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Grants to USA and Canada researchers and professors affiliated with IHEs for innovative scientific research related to the manufacturing industry. The purpose of the grant program is to encourage applicants to utilize their expertise in technical and engineering fields in relation to material handling. Projects may involve areas such as virtual and augmented reality, energy infrastructure, and machine learning. Eligible use of funds includes salaries, equipment, and university overhead.

The Raymond Corporation, a Toyota Industries Company, is making research funding available in the fields of material handling through its University Research Program. Raymond is seeking proposals for academic research that drives new technology or innovative approaches to the material handling industry.

Many of the areas that the industry has been involved in include virtual reality/augmented reality, energy infrastructure, Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0, ADAS systems, and machine learning. Proposal themes related to the above areas are encouraged, but given the broad nature of material handling other themes are welcome. The Raymond Corporation was created to drive the next generation of approaches and technologies for the entire material handling industry. The industry’s end-to-end approach to provide complete solutions to customers that are smarter, more efficient, and more effective has fueled this program. The mission of The Raymond Corporation is to encourage professors and researchers to apply their synergies and collaboration between collegiate research and The Raymond Corporation. 

University Research Program Research Themes:

  • The Future of Logistics
  • Improving Material Handling
  • Truck and Operation Evolution

For questions related to these themes, see the URL for Full Text (RFP). 

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GrantWatch ID#: 184508

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Number of Grants:

It is anticipated that multiple awards will be made.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Selected proposals will receive financial support of up to $500,000 per year. Grant amounts have ranged from $100,000 to $500,000. The average proposal is between $250,000 and $300,000.
- Aside from the funding for their projects, selected researchers will receive recognition for their work within their university, the material handling industry and for their published results.

Term of Contract:

- Overall program must be completed in 12 months.
- Faculty that receive financial support through the University Research Program (URP) may be invited to renew the contract for up to three years based on the research outcomes.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Full-time professors or researchers in North American universities are eligible to apply.

The University Research Program’s Proposal Confirmation Letter must be approved without modification by the university as part of the proposal submission process. Plus the following:
- Research must contribute to the field of material handling
- Research must be significant, innovative and have a positive impact on the future of material handling
- Research effort must be well planned and feasible within the 12-month time period specified and budget requested
- Researchers and principal investigators must be qualified in the proposed field of research
- Universities must utilize URP's template agreement (a sample will be provided upon request).

Pre-Application Information:

- Proposal Submissions Open: Monday, April 12, 2021
- Concept Review Deadline (optional)*: Friday, August 27, 2021
- Proposal Deadline: Friday, November 5, 2021
- Announcement of Selected Proposals: Monday, March 28, 2022 at a special event at the MODEX material handling tradeshow in Atlanta, Georgia.

*Professors are encouraged (but not required) to submit a one-page concept paper explaining their proposal. Feedback will be focused on alignment with URP themes and Raymond interests and will be provided within 30 days.

The University Research Program's Proposal Confirmation Letter must be approved without modification by the university as part of the proposal submission process.

For answers to your specific questions about the URP, contact the University Research Program Ambassador, Steve Medwin, directly.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Completed proposals and supporting documents should be sent to:

Steve Medwin
University Research Program Ambassador

The Raymond Corporation
Corporate Headquarters
22 South Canal Street
Greene, NY 13778
Phone: 1-800-235-7200
Phone: 607-656-2311
Fax: 1-607-656-9005

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