All interested faculty are welcome to join our team and we encourage you to contact Director Shideh Dashti for initial information and orientation.

Metrics for measuring success in the theme will be:

  • The number of publications, student degrees and interdisciplinary grants awarded
  • Domestic and international partnerships initiated
  • Reputation among peers, institutions, industry and agencies


There are currently two types available to our affiliates through seed grants:

  • Type 1: “Planning" seed grant with a maximum amount of $10k, to cover partial GRA or post-doc support, faculty course buy-out, and/or travel/workshop costs in preparation for a medium- to large-scale grant application that fits within the themes and objectives of IRT-RISE.
  • Type 2: REU matching support with a maximum of $2k, to supplement undergraduate research support in the college of engineering with research themes supported by IRT-RISE.

Note that our seed grantees will also receive support from an IRT research associate on team formation and proposal preparation efforts.

All affiliated faculty (particularly within the college of engineering and applied sciences) are encouraged to submit a two-page “scope of work” document in addition to a 2-page CV per person for all principal investigators. The “scope of work” document should detail how you are proposing to use the seed funds, the names and affiliations of your collaborators, how your proposed activities support and relate to the three themes of the IRT, funding opportunities that you plan to explore, and your proposed timeline for spending the grant. The first round of applications for the fall series closes on Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. mountain time.

Apply for a seed grant

2021 IRT Seminar Series

Fall 2021 Workshop