Researchers can tap into $175,000 worth of seed money for COVID-19 projects thanks to the University of Central Florida’s Office of Research, several colleges and UCF’s new Artificial Intelligence & Big Data Initiative announced earlier this week.

Up to $175,000 is available to researchers who use AI or data science tools to tackle pandemic-related problems that are having a big negative effect on society. The projects can be in any field. Interdisciplinary teams and those projects that include an industry partner are highly encouraged to apply for the funding.

The intent of the program is to seed the development of preliminary results that will lead to additional external research funds. A single UCF researcher can request up to $25,000. If more than one principal investigator, including senior/key personnel, a maximum of $50,000 for the collaborative project can be requested. Intercollegiate/interdisciplinary teams are encouraged.

Applications will be evaluated using the National Science Foundation’s two merit-review criteria: intellectual merit and broader ImpactThe Artificial Intelligence & Big Data Seed Funding Review Board, comprised of academic and industry experts, will make the selections. Applications must be submitted through InfoReady. No emails will be accepted.

Deadline is July 27. Awards will be announced Aug. 17.

Story by Zenaida Kotala for UCF Today