The Program to Empower Partnerships with Industry (PEPI) for early career professionals provides awards to defray housing, transportation, and other costs associated with trips to engage with industry to launch new collaborations and research projects.

Each applicant is assessed on merit, financial need, expected outcomes, and long-term impact to the individual or institution. Trip duration, which could span days to weeks, will be based on the applicant’s goals and the work-related timeline; therefore, the amount of the awards will vary.

Qualifying applicants must be early career professionals (post-doctoral researcher, research scientist, non-tenured faculty) engaged at an accredited U.S. college, university, or institution in a big data-related field or application area in the South region.

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Learn more about our previous cycles of the PEPI program: