University of Chicago-Fermilab Strategic Collaborative Initiative

Donald Levy, vice president for research and for national laboratories at the University of Chicago, has announced the continuation of the Strategic Collaborative Initiative program. The program supports collaborative research projects between the University of Chicago faculty and Fermilab scientists and engineers, as well as three-way collaborations between University of Chicago, Fermilab and Argonne National Laboratory.

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 research priorities including, but not limited to, neutrinos, cosmology, and accelerators. All proposals must include researchers from both 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