Postdoc Research Awards provide an opportunity for CSE postdocs to pursue independent research projects to be carried out by undergraduates. The awards enable CSE postdocs to develop an idea on their own, outside of the work they are doing with their postdoc advisor. Funding for the awards comes from our postdoc best practices grant and from the Allen School of CSE. Historically, we have been able to provide some funding for all qualified submissions.

We invite all CSE postdocs (only!) to submit proposals for funds to be used toward their individual research.  We have a call for proposals each Fall and Spring.  The current key dates are:

       Submission deadline: 12:00 pm on Friday, April 6, 2018

       Notifications: Friday, April 13, 2018

CSE postdocs must email their proposals to Dave Rispoli (  

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of faculty and postdocs.  Feedback from the review committee, valuable for your future project proposals, will be provided shortly after making the awards.

Awards should be used for postdoc projects that will contribute to individual professional development and research initiatives. This means that funding will be awarded only for projects outside the current scope of work funded by the postdoc's PIs.

You must follow the award guidelines for preparing your proposals. These guidelines are modeled after the National Science Foundation’s Grant Proposal Guide. You may also find it helpful to consult the CRA's tips on Writing a Compelling Proposal. Please let us know if we can provide any additional information or clarification.

We strongly encourage our Allen School postdocs to take advantage of this initiative to enrich your postdoc experience!