EAGER Funding Mechanism Information Session

NSF Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) Funding Mechanism Information Session-Research with a Smart Cities Focus 

Speaker: Susan Winter, Associate Dean for Research,

College of Information Studies, Maryland's iSchool

Friday, November 9, 2018, 12:00-1:00pm

McKeldin Library, Room 2113

Please join us for an information session on the NSF EAGER funding mechanism which can be used to support exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches. This work could be considered especially "high risk-high payoff" in the sense that it, involves radically different approaches, applies new expertise, or engages novel disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives.  With this interdisciplinary focus, the EAGER could be an excellent mechanism for providing proof of concept or pilot data for early stage Smart Cities research.  

Dr. Winter will review the EAGER funding mechanism, provide best practices for identifying projects and share tips on questions to be sure to ask the Program Manager when briefing them on your proposal idea.  Please feel free to include a one-page idea overview with your RSVP; if time allows, Dr. Winter will review one or two with the group and provide early feedback.

EAGER Highlights:

  • EAGER's are only subject to "internal merit review" meaning that program managers typically make awards without requesting external reviews  (except under very rare circumstances)

  • Requests can be made for up to $300K over 2 years

  • The 2016 success rate for EAGER's was 68% vs. 24% for all NSF awards

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Winter is the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Information Studies, Maryland's iSchool and the Co-Director of the Center for Advanced Study of Communities and Information.  Her research focuses on the social and organizational challenges of data reuse and large-scale collaboration among scientists acting within highly institutionalized sociotechnical systems.  She was previously a Science Advisor in the Directorate for Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences, a Program Director, and Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation supporting distributed, interdisciplinary scientific collaboration for complex data-driven and computational science.   Dr. Winter received her PhD from the University of Arizona, MA from the Claremont Graduate University, and BA from the University of California, Berkeley.