Opportunities for Faculty and Students

The Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems was established through a grant of $350,000 from the World Heritage Foundation - The Prechter Fund. It currently offers support to faculty through its IAVS Research Seed Grant, which awards funding to many faculty projects each year.

IAVS Research Seed Funding Grant Program

Due to the COVID-19 spending pause, the program has been suspended. Once the spending pause has been lifted, please check back for funding opportunities.

The vision for the Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems (IAVS) is to be the research engine within the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) by creating a supportive research environment for faculty. This includes facilitating the:

  • Development of faculty expertise and ideas in areas that are relevant to external collaborators and funding sources and benefiting our industry and government partners, students, and faculty.
  • Formation and collaboration of Working Group Thrust Areas in order to identify and attract large research funds.
  • Faculty support for research administration and compliance.

A key mechanism for developing faculty expertise and ideas that can be leveraged to secure external support is the IAVS Research Seed Funding Grants Program. Grants for up to $20,000 can be applied for through IAVS, with the goal of developing and submitting research grant proposals to external funding agencies. The external proposal must be submitted within one year (12 months) from the award start date of the seed funding grant. Research seed grant requests can only be submitted by members of the governing faculty of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Student Opportunities

IAVS does not hire students directly. Instead, students are supported by faculty members through grants awarded through IAVS. Students looking for hands-on experience are encouraged to talk with their professors or connect with one of the college's student teams.

We have nearly two dozen clubs, teams, and professional organizations that will challenge you to problem solve, make connections, and prepare you for a fulfilling career in engineering.

Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems

Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems Building
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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