The University of Arizona

Research, Discovery & Innovation Funding Programs

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ResDev@email.arizona.edu 
Phone: (520) 621-8585

 

Research, Discovery & Innovation (RDI) is pleased to announce the release of FY19 Research Advancement Grants. RDI will support all levels of staged research development through the Research Advancement Grants: funding is intended to provide a pathway to success for interdisciplinary research—from one-time support to jump start worthwhile projects; 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 extramural proposal submission.

RDI seeks grant submissions with clearly envisioned ideas involving interdisciplinary team building or the acquisition of key pilot data for extramural success. 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 should align with university strategic priorities and/or TRIF Research Initiatives.   

Research Advancement Grants:

  •  CATEGORY 1:  From Idea to Targeted Research - support for early career faculty, creating teams, broadening partnerships, and targeting interdisciplinary projects.
  •  CATEGORY 2:  Multi-Layered Strategic Research - support for transdisciplinary teams who are prepared to extend successfully funded research programs and wish to expand the research scope.
  •  CATEGORY 3: Equipment Grants  -  support to augment scientific capacity through the acquisition of equipment for use by multiple investigators.

 Proposal Development Assistance: RDI provides substantive assistance in extramural proposal planning and development, including Research Development Services (RDS), Strategic Business Initiatives, philanthropic/foundation, and federal agency engagement and consultation. RDI strongly recommends PI teams to utilize these services and work collaboratively with the pertinent RDI services staff to enhance agency proposal competitiveness and success; accordingly, PIs will need to effectively liaise with college/departmental staff on proposal budget planning.

Available Funding Programs

Category 1

Faculty Seed Grants
Faculty Seed Grants (FSG) provide awards of up to $10,000 on a competitive basis for projects involving research or other creative scholarly activity. The program provides funding for short-term, one-time support to "jump start" worthwhile projects that can be used to develop major proposals for submission to extramural funding agencies or private contributors. FY19 proposals are due March 13, 2019 with a required Letter of Intent (LOI) due February 27, 2019.

International Research & Program Development Grants
Three tracks are available with funding from $10,000 to $50,000. IRPDs are designed to jump-start and quickly grow either international research done by transdisciplinary collaborations, or the development of new academic programs in collaboration with international partner institutions. FY19 proposals are due March 13, 2019 with a required Letter of Intent (LOI) due February 27, 2019.

Postdoctoral Research Development Grants
Awards support UA postdoctoral scholars in the development of their independent research skills to advance their careers. FY19 proposals are due March 13, 2019.

Student Team Grants
Awards support Graduate Research Assistants (salary, ERE, tuition remission, travel), undergraduate research assistants, and core facility usage to extend an existing research grant or start a new industry collaboration. FY19 proposals are due March 13, 2019 with a required Letter of Intent (LOI) due February 27, 2019.

George H. Davis Travel Fellowship
The Fellowship supports promising tenure-track faculty members (in any field) in becoming more widely recognized for their work and more closely connected with colleagues, nationally and internationally. In particular, the fellowship defrays up to $5,000 in costs associated with invited participation in a national or international professional meeting, where the awardee will present research findings, scholarship, and/or creative activities. Davis Fellowship proposals are due October 15, 2018.

Start for Success
Federal agencies are increasingly funding larger scale, cross-cutting efforts that address specific transdisciplinary challenges.  These grants are designed to start new transdisciplinary research programs—by creating and building teams, mapping out the opportunities, solidifying the approach, broadening partnerships and networks, in support of the proposed plan that will result in proposal submission and successful funding. Track 2 proposals support the preparation of large complex proposals defined as greater than $10 million and with multiple participating entities. Awards are up to $25,000 and are intended to supplement investments by participating units. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis.

Category 2

Accelerate for Success
Federal agencies are increasingly funding larger scale, cross-cutting efforts that address specific transdisciplinary challenges.  These grants are designed to catalyze medium to large, strategic transdisciplinary research programs—by creating teams, broadening partnerships, and supporting the proposed plan to result in proposal submission and successful funding. FY19 proposals are due March 13, 2019 with a required Letter of Intent (LOI) due February 27, 2019.

Category 3

Equipment Enhancement Fund
Equipment Enhancement Fund grants are available to augment scientific capacity through the acquisition of equipment for use by multiple investigators. Track 1 provides equipment with costs not to exceed $150,000; Track 2 provides equipment with costs not to exceed $300,000. Equipment must be located in a core facility or in a shared, accessible space, and must have multiple committed users from at least two departments and preferably from at least two different colleges. Equipment must not simply replace existing stock; it must add new capacity to enable competitiveness for an identified funding opportunity. FY19 proposals are due October 15, 2018 with a required Letter of Intent (LOI) due October 1, 2018.