The University of Texas at Austin

2014 Longhorn Innovation Fund for Technology (LIFT) Solicitation for Proposals

April 18, 2014

On April 16, 2014, the Research and Educational Technology Committee (R&E) of IT governance at The University of Texas at Austin launched the annual request for proposals for innovative technology projects. For fiscal year 2014-2015, R&E will award approximately $500,000 in grant funding as part of the Longhorn Innovation Fund for Technology (LIFT) program. To learn more, view a video of the launch event, including presentations from past winners, a Q&A session for those interested in applying this year, and comments about what reviewers are looking for in a proposal from Dr. Pat Davis, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Pharmacy, and R&E chair.

LIFT grants are intended to be one-time seed money for innovative academic technology projects that leverage information technology to improve the quality of instruction for the University, attract high caliber students, and build stronger competitive advantages in sponsored research. While LIFT may be awarded to research projects, the research must be applied with near-term practical use and benefit to the University.

Preference will be given to proposals that address significant campus needs in innovative ways. Funding requests should be in the range of $75,000 - $125,000. Any UT Austin faculty or staff member is eligible to submit a proposal. The deadline for proposal submissions is Friday, May 30, 2014 at 5 p.m. More details are available on the LIFT website.

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