The University of Arizona

Accelerate For Success Grants

Award Cycle: Bi-Annual 
Limit on Proposals per PI: An individual may participate as PI on one AFS per cycle. 
Next Due Date:
     Required Letter of Intent: March 13, 2019, 5pm MST
     Full Proposal: April 3, 2019, 5pm MST
Earliest Start Date: July 1, 2019
Award Period: July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020
Applications: Opens January 23, 2019; Accepted through UA Competition Space 

Description: The FY19 Accelerate for Success program merges the previous Accelerate for Success, Start for Success, and Large/Complex Proposal support. These grants are designed to support team science by creating teams, broadening partnerships, and supporting the development and submission of extramural proposals. Beginning in FY20, the Accelerate for Success program will have a fall deadline and a spring deadline; rolling submissions will no longer be accepted.

RDI supports the excellence of UA’s mid-career faculty and thus, encourages mid-career faculty with novel research ideas to apply to this program.

Track 1: Seeding New Research Collaborations & Supporting Complex Proposals: proposals should describe how the investigators will initiate a new research collaboration (must be a new collaboration between two distinct units) or support proposal development activities at UA. Proposals may include partner universities. Potential activities include but are not limited to: (1) multi-institution workshop, (2) campus colloquium focused on a strategic research goal, or (3) pilot data collection for a new inter- or transdisciplinary team. Teams can request up to $15,000 in support, although in well justified cases support up to $50,000 is available.

Track 2: Building Research Collaborations & Supporting Center Proposals: proposals should describe support for the development of center level proposals including for the facilitation of teams and travel support for investigators (nationally and internationally). Track 2 proposals must include multiple universities or partners, including national labs and FFRDCs. Identification of the center mechanism must be included, e.g., National Institutes of Health P- or U-series mechanisms (e.g. P30, P50, U54), National Science Foundation Science & Technology Center, Department of Energy's Energy Frontier Research Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture Coordinated Agriculture Projects, Department of Education Language Resource Centers, etc. Teams can request up to $50,000 in support, although in well justified cases support of up to $100,000 is available.

Proposal preparation, submission, and processing information is available in the RDI Proposal Preparation Guide (PPG) - version 3. 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.

2. Proposal Preparation: Track 2

a. Project Narrative: The project narrative may not exceed three pages. Formatting and proposal sections should follow the PPG. Note that this page limit supersedes the limit listed in the PPG.
b. 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 graduate and postdoctoral mentoring plan, that succinctly describes the professional development offered to graduate students and postdoctoral students. This supplemental document is only required if graduate students and postdoctoral students are included in the budget. While student support is allowable, it must be well justified under this solicitation.

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


Posted January 22, 2019