|Applications invited for faculty research seed money|
The University Senate invites applications for faculty research seed money awards. The deadline for submission is 4 p.m. Friday, March 9. Program details follow.
Description: The Faculty Research Seed Money Council (the "Council") distributes funds to support projects by faculty in any department of the University. The goal of the program is to enhance the ability of the faculty to submit successful extramural grant applications.
Eligibility: Applicants must have a faculty appointment at UND.
Faculty who have previously received funds from the committee must have a final report on file with the research development and compliance one month prior to the application date.
Faculty who have previously received funds from the seed money committee and who wish to apply for additional support must present evidence that they have submitted a related extramural research proposal since receiving funds. (An extramural application is one submitted to an agency or foundation "outside UND." Thus, for example, proposals sent to the following are not extramural: UND Instructional Development, NRI, RD&C, SSAC and North Dakota EPSCoR.) The new application must describe how the previous Seed Money award was used and what applications or publications resulted.
Review criteria: Proposals will be subject to competitive review and ranking by discipline-related subcommittees whose members are appointed by individual departments. Proposals must be clear, of high quality, and be designed to develop a project or provide preliminary data for one or more extramural grant proposals.
Higher priority will be given to:
* Proposals with high potential for producing successful extramural applications
* Applicants who have not received recent funding from the seed money committee
* Applicants with a demonstrated record of research or academic accomplishment
* Projects that can be completed in 12 to 18 months
Lower priority will be given to projects from investigators who have significant and/or continuous funding, unless the request is required to begin a project not currently supported. Projects will not be supported if they were previously submitted to an extramural agency but were declined funding because of lack of scientific, technical or academic merit. However, higher consideration will be given to those projects previously submitted to an external agency if the purpose of the Seed Money Application is to address reviewers’ comments, to improve the chance that a revised extramural application will be successful. Where applicable, a copy of the review summary from the most recent unfunded external proposal should be included.
The application should be prepared to convince and be understood by a general audience, only some of whom may be proficient in the applicant's area. The following headings and page limitations apply:
* Cover Page: Include target subcommittee; principal investigator's name; department, college; proposal title; amount requested; proposed beginning and ending dates of the project; agency to which extramural proposal will be submitted; list of previous Faculty Research Seed Money Council Awards and whether or not a final report and external proposal have been filed; signatures of the principal investigator, department chair, and dean of the college.
* Research or Project Plan: Include aims, background, significance, approach, methods
* Format: Three pages maximum, one inch margins, single spaced, not to exceed six lines per linear inch. (The three-page limit for the project plan will be strictly enforced. Proposals exceeding the limit will be returned without review. Appendices circumventing this limit will be discarded.)
* Detailed Budget (including justification)
* Biographical Sketch (two pages maximum)
* Current and Pending Grant Support (title and short description, agency, requested amount)
* Historical Grant Support at UND (including national, private and seed money awards)
* List of Extramural Applications Submitted But Not Funded (include past three years)
* Statement of Intent to Submit Extramural Application (title, agency, time period, funds to be requested). Where support is requested for a project that will not serve as the basis for an extramural application, then potential future sources of external funding should be listed.
The budget should be for a maximum of 12 to 18 months. Award amounts may range from $1,000 to $40,000. Projected expenditures must be reasonable, justified and directly related to the project.
A note on budgeted items: The council has ruled that seed money funds may not be used for travel and expenses in conjunction with attendance or presentation of materials at a conference. Exceptions to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you choose to request travel funds that are later disallowed, please be assured this decision will have no impact upon the selection of the remainder of your proposal for an award.
All applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. Friday, March 9.
NOTE: The subcommittee chair has the option to forward proposals outside the subcommittee expertise to a more appropriate subcommittee.
Submit the original plus the appropriate number of copies of your proposal to:
Faculty Research Seed Money Council
c/o RD&C, Twamley Hall, Room 105 (prior to Feb. 1), or
Room 404 Twamley Hall (after Feb. 1)
FACULTY RESEARCH SEED MONEY
Proposal Sections (Number of copies to submit)
Composition of Subcommittees
Behavioral Sciences (10): Communication, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Counseling, Educational Leadership, Educational Foundations and Research, Psychology, Physical Education and Exercise Science, Statewide Psych-Mental Health, Teaching and Learning.
Basic Medical Sciences (7): Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience,
Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics, Pathology.
Engineering and Technology (8): Aviation and Aerospace Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Technology, Mechanical Engineering.
Health Sciences (10): Community Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nutrition and Dietetics, Obstetrics-Gynecology, Occupational Therapy, Pediatrics, Physical Therapy, Surgery.
Humanities and Fine Arts (8): Art, English, History, Languages, Music,
Philosophy and Religion, Theatre Arts.
Mathematics and Natural Sciences (9): Atmospheric Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology and Geological Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Space Studies.
Professional Disciplines (7): Accounting, Finance, Information Systems and Business Education, Management, Marketing, Practice and Role Development (Nursing).
Social Sciences (9): Anthropology, Economics, Family and Community Nursing, Indian Studies, Law, Political Science and Public Administration, Social Work, Sociology.
-- Charles J. Moretti, chair, Faculty Research Seed Money Council.