Funding Opportunities 

Small Grants

FUNding Friday

summer of code

Seed funding for emerging technology

The ESIP Lab releases two Request for Proposals (RPFs) annually seeking innovative ideas for high-risk, high-reward projects and/or seed funding necessary to demonstrate a proof of concept.  Proposals that are collaborative across academic departments or institutions receive priority. Proposal duration is six months with a maximum $10,000 budget.

RPFs are released in April and October. See a list of our previously funded projects here.

FUNding Friday at the ESIP Summer Meeting

FUNding Friday is a mini-grant competition held annually at the ESIP Summer Meeting. This competition serves several purposes:

  • promotes and rewards new collaborations or bridges between ESIP projects and technologies, so that novel outcomes can be explored.
  • fosters small-scale projects of real value by supporting salary, travel—whatever is needed to realize the proposed work.
  • showcases how ESIP can leverage current technologies and member skills to add new services with a modest amount of funding.

Winning member projects receive $5000, students receive $3000.

Check out our past winners

Google Summer of Code

The ESIP Lab is an active participant in the annual Google Summer of Code (GSoC) program, which sponsors students to work full-time for 3-months on open source projects during the summer, supervised by a senior contributor from the mentoring organization. All ESIP partner organizations are eligible to submit an idea under the ESIP umbrella.

ESIP must apply annually to be a GSoC participant.  

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