Internal Grants & Award Programs for Sponsored Research


Welcome!

As part of the overall mission to support research across the University, Internal Grants and Awards are designed to encourage, facilitate, and support research activities among UWF faculty and students. The grants are intended to support research efforts of faculty, postdoctoral associates, and graduate students. When exploring these opportunities, the term "research" is broadly applied and includes traditional research, creative expression, and all other forms of scholarly activities. The number of awards made are contingent on the availability of funds as well as the quality and quantity of applications received.


Innovative Interdisciplinary Research Grant – New!
Innovative Interdisciplinary Research Grant – New!
 Description This competitive program provides funds to support and encourage individual faculty members to form multidisciplinary teams to secure proof of concept, with a goal of successfully competing for future sponsored research opportunities. Funds are also available as seed grants for multidisciplinary teams to develop new and innovative research directions. We will be particularly interested in proposals that position the university to compete in emerging areas of significant research funding, e.g. climate change, resilience, cybersecurity, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing, affordable health care, health, etc. Applicants should consult with their Dean about areas of special interest to the College. Projects with cross-college collaboration, working with faculty from other universities, or international collaborations are heavily favored. An explicit strategy for securing external funding must be outlined. The proposal must describe how the initial joint efforts will result in new research or creative activities that will lead to external funding, and how UWF will benefit from the establishment of new multidisciplinary research. The grant must identify an external agency funding mechanism that the team will commit to applying for.  
 Deadline  Friday, February 17, 2017 by 5:00PM CT
 Funding

Up to $50,000 per proposal.

Funding may be requested for summer faculty salary support if the faculty member is not teaching during the summer. A course release can be requested with Dean approval. Salary support for research scientists is allowed. Graduate students who are included on the grant should be named. Tuition is not an allowable charge.

A Graduate Students Thesis project can be attached to the faculty members grant and request an additional $1,500 for the student award. The graduate student should develop their grant proposal separately. When requesting a graduate student grant the PI should make clear the role played by the student in the proposed research program. Additional information is available in the "PROJECT NARRATIVE GUIDELINES – Graduate Student Applications" Section.

The Center for Research and Economic Opportunity (CREO) anticipates committing approximately $150,000 annually contingent on the availability of funds.

Forms Internal Grant Programs - Faculty Signature Page (PDF)
 Application  Apply Now!
New Faculty Research Grant – New!
New Faculty Research Grant – New!
 Description

The New Faculty Research Grant is designed to support research and creative activities of junior faculty members developing their research. In order to be eligible for this program, the applicant must be pre-tenured and have been with the university in a tenure-track position less than three (3) years.

The goal of the program is to support and encourage the development of strong programs of research and creative scholarship by early-career faculty members throughout the University. These grants are considered development funds for the new faculty member to jump start their research, in that they should lead to the growth and development of continuing research programs. These funds are not for travel funds to attend professional meetings. Support for these items is provided by colleges, or in special cases, through CREO through separate programs. Proposals will be peer reviewed by subcommittees selected according to research discipline. Faculty members are encouraged to submit proposals for projects that will produce future externally funded support and publications.

 Deadline  Thursday, November 10, 2016, by 5:00PM CT
 Funding

In general, grants are expected to be in the range of approximately $2,000 to $10,000.

A Graduate Students Thesis project can be attached to the faculty members grant and request an additional $1,500 for the student award. The graduate student should develop their grant proposal separately. When requesting a graduate student grant the PI should make clear the role played by the student in the proposed research program. Additional information is available in the "PROJECT NARRATIVE GUIDELINES – Graduate Student Applications" Section.

Faculty who received a UWF Florida Research Fellowship awards in the past two years would not be eligible to participate in this competition.

Forms Internal Grant Programs - Faculty Signature Page (PDF)
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Field Research Support Grant – New!
Field Research Support Grant – New!
 Description

The Faculty Field Research Support Grant is designed to support research and creative activities of faculty members gathering data from the field (includes field/ground research and archival research; gathering pilot data). The FRS Grants are considered startup funds for research, in that they should lead to the growth and development of continuing research programs. They are not a source of continuing support for an ongoing program, nor should they be viewed as an alternative source of funds for programs already developed to a level that normally would justify support from external agencies nor travel funds to attend professional meetings. Proposals will be peer reviewed by subcommittees selected according to research discipline and maybe externally reviewed. Research and creative activities will be broadly interpreted; therefore, a wide range of activities can be supported Faculty members are encouraged to submit proposals for projects that will produce future externally funded support.

