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.
Proposals will be submitted in three parts:
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.
CTSP is looking for researchers and practitioners in the San Francisco Bay Area or elsewhere who are willing to offer mentorship to our fellows working on collaborative projects. This is an informal role that will vary according to the specific relationships mentors and fellows establish, but we intend for mentors to expand the disciplinary and professional perspectives considered by the fellows, help them refine their projects, and be a first line of problem solving when issues arise.