New ASU Zimin Institute for Smart & Sustainable Cities calls for proposals

The Zimin Institute for Smart & Sustainable Cities at ASU is accepting proposals in four areas; the first two themes are the major focus for this year.

  1. Daily Life & Human Connection / Interaction / Engagement
  2. Sustainable and Healthy Environments & Spaces
  3. Inherent Security, Safety & Public Well-being
  4. Infrastructure Surety, Resilience, and Integrated Functionality

The most competitive proposals will have the capability to turn into start-up companies. The Zimin Institute is targeting the following types of projects:

  • Visioning & Ideation Projects where stakeholders are directly engaged to identify and prioritize their perceived needs and desires, envision compelling candidate solutions and anticipate both positive and negative impacts, as well as imagine unintended consequences of these innovations.
  • Proof-of-Concept Projects where novel and high-risk ideas are explored, and innovative concepts are tested and proven in a laboratory environment.
  • Technology Demonstrator Development Projects where proofs-of-concept are advanced to the creation of physical prototypes that could be tested in a controlled-laboratory or a field test environment. This Technology Demonstrator could represent the forerunner of a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) in the commercial arena.
  • Field Test Projects where Technology Demonstrators or prototypes are evaluated in a simulated or an actual field environment.

Proposals are due April 6. A proposers’ meeting will be held on March 9 from 12 to 2 pm in Biodesign B105.

More information on this opportunity can be found on the InfoReady site.