 Deadline Friday, January 13, 2017, by 5:00PM CT
 Funding

Up to $5,000

A Graduate Students Thesis project can be attached to the faculty members grant and request an additional $1500 for the student award. The graduate student should develop their grant proposal separately. When requesting a graduate student grant the PI should make clear the role played by the student in the proposed research program. Additional information is available in the "PROJECT NARRATIVE GUIDELINES – Graduate Student Applications" Section.

Faculty who received a UWF Florida Research Fellowship awards in the past two years would not be eligible to participate in this competition.

The Center for Research and Economic Opportunity (CREO) anticipates committing approximately $20,000 in awards made in response to this solicitation contingent on the availability of funds.

Forms Internal Grant Programs - Faculty Signature Page
 Application  Apply Now!
Research Pilot Grant – New!
Research Pilot Grant – New!
 Description

The Research Pilot Grant is designed to support research and creative activities of faculty members gathering data. In order to be eligible for this program, the applicant must be with the university in a tenure-track position.

The goal of the program is to support and encourage the development of strong programs of research and creative scholarship by faculty members throughout the University. Grants are considered startup funds for research, in that they should lead to the growth and development of continuing research programs. They are not a source of continuing support for an ongoing program, nor should they be viewed as an alternative source of funds for programs already developed to a level that normally would justify support from external agencies. Neither should they provide "matching" funds, where such funds are required as part of an external proposal, nor travel funds to attend professional meetings. Support for these items is provided by colleges, or in special cases, through CREO through separate programs. Proposals will be peer reviewed by subcommittees selected according to research discipline and maybe reviewed externally. Faculty members are encouraged to submit proposals for projects that will produce future externally funded support.

 Deadline Friday, January 13, 2017 by 5:00PM CT
 Funding

In general, grants are expected to be in the range of approximately $3,000 to $25,000.

A Graduate Students Thesis project can be attached to the faculty members grant and request an additional $1500 for the student award. The graduate student should develop their grant proposal separately. When requesting a graduate student grant the PI should make clear the role played by the student in the proposed research program. Additional information is available in the "PROJECT NARRATIVE GUIDELINES – Graduate Student Applications" Section.

Faculty who received UWF Florida Research Fellowship awards in the past two years would not be eligible to participate in this competition.

Forms Internal Grant Programs - Faculty Signature Page (PDF)
 Application  Apply Now!
CREO/CASSH Summer Fellowship – New!
CREO/CASSH Summer Fellowship – New!
 Description

CREO with the support of CASSH will launch the 2017 Summer Fellowship initiative for faculty in the arts, social sciences and humanities departments. The request for proposals will include both existing creative/research projects or new projects. The competition for these fellowships would be open to faculty of all ranks including non-tenure track faculty and those with ‘visiting faculty’ status. These summer grants will not allow funds to be used for course releases, curriculum development, or conference funding (unless this is an integral part of a larger project)

Faculty who received a UWF Fellowship award in the past two years would not be eligible to participate in this competition. In addition to beginning or completing scholarly projects, the Summer Fellowships in Humanities may also be used for professional development. Some of those potential activities that this fellowship might include:

  • Faculty re-skilling or another facet of professional development
  • Time to develop a large-scale external grant proposal
  • Time to outline and plan a new research project
  • Money to use research computing facilities or other resources on campus.

In addition to being highlighted on the CREO website, successful applicants will be required to provide a brief summary report of their summer research by September 1, 2017, as well as apply within the following twelve months for at least one external fellowship (i.e., outside of the University of West Florida) and/or publish a minimum of one (1) publication from their summers work to support their research in this or another area. Proof of such an application will be required for any future funding from CREO or RSP.

 Deadline  Friday, January 13, 2017 by 5:00PM CT
 Funding

Up to $3,000

The Center for Research and Economic Opportunity anticipates committing approximately $12,000 in awards made in response to this solicitation contingent on the availability of funds.

