Strategic Collaborative Initiative Program

I am pleased to announce the continuation of the Strategic Collaborative Initiative program that supports collaborative research projects between the University of Chicago faculty and either Argonne or Fermilab scientists/engineers, as well as three-way collaborations between University of Chicago, Argonne, and Fermilab.

The Program: The University of Chicago funds research projects to support collaborative research between the university and the laboratory. Awards will be available for up to $75,000 (inclusive of indirect costs) for a period of 12 months.

Criteria for Proposal Selection: Criteria for selection include importance of the work to be accomplished, whether the collaboration creates a more powerful research program, and potential to achieve an ongoing collaboration between institutions. Proposals should align with emerging joint research priorities among the institutions. All proposals must include researchers from University of Chicago and Argonne or University of Chicago and Fermilab.

Guidelines and Evaluation: Applications are due on Friday, April 15, 2016. Full proposal guidelines and application link can be found at: A team of reviewers will assess the merits of all submitted proposals. The final selection will be made in June 2016. Upon completion of the grant period, funded PIs will be required to provide a brief written report on the project’s scientific results and how the funds were used.

Additional questions should be directed to Meera Raja, Assistant Director of Research Innovation at or Elena Zinchenko, Director of Research Innovation, at