PATHS-UP Innovation Seed Fund Program
Invitation for Student Lead Proposals FY 2018-2019
A portion of the PATHS-UP Innovation Seed Fund has been created to enable the funding of student led innovation projects formulated around technologies and problem statements relevant to the vision and mission of PATHS-UP. This fund has been established by the Innovation Ecosystem Team under the advice of the Industry and Practitioner Advisory Board (IPAB) and approved by the Executive leadership team of PATHS-UP.
Seed fund Proposal submission and award timeline
Proposals Due: March 1, 2019
Awards Announced: March 15, 2019
Funding Starts: April 1, 2019
Depending on the quantity and quality of proposal submissions there could be 2 cycles of seed grant funds on an annual basis.
Seed Fund Project Details
Project duration – 6 Months
Funding – Expect to fund 5 student lead projects at $5,000 per project in this cycle
Use of funds – Funds can be used for project prototyping supplies/expenses, travel to partner schools and underserved communities or meetings with stakeholders and undergraduate student salaries.
Types of Projects Considered for Funding
These projects are to be proposed independent of the research that is currently being pursued under the NSF funding for PATHS-UP. The proposed projects should focus on reduction to practice of ERC technologies for a specific product applications, or be related in some way to the advancement of remote health monitoring in the PATHS-UP application areas. Some examples of project foci are described below.
- Customer discovery using the NSF I-Sites/I-Corp lean business canvas approach
- Field research via immersion to identify new product opportunities
- Ideation, conceptualization, prototyping and feasibility testing of product design
- Building a prototype to evaluate/demonstrate feasibility
- Developing a new method to manufacture or fabricate specific technologies
- Development of unique test beds for characterization and evaluation of relevant technologies and/or products in the PATHS-UP areas
- Development of novel application software for addressing specific data collection, analysis, and data science challenges in remote health monitoring
- Others that fit the scope of the PATHS-UP Vision.
Project Team Structure
- Project teams should be formed from graduate/undergraduate students across at least 2 ERC partner institutions
- The team should identify a Project Manager (lead), and all the supporting team members
- The team should have a Faculty mentor/advisor to consult on an as-needed basis but all the work should be done by the project team.
- Project teams will submit proposals in response to this call using a standard proposal template (attached).
- Proposals should provide clear descriptions of the project goals, methods to be employed, and the deliverables (including interim milestones)
- The IPAB will review the proposals and recommend the projects for funding in each seed fund cycle
Project Final Review and Innovation Competition
- Teams will make a 10 min pitch at the end of grant period to IPAB/Boards and compete for PATHS-UP Innovation Prizes
- Teams can also compete for follow on funding of the project towards commercialization.