The full Magic Grant Call for Proposals can be found at brwn.co/2020-mg.

A successful Magic Grant application clearly explains a unique story or technological advance, and outlines a one-year (or less) plan for its realization or the creation of a prototype. We seek applications from teams of students, faculty, and alumni, as well as practitioners working in areas relevant to media and technology. 

Magic Grant applications should be  submitted via brown.submittable.com in the form of a single PDF made up of the following:

  • Cover Letter: A cover letter, including proposal title and the full name, affiliation, and contact information of each team member.
  • Proposal: A two-page proposal that explains the innovative idea(s); the projects originality, uniqueness, and relation to other work in the area; potential for broader impact; a work plan to demonstrate viability of the idea(s) within 12 months; and expected outcomes, results, prototypes, or media products. Please limit proposals to the two-page requirement; anything beyond that limit will not be reviewed.
  • Letters of Support: Two letters of support that assess the importance of the project and its chances of success.
  • Resume: Résumé/CV of each team member
  • Transcripts: Most recent transcript(s) of each individual on the team. Transcript requirements vary by campus -- please consult our FAQ page for more information.
  • Budget: A budget for 12 months not exceeding a total of $150,000. The budget can include financial support of the team members (e.g. tuition remission and salary in accordance with University guidelines); cost for specialized hardware, software, and materials; travel, services; etc. and should follow the rules of the respective university. Each line item must be justified. Columbia applicants must use the budget template provided here. Stanford applicants should use the budget template provided here. Budgets will be evaluated on the scale and scope of the project and team personnel. When awarding Magic Grants, the Brown Institute may adjust budgets according to review committee recommendations and available funds.

The full Climate + Resilience Magic Grant Call for Proposals can be found at brwn.co/2020-cr.

Teams must submit an application to be considered for the C+R Magic Grant. Applications will be evaluated on various criteria — the novelty of a platform or the quality of a story, the broader impact of the project, and the strength of the team. Each team must submit a single PDF through the application system (brown.submittable.com) made up of the following:

  • Cover Letter: A signed cover letter, including proposal title and the full name, affiliation, and contact information of each team member.
  • Proposal: A two-page proposal that explains the innovative idea(s); the projects originality, uniqueness, and relation to other work in the area; potential for broader impact; a work plan to demonstrate viability of the idea(s) within 12 months; and expected outcomes, results, prototypes, or media products.
  • Letters of Support: Two letters of support that assess the importance of the project and its chances of success.
  • Resume: Résumé/CV of each team member. Please include links to any climate related work.
  • Transcripts: Most recent transcript(s) of each individual on the team.
  • Budget: A budget for 12 months not exceeding a total of $150,000. The budget can include financial support of the team members (e.g. tuition remission and salary in accordance with University guidelines); cost for specialized hardware, software, and materials; travel, services; etc. and should follow the rules of the respective university. Each line item must be justified. Columbia applicants should use the budget template provided here.
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