May 15, 2009 | UW Bioengineering
Summary Note. The department will support groups of students to work on design projects outside class and capstone efforts. Awards are expected to be in the range of $250-$300 and are meant to support materials costs. Recipients will have access to the special projects lab (N119) for funded projects.
RFA 09-01 Design Project Seed Grant
Purpose: Bioengineering wishes to recognize the extraordinary talent of our undergraduates by making available the funds to support extracurricular design projects that are of interest to our students. These can include, but are not limited to, projects focused on Global Health, do-it-yourself (DIY) bioengineering, as well as outreach and education. To support these out-of-the-box design projects, the department has created the Bioengineering Student Design Fund (BSDF), a grant to support extracurricular undergraduate design projects. Pending availability of funds, BSDF will hold annual competitions to award money to support new and existing student organizations that have specific design projects they wish to conduct.
Funds available and anticipated number of awards: Bioengineering intends to commit $500 to the BSDF in ‘08-’09 to support one or two design project seed grants. Based on the outcome of this initial round of funding, we anticipate increased availability of funds in future years to support more design projects with larger grants.
Budget period: Awarded funds will be available 6/1/2009 through 12/31/2009.
Eligible student groups and organizations: Any group of 3 or more BioE majors with a BioE faculty member serving as an advisor. Students from other departments, as well as pre-BioE students are invited to participate. Group organizer(s) must be a BioE major. NOTE: BSDF does not support design projects conducted for credit towards graduation, but will gladly support the extension of projects developed in a BioE course, once that course has ended.
Application requirements: A complete application for the 09-01 Design Project Seed Grant Competition should be no longer than 3 pages (including tables, figures, charts and references) and should include the following elements:
- Student Organization Details (~1/2 page): Name of student organization, name of student organizer(s), partial list of student participants (name, major, year), name of BioE Faculty Advisor, short mission statement for the organization.
- Project summary (~1 to 1 ½ pages): Brief introduction/background to the problem being addressed, description of design goals, anticipated outcomes, and a summary of methods to achieve the stated goals.
- Milestones (~1/2 page): List of specific milestones for the proposed activity
- Budget (~1/2 page): Prepare a budget and short justification of anticipated expenses (allowable expenses include equipment, reagents, instrumentation fees, fabrication costs, hardware, tools). The Budget does not need to be itemized, but should be listed by category. Food, beverage, software and travel are not allowable expenses without specific justification (awards amounts and budget can be adjusted by the BSDF).
- Renewals (1/2 page): If your application is a renewal for a previous BSDF-funded project, you should include a ½ page summary of your accomplishments for the previous period of support.
- Faculty letter of support (not included in page limit): A brief letter/email by a BioE faculty member expressing commitment to mentor students in the proposed activity. The letter should include details of how often the faculty will meet with the students and in what capacity they will mentor the group
Dates: Submissions should be completed electronically and submitted as a pdf to Kelli Jayn Nichols no later than May 31, 2009. Awards will be announced after the subsequent SAC meeting.
Selection Criteria: Projects will be evaluated by the Student Affairs Committee. The selection panel will include faculty, a student representative, and BioE advising staff. BSDF awards will be made on the basis of the merit of the problem to be addressed, the quality of the design proposal, and the perceived ability of the student group to achieve the stated outcomes.