Thursday, August 30, 2012

Interested in Transdisciplinary Research? An FIA Seed Grant Could Be Yours!

Terps! The Division of Research at the University of Maryland has announced the FIA Seed Grant Competition. Here's your chance to meet some interested faculty members, form a team, and compete for grant money to conduct cutting-edge research. Don't miss out on this opportunity!

The Future of Information Alliance (FIA) is pleased to announce the FIA Seed Grant Competition. The contest represents an opportunity for faculty to work with motivated students, engage in transdisciplinary research, and connect with the 10 FIA Founding Partners (http://fia.umd.edu).

Four teams of students and their faculty mentors will win up to $25,000 in grants. "It will...help our students take part in the search for creative solutions to some of the most pressing issues of our time," says University of Maryland President Wallace Loh. The FIA Seed Grant Competition is made possible with support from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation (http://ter.ps/FIAGrant).

Faculty are invited to join students, FIA staff and FIA Partners for the informational kickoff meeting on Sept. 24, 2-4 pm in the Stamp Student Union Colony Ballroom. For full details, and to register for the informational meeting on Sept. 24, please visit http://fia.umd.edu. Representatives of FIA Founding Partners will take part. The partners include the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society, the Library of Congress, the US National Park Service, the Newseum, the National Archives, Sesame Workshop, WAMU 88.5, the Barrie School, and the Office of the Governor of Maryland.

In addition, the FIA will be announcing a series of events in 2012-2013 to expand the “Visiting Future-ist” program launched last year. Save the dates now for: Nov. 12, 2-4 pm: Transforming Education in the Future of Information. Feb. 4: Crowdsourcing for Creativity and the Human Potential. May 6: Big Data.