The 2020 CITRIS Seed Funding opportunity invites Principal Investigators at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Davis Health, UC Merced, and UC Santa Cruz to apply for seed funding that advances CITRIS and the Banatao Institute research initiatives, strengthens UC campus connections, and drives novel technology applications.
$600,000 in awards available
$40,000 to $60,000 per project
Deadline is Thurs., Sept. 10, 2020 at 5 pm (PDT)
Funded projects have attracted more than $60 million in follow-on support from federal, state, industrial, and private sources including the NSF, NIH, DOE, Intel, Microsoft, Mellon Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Areas of interest include:
CITRIS POLICY LAB FUNDING AREAS
How do we build — and harness — technology that protects privacy, security, and democracy?
The CITRIS Policy Lab supports interdisciplinary technology policy research and engagement to better ensure development and deployment of technology in the interest of society.
Reflecting its interdisciplinary approach, the CITRIS Policy Lab joins with partners from the public and private sectors to drive thoughtful policy research and engagement at local, state, national, and international levels. Activities address core questions regarding the role of formal and informal regulation in promoting innovation and amplifying its positive effects.
The CITRIS Policy Lab invites proposals for research that addresses topical issues such as those listed below:
Bots and Misinformation on Facebook: Prevalence, Activity, and Effects
This project will offer a foundational overview of the prevalence and activities of bots on Facebook, model the role of bots in the spread of misinformation on public Facebook pages over time, and identify bot influence on the hostility of user discussions.
Cognition to Action in Extreme Events: Policy Interventions for Disaster Risk Reduction
Researchers will use rapid prototyping to explore how to make city-scale transportation models, visualizations, and communication strategies effective and responsive to community needs when constituents must make life-altering decisions.
The CITRIS Seed Funding COVID-19 Response provides funding to support the rapid development of transformative technology and policy solutions (i.e., hardware, software, data analytics, frameworks) that will address the unfolding range of societal challenges presented by COVID-19. Proposals should have the potential for rapid translation into practice through public or private channels. To spur technology innovation for the benefit of society, CITRIS seed funds are intended to catalyze scalable applications, larger funding proposals, and successful technology transfer.
SAMPLE AREAS OF INTEREST FOR THE CITRIS POLICY LAB
Up to $50,000 per project
Deadline is Fri., April 24 at 5 pm PDT
Contact Dr. Brandie Nonnecke (nonnecke at berkeley dot edu), Director, CITRIS Policy Lab