The leadership of the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Worcester Polytechnic Institute are committed to leveraging our respective strengths to foster productive and sustainable interdisciplinary collaborations among our faculty and students. To support this goal, UMass Lowell and WPI will jointly provide up to $20,000 per project to support collaborative projects for research teams comprised of faculty from both institutions.
This initiative is intended to support new collaborations, novel discoveries, increased external funding, future industry partnerships, and possibly, the development of patentable intellectual property. Priority for funding will be given to new collaborations, projects that include multiple UMass Lowell and WPI faculty, projects that include more than one discipline, and projects that are likely to lead to external funding and/or commercialization/industry partnerships.
This year’s priority areas are community-engaged research/global health/social justice, biomanufacturing/biotechnology (including workforce development), and cybersecurity. Proposals in other areas are welcome. Proposals are due February 28, 2022. For more information, please see attached and the UML-WPI Collaborative Seed Funding on UMass Lowell’s Research & Innovation Opportunities Portal (uml.infoready4.com) or contact Antje Harnisch.
WPI and UMass Lowell embrace and celebrate diversity in all its forms and encourage individuals from underrepresented populations to apply for this funding