The University of Arizona

International Research & Academic Program Development (IRPD) Grants

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ResDev@email.arizona.edu 
Phone: (520) 621-8585

 

Award Cycle: Annual
Limit on Proposals per PI: An individual may participate as PI on one IRPD per cycle.
Next Due Date: March 22, 2017
Earliest Start Date: July 1, 2017
Award Period: July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Applications: Submissions are currently closed.
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Description: Research, Discovery & Innovation (RDI) and the Office of Global Initiatives (OGI) will co-fund these Category 1 grants. They are designed to jump-start and quickly grow either international research done by transdisciplinary collaborations, or the development of new academic programs in collaboration with international partner institutions.

Track 1: International Research Initiative, Apply to Track 1 here.
    Level 1: Large – up to $50K to be spent on activities leading to an external grant proposal for over $1M (direct and indirect costs combined)
    Level 2: Medium – up to $30K to be spent on activities leading to an external grant proposal over $100K and under $1M (direct and indirect costs combined)

Track 2: International Academic Program Development, Apply to Track 2 here - up to $15K to be spent on activities leading to a new international dual degree and/or student mobility initiative

1. Expected Outcomes: IRPD awards must be leveraged to acquire external support for the proposed research or academic program.Indications of such support will vary (e.g., depending on when a grant or program proposal is due). Other expectations are distinguished for research initiatives and academic programs below.

a. Research Initiatives (both levels)

  • PI teams must prepare at least one proposal for an external grant of $100K or more during the award period. Ideally, a copy of a submitted proposal will address this requirement. If that is not possible, the final report on a Track 1 award must include proposal components prepared to date.
  • PI teams must use RDI services/staff to enhance the competitiveness of their external grant proposals. Options include: Research Development Services, Strategic Business Initiatives, and the Associate Vice President for Global Research Alliances. In addition, PIs will need to liaise with college/departmental staff on planning proposal budgets.
  • PI teams must collaborate with colleagues from international partner institutions.

b. Academic Program Development

  • PI teams must prepare at least one academic program proposal during the award period. Ideally, a copy of a submitted proposal will address this requirement. If that is not possible, the final report on a Track 2 grant must include all proposal components prepared to date.
  • PI teams must use OGI services/staff to enhance the quality of their program proposals. OGI will help with financial planning, academic program development, marketing, and publicity for new programs. In addition, PIs will need to liaise with college/departmental staff on planning proposal budgets.
  • PI teams must collaborate with colleagues from international partner institutions.

2. Eligibility: IRPD grants must include two or more UA faculty from distinct disciplines. International partners, and if applicable other UA personnel, should be described in the proposal. UA Competition Space will require that the team indicates a single PI from the UA as a local lead for RDI and OGI to contact. Project teams can include instructors, lecturers, senior lecturers, and principal lecturers, but these participants cannot serve as PI or co-PI. See below for more information on proposal and submission requirements.

3. Other Program Details

a. Proposal-Related Information: IRPD proposals must be submitted through UA Competition Space by 5:00 pm on March 22, 2017. See below for other proposal and submission requirements. Review is anticipated to be finished in May, and award/decline decisions made soon thereafter.

b. Award-Related Information: Award notification will be sent to PIs, heads/directors, and deans. IRPD awards begin with the fiscal year (i.e., July 1). Typically, IRPD-supported projects will be completed within one year. That is, award period is exactly one year. A one-year extension, with or without supplementary funding, can be requested for projects requiring multi-year activities. Extension requests must be made at least one month before the end of the grant (i.e., May 31) and accompanied by interim reports regarding success in meeting project milestones.

c. Reporting Requirements: Within one month of the award’s end date, PIs must submit final reports via UA Competition Space. Failure to meet the expectations described here results in ineligibility for receipt of subsequent funding from RDI.

i. Research Initiatives

This report will describe research activities performed and success in meeting project milestones, including proposals submitted to external funders. If a proposal has not been submitted, the status of its development, as well as a critical evaluation on project milestones relative to the stated proposal plan, must be addressed.

ii. Academic Program Development:

This report will describe academic program activities performed and success in meeting project milestones, including proposals submitted to relevant UA offices and international partners. If available, include number of participants, and comment on ways to further improve collaboration with international partners.

d. Review Requirements: IRPD awardees are expected to serve as reviewers on at least two RDI grant competitions over a three-year period.

