Funding Opportunities 

Small Grants

FUNding Friday

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

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