The Office of Dean for Research offers support for innovative research on projects that have tremendous promise but due to their risk of success may make them difficult to fund through traditional sources. Several funding programs are overseen by the Office of the Dean for Research. These funds are awarded on a competitive basis each year to faculty research teams.
"The University's support for early-stage research has a tremendous positive impact on the overall quality of the faculty and research at Princeton."
- Pablo Debenedetti, Dean for Research
These competitions encourage bold new ideas that involve the use of the campus as a lab, bold research in the natural and social sciences, collaboration between artists and scientists or engineers, and new partnerships with industry.
The Schmidt Fund is used to support the invention or implementation of entirely new technologies that will have a major impact on a field of research or to acquire a piece of equipment or an enabling technology that will change the direction of research in a field.