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The UCLA Institute for Technology, Law and Policy (ITLP) invites applications from students at all levels, as well as faculty, for interdisciplinary projects aimed at addressing a pressing technology and policy issue.

The goals of this small grants program include:
  • Supporting the educational and professional development of UCLA students.
  • Fostering inter-disciplinary research at UCLA.
  • Generating innovating new solutions to challenges at the interface of law and technology.
The ITLP will fund up to 10 projects for up to $4,800 each. Funds can provide both salary support and costs associated with acquiring and analyzing new or existing data, and proposals that are part of larger research initiatives are also welcome. Requests for travel funding should be limited to travel that is needed to carry out or present the research project.  Project budgets should be for activities from December 1, 2021 through May 31, 2022. Final awarding of projects depends on internal UCLA approval, and applicants should consult a tax adviser on any potential tax liabilities stemming from an award of a small grant.

Applications are expected to include at least two principal researchers, who are from different faculties within UCLA. We welcome all interdisciplinary projects, but would particularly encourage collaborations between law and engineering students.

Awardees will receive a grant to support their research and will have the option to be mentored throughout their project by ITLP scholars.  Work supported by the fellowship may be featured on the ITLP website and highlighted at Institute events.


Students & junior faculty interested in interdisciplinary work related to the intersection of law and technology are strongly encouraged to apply.  Senior scholars and faculty interested in expanding their research agenda in this area are also welcomed to apply. Applicants (e.g., individuals, organizations, institutions) must have a U.S. tax ID.

Reporting responsibilities  

The project director of funded research will provide a summary report by project end date, including a description of progress in accomplishing the project aims, funds expended, and a 500-word summary of the project findings written for a general audience. 

Application Process   

To apply, please send a two-page abstract, including a project description, outputs, and projected impacts, along with the CVs of all participating researchers, to by November 20.

Applicants must also indicate if the project involves human subjects, and if so, identify the institutional review board (IRB) responsible and what IRB process (e.g., expedited review) will be used.  If human subject(s) approval is necessary, funds will not be released until IRB approval is obtained.

Applicants should include a plan to complete their projects by May 30, 2022.

Upon receipt, a committee of ITLP faculty will assess proposals based on four criteria:

i. Feasibility
ii.  Novelty
iii. Demonstrated Qualifications
iv. Potential Impact

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend one of two workshops we are hosting on the program, which are set to take place on November 1 at 5:30 pm, at the Shapiro courtyard and November 9 at a location TBD. Applicants from either the law or engineering side who have an idea for a project, and wish to be connected with potential interested collaborators in another department, should also reach out, as we are happy to try and help facilitate these connections.

 For more details contact our program coordinator at:
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