Call for Proposals
Rice - IITK Strategic Collaboration Awards

Rice-IITK Strategic Collaboration Awards

Proposal Timeline for the 2023-2024 Academic Year

  • Proposals were due on or before June 1, 2023
  • Awards announced by July 1, 2023
  • Funds available July 1, 2023
  • Projects should be concluded by June 30, 2024
  • Final reports due August 1, 2024

Award Information

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) and Rice University have identified each other as strategic partners to foster deep collaborations in research and education. The Rice-IITK Strategic Collaboration Awards (SCA) have been established to facilitate and support joint initiatives that will strengthen the two universities’ strategic priorities as well as develop multi-disciplinary cutting-edge research to create academic and societal impact. We invite proposals from researchers in all disciplines at Rice and IITK, but particularly in the fields of Energy and Environment, Healthcare, Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, and Data Science and Computer Science & Engineering.

In this round of the Rice-IITK SCA, applicants are encouraged to submit funding proposals for innovative and sustainable programs built around collaborative research linking IITK and Rice. Proposals should be sustainable in the long-term with a plan for engagement that includes leveraging external funding and publication outputs.

Each proposal should have at least two Principal Investigators; one from Rice and one from IITK. Each successful proposal may receive up to 20,000 USD/IRN 15 lakhs from their respective university for a combined total of ~$38,000. Each Institution’s contributions will be used exclusively to fund its own researcher and their research expenses, and will not be commingled. The award of any funds from either Institution will be subject, in each case, to the internal processes and procedures of such Institution. Funding is available from June 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024.


Full-time and research faculty members at Rice are eligible to apply. Each grant requires at least one PI from IITK and one PI from Rice. Additional collaborators are welcome but not required. Proposals may be submitted individually or by a group of faculty. Please inform your department chair that you have applied.

Review Process

Award selection will be made by a joint committee formed by members of both universities, which reserves final authority over the selection of projects taking into account university and faculty strategic priorities, and the availability of funds.

Additional Information

For additional information, including selection criteria, eligible costs, and submission instructions, please download the guidelines document below.

Downloads for Submission

Submission Link

  • This link has been closed for the 2023-2024 academic year.


For any questions about the SCA or proposal submission process, please email