PART 2. PROPOSAL PACKAGE PREPARATION
Please be sure to read all the guidelines thoroughly. Each item/section should be prepared, labeled, and ordered as indicated below. All elements will need to be packaged as a single PDF document for submission.
Proposals must be submitted electronically by 12/15/2017 and will require the following information:
- Cover Page, including:
- Principal Investigator: name, title, department affiliation, email address
- REP Category: (1) Science, Engineering, Math, Technology, Social Science; or (2) Arts, Humanities, Business, Law, Engagement
- Project Type: Single PI or Multi-PI
- Topic Area (for review purposes–please select one):
- Chemistry / Biochemistry
- Engineering / Material Sciences
- Environmental Sciences / Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering
- Biological Sciences (basic research)
- Medical research
- Psychological / Behavioral Sciences
- Social Sciences
- Public Health
- Key Personnel: Co-PIs, department affiliation, role on project
- Project Title: Limit 200 characters
- 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.
- Keywords: List keywords relevant to project
- 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.
- Significance/Importance: Provide a clear and compelling rationale for why the proposed project, scholarly activity, or creative work matters. 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.
- Innovation/Novelty: Outline the ways in which this project’s proposed work is new/innovative in its approach, methods, or techniques in comparison to previous work in the field.
- Feasibility, Resources, and Timeline: Describe the plan for carrying out the proposed activities, including research design, work plan, methodological approach, availability of necessary resources, and timeline for completion of tasks/milestones. If funding is requested for more than one year, provide a rationale and justification for the request.
- 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.
- Impact and Outcomes: Indicate the value or impact of the proposed project, once complete? How does the project reflect institutional, state, national, and/or global priorities? In what ways will the results of this work be transformative within its discipline and beyond? What broader societal benefits does it promise? What is your plan / mechanism for assessing the project’s success and evaluating outcomes? For Multi-PI, interdisciplinary proposals, indicate the external funding opportunity that will be targeted as a result of the REP.
- Resubmissions: If the proposal is a resubmission from a previous internal or external grant competition, Summarize the feedback received and provide responses to reviewers’ comments. Indicate how and where the reviewers’ comments were addressed. Full text of reviewer comments must be included as an appendix if the project has been previously submitted to external sponsors.
- 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. Please provide a justification for each budget item in the appropriate column in the spreadsheet. If additional space is needed, you may include a budget justification document as an appendix.
- 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.
- 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. In addition, please include a list of past/current/pending support for the last five years from all UConn sources (including start-up funds) and external sponsors.
- Appendices: References, past reviewer comments, and extra budget justifications may be included as appendices. Additional information may be included when it is truly essential for adequate peer review of the proposal.