MHI Proposal Submission Form
Key activities sponsored by the Ming Hsieh Institute include supporting ground-breaking proposals by our faculty members to launch research and other academic endeavors that enhance the electrical engineering department in significant ways. This includes venture funding for activities under three well-defined themes to initiate research and academic programs that are strikingly innovative and forward-looking.
Sponsorship is aimed to support programmatic activities that broadly benefit electrical engineering faculty and students, build an energetic academic environment, and increase the department’s impact and visibility. Proposals are evaluated by the MHI Faculty Advisory Council and / or the MHI leadership. The Ming Hsieh Institute sponsored the following activities in 2015/2016 categorized by research themes, including a research testbed, innovative seminar series, workshops and conferences, visitor programs and mini-grants.
All tenured and tenure-track faculty with primary appointment in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering at USC can submit a proposal form. Each faculty member can participate in multiple proposals. There is no limit on the number of PIs per proposal. USC faculty members outside of the EE Department can serve as Co-PIs, but not as PIs.
Requests must specifically indicate all activities, expected results, and deliverable(s) of the proposed activity. The proposals must clearly state: Why the proposed theme and associated activities must be supported by the Ming Hsieh Institute and not by other funding sources.
•Clear indication of how the proposed theme and associated activities enhance the reputation of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, and inspire future research trends and directions among worldwide institutions
•Producing tangible products for wide public dissemination, such as physical/virtual demonstrations, proceedings, white papers, reports, etc
•Ability to attract interest and further funding from government and private sources upon Institute funding (i.e., sustainability plan)
•Spanning distinct disciplines of Electrical Engineering in inclusive themes and activities. Proposals and themes that span Electro-Physics and Systems in meaningful and creative ways are specifically encouraged
Visitor Program: support of top researchers and technical staff from both academia and industry to come to USC as an external visitor
• CV and letter from the host justifying the visit clearly indicating plans/schedule for talks, collaborations, etc.
• Budget (funding maximum for a visitor is $6,000)
Seminar Series / Workshops
• One-time or recurring seminar series or workshops held on USC campus that benefit a wide range of constituents (e.g., at least 3 supporting faculty) within the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering
• External general conferences (e.g., those sponsored by the IEEE and like organizations) will not receive support from MHI unless closely associated with USC (e.g., held on USC campus and accessible to all USC constituents)
Mini-Grants: miscellaneous events, projects, causes that will aid our faculty and students in ways that cannot be ordinarily supported through other sources. Possible examples of such mini-grants include, but are not restricted to:
• support for showcasing research through various means
• internal research retreats
• social events that broaden student, faculty and staff participation
• tools to enhance the learning experience inside and outside the classroom
• support for top USC students to participate in specific conferences/events if other means of support (e.g., advisor’s grants/contracts) cannot be used
• mini-grant requests are expected to be for dollar amounts ranging from $200 - $2500
The Institute may request budget reduction for awarded proposals
Full Name (PI):
Name of all other Co-PIs:
Proposal Category: (please only check one of the below categories that most identifies with your proposal):
Brief description of proposal (2-6 sentences):
Extensive information about your project/research from your proposal that you would like displayed on the MHI website (2-5 paragraphs): Must specifically indicate all activities, and expected results. Must clearly state why the proposed theme and associated activity should be supported by the Ming Hsieh Institute.
Must be between
Estimated Budget: specify the cost for each activity in detail
Proposed duration of funding (ex. 1 day, 1 year):
Attach a PDF of full proposal:
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