Forms Internal Grant Programs - Faculty Signature Page
 Application  Apply Now!
Subvention Program – New!
Subvention Fund – New!
 Description

Recognizing that the cost of publication of scholarly books sometimes falls at least partially on the shoulders of the scholar, the Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development will provide funding to Faculty for creative and scholarly book subventions. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis by CREO and are awarded through the academic year. Only faculty authors with a signed book contract from an appropriate press are eligible to apply.

Funding Levels:

  • Priority Level I: The highest priority will be given to projects where subvention funds are explicitly required for publication or indexing—that is, where the publisher’s contract requires an author subvention in order for the book to be published. Projects in this category are eligible for up to $1,500 in subvention support ($750 from CREO, and $750 in college matching funds as available).
  • Priority Level II: Cases where subvention is not an absolute requirement, but would in some way facilitate the publication of the work (such as making the work more affordable and thus more accessible) or allow for the addition of essential material that would not otherwise be included, may also be considered as a lower priority. This category might include such things as the acquisition of images and copyright permissions, the preparation of an online resource to accompany the published work, or other items such as images or maps that would enhance the book in some 2 ways. Index preparation is not eligible. Applicants must provide a brief statement explaining how the additional material will significantly enhance the value and effectiveness of the book. Projects in this category are eligible for up to $1,000 in support ($500 from CREO, and $500 in college matching funds as available).
  • Secondary Request: If a faculty author receives contracts for two books within a single three-year period, and has applied for and received CREO subvention support for the first volume, the author may apply for support for the second book at a lower funding level. The same criteria and documentation requirements apply to second requests.
 Deadline Open until the maximum commitment level is reached (no deadline)
 Funding Up to $2,500 - cost sharing from the applicant’s department is encouraged

The Center for Research and Economic Opportunity anticipates committing approximately $10,000 in awards made in response to this solicitation contingent on the availability of funds.

Forms Internal Grant Programs - Faculty Signature Page (PDF)
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The GROW Institute New!
The GROW Institute – New!
 Description

The GROW Institute (Summer 2017)
Sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the GROW Institute is a multi-tiered, intensive one-year experience designed to support faculty members through the process of writing one or more substantial external grant proposals to fund their research and resubmitting their grants after review. This program provides course release time for faculty to write their proposal and provides training for participants in effectively communicating their ideas for all types of external funding agencies.

The GROW Institute (Fall 2017 and Spring 2018)
Sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the GROW Institute is a multi-tiered, intensive 15-week experience designed to support faculty members through the process of writing one or more substantial external grant proposals to fund their research and resubmitting their grants after review. This program provides course release time for faculty to write their proposal and provides training for participants in effectively communicating their ideas for all types of external funding agencies.

 Deadline

 

  • Fall 2017 application due Friday, January 13, 2017 by 5:00PM CT
  • Spring 2018 application due Friday, May 5, 2017 by 5:00PM CT 
  • Summer 2017 Participants – Friday, December 9, 2016 by 5:00PM CT

 

 Funding

 

  • Summer Participants (5 slots available): Up to $10,000 Summer Salary (including fringe)
  • Spring & Fall Participants (5 slots available): One (1) course buyout Spring or Fall semester

 

Forms

GROW - Participant Memorandum of Understanding (PDF)

 Application  Apply Now!
The Hoyt Informatics Mentorship Grant (HIIM)
The Hoyt Informatics Mentorship Grant
 Description

A specific goal of this grant is to promote opportunities for students to work closely with a faculty mentor (open to all UWF faculty) in developing a research project that will result in a data-driven paper for presentation at an academic conference and/or for publication.

Scholarly work must include an informatics component, either by focus or management of data. Scholarly work that establishes baseline data or demonstrates strong potential for obtaining additional funding will be viewed favorably. The projects should be innovative in nature and should challenge and seek to shift current research or clinical practice paradigms by utilizing novel theoretical concepts, approaches, or methodologies.

 Deadline Application is Open until funding is exhausted
 Funding

In general, grants are expected to be in the range of approximately $2,000 to $10,000.

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Research Equipment Enhancement Program
Research Equipment Enhancement Program
 Description

The Research Equipment Enhancement Program supports the purchase or development of research equipment to be used by groups of investigators, working together or separately, on innovative projects that already have or have the potential for sustainable external support. Investigators may derive from a focused research network or may be programmatically unrelated and originate from different academic units and schools across campus.

