The University of Arizona

Industry Engagement and Interdisciplinary Link Student Team Awards

Award Cycle: Annual
Limit on Proposals per PI: An individual may participate as PI on one STA 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: These grants are designed to catalyze new extramural research and build new intramural collaborations. Awards support Graduate Research Assistants (salary, ERE, tuition remission, travel), undergraduate research assistants, and core facility usage.

Track 1: Interdisciplinary Link awards extend a single faculty member’s funded research (i.e., existing grant) into new interdisciplinary efforts with a collaborator in another discipline via a co-mentored GRA.

Track 2: Industry Engagement awards extend a newly funded UA-industry agreement via a co-mentored GRA. The GRA should work in industry (time at the industry partner’s facility is expected) and gain experience supervising and mentoring undergraduates conducting the industry-supported work.

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:

a. Both Tracks: Teams must include the PI, one graduate student, and at least one other mentor for the student.
b. Track 1: Co-mentors must be faculty from different disciplines
c. Track 2: Co-mentors must include the UA-based PI and an industry-based collaborator

 2. Proposal Preparation: Both Tracks

a. Project Narrative: In addition to the information required in the PPG, the two-page project narrative must include information on how the proposed research advances the graduate student’s skills, leadership, and training
b. Required Supplemental Documents: Both Tracks

i. One-page individual development plan agreed upon by the graduate student and both mentors
ii. One-page description of the co-mentoring team that describes the unique capabilities and responsibilities of each of the co-mentors but is not repetitive of the biographical sketch.
iii. Match certification: provide documentation of the required match (discussed in Budget below). This could include a signed letter by the industry partner or a current award document with GRA support.

3. Budget Preparation:

a. Both Tracks Allowable Costs:

i. Tuition remission (for the semesters of the GRAship)
ii. Travel for graduate student’s data collection or conference attendance (up to $1000)
iii. Two undergraduate assistants (up to 15 hours/week for 40 weeks)
iv. Optional: UA core facility usage credit (up to $5000)

b. Track 1: Up to .50 FTE GRA with ERE per semester for two semesters

i. 0.25 FTE GRA per semester for two semesters from Student Team Award
ii. 0.25 FTE GRA per semester for two semesters from existing grant
iii. Student Team Awards will only match the existing grant commitment, i.e., if the existing grant commitment is for .20 FTE GRA per semester then the Student Team Award will provide .20 FTE GRA support per semester.

c. Track 2: Up to .50 FTE GRA with ERE

i. 0.50 FTE GRA from industry commitment for the first semester
ii. 0.50 FTE GRA from Student Team Award for the second semester

4. Proposal Review: In addition to the review criteria detailed in the PPG, reviewers will comment on how the proposed research advances the graduate student’s skills, leadership, and training

Posted January 22, 2019