The University of Arizona

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

 

Research, Discovery & Innovation (RDI) is pleased to announce newly revised internal Research Advancement Grants to support external funding proposal development to enhance competitive success.

RDI will support all levels of staged research development: Research Advancement Grants funding is intended to provide a pathway to success for interdisciplinary research—from one-time support to jump start worthwhile projects for early career individuals, to the generation and nurturing of new ideas, to creating new interdisciplinary teams by broadening partnerships, expanding current efforts into larger transdisciplinary projects and teams, and augmenting scientific capacity with the acquisition of equipment to accelerate project competitiveness prior to proposal submission.

RDI seeks grant submissions with clearly envisioned ideas involving interdisciplinary team building. There is a clear expectation that funding provided will be strategically leveraged to result in proposal submission that realizes additional external funding awards for the proposed idea.

As such, these awards are focused on the feasibility of the concept, assembly of compelling, qualified interdisciplinary investigator teams, identification of appropriate extramural funding targets, the quality of the proposal development plan   and concrete activities and milestones that have high likelihood to result in future external funding success.  Proposals must align with university strategic priorities in Never Settle, RDI Strategic planning sessions, TRIF Research Initiatives.   

Research Advancement Grants:

 CATEGORY 1:  From Idea to Targeted Research - support for early career faculty, creating teams, broadening partnerships, and targeting interdisciplinary projects.

 CATEGORY 2:  Multi-Layered Strategic Research - support for transdisciplinary teams who are prepared to extend successfully funded research programs and wish to expand the research scope.

 CATEGORY 3: Equipment Grants  -  support to augment scientific capacity through the acquisition of equipment for use by multiple investigators.

 Proposal Development Assistance: RDI provides substantive assistance in extramural proposal planning and development, including Research Development Services (RDS), Strategic Business Initiatives, philanthropic/foundation, and federal agency engagement and consultation. RDI strongly recommends PI teams to utilize these services and work collaboratively with the pertinent RDI services staff to enhance agency proposal competitiveness and success; accordingly, PIs will need to effectively liaise with college/departmental staff on proposal budget planning.

Available Funding Programs

Category 1

Faculty Seed Grants
Faculty Seed Grants (FSG) provide awards of up to $10,000 on a competitive basis for projects involving research or other creative scholarly activity. The program provides funding for short-term, one-time support to "jump start" worthwhile projects that can be used to develop major proposals for submission to extramural funding agencies or private contributors. The program gives priority to early career faculty. FY17 proposals are due March 22, 2017.

International Research & Program Development Grants
Two tracks are available with funding from $15,000 to $50,000. IRPDs 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. FY17 proposals are due March 22, 2017.

George H. Davis Travel Fellowship
The Fellowship supports promising tenure-track faculty members (in any field) in becoming more widely recognized for their work and more closely connected with colleagues, nationally and internationally. In particular, the fellowship defrays up to $5,000 in costs associated with invited participation in a national or international professional meeting, where the awardee will present research findings, scholarship, and/or creative activities. Davis Fellowship proposals are due September 25, 2017.

Start for Success
Federal agencies are increasingly funding larger scale, cross-cutting efforts that address specific transdisciplinary challenges.  These grants are designed to start new Transdisciplinary Research Programs—by creating and building teams, mapping out the opportunities, solidifying the approach, broadening partnerships and networks, in support of the proposed plan that will result in proposal submission and successful funding. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis.

Student Team Grants
Awards support Graduate Research Assistants (salary, ERE, tuition remission, travel), undergraduate research assistants, and core facility usage. Proposals are due April 24, 2017.

Category 2

Accelerate for Success
Federal agencies are increasingly funding larger scale, cross-cutting efforts that address specific transdisciplinary challenges.  These grants are designed to Catalyze Medium to Large, Strategic Transdisciplinary Research Programs—by creating teams, broadening partnerships, and supporting the proposed plan to result in proposal submission and successful funding. Proposals are due April 24, 2017 for a July 1, 2017 start date.

Large Complex Proposal Development
Proposal Development funds are available from RDI to support the preparation of large complex proposals defined as greater than $10 million and with multiple participating entities. Awards are up to $25,000 and are intended to supplement investments by participating units. Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Category 3

Core Facility Equipment Enhancement Fund
Core Facility Enhancement grants are available to augment scientific capacity through the acquisition of equipment for use by multiple investigators in university Core Facilities. Equipment with a total cost of $100,000 to $300,000 can be requested. An additional $30,000 in core facility use credits can be added to stimulate use; core facility use credits may only be used to cover approved user fees in the core facility. Equipment at this scale is expected be located in, and administrated by, an approved core facility and operated by existing professional core facility personnel. Proposals must be endorsed by the Core Facility faculty user committee and demonstrate the need from multiple committed users from multiple units. Proposals are due October 23, 2017.

Shared Equipment Enhancement Fund
Shared Equipment Enhancement grants are available to augment scientific capacity through the acquisition of equipment for use by multiple investigators. Proposed equipment total cost not to exceed $150,000. Equipment must be located in a core facility or in a shared, accessible space, and must have multiple committed users from at least two departments and preferably from at least two different colleges. Equipment must not simply replace existing stock; it must add new capacity to enable competitiveness for an identified funding opportunity. Proposals are due October 23, 2017.