Eligible projects must demonstrate how the equipment enhancement will benefit the research proponents with respect to scholarship and external funding portfolios, as well as indicate how it will augment the UWF campus research profile. It is expected that all proposals carry a 33.3% match from the participating unit(s). Waiving of this cost share match will be considered under exceptional circumstances.

Additional information can be found on the Research Equipment Enhancement Program (REEP) - Program Guidelines (PDF)

 Deadline
  • Monday, October 24, 2016 by 5:00PM CT
  • Saturday, April 1, 2017, by 5:00PM CT
 Funding

The maximum award will be on the order of $200,000 and all funds must be spent within six months of the award date.

The Center for Research and Economic Opportunity anticipates committing approximately $500,000 in awards made in response to this solicitation contingent on the availability of funds.

Forms Research Equipment Enhancement Program - Signature Page (Word)
 Application  Apply Now!
Postdoctoral Associates
Postdoctoral Associates
 Description
The Center for Research and Economic Opportunity (CREO) has encumbered funding sufficient to support 25 postdocs for two (2) years. Postdoctoral associates are academic employees who conduct research, teach, or provide service that enhances career skills or allows for opportunities to learn new research or teaching techniques. They are trained by and work in conjunction with a faculty mentor who determines the training agenda.
 
There are two postdoc appointments available to the university; Research and Teaching. 
  • Research Appointments (zero teaching load): CREO – 60%, Academic Affairs – 20%, College – 20%
  • Teaching Appointments (1:1 – total two per year): CREO – 40%, Academic Affairs – 30%, College – 30% 
 Deadline Currently Not Open for Applications
 Funding

$47,670 per year plus fringe benefits; $2,000 is available for recruitment or to purchase a laptop for the postdoctoral associate. All equipment will become property of the department.

All additional costs such as supplies and postdoc conference travel will be handled by traditional RSP internal incentives if available. Salaries are not capped but any department exceeding the maximum allowable rate will be required to cover all costs associated with the salary offered. 

Forms Internal Grant Programs - Faculty Signature Page
 Application Currently Not Open for Applications

*Please note that this is only applicable to postdocts hired during the application period of December 2015 - August 2016. Effective immediately, all new postdoctoral associates will only be eligible for single-employee health insurance and no equipment supplement ($2,000)*

Northwest Florida Asset Valuation and Marketing Support Program
Northwest Florida Asset Valuation and Marketing Support Program
 Description

The University of West Florida Office of Economic Development and Engagement is seeking proposals for a matching-grant program that makes UWF marketing expertise available to Northwest Florida municipalities, non-profit organizations and economic development entities.

The program is designed to support governments and non-profit organizations in Northwest Florida both define the economic competitive advantages of our region and promote those advantages to the world – all while connecting UWF faculty, staff, and students more closely to the regional economy. The program is not open to for-profit organizations

 Deadline Open - until the maximum commitment level is reached (no deadline)
 Funding Individual awards will be no larger than $20,000 and requires 1:1 matching funds from the participating organization
 Application  Apply Now!
Northwest Florida Industry Research Matching Grants Program
Northwest Florida Industry Research Matching Grants Program – New!
 Description

The purpose of this program is to encourage collaborations between members of targeted industries and University of West Florida faculty, staff, and students, thus enhancing the UWF’s theoretical and applied research profiles and providing industry members with opportunities to utilize UWF’s research capabilities. The program will support the identification and development of intellectual property that may hold the potential for commercialization, and emphasis will be placed on projects that accomplish that goal.

Though projects may be from any discipline, proposals are particularly encouraged in the industries of Aerospace, Aviation, Information Technologies and Services, Manufacturing Design, Marine Technologies, Transportation Systems, Financial Services, Medical Products, Microelectronics, Software Development, Medical Technologies, Telecommunications.

 Deadline Open until the maximum commitment level is reached (no deadline)
 Funding

Awards sizes are anticipated to range from $10,000 to $100,000, with an estimated total of $1.5 million allocated to the program. This program requires 1:1 matching from the industry partner.

 Application  Apply Now!

