RDI Research Advancement Grant Program
RDI is pleased to announce a newly revised Research Advancement Grant program to support proposal development and to enhance competitive success for external funding.
Through the Research Advancement Grant program, RDI supports all levels of staged research development by providing 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.
Research Advancement Grant Categories
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, RDI strategic planning sessions, and TRIF (Technology and Research Initiative Fund) research initiatives.
Proposal Development Assistance
RDI provides substantial assistance in extramural proposal planning and development, including Research Development Services (RDS), Corporate Engagement Services, and engagement and consultation with philanthropic foundations and federal agencies. RDI strongly recommends that investigator teams work collaboratively with the pertinent RDI services staff to enhance the competitiveness and success of extramural proposals.