ISD Announces New Funding Opportunity

ISD’s new funding opportunity supports engineering research focused on breakthrough ideas to tackle complex challenges facing our society. 

Proposals will 

  • emphasize integrative systems engineering and design science, as well as an application to emerging areas within fields such as manufacturing, energy, design, and automotive systems that transcend society;
  • support ISD’s priority for advancing integrative systems and design principles in research to address complex problems; and
  • address societal gaps through an integration of fields and communities into the process of designing and manufacturing. 

In addition, proposals can combine qualitative and quantitative research methods to demonstrate the beneficial role of integrative approaches in successful realization, use, and retirement of engineering systems. The hope is this approach serves to holistically inspire engineers, while also including historically excluded communities.

Research proposals are also encouraged to use best practices identified during the 2022 ISD DEI IDEAS Summit. This includes advancing equity, the power of co-design, and reconciling diversion points.

University of Michigan tenure-track faculty, research track faculty, professor of practice, and clinical faculty with an appointment or affiliation to ISD are eligible to submit proposals. 

More details can be found on the ISD Seed Grants webpage, and a formal announcement will be available soon. 

Submissions will be accepted no later than July 22. Award notifications will be made the following month. Email Miki Banu, ISD Associate Chair of Doctoral Education and Research, with questions and proposals.