APPLICATION INFORMATION


ELIGIBILITY

At the time of application, all UWF personnel who are tenure-track or tenured faculty, clinical track faculty, research faculty, research scientists, research engineers, associates, and other staff members for whom research and scholarship are assigned as one of their primary job responsibilities and have at least a 50% university appointment during the academic year of the project are eligible to apply for funding.

Collaborators are allowed on internal grants but will not be named as an award recipient, only the PI. Visiting faculty, postdoctoral fellows or scholars, and lectures must have a tenure-track or tenured faculty as the PI. An applicant may appear as PI/PD on no more than two proposals per application cycle, but may be listed as a collaborator or consultant on other proposals.


RESUBMISSIONS

A one-page “Response to Reviewers” must be included in the revised submission (see Narrative Guidelines below). The revised proposal will be considered only if significantly improved over the original submission and comments from the initial review are appropriately addressed. Indicate revised paragraphs in the project narrative with a line in the right-hand margin.

Submissions beyond the permitted single revision or revised applications submitted as new will be returned without review.


BUDGETS

Budget requests are for up to 12-month period except the summer fellowship. Funding commences at the time of the award letter or date the faculty member requests to start funding.

For all budgets: enter budget items, costs and justification in the appropriate areas of the electronic application form. Be as specific as possible, listing each travel site, each piece of equipment, services, supplies, etc. Explain why the requested item is essential for the proposed work. Justification for each budget item should answer the question: “Why is this specific person/item necessary for the proposed project?” Note: a description of the person/item is not a justification. Amounts requested are negotiable and awards may reflect a budget lower than that originally requested.

Allowable categories:

1. PI/Collaborator(s) Salary (course buyouts & sometimes summer salary)
2. Other Salary (Includes OPS staff or students)
3. Equipment (General purpose equipment [mobile phones, laptops, etc., are not eligible budget]
4. items.)
5. Supplies
6. Travel (Domestic or international travel expenses are eligible only when the travel is required to
conduct the research. (Travel to attend conferences, present findings, or perform or exhibit completed work is not allowed.)
7. Other (Amount for costs not covered in other budget categories)


APPLICATION SUBMISSION - ELECTRONIC APPLICATION FORM

The electronic application form requires completion of five sections:

1. General information
2. Budget information
3. Abstract and focused questions in text boxes (see below)
4. List of Suggested Reviewers or Reviewers Not to be Included (text box)
5. Required Attachments (please merge all documents into one (1) PDF – you are allowed only one (1) attachment per application:
     a. Proposal Narrative
     b. Budget Justification
     c. CV or Biosketch (internal applicants & external collaborators)
     d. Faculty Signature Page
     e. Graduate Student Thesis Proposal – If Applicable

Text Boxes: Provide the following information in the appropriate text box. Some material requested may appear to be redundant with the Project Narrative, but the Text Box information should be considered as the Executive Summary of the proposal.

1. Abstract/Project Summary (500-word limit): Provide a brief overview of the proposal. Include the main procedures and activities of the project that are comprehensible to non-specialists and, if successful, the expected impact of the project;

2. Justification (500-word limit): Describe why the requested funds are needed. If applicable, elaborate on how existing sources of support will be leveraged to expand, extend or innovate towards a new or novel research, scholarly or creative project; and

3. Why should the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs invest in your project? (500-word limit): Describe what distinguishes your project from others. Clearly define what is unique and innovative about your project. Identify new collaborations, if applicable, that extend your project into areas that have not previously been established. Describe how your project advances a big idea or influences your discipline. Provide details about how your proposed work will respond to departmental, collegiate or institutional strategic challenges.

List of Suggested Reviewers or Reviewers Not to be Included (Optional): Proposers may include a list of suggested reviewers (including name, email address, phone number and institutional affiliation) who they believe are especially well qualified to review the proposal. Proposers also may designate persons they would prefer not review the proposal, indicating why.

The Internal Grant Coordinator handling the proposal considers the suggestions and may contact the proposer for further information. The decision whether or not to use the suggestions, however, remains with the Assistant Vice President for Research.


