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NI Academic Research Grant Program Official Rules

Table of Content

Eligibility

Program Priorities

Submission Process

Selected Award Recipients

Grants

General

 

Eligibility

  • Authors must be 18 years of age or older at the time of entry.
  • Applications must be submitted in English.
  • Authors must be researchers at an academic institution that offers a post-graduate program.
  • Authors may submit only one proposal as the principal investigator.
  • Authors must use an NI product to produce a measurement, control, wireless communication, and/or automation application in the proposed project, and the abstracts and technical papers describing such uses must be original to the authors.
  • This program is void where prohibited or restricted by law.
  • Employees of National Instruments (“NI”), its subsidiaries and affiliates, advertising agencies, promotional partners, and the relatives and household members of the employees of each are not eligible to enter.
  • This program is subject to all US federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Recipients are invited to create a case study report and present their research at the following NIWeek conference in Austin, Texas, USA.
  • Entries are not maintained in confidence.
  • All entries (including abstracts and papers) become the property of NI and are not returned. NI is not responsible for late, damaged, incomplete, illegible, lost, delayed, or misdirected entries.

 

Program Priorities

An anonymous panel of judges consisting of NI experts evaluates all entries. The decisions of the judges are final. Entries are evaluated based on the following considerations:

  • Is the application an excellent example of graphical system design?
  • How technically challenging is the solution?
  • Are the benefits of adopting a graphical system design approach clearly articulated?
  • Does the application make a positive impact on the world?

 

Submission Process

2016 Application Dates

January 1—Application opens for Phase I, pre-proposal abstract submissions

March 4—Deadline: Phase I applications due by midnight CST

March 25—Applicants receive notification of Phase I results

June 10—Deadline: Phase II proposals (invitation only) due by midnight CST

July 8—Final grant recipients notified

Initial Contact

Applicants must identify their NI sponsor before submitting an application. This is usually the applicant’s local field engineer. To find your local NI representative, please call (888) 280-7645 or visit ni.com/global. Your sponsor will advise you throughout the application process.

Phase I—Pre-Proposal Abstract Application

During Phase I, applicants have the opportunity to submit an abstract summarizing the purpose of the project, what issues it addresses, goals, and objectives. In addition, applicants must briefly describe any additional funding, experience, and project plans related to the project. Abstracts must be submitted through the online form at ni.com/research-grants. Applicants are notified of their application status through the email address listed on their application. Finalists are invited to proceed to Phase II. Those who are not invited to Phase II are encouraged to contact their NI sponsor regarding next steps.

Requirements

  • Pre-proposal abstract
  • General timeline
  • Budget overview
  • Dissemination plan

    Phase II—Full Proposal (Invitation Only)

    Invited finalists from Phase I have the opportunity to submit a full proposal that elaborates on the technical aspects, timeline, and budget of the project. Finalists receive a detailed template that outlines specific criteria needed for Phase II proposals when they are notified of their invitation to Phase II.

    Requirements

    • Completed proposal template
    • Right to Publish form
    • Final budget and timeline

      Notification of Recipients

      Grant award recipients are notified by the date specified in the Application Dates table. Projects being funded through the grant will be publicly announced at the NIWeek conference that follows the close of the grant program.

       

      Selected Award Recipients

    • NI notifies all recipients through the email address listed in the entry.
    • Each of the recipients may be required to sign a declaration of eligibility, grant claim form, and release (“Declaration”). If NI does not receive the completed Declaration within 10 days of notification attempt, the applicable grant is forfeited.
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      Grants

    • All grant recipients receive full reimbursement on one NIWeek conference and expo pass for a specified year (this is not transferable to another year).
    • Up to $50,000 in USD or the equivalent in NI tools will be awarded to one or more grant recipients. NI may provide grants totaling less than $50,000 depending upon the applications received.
    • All grants are nontransferable.
    • Any tax or duty on a grant is the sole responsibility of the applicable recipient.
    • Sponsorship is an unrestricted gift of funds.
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      General

      Odds of receiving a grant depends on the number and quality of eligible entries received. By entering or accepting a grant, authors consent to the use of their names (including corporation name), pictures, voices, evaluation data, biographical data, and/or likeness in advertising and promotional materials by NI and its promotional partners, without additional compensation. Author is responsible for ensuring that any grant awarded is used for the project described in the application.

      Authors agree that NI (including its affiliates and advertising agencies) shall not be liable for injury, loss, or damage of any kind resulting from participating in this program or from the acceptance or use of any grant awarded. Authors warrant their entries are original, that no false information is given, and that no other person owns or has any rights to any element of the entry including any copyrights in it. Program rules may change from year to year. The use of any NI hardware or software provided as part of a grant is subject to the NI Terms and Conditions of Sale located at: http://www.ni.com/pdf/legal/us/termsofsale.pdf.

      NI additionally assists researchers, on a case-by-case basis, by providing training, engineering consulting, and support in winning government grants. Discuss the options for additional assistance with your local NI representative.