CITRIS COVID-19 response goes international

Proposals for CITRIS/Tec de Monterrey teams due July 15

In March 2020, to respond to COVID-19, CITRIS issued a special call requesting proposals for novel technology research designed to mitigate impacts of the pandemic, and 31 projects were awarded. Now the effort is expanding internationally, thanks to a partnership with Tecnológico de Monterrey, one of the largest universities in Latin America.

The annual CITRIS/Tec de Monterrey seed funding program has pivoted to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new call for proposals invites Principal Investigators at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico to partner with researchers at UC Berkeley, UC Davis and UC Davis Health, UC Merced, and UC Santa Cruz, to apply for COVID-19 project seed funding. 

The main topics of interest include Clinical Care/Therapeutics, Data Analytics/Modeling, PPE/Equipment, Viral or antibody testing, Digital Contact Tracing Tools, and COVID Testing. Project proposals for this call must demonstrate a high-quality solution to confront the current health emergency due to COVID-19 and be scalable. See all project requirements here. The application deadline is July 15, 2020.

Tecnológico de Monterrey is one of the largest private, nonsectarian, and coeducational multi-campus universities in Latin America, with over 90,000 students at the high school, undergraduate, and postgraduate levels. Based in Monterrey, Mexico, the Institute has 31 campuses in 25 cities throughout the country.

The partnership between CITRIS and Tec de Monterrey dates back to 2014, when the two institutions began collaborating on an annual seed funding program bringing together researchers from both countries. Since then more than a dozen projects have been funded, in areas ranging from tech policy to AI and robotics. More information can be found on the Tec de Monterrey page on the CITRIS website: https://citris-uc.org/citris-itesm-seed-funding/.

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