NI Academic Research Grant Program Rules


The 2019 grant program provides travel funding for a researcher from an eligible institution to present a technical session or a poster at a scientific conference.




  • Authors must be 18 years of age or older at the time of entry.
  • Applications must be submitted in English.
  • National Instruments (“NI”) must classify the institution as an education institution. Learn more about classification.
  • A researcher must be a professor, research scientist, post-doctoral researcher, or graduate student at an eligible institution.
  • The program is limited to institutions and countries where permitted by institutional rules and governing laws.
  • Employees of National Instruments (“NI”), its subsidiaries and affiliates, advertising agencies, promotional partners, and the relatives and household members of the employees of each are not eligible to enter.
  • This program is subject to all US federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • The grant winner must give an oral or poster presentation at the conference, highlighting an experimental technique using NI technology. Click here for a sample presentation, sample winning proposal, sample paper, and a sample poster.
  • Entries are not maintained in confidence.
  • All entries (including abstracts and papers) become the property of NI and are not returned. NI is not responsible for late, damaged, incomplete, illegible, lost, delayed, or misdirected entries.


Program Requirements

  • The proposed conference must be sponsored by IEEE, IEE, ASME, APS, or other well-regarded scientific or engineering society. The applicant must identify the conference in their proposal. NIWeek travel is not supported.
  • Priorities are given to conferences that align with an NI-focus research area such as wireless communications, automotive, energy, and aerospace engineering. Compelling proposals in other areas are also accepted.
  • Research or methodology to be presented must use an NI product to produce a measurement, control, wireless communication, and/or automation application.
  • Recipients are required to create a case study report. See the case study author packet.


Submission Process (2019)

  • January 15 - Call for proposals opens
  • April 30 - Deadline to submit proposals (midnight, CST)
  • August 15 - Final grant recipients notified


Selected Award Recipients

  • NI notifies all recipients through the email address listed in the entry.
  • Each of the recipients will be required to sign a declaration of eligibility, grant claim form, and release (“Declaration”). If NI does not receive the completed Declaration within 30 days of notification attempt, the applicable grant is forfeited.


Grant Description

  • The maximum grant is $2,000 USD (no exceptions). If the total is more than $2,000, NI will only reimburse a maximum of $2,000 USD. This will cover the cost of airfare, one conference registration and hotel room only. NI will not reimburse any incidentals including meals and parking. The preliminary budget should be itemized in the proposal. Domestic and international travel are supported.
  • Grant recipients will make their own travel arrangements and submit their receipts for reimbursement along with their case study following the conference.
  • The grant must be received by an institution or travel arrangements made by June 30, 2019.
  • The conference must be held between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020.
  • All grants are nontransferable.
  • Any tax or duty on a grant is the sole responsibility of the applicable recipient.
  • Sponsorship is an unrestricted gift of funds.


Grant Winner Deliverables

  • The grant winner must give an oral or poster presentation at the conference, highlighting an experimental technique using NI technology.
  • The grant winner must review their slides, poster, and paper with NI prior to their final presentation submission. NI will review and comment on the NI portion of the content.
  • Grant winners are required to develop a two- to four-page case study submitted to NI within 30 days of the conclusion of the conference for which the travel grant is awarded. See the case study author packet.


Examples of Funded Grants

The following examples of recently funded grants illustrate the diversity of research areas as well as the global reach of the research that we support:

  • A study in China to research novel control strategy for use in plug-in electric vehicles onboard battery/ultracapacitor hybrid energy management systems
  • A study in India exploring alternative OFDM scheme for L-band digital aeronautical communication system
  • A study in the in US researching reflector antennas that will reduce mmWave attenuation in non-line-of-sight (NLOS) links

Historically, winners of these grants have been closely aligned with focus research areas such as Wireless Communications, Automotive, Energy, and Aerospace Engineering.

See a comprehensive list of the 2018 NI Academic Research Grant Recipients.



Odds of receiving a grant depends on the number and quality of eligible entries received. NI expects to award around 25 grants globally. By entering or accepting a grant, authors consent to the use of their names (including corporation name), pictures, voices, evaluation data, biographical data, and/or likeness in advertising and promotional materials by NI and its promotional partners, without additional compensation. Author is responsible for ensuring that any grant awarded is used for the presentation and conference described in the submission or agreed upon with NI.

Authors agree that NI (including its affiliates and advertising agencies) shall not be liable for injury, loss, or damage of any kind resulting from participating in this program or from the acceptance or use of any grant awarded. Authors warrant their entries are original, that no false information is given, and that no other person owns or has any rights to any element of the entry including any copyrights in it. Program rules may change from year to year.



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