Propose a Project, Become a Fellow
The request for proposals and application for our next funding cycle (January-August 2017) is now open until November 28, 2016. To better understand the types of projects the Center funds, have a look at our 2015-2016 projects and fellows.
The Center for Technology, Society, and Policy (CTSP) project proposal process is the centerpiece of our annual cycle. Each member of an accepted project proposal team becomes a fellow of the Center. Selected fellows with an interest in cybersecurity are also eligible to become joint fellows with the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC).
CTSP seeks short-term collaborative project proposals that address one or more of the four focus areas: engineering ethics; digital citizenship; empirical studies of technology policy; and building the technology and public policy pipeline.
Proposals must describe the project and how it addresses the chosen focus area(s), and should include one or more clearly defined outcomes. The scope of what your team may propose to do is open-ended and may include a publishable paper, a detailed design or engineering prototype, a whitepaper or regulatory proposal, a public event or a documentary film. Feel free to stretch the boundaries a bit here. We are looking to fund thoughtful and creative but concrete ideas to advance the state of knowledge, solve problems, and promote understanding in the four areas.
Projects can be independent endeavors, or can be undertaken with the cooperation or sponsorship of a non-profit, NGO, or government agency. If your project has a “client” as its beneficiary, we will ask that they submit a statement confirming their sponsorship, outlining how the project will benefit their organization, and how your contribution will be maintained (if applicable) past the project’s conclusion.
Project proposals will be evaluated for impact, or their ability to advance the state of affairs in one or more of CTSP’s focus areas; collaboration, or their building of connections between individuals, multiple perspectives, skill sets and/or disciplines; and reach, or their relevance beyond purely academic or other niche audiences.
What to Submit
Proposals will be submitted in three parts:
- Part 1 — De-identified project proposal
Please remove personally identifying information in this first part so that proposal review can be based on the quality of the project idea rather than the identities of those involved, to the extent possible. In about 2 pages, please describe your project, how long it will take, how it addresses the chosen focus area(s), and the outcome(s) of your project. No budget is desired unless your project requires additional funding beyond your combined $1,500 fellowships. Details are useful, but this isn’t meant to be a formal NSF-style proposal; please be succinct. Figures, sketches, hyperlinks, and references are welcomed though not required, and you can take an additional page or two to include these if necessary. If you want to stretch the boundaries a bit, you can also submit your application as a website or video. But a typical 2-page written proposal will be completely acceptable.
- Part 2 — Identified team description
In one page, please describe each member of your team, their relevant skills and experiences, and any skill(s) they hope to develop as a result of their work on the project. Please also include what each team member proposes to contribute to the project, and any interest they have in building the broader CTSP community (for example by blogging, or connecting people who should meet). If any team member has experience in the public sphere (blogging, speaking, disseminating ideas, hosting events, etc.), note that as well.
- Part 3 – Application
Please download and fill out the two-page application (located below). The application is a form-fillable PDF file that should be saved and submitted as a PDF. The application asks for your project title, team members, project deliverables, and allows you to indicate whether your project has a cybersecurity focus. Projects that include a focus on cybersecurity will be co-funded by the Center for Long Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) and accepted Fellows will be joint fellows of both CTSP and CLTC.
Applications are due Monday, November 28, 2016 at Midnight PST.
Please submit these three parts as separate PDFs. Only one application per group, please.
Click here to upload your completed application.
Please reach out to us with any clarifying questions about the application process. Below are a couple of questions that have come up more than once. We’ll add to these as necessary.
Q: Can I be a part of more than one proposal? Can my team submit more than one proposal?
Yes, with a word of caution. In general, we want to be flexible and open to experimentation and a variety of potential collaborations. We don’t want to foreclose something that might be interesting. That said, focus on quality over quantity. Submitting one clearly articulated proposal is a better strategy than submitting three vague ones.
Q: Can I submit a proposal if I live outside the U.S.? What if my project will take place outside the U.S.?
Sorry, but this year we are requiring all project team members to reside in the U.S.
Q: No one on my team attends or is affiliated with U.C. Berkeley. Can we still apply?
We encourage you to contact us in advance to discuss your proposal. We are giving preference to teams with at least one Berkeley member. However, if your project is a good fit for our mission, we will consider it.