PROJECT NARRATIVE GUIDELINES

The required Project Narrative (to be uploaded to the electronic application site) must contain sections 1-5 (1-6 for resubmissions) in the order indicated, with each section clearly identified. Type font must be 12-point font Times, Times New Roman or Arial, and margins must be at least 1 inch. A “Response to Reviewers” section is required for resubmitted proposals. Indicate revised paragraphs in the narrative with a line in the right-hand margin.

1. Project Description
2. Innovation/Significance
3. Collaboration
4. Feasibility and Timeline
5. Outcomes and Impact (How will this project lead to external funding opportunities)
6. Response to Reviewers (One-page limit -- resubmissions only. See resubmission guidelines above.)

Page Limitations (updated for FY 2016): The narrative may not exceed 5 single-spaced pages (6 pages for resubmissions), inclusive of all sections, diagrams, images, graphs, equations, and references. Narratives that exceed the page limits will be returned without review.

Narrative Content: The content of the Project Narrative should minimally address the questions and respond to comments outlined in the specific Review Criteria for the applicable grant mechanism. See the paragraph on REVIEW PROCESS for details.

Narrative Language: It is essential that applicants write their proposals in a language that is comprehensible to non-specialists. All too often the PI/PD writes the proposal in complex technical language with a significant number of abbreviations, formulas, and symbols. The PI/PD is strongly advised to write in a straightforward language that emphasizes why the area of investigation is important and how the individual or team will conduct the research or scholarly activity. To that end, limit the amount of highly discipline-specific jargon used. Minimize the number of abbreviations used. Define all abbreviations. Restrict description of overly technical components of your project. Your objective is to assist the reviewer in understanding the goals, feasibility and overall impact of your project. Concentrate your efforts on defining the big idea.

Letters of Support (Optional): One to two brief (no more than one page in length) letters of support may be included at the end of the narrative packet and are not counted against the page limitation.


PROJECT NARRATIVE GUIDELINES – Graduate Student Applications Only

The goal of this grant program is to support graduate students who are doing research on topics specific to their graduate thesis project under the supervision of their faculty advisor. Because universities typically do not allow students to manage institutional grants, the applicant's faculty advisor will be named the principal investigator if a grant is awarded.

The required Project Narrative (to be uploaded to the electronic application site) must contain all sections in the order indicated, with each section clearly identified. Type font must be 12-point font Times, Times New Roman or Arial, and margins must be at least 1 inch. 

1. Project Description 
2. Innovation/Significance 
3. Collaboration 
4. Feasibility and Timeline 
5. Outcomes and Impact (How will this project lead to external funding opportunities)

Narrative Content: The content of the Project Narrative should address the questions and respond to comments outlined in the specific Review Criteria for the applicable grant mechanism.

Narrative Language: It is essential that applicants write their proposals in a language that is comprehensible to non-specialists. Your objective is to assist the reviewer in understanding the goals, feasibility and overall impact of your project. Concentrate your efforts on defining the big idea.

What funds can be used for: Student travel to collect data, purchase supplies, gain access to historical archives, etc. These funds cannot be used to support graduate student conference travel. All presentations, publications and other publishable information should include the following statement: "This project was internally funded by the Center for Research & Economic Opportunity at the University of West Florida”

Size and duration of awards: Grants are capped at $1,500 and projects can for a maximum of one (1) year


CURRICULUM VITAE or NIH/NSF BIOSKETCH GUIDELINES (max 3 pages)

A Curriculum Vitae (CV) or standard biosketch is required for the PI/P, Co-PIs and all collaborators. The PI/PD’s CV or biosketch is to not combined with the 5 page (6 pages for resubmissions) narrative but is required to be uploaded in the electronic application.

The CV should be no longer than 3 pages. The following elements are required:

1. Education history
2. Academic, corporate and other significant positions held
3. Relevant peer-reviewed publications or creative projects
4. Funding support (all active internal and external funding support, recently completed funding support (last 3 years), and any pending support. Include all support from federal, state, foundation, departmental, university, and start-up funds. Citations of sources of support listed above must contain dates of funding, PI/PD, direct dollar amounts, and a brief but clear description of the work supported by the awards; if none, please so state
5. If applicable, list all previous UWF internal or seed grant awards held in the past three years & the results from those projects.

Applicants are encouraged to used NIH/NSF biosketch templates but not required. Applications not following the prescribed formats outlined above may be rejected. 


