Faculty Research and Development - Internet of Things (FRD-IoT) Guidelines

The Office of Research is pleased to announce the Faculty Research and Development – Internet of Things (FRD-IoT) Program, an extension of the Faculty Research and Development (FRD) Program. The goal of the FRD-IoT Program is to establish a University-wide research base related to the Internet of Things (IoT) and to align the University’s research priorities with the mission of the recently formed CSU-CWRU IoT partnership. Priority will be given to faculty who demonstrate a strong potential to attract external funding and establish a long-term IoT research program. Proposals may request funds to conduct pilot studies, to develop new research programs, to establish or enhance research partnerships, or to conduct any other activities that significantly advance the University’s potential for external funding.


See general eligibility guidelines. Faculty who are currently funded by a FRD or FSI award are also eligible to apply for FRD-IoT funds.

Award Terms and Conditions

The award period is 12 months and begins immediately following award notification. All unexpended grant funds at the end of the award period will revert to the Office of Research. A one-time no-cost extension of no longer than six months may be approved only in exceptional cases, and must be requested no later than one month prior to the end date of the award. See the general award terms and conditions for additional requirements.

Reporting Requirements

See general reporting requirements

Allowable Expenditures

See general guidelines. However, FRD-IoT funding cannot be used for faculty salary or course buyouts.

Proposal Preparation Guidelines

Proposals should be written in language that can be understood by non-specialists. Proposals should be written with 12-point font on letter-sized paper with one-inch margins, should consist of a single PDF, and should include the following sections.

  • Cover Page - The cover page template is available here. Project titles should begin with the prefix “FRD-IoT:
  • Abstract - One-page summary of the proposed research.
  • Project Description – Three-page description of the proposed research. Discuss the significance of the research and its likelihood to attract external funding. Discuss how the proposed project promotes new directions in research, scholarship, creativity, or innovation. Distinguish between the proposed FRD-IoT research and follow-on projects for which you will obtain external funding.
  • References – One page of bibliographic references.
  • Budget – One-page budget description and justification. FRD-IoT grants are limited to a maximum of $8,000.
  • Plan for Obtaining External Funds – Briefly describe your plan for obtaining external funds, including: (a) what funding agency or industry you will approach, and why; (b) what contact, if any, you have already had with these agencies or industrial partners; (c) when you expect to apply for funding; (d) the expected budget of the potential externally funded project; and (e) how the proposed FRD-IoT activities will help attract external funding. List current or pending grants and grant applications that are related to the FRD-IoT project, including those from both internal and external sources.
  • List of External Proposals - List all external proposals that the participants of the proposed research have submitted in the past five years, including their status.
  • Previous FRD/FSI Results (if applicable) - One-page description of results from your most recent FRD or FSI award.
  • Curriculum Vitae - Include an abbreviated CV (maximum two pages) for each project participant which includes the most significant achievements of the last five years.
  • Support Letters - Include appropriate support letters if needed.


*The FRD-IoT Program is currently closed. Please click here for information regarding Internet of Things pilot funding for fall 2018 from the IoT Collaborative.