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$4 Million Toyota Research Institute Call for Proposals

Call for pre-proposals sent on behalf of the UM Business Engagement Center 

TRI Info Session

TRI CEO Gill Pratt will present.
RSVP Required. Space is limited.
Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Time: 1:30pm - 2:30pm Info Session
           2:30pm - 3:15pm Reception
Location: North Campus, Johnson Rooms, Lurie Engineering Center, 
1221 Beal Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

RSVP by August 8.
Register by Monday 8/8 for the Wednesday 8/10 Info Session
Toyota Research Institute (TRI) applies artificial intelligence to tasks in mobility, safety, and materials discovery. The current focus is on four thrusts:
  • Autonomous Driving
  • Enhanced Automotive Safety
  • Indoor Mobility/Home Robotics
  • Accelerated Materials Design and Discovery
TRI seeks proposals from the University of Michigan (U-M) that will advance TRI’s efforts in these thrusts.

TRI plans to provide up to $16 million dollars to the University for research in areas of interest to TRI over a period of four years starting in January 2017. Funded projects may have durations ranging from one year to up to four years. Separately, TRI also plans to provide up to $10 million per year for research in the U.S. in the materials design and discovery thrust starting in February 2017.

Pre-proposal Requirements:

Submission Deadline: Submit a brief pre-proposal* by September 30, 2016, by 5:00 pm to using the following file naming convention: PI first name_PI last name_date 
(e.g., Jane_Smith_072116).

Award Amount:  $4,000,000 in total will be awarded in this application cycle for U-M projects with durations ranging from one to four years.
Eligibility:  U-M faculty and researchers
*Pre-proposals should be no more than two pages and include the following:
  • Project Title
  • TRI Thrust Focus Area
  • Principal Investigator Team Information: name, email, phone, department
  • Project Summary:  description of what you propose to do, the preferred project duration, and a one-line budget estimate that includes U-M indirect costs
  • Proposed yearly milestones and deliverables

TRI Focus Areas:

TRI invites pre-proposals in four broad topic areas; 
  • Self-Driving Cars
  • Enhanced Driving Safety
  • Indoor Mobility and Home Robotics
  • Accelerated Materials Design and Discovery
More details on topics are available at

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Innovation - Extent that concept is ambitious, novel, transformational, and interdisciplinary
  • Impact - Significant potential for future impact in the areas of interest to TRI
  • Approach - Effectiveness of the proposed work plan and the proposed team, and possible engagement with TRI

Proposal Process and Timeline:

  • August 10 - September 30, 2016:  Pre-proposals submission
  • October 14, 2016: Select applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal
  • November 11, 2016: Full proposals due
  • November 30, 2016: Announcement of selected proposals by steering committee
  • January 2017: Projects start

For questions please email or contact Umesh Patel, Sr. Director, Business Engagement,, 734-647-6097.

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