The Alliance will be a catalyst for transdisciplinary dialogue and research on evolving issues related to the role of information in our lives. By identifying shared challenges and encouraging innovative solutions, the Alliance seeks to facilitate a future in which information in all its forms can be an effective resource for everyone.

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2014-2015 Seed Grant Competition

When can a problem become an opportunity? When you become part of a new Seed Grant competition from the Future of Information Alliance. Each winning project will combine an information-related challenge, an energetic team of students, a faculty mentor, and an engaged outside collaborator, such as the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, or the National Geographic Society.

With generous support from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, up to four teams of students and their faculty mentors will be chosen to receive up to $25,000 per team to carry out a project during the spring semester of 2015.


Congratulations to the FIA-Deutsch Seed Grant Competition award winners! They include 18 students and eight faculty mentors in four interdisciplinary teams with members drawn from nine UMD colleges and schools!

See the award winning teams here »

Next Seed Grant Event:
May 6, 2015
Special Events Room (6173), McKeldin Library
10am - 12pm


The FIA Seed Grant Competition is designed to encourage teams of students to engage in research projects that lead the way to innovative solutions for key information-related challenges.


Multi-college student teams (undergraduate through graduate levels) of up to 5 members + a faculty mentor + outside partner(s)


  • Meet thought leaders from renowned organizations.
  • Be part of a collaborative research experience.
  • Four student teams will win grants of up to $25,000.
  • Winning teams will be designated FIA-Deutsch Student Fellows and faculty will be FIA-Deutsch Faculty Fellows.

Each winning team can have up to five students and they must come from two or more colleges at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). Winning team members will become FIA-Deutsch Student Fellows and will receive a $3,000 stipend apiece. Each faculty mentor will become a FIA-Deutsch Faculty Fellow and will receive $7,000. In addition, each team will be allowed up to $3,000 for expenses. Interested students will have opportunities at consultation meetings this fall to find each other and to make connections with faculty mentors and the 10 FIA Founding Partners: the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the National Geographic Society, the Newseum, Sesame Workshop, the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S. National Park Service, the Barrie School, NPR-affiliate station WAMU 88.5, and the Office of the Governor of Maryland.

We expect these projects to result in innovative solutions to challenges that face us in a rapidly evolving information landscape. These outcomes can be novel concepts or prototypes or research findings that could lead to practical applications and adoption and would have the potential to change lives. The Alliance seeks to facilitate a future in which information in all its forms can be an effective resource for everyone.


Advance registration is required for some events.