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Part 2. PROPOSAL PACKAGE PREPARATION – Storrs

PART 2. PROPOSAL PACKAGE PREPARATION

Guidelines

Please be sure to read all the guidelines thoroughly. Each item should be prepared and labeled as a separate section.

Proposals (invitation not required)

Proposals must be submitted electronically by 1/13/2017 (details and instructions TBA) and will require the following information:

  1. Cover Page, including:
    1. Principal Investigator: name, title, department affiliation, email address
    2. Specific Program Area: (1) Science, Engineering, Math, Technology, Social Science; or (2) Arts, Humanities, Business, Law, Engagement
    3. Project Type: Single PI or Multi-PI
    4. Key Personnel: Co-PIs, department affiliation, role on project
    5. Project Title: Limit 200 characters
    6. Project Abstract (limit 300 words): Succinctly state the objectives, methods to be employed, and the significance of the proposed activity to the advancement of knowledge, pursuit of scholarly activity, or contribution to creative work.
    7. Compliance: Indicate if your proposed project involves human subjects, vertebrate animals, or the use of recombinant DNA, biological agents, or toxins. Projects requiring IRB (Institutional Review Board)IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee), or IBC (Institutional Biosafety Committee) review, must have committee approval on or prior to the award date. For information on whether your project requires approval, please refer to the websites IRB (human subjects), IACUC (vertebrate animals), or IBC (recombinant DNA, biological agents, or toxins). If you already have approval, please include a copy of the approval letter in the appendices. If you are awaiting approval, indicate that approval is pending.
    8. Keywords: List keywords relevant to project
  2. Project Plan:The Project Plan should be 3-5 pages in length (12-pt font and 1” margins). The Project Plan should address each of the areas below in sufficient detail using the headings provided. Proposals should be written in straightforward language, keeping in mind that reviewers will possess general content knowledge but not necessarily specific expertise in the area of study. Proposals should avoid the use of technical or discipline-specific jargon. Acronyms that are not universally understood should be spelled out the first time they are used. NOTE: Page length for the Project Plan has changed.  A maximum of 5 pages is allowed for single and multi-PI proposals.
    1. Significance: Provide a clear and compelling rationale for the proposed project, scholarly activity, or creative work. Indicate how the proposed project will advance knowledge, address an important scientific or scholarly problem, demonstrate intellectual or creative significance, and/or benefit society in meaningful ways. If applicable, include hypotheses to be tested, specific goals/aims, and relevant background/information or preliminary data in support of the project.
    2. Impact and Outcomes: Indicate how the proposed project demonstrates innovation, creativity, or potentially transformative concepts or outcomes. How does the project reflect institutional, state, national, and/or global priorities? For Multi-PI, interdisciplinary proposals, indicate the external funding opportunity that will be targeted as a result of the REP.
    3. Feasibility and Timeline: Describe the plan for carrying out the proposed activities, including research design, work plan, methodological approach, availability of resources, and timeline for completion of tasks/milestones. Indicate a mechanism to assess success and evaluate outcomes. If funding is requested for more than one year, provide a rationale and justification for the request.
    4. Investigators/Collaborators: Describe how the PI and/or collaborators are well-suited to carry out the proposed project. For Multi-PI proposals, indicate how the project brings together individuals from different disciplines and how the collaboration will advance the proposed project. For single PI proposals, indicate how the proposed work enhances and/or advances the PI’s scholarship or creative products.
    5. Resubmissions: If the proposal is a resubmission, provide responses to reviewers’ comments. Indicate how and where the reviewers’ comments were addressed.
  3. Proposed Budget:List and justify each budget item. You should use the budget template provided (see Budget Preparation Instructions) to list the items and their respective costs. On a separate sheet, provide a justification for each budget item.
  4. Existing/Pending Support:
    1. Extramural Support: List information on extramural research proposal activities for the last five years (pending, funded, not funded) using the headings listed below. If you have never applied for extramural funding, please indicate this.  If you are a Co-PI on a project, be sure to identify the PI and the total budget for the project period.
      • Title
      • PI and Co-PIs
      • Extramural Sponsor
      • Funding Period
      • Award Amount
      • Status (active, closed, pending, not funded)
    2. Intramural Support: List information on internal support you have received from the University for the last five years using the format provided below. Intramural support is defined as support from all University of Connecticut sources, including start-up funds, internal program support, Agricultural Experiment Station (Hatch) Awards through the College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources, University Cost Centers and Specialized Service Facilities, Connecticut Sea Grant Program, Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP), Provost Academic Plan, Humanities Institute, University Centers and Institutes, and Institute of Water Resources (WR), etc. Be sure to include the outcome of the awards in terms of publications, subsequent extramural funding, etc. In addition, if you are Co-PI on a project, be sure to list the PI and total budget for the project.
      1. Start-Up Funds: Indicate when received, amount received, and amount remaining. If start-up funds remain, explain overlap with REP funding request.
      2. Other Intramural Support:
        1. Project Title
        2. PI and Co-PIs
        3. Intramural Source
        4. Funding Period
        5. Award Amount
        6. Status (currently active, closed, pending, not funded)
  5. Future Funding and/or Activities: The applicant should specify where extramural grant proposals will be submitted and/or the high level disciplinary accomplishments that will result from this REP funding.
  6. NSF/NIH style CV: Include your most recent publications or publications most relevant to the work proposed (click here to find a tool to help create).  If your field of study isn’t typically funded by the NSF/NIH, please include a 2-page CV following your discipline’s conventions.
  7. Appendices: Additional information (including references) may be submitted only when it is truly essential for adequate peer review of the proposal. Appendices should be limited to a maximum of 5 pages.

Please label each section of your proposal as itemized above. To be considered for funding, your proposal must be routed to all required signatories (i.e. department head) during the submission process.  Be sure to allow adequate time for this routing to ensure proposal arrives at the OVPR by 01/13/2017.