Call for Proposals

Identifying and addressing the challenges of COVID-19 through artificial intelligence, technology, and big data

  • Seed Grants: Up to three awards | Up to $25,000 each
  • Deadline: February 26, 2021

The McDonnell International Scholars Academy and the Social Policy Institute (SPI) at Washington University in St. Louis are seeking proposals from Washington University researchers and international partners that identify and address the challenges of COVID-19 through artificial intelligence, technology, and big data. This is the second year the Social Policy Institute and McDonnell Academy have partnered to provide seed grants for international research. SPI’s focus on cross-sector collaboration and international research is a natural complement to the McDonnell Academy’s emphasis on incubating domestic and international research talent and strengthening Washington University’s global profile. As such, this joint seed grant program will capitalize on the strengths of both institutions and further establish Washington University as a leader in global research.

Funding provided in part by the Mastercard Impact Fund, in collaboration with Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth.

The McDonnell Academy’s network of premier partner universities can help to facilitate joint research. Proposed projects are encouraged to include an international collaborator from any of the McDonnell Academy’s partner universities, and can include other institutions as well. Preference will be given to projects that also foster collaborations across disciplines.

Seed grants are available to support faculty research responsive to this call. We anticipate funding up to three proposals at $25,000 each.