4. Review and Selection Processes: A panel of faculty peers will review proposals; this panel will be supplemented by ad hoc reviewers as needed. PIs should write proposals that are understandable to an interdisciplinary audience. For both tracks, reviewers will consider the qualifications of the transnational leadership team, evidence of integrated collaboration, and justification for the team’s transdisciplinarity. The following additional criteria will be considered:

a. Research Initiatives

  • Feasibility of plan to pursue external funding and likelihood of a competitive proposal
  • Fit with identified funder’s priorities
  • Soundness of approach, including research questions and methods
  • Significance of proposed research and potential impact

b. Academic Program Development

  • Feasibility of plan to develop new academic program and likelihood of a successful program
  • Fit with identified priorities, programs, and/or funding target
  • Sustainability of program (e.g., in business plan, integration with department/college priorities)
  • Strong support of one or more Deans
  • Selection will be based first on the outcome of the review. Where applicable, alignment of IRPD proposals with the Strategic Pillars in Never Settle, with RDI Strategic Planning Sessions, or with the UA’s TRIF plan will be considered. Also, some international partners may provide matching funds with specific criteria to build research or academic program collaborations. When a proposal includes such a feature (e.g., in letters of support), this will also be considered.

5. Application and Submission Instructions: IRPD proposals must be submitted through UA Competition Space by 5:00 pm on March 22, 2017. If you have not used this system, please see the instructions on the right side of UA Competition Space’s home page.

a. Three-Page Project Narrative for Research Initiatives

  • Summary of short- and long-term research milestones revealing a specific strategy for winning external funding. (Example milestones include manuscripts co-authored by team members, co-hosted events, meetings with funders, submitted grant proposal.)
  • Proposed activities corresponding to each milestone
  • Discussion of at least one extramural funding opportunity: Include a link to the RFA/RFP/solicitation (or program if the solicitation is not yet available). Give the grant/program title, agency name, and submission deadline, and/or private foundation funding priorities.
  • Brief description of significance and impact, addressing why the UA team members are uniquely positioned to be competitive in this area, and how the IRPD will increase competitiveness
  • If revising an earlier submission, add one page addressing previous review comments.

b. Three-Page Project Narrative for Academic Program Development

  • Summary of milestones revealing a specific strategy for establishing proposed academic program, including detailed information on any degrees or certificates that will be earned, research opportunities for students, and linkages to post-graduation opportunities
  • International partner institution(s) profile, including number of students, academic disciplines offered and tuition and living expenses, as applicable
  • City, regional, and country profile for international partner institution involved with the new academic program
  • Expected mobility numbers for all participating institutions (including outbound UA students)

c. Requirements for both Track 1 (Research Initiatives) and Track 2 (Academic Programs)

  • Two-page description of transdisciplinary and transnational team
  • PI’s CV or agency-specific biographical sketch 
  • Letters of support from all collaborators, including:
    • International partners
    • UA unit head or director
    • International ministry or agency support (if appropriate)
  • Budget and budget justification using template on UA Competition Space for costs such as these:
    • Travel for project personnel to meet collaborators
    • Meeting costs to facilitate collaborative planning, data evaluation, writing, etc.
    • Research technical staff, graduate and undergraduate students
    • Core facility use
    • Research supplies
    • For Academic Program Development, delivered content and development costs.

Note: No IRPD awards may be used for faculty or administrator salaries; neither may awards be used to replace current sources of support for personnel. No IRPD awards may be used for personnel salaries from other institutions.

Questions: resdev@email.arizona.edu