveyMonkey account by clicking SurveyMonkey Apply in the login dropdown.
- Once you are logged in, click on Programs in the top right corner to view all programs, or simply navigate back to the UMII grants application portal. Select one of the available programs to view program details and to submit a proposal.
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.