Financial Assistance Program for University Students Assistive Technology Development About the Program SPONSORS: About 15 “seed money” awards for up to $500 will be awarded for the 2012-2013 academic year. The funds must be used for materials and supplies consumed in design, fabrication and testing of assistive technology. The purpose of the program is to foster the design, fabrication and development of assistive technology to empower people with disabilities. Eligibility − The project must involve the development of assistive technology. Applications for all assistive technology will be considered, but preference will be given for technology intended to impact the occupational potential of a client. − Student teams must be enrolled in a design course in a (United States) Engineering or Technology department at a college or university. − Each institution may submit a maximum of three applications per year. − Students teams must be supervised by a faculty member. Application Requirements A 3-page maximum proposal (12 pt font, Times New Roman) will include the following: 1. 2. Project objective — a description of the functional need(s) for the device that is to be developed and for whom (and how) such a device or system will empower the intended person(s). Work scope — a narrative describing the work to be completed by the project team to design, fabricate and test the assistive device or system. 3. Schedule — a description of the project time table. 4. Budget — a description and justification for the requested funds. 5. Other funding — identify other sources of funding, if any. 6. Project Team — identify the students and faculty involved with the project. 7. External collaboration — description of individuals or organizations external to the university, such as non-profit agencies, that will provide advice to the design team. Submission information Applications for financial assistance are accepted on a rolling deadline, i.e. applications will be considered for funding until the funds are depleted. Award details are available on the DEED website (http://coen.boisestate.edu/reggert/deed) under ‘Assistance Program’. Questions about the Financial Assistance Program for Assistive Technology Development should be directed to Renee Rogge ([email protected]). Application Review & Award Notification The application review committee will consist of ASEE/DEED members and NISH officials. Applicants will be notified of a decision 7-10 days following submission. Checks will be sent to the faculty advisor shortly thereafter. 2012-2013 AbilityOne Design Challenge Network Program participants are strongly encouraged to enter the AbilityOne Network Design Challenge. Cash Prizes up to $10,000 are awarded, with matching amounts given to the educational institution’s department. 2013 ASEE Annual Conference! Program participants will be invited to attend the Design in Engineering Education Division’s special panel session and/or workshop at the 2013 Annual conference and exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia. (The award is not contingent upon attendance of the conference.) Recipients of funding will be asked to submit a brief summary of work completed on or before May 31, 2013.