The Penn State Center for Human Evolution and Diversity (CHED) invites proposals for grants for multidisciplinary projects aimed at the development of innovative methods for visualizing and/or studying the human phenotype (including human behavior) and human contextual information using common handheld and wearable devices. Recognizing that mobile devices such as smartphones and smartwatches are ubiquitous and capture enormous amounts of data on human behavior and interactions with the physical and social environment, we seek multidisciplinary research teams interested in designing methods of harvesting and processing mobile data in order to shed light on previously poorly understood aspects of human health, behavior, or human interactions with the environment. We encourage teams to design novel approaches to such questions, utilizing automated methods such as machine learning or deep learning algorithms, voice recognition, natural language processing, and/or digital image processing.
It is anticipated that there will be two successful proposals funded, for up to $20,000 each. Applications describing novel and risky, but defendable, methodological approaches are strongly welcomed. Projects involving undergraduate researchers are encouraged and can be funded up to $5,000 extra. Successful teams will be expected to showcase their research project in an episode of CHED’s “Tracking Traits” podcast series.
Applications are invited from multidisciplinary teams of Penn State researchers representing at least three departments, including one from computer science or engineering. Prospective applicants are encouraged to reach out to Nina Jablonski (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mark Shriver (email@example.com) if they have any questions about this RFP.
Applications consisting of a one-page summary (NSF-style, with separate headings for the overview, statement on the intellectual merit of the proposed activity, and statement on the broader impacts of the proposed activity), NSF-style biographical sketches of all co-investigators, a budget, and project timeline should be sent to Nina Jablonski (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mark Shriver (email@example.com) on or before Friday 10 December 2021. Final selection of projects for funding will be based on internal peer review of written applications.