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Accelerate For Success Grants

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Phone: (520) 621-8585


Award Cycle: Annual
Limit on Proposals per PI: An individual may participate as PI or co-PI on one AFS per cycle.
Next Due Date: March 15, 2018
Earliest Start Date: July 1, 2018
Award Period: July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Applications: Accepted through UA Competition Space 

Description: Research, Discovery & Innovation (RDI) funds these Category 2 grants. They are designed to catalyze or scale strategic transdisciplinary research programs by creating teams, broadening partnerships, and supporting the development and submission of extramural proposals. These efforts may include the development of a center-like endeavor targeting one of the externally-funded centers (e.g., National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation Science & Technology Center, Department of Energy Energy Frontier Research Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture Coordinated Agriculture Products).

Track 1:     Medium – up to $100,000 to teams that target external funding proposals up to $2 million in direct costs.
Track 2:     Large – up to $250,000 to teams that target external funding proposals over $2 million in direct costs (the targeted external grant must be more than $2 million in direct costs; combining multiple grants to reach the $2 million target is not appropriate for this track).

Proposal preparation, submission, and processing information is available in the RDI Proposal Preparation Guide (PPG). 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 may 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 (typically from different colleges).

2. Proposal Preparation: Both Tracks

a. Project Narrative: Proposals may include up to four pages for the project narrative. Formatting and proposal sections should follow the PPG.
b. Supplemental Documents: Two-page description of the team including areas of expertise and organizations of each of the team members. Indicate why this team is competitive for the targeted opportunity. Use this space to succinctly address the depth and experience of the proposing team.

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.