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Attention: Frist Center members, call for pre-proposals

Posted by on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 in News.

Call for Pre-proposals: Projects, mini-grants, literature reviews, and symposia

Photo by Claire Barnett
Photo by Claire Barnett

Due: Nov 15, 2019

The Frist Center for Autism & Innovation announces its first call for proposals for members to request support for mini-grants, large research projects, literature reviews, and symposia. We are utilizing a two-step process: In this first step, members may first submit brief pre-proposals for consideration; in the second step, those determined to be of greatest interest and potential fit will be invited to submit more comprehensive information for further consideration.

Eligibility: Requests for Frist Center support may be submitted only by members (Affiliates and Fellows) of the Frist Center for Autism & Innovation. Proposals in the Large Project category may be submitted only by Fellows. A current list of Affiliates and Fellows may be found at this link.

Categories of Support: Pre-proposals may be submitted in the following categories:

  • Mini-grants: Funds of up to $10,000 for 1 year duration may be requested for projects with short-term, concrete deliverables, that require modest funds, and/or to explore ideas that could potentially become large projects in the future.
  • Large projects: Funds of up to $50,000 for 1-2 years duration may be requested for projects that advance this year’s theme of “inclusion engineering” in one or more of the following areas. Requests for in-kind support that leverage the graduate student traineeship funding through the newly established interdisciplinary graduate program in Neurodiversity Inspired Science & Engineering (NISE) are especially encouraged.
    • Supports for Social Competencies: intelligent tools and platforms for supporting social interactions critical for employment
    • Adaptive Independence: adaptive tools and platforms that support transition to independence and work
    • Optimized Skill Acquisition: interactive tools, systems and policies that better support individuals learning vocational skills
    • Workplace Innovation: tools, systems and policies to engage in meaningful employment and improve workplace environments.
  • Literature reviews: Funds of up to $10,000 for 1 year duration may be requested to develop reviews suitable for publication in any area of relevance to the Frist Center mission.
  • Symposia: Funds of up to $10,000 for 1 year duration may be requested to convene a meeting at Vanderbilt in any area of relevance to the Frist Center mission. Requests for in-kind support in the form of logistical support and/or meeting space are welcomed.

Information Requested: The online form at this link requests the following:

  • One-page abstract level summary, including goals, key activities and deliverables, relation to Frist Center mission, rough budget
  • CV of the PI, list of key collaborators

Due: Nov 15, 2019


  • Susan Morantes

    January 3rd, 2020

    Would like to be updated on news and grant opportunities.

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