2016 Longhorn Innovation Fund for Technology RFP Launch

Posted on: February 4, 2016


The 2016 launch of the Longhorn Innovation Fund for Technology (LIFT) Request for Proposals is Friday, Mhttp://DONE: https://cio.utexas.edu/itgovernance/liftarch 4, 2106 . Join us from 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. in POB 2.402 to hear from past recipients and learn about the solicitation process. The LIFT Winner Poster Session and Solicitation Q&A will present some of the LIFT-funded innovation technology projects underway on campus and encourage those of you contemplating submitting a LIFT proposal to do so.

Each year, the Research and Educational Technology Committee (R&E) of IT governance awards approximately $500,000 in grant funding through LIFT. The grants provide one-time seed-funding for innovative technology projects that support the University’s students and faculty. This current solicitation is for projects to be developed during fiscal year 2016-2017.

Projects funded by LIFT are designed to leverage innovative information technology to improve the quality of instruction, create a differentiator for attracting higher caliber students to the University, and provide a competitive advantage to the University in attracting sponsored research. Preference is given to projects with broad impact across the University. Research projects may receive LIFT funding, but the research must be applied with near-term practical use and benefit to the University.

The three main criteria used by R&E members when evaluating proposals are Significance, Likelihood of Success, and Impact/Value. Each year approximately eight percent of grants are selected for funding. Any UT faculty or staff member is eligible to submit a project proposal. To learn more, and access the LIFT Proposal Template, please go to the LIFT website.

LIFT 2016 Timeline

  • March 4, 2016 LIFT Launch with Past Winner Poster Session and Solicitation Q&A (9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. in POB 2.402)
  • April 15, 2016 Deadline for proposal submission
  • May 2016 Special extended meeting of R&E for award evaluation and selection
  • End of June/First Week of July 2016 Notification of awards
  • Beginning of 2016 fall semester Project start

This year for the first time, LIFT is partnering with the National Science Foundation Innovation Corp (NSF I Corps) program to provide training for applicants and winners on how to reach and expand the audience for the grant product, commercialize any technology developed, and provide the legacy status necessary for applying for major governmental grant funding.

Please contact Angela Newell or Christy Tran for more information about the LIFT Launch or the proposal submittal process. If you know anyone who might be interested in submitting a LIFT proposal, please forward this message.


Thanks to a tip from Marc Bizer, Professor in the College of Liberal Arts, about a newly released iPhone app developed by his wife Elana Bizer, MSW, Counseling and Mental Health Center, and funded by a generous LIFT grant! The app is designed to help students manage the ups and downs of their own college experience. Learn more and download the app.

This is an excellent example of how LIFT grants can positively impact the lives of students on campus.

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