Better x Design, an initiative at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, has announced a $3,000 seed fund for collaborative design projects. More information at betterxdesign.org.
The Better x Design Seed Fund supports collaborative, interdisciplinary design/build projects that make a positive impact on the social or environmental state of the world. To be eligible for this grant, a project must demonstrate some form of collaboration, be it between a university and a business, two departments within a university, two businesses, or two entrepreneurs from distinct backgrounds. The collaboration should be interdisciplinary, as we must approach the world’s biggest problems from multiple perspectives in order to develop appropriate and effective solutions. The effects of the project need not be global and can affect any one or more areas. Both professionals and students are eligible. Please fill out this application together, with at least one representative from each collaborating entity.
Currently, Better x Design has two $1500 grants to support projects.
Applications are due December 19, 2008, at 5pm EST. Please email applications to seed[at]betterxdesign.org.
Part I: Applicant Information & Abstract (1 page) Please list the names, occupations, institutions, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses for all project participants. Also provide a summary of your project in no more than 200 words.
Part II: Project Details (no more than 3 pages double-spaced) Give an overview of the project, including its context, motivation, and the need it will address. Also discuss these three main points: interdisciplinarity, process, and impact. How will the project bring together diverse perspectives? Walk through the process of designing, building, and implementation. What will the impact be? Cite specific metrics you will use with well-researched projections.
Part III: Budget (1 page) What is the proposed budget for this project? Include a line-by-line cost estimate and description of how the money will be used.