The University of Arizona

Accelerate For Success Grants

Award Cycle: Annual 
Limit on Proposals per PI: An individual may participate as PI on one AFS per cycle. 
Next Due Date: July 1, 2020
Award Period: August 15, 2020 to August 14, 2021, note that TRIF funded programs must end by June 30, 2021
Applications:  Accepted through UA Competition Space 

Description: The Accelerate for Success program is designed to support team science by creating teams, broadening partnerships, and supporting the development and submission of extramural proposals.

For FY21, RII is seeking opportunities that support one or more of the following:

  1. Implementation of the UA Strategic Plan or UAHS Strategic Plan with a focus on Pillar 2: Grant Challenges (although well-developed research opportunities that support the other Pillars are welcome)
  2. Advancement of graduate and particularly undergraduate research opportunities
  3. COVID-19 pandemic response (open to all scholarly fields)

In addition to the priorities above, RII supports the excellence of UA’s mid-career faculty and thus, strongly encourages mid-career faculty with novel research ideas to apply to this program. For this opportunity, mid-career faculty are defined as those at the rank of Associate Professor, or recently promoted to full Professor.

Finally, RII encourages proposing teams to include elements of societal benefit associated with their efforts. Thus, RII encourages teams to consider partnering with colleagues in the social sciences, humanities, arts, and education in order to accomplish their objectives. 

Track 1: Seeding New Research Collaborations: proposals should describe how the investigators will initiate a new research collaboration on campus or with a partner (including academic, industry, or government) in support of proposal development activities at UA. Proposals may include partner universities. Potential activities include but are not limited to: (1) extramural proposal development activities, (2) campus colloquium focused on a strategic research goal, or (3) pilot data collection for a new inter- or transdisciplinary team. Teams may request up to $50,000 in well justified cases.

Track 2: Building Research Collaborations & Supporting Center Proposals: proposals should describe support for the development of center level proposals for the facilitation of teams, travel support for investigators (nationally and internationally), and concept development. Track 2 proposals must include multiple universities or partners, such as industry, national labs, and FFRDCs. Identification of the center mechanism must be included. Teams may request up to $100,000 in well justified cases.

Proposal preparation, submission, and processing information is available in the RII Proposal Preparation Guide (PPG) v5. The PPG includes requirements for the project narrative and supplemental documents; it is strongly encouraged that interested applicants read the PPG in full as proposals that do not match the PPG will be returned without review.

Solicitation specific information below supersedes information presented in the PPG.

Solicitation Specific Requirements:

1. Eligibility: In addition to the eligibility described in the PPG, the PI and at least one Co-PI must be from distinct disciplines (and generally from two distinct colleges).

2. Proposal Preparation: Track 2

Supplemental Documents:

i. One-page management plan, that describes the roles and responsibilities of the PI and each co-PI. Indicate why this team is competitive for the targeted opportunity.

ii. One-page undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral mentoring plan, that succinctly describes the professional development offered to undergraduate, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. This supplemental document is only required if undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are included in the budget.

3. Proposal Review: In addition to the criteria described in the PPG, special consideration may be made for proposals that will enable high-risk, high-reward research at UA or support the development of mid-career faculty for future center leadership.

Questions: resdev@email.arizona.edu