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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The Future of Information Alliance @ the University of Maryland

2013-2014 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, four teams of students and their faculty mentors were chosen to receive up to $25,000 per team to carry out a project during the spring semester. In addition, the judges this year named one team as honorees, and they received up to $3,000 in expenses to carry out their project.


The FIA-Deutsch Seed Grant Competition award winners included 22 students and six faculty mentors in five interdisciplinary teams with members drawn from 9 UMD colleges and schools!

See the award winning teams here »


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 win grants of up to $25,000.
  • Winning teams are designated FIA-Deutsch Student Fellows and faculty are FIA-Deutsch Faculty Fellows.

Each winning team had up to five students and came from two or more colleges at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). Winning team members are FIA-Deutsch Student Fellows and received a $3,000 stipend apiece. Each faculty mentor is a FIA-Deutsch Faculty Fellow and received $7,000. In addition, each team was allowed up to $3,000 for expenses. Interested students had opportunities at consultation meetings 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.

These projects resulted in innovative solutions to challenges that face us in a rapidly evolving information landscape. The outcomes included novel concepts or prototypes or research findings that can lead to practical applications and adoption and 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.


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