2013-2014 Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation Endowment: Assistive Technology Faculty-Student Collaborative Projects

Call for Proposals

Established in 2010, the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation Endowment provides funding to support the development of assistive technology solutions. The projects are intended to lead to the development of low-cost, user friendly assistive technology that can be used by students of all ages. Projects may focus on the development of new assistive technology solutions or improvements to existing assistive technology solutions.

One team will be awarded up to $20,000 for the 2013-2014 academic year. The team will be composed of a faculty lead, a student researcher with a disability who is engaged in design and usability testing, and a student researcher, with or without a disability, who will work under the direction of the faculty lead.

Funding may be used for faculty release time, equipment and materials, with the stipulation that two student scholarships of $4,500 each must be included in the proposed budget. Faculty from a variety of academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.

The U. S. Technology Act defines assistive technology as any "product, device or equipment, whether acquired commercially, modified or customized, that is used to maintain, increase or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities."

The electronic project proposal application form must be submitted by June 7, 2013. Applications will be reviewed by a campus committee, and a funding decision will be announced by June 21, 2013, with funding to commence on July 1, 2013.

If you'd like more information on faculty-student collaborations made possible by the Ethel Lousie Armstrong Foundation Endowment, take a look at previously funded projects.

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