WFU PILOT RESEARCH GRANTS (PRG)
Fall Deadline: Friday, October 25, 2013
Spring Deadline: Friday, February 21, 2014
*Applications for bridge funding will be accepted at any time.
Pilot Research Grants (PRG) provide seed funds to develop new proposals deemed likely to attract external funding. They primarily support recently appointed faculty; those entering a new research area in which they do not have significant external funding; and scholarly work in disciplines in which external support is limited. In all cases, the goal is to submit a proposal for external funding.
Funds up to $10K can be requested for research supplies, maintenance of essential equipment, travel, or technical personnel. Applicants must demonstrate that travel, if budgeted, is essential to the project, and a departmental matching contribution or cost sharing to cover some of the travel costs is encouraged. Defrayal of professional society dues is not allowed.
All PRGs are subject to the Terms and Conditions for Internal Awards. The project period is 1 year, with the possibility of a 1-year, no-cost extension. When awarded, the grants manager will establish an account and disburse the funds on the written authority of the investigator or a designated representative. Any balance unexpended at the grant's expiration will be returned to ORSP, unless an extension (without additional funds) is requested in writing 10 days prior to the grant's end date.
Bridge Funding: Experienced researchers whose renewal applications to external sponsors are declined may request one-time bridge funding at any time of the year. To apply, submit the declined renewal proposal's reviewer comments, a 2-page plan addressing them, an Application for Internal Funds form, an abstract, and a 1-page budget.
Proposal Preparation: The Application for Internal Funds form must be completed and signed by the applicant and the appropriate department chair or equivalent. Forms are available here. See p. 2 for application instructions and a proposal checklist.
Format I: (up to 5 pages)
1. Abstract: A 1-paragraph summary of the proposed activity suitable for publication. Clearly address in separate statements intellectual merit and broader impacts.
2. Objectives: State precisely what the research will accomplish, what hypothesis it will test, and the rationale for undertaking it.
3. Background and Significance: Summarize the most pertinent previous work and the current state of the field, including your own preliminary data. Identify the gaps that the proposed project is intended to fill.
4. Methods: Discuss the experimental design and methods proposed to accomplish project objectives in sufficient detail to allow assessment of their feasibility and applicability. How, specifically, will they test each of the hypotheses? If proposing new methods, describe their advantages. If several experiments are proposed, indicate their priority. Indicate the type of data to be generated, and how they will be analyzed (e.g., proposed statistical design and analysis). Briefly identify any potential pitfalls or limitations in procedures and suggest remedies. Provide plans for future efforts, including submission to external sponsors. Include a timeline.
5. References: Include only the most pertinent.
6. Other Sources: Other sources of funding sought or recieved (if applicable).
Format II: (up to 5 pages)
1. Question or Problem: Describe the question or problem under study and its significance to the field.
2. Research Methods: Describe the design, protocols, ability to carry them out.
3. Timetable: A timetable for completing and publishing or presenting results, including interest from a publisher if requesting funds to write a book.
4. References: Include only the most pertinent.
5. Other Sources: Other sources of funding sought or received (if applicable).
All applications in either format must include:
1. Budget: ($10,000 maximum). Include a brief budget justification. If the requested funds are in adequate to complete the project, indicate the source and amount of additional funds.
2. CV: up to 2 pages.
3. Description and Outcome of Previous Internal awards: Briefly describe internal awards received within the past 3 years and their outcomes.
4. Plan for External Submission: Indicate the agency name, program, and/or funding opportunity number to which you will submit the external proposal resulting from the PRG. Include the deadline, if known. If you need assistance in identifying a sponsor, please contact Julie Edelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Resubmissions: If this application is a revision of a previously submitted proposal, please include a 1-page response to the reviewers' comments.
6. WFU Collaborators: List any WFU collaborators who may have a Conflict of Interest reviewing your proposal.
Appendices are discouraged, and reviewers are not required to read them. Projects involving human subjects or animals must seek appropriate committee approval, and investigators must complete the required training in human subjects research prior to project initiation.
Please send a completed copy of the Application for Internal Funds form and proposal in one file as an attachment to Susan Edwards (email@example.com) and submit the signed original to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, 306 Reynolda Hall, no later than 5 P.M. on the deadline date. Please allow several weeks for the review process.
Awards for projects in the natural and physical sciences will be partially supported by a grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.
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