The Internal Grant's Review Process & Criteria

All applications will be evaluated either internally or externally. Recommendations will be made to the Vice President for Research, who will make the final determination of awards. Applications will be reviewed based on the criteria described below.


INNOVATIVE INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH GRANT

IIR applications should be responsive to the specific review criteria below. RSP seeks to identify applications that are highly innovative and impact the field, discipline, or broader community defined in the proposal. Applications are required to have any three major components: international collaboration, economic development focus, 2 colleges, 3 departments, participation by industry, NGOs, municipal organizations, and/or universities/colleges.

 Project Description
  • What is the new big idea of the Innovative Interdisciplinary Research Grant?
  • What is the economic development focus of the proposal?
  • What is the importance and significance of the project to develop international collaborations for economic development activities?
  • Are the approach and methodology sound and clearly described?
  • What prior work or preliminary data support the project?
  • Are potential pitfalls and alternative approaches provided?
  • Is a short list of bibliographical references relevant to the application included?
 Innovation
  • What are the novel areas of research, technology transfer and commercialization that benefit from new global collaborations?
  • What is novel about the specific collaborations identified?

 Collaboration

  • What new global collaborations are described and why have they been chosen?
  • What prior collaborations are being leveraged?
  • How does the application bring together international collaborations from universities, governmental agencies, industry (or other commercial entities), and NGOs to develop a research project that leads to external funding?
  • Specifically comment on a) the likelihood that the project will be completed in the proposed timeline, the qualifications and achievements of the PI (and collaborators) to carry out the project, c) the legal framework for engagement abroad and necessary governmental approvals, and d) the essential resources and budget to support the project’s desired outcomes.
  • What specific milestones are provided to assure progress along the timeline?
 Outcomes & Impact
  • What is the overall impact of the project?
  • Is there a clear and meaningful economic development focus or external award application?
  • What is produced at the end of the project?
  • Who derives direct or indirect benefit from the project?
  • How does the work affect internationalization of the field, discipline or broader community?
  • What are the next steps for the project once internal funding has been completed?
  • What is the likelihood that the project will attract additional external funding?

Response to Reviewers (one-page limit, resubmissions only): How has the revised proposal been significantly improved and how has the proposal addressed comments from the initial review?


NEW FACULTY RESEARCH, FIELD RESEARCH SUPPORT & RESEARCH PILOT GRANTS

Research Grant applications should be responsive to the specific review criteria below. RSP seeks to identify applications that are highly innovative and impact the field, discipline, or broader community defined in the proposal. Applications that focus on incremental scholarship or long-standing research directions are not responsive to the internal funding initiatives. Research grant applications are expected to emphasize innovation, collaboration and multiple disciplinarily.

An important goal of this funding mechanism is to provide essential funds that will enable UWF researchers to develop pilot data or take other steps that will position them to prepare competitive external research grant proposals for larger research projects.

 Project Description
  • What is the new big idea of the major project?
  • Is the proposed scholarly, research, or creative project clearly described?
  • Are important elements of originality and significance identified?
  • When appropriate, is a statement of the hypothesis to be tested provided?
  • Is applicable preliminary information or data in support of the project provided?
  • Are the approach and methodology sound and clearly described?
  • How will the impact of the project be evaluated?
  • Are potential pitfalls and alternative approaches provided?
  • Is a short list of bibliographical references relevant to the application included?
 Innovation
  • What is the novel, unique, or creative component of the project?
  • How does the innovative idea promote new research directions, scholarly capabilities or creative works?

 Collaboration

  • What new key collaborations are identified?
  • How does the application bring together individuals from other disciplines to develop and advance a scholarly, creative, or research project?
 Feasibility & Timeline
  • Specifically comment on a) the likelihood that the project will be completed in the proposed timeline, the qualifications and achievements of the PI (and collaborators) to carry out the project, and c) the essential resources, environment (personnel, space, facilities), and budget to support the project’s desired outcomes.
  • What specific milestones are provided to assure progress along the timeline?
 Outcomes & Impact
  • What is the overall impact of the project?
  • Is the project the outcome of a new idea or incremental in nature?
  • What is produced at the end of the project?
  • Who derives direct or indirect benefit from the project?
  • What outreach and engagement to broader communities and disciplines is provided?
  • What are the next steps for the project once internal funding has been completed?
  • What is the likelihood that the project will attract external funding?

