Human Computer Interaction Research

                  Program Solicitation (with apologies to the NSF)

Deadline Dates:


The Garage Science Foundation has been allocated approximately $3,000,000 in funds to support research in human computer interaction. The GSF is soliciting a broad range of proposals to conduct research fundamental to the design of systems that mediate between computers and humans. Proposals should seek new ways of improving our ability to use computers, or to extend the communities that use computers.

Human-Computer interaction covers support for human access, exploration, comprehension, manipulation, and understanding of information through computer interfaces. Examples of interface technologies include: visualization, graphical techniques, language processing, computer perception, robotics as related to personal interactions with computers, new sensors, new display methods, and multimedia environments. The GSF urges proposers to consider developing new interface modes and interaction methodologies that may move human-computer interfaces to a higher level of use.


Eligible applicants include all students enrolled in 22c296.

Budgetary Information

Proposals budgets should not exceed $600K in total budget for a period of 3 years in duration.

Program Review Information

A peer review will be conducted to evaluate proposal. Each reviewer will be required to read and comment on three proposals.

The chief criteria will be:

What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity?
How important is the proposed activity to advancing knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields? To what extent does the proposed activity suggest and explore creative and original concepts. How well conceived and organized is the proposed activity? Is the requested support appropriate?

What is the broader impact of the proposed activity on society?

How well does the activity advance discovery and understanding of human computer interaction while promoting teaching, training, and learning? Will the activity broaden the participation of underrepresented groups (e.g., gender, age, ethnicity, disability, geographic, etc.)? What may be the benefits of the proposed activity to society?

Proposal Format

  1. Narrative (7-10 pages, 12 pt font, 1 inch margins)

  2. The proposal narrative should include the following:
  3. Budget (1 page)

  4. A budget detailing the resources required for the research including an explicit justification of the major budget items. The budget should include a detailed presentation of expected expenditures.
    Budget items can include:
  5. Budget Justification (1 page)

  6. The budget justification should explain why the budgeted items are needed to fulfill the needs of the proposal.