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2011 Jeff and Karen Miller Fellowship Program
The Jeff and Karen Miller Faculty Fellowships in Frugal Innovation will fund collaborative faculty/student engineering research to address the needs of underserved communities worldwide.
Frugal innovation is a bundle of creative engineering design and social entrepreneurial strategies to address the basic human needs of people in underserved communities worldwide. Frugal innovation develops novel technologies to addresses basic human needs, such as health care, clean water, renewable energy, and sustainable building technologies. It begins with the question: how can we develop and apply novel technologies that underserved communities can afford and use over time to meet basic human needs? Examples of frugal innovation include:
Proposals will be evaluated on the following 8 criteria of frugal innovation: ruggedization, affordability, simplification, adaptation, use of local materials, manufacturing, green technologies, lightweight, and user-centric design. These fellowships are intended to scale up research capacity in frugal innovation at SCU based on these criteria. CSTS intends these fellowships to demonstrate proof of concept for frugal innovation, and to serve as the basis for future extramural funding in these topical areas.
Award and Eligibility
CSTS anticipates funding several fellowships at a level up to $6,000 each. Tenure, tenure-stream and senior lecturer faculty are eligible to apply.