Response to Reviewers (one-page limit, resubmissions only): How has the revised proposal been significantly improved and how has the proposal addressed comments from the initial review?


CREO/CASSH SUMMER FELLOWSHIP

RSP seeks to identify applications that are both innovative and impact the field, discipline, or broader community defined in the proposal. Applications that complement, challenge or expand relevant studies should be the focus of CCSF proposals.

 Project Description
  • Is the goal or central problem of the project clearly identified?
  • How does the project complement, challenge, or expand relevant studies in the field? What is the major contribution of the project?
  • Is the research plan clearly described or professional development plan clearly described?
  • If applicable, what are the results from previous internal grants?
  • Will this project result in a completed work, or the completion of a stage in the development of a work?
  • Is a short list of bibliographical references relevant to the application included?
 Innovation
  • What is novel, unique, and/or the creative component of the project?
  • If the project brings together individuals from diverse disciplines, how does the proposed work enhance those disciplines and what is the benefit of the collaboration?
  • -or-
  • If the project stems from a single scholar or artist, how does the proposed work enhance the PI/PD’s scholarship or creative experiences?

 Collaboration

  • What new key collaborations are identified?
  • How does the application bring together individuals from other disciplines to develop and advance a scholarly, creative, or research project?
 Feasibility & Timeline
  • Are the qualifications, competencies, and achievements of the PI/PD (and collaborators, if appropriate) suited to carry out the project?
  • Does the proposal address access to essential resources, environment (personnel, space, facilities), and budget to support the desired outcomes?
  • Is it likely that the project will be completed in the proposed timeline?
  • What critical milestones are provided to assure progress along the timeline?
 Outcomes & Impact
  • What is the overall impact of the project?
  • Who derives direct or indirect benefit from the project? What are the next steps for the project once internal funding has been completed?
  • Has the applicant indicated potential sources of external funding?
  • Has the applicant considered opportunities to share discoveries with a wider public or audience?

Response to Reviewers (one-page limit, resubmissions only): How has the revised proposal been significantly improved and how has the proposal addressed comments from the initial review?


RESEARCH EQUIPMENT ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM

Research Equipment Enhancement Program applications should be responsive to the specific review criteria below. RSP seeks to identify applications for new or novel infrastructure that serves a broad representation of the institution and provides collaboration. Applications that focus on individual PI laboratory needs are not responsive to this internal funding initiative.

 Project Description
  • Is the goal or central problem of the project clearly identified?
  • How does the project complement, challenge, or expand relevant studies in the field? What is the major contribution of the project?
  • Is the research plan clearly described or professional development plan clearly described?
  • If applicable, what are the results from previous internal grants?
  • Will this project result in a completed work, or the completion of a stage in the development of a work?
  • Is a short list of bibliographical references relevant to the application included?
 Innovation
  • What is novel, unique, and/or the creative component of the project?
  • If the project brings together individuals from diverse disciplines, how does the proposed work enhance those disciplines and what is the benefit of the collaboration?
  • -or-
  • If the project stems from a single scholar or artist, how does the proposed work enhance the PI/PD’s scholarship or creative experiences?

 Collaboration

  • What new key collaborations are identified?
  • How does the application bring together individuals from other disciplines to develop and advance a scholarly, creative, or research project?
 Feasibility & Timeline
  • Are the qualifications, competencies, and achievements of the PI/PD (and collaborators, if appropriate) suited to carry out the project?
  • Does the proposal address access to essential resources, environment (personnel, space, facilities), and budget to support the desired outcomes?
  • Is it likely that the project will be completed in the proposed timeline?
  • What critical milestones are provided to assure progress along the timeline?
 Outcomes & Impact
  • What is the overall impact of the project?
  • Who derives direct or indirect benefit from the project? What are the next steps for the project once internal funding has been completed?
  • Has the applicant indicated potential sources of external funding?
  • Has the applicant considered opportunities to share discoveries with a wider public or audience?

Response to Reviewers (one-page limit, resubmissions only): How has the revised proposal been significantly improved and how has the proposal addressed comments from the initial review?

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