UT Tyler

Internal Research Support Program Request for Proposals

Office of Research and Technology Transfer

Download the Cover Page, Budget Template and Final Grant Report

The Faculty Research Grants Program (FRGP) at UT Tyler aims to support faculty research and programs that advance the university’s research productivity, scholarly output, and creative endeavors through a competitive funding process. Augmentation of the funds awarded through the FRGP by colleges and departments is allowed and encouraged.

Although faculty are strongly encouraged to submit extramural grant proposals upon the completion of a project funded through the FRGP, as appropriate to the discipline, it is not required. A two page report, detailing the activities, accomplishments, and deliverables must be submitted to the ORS within two months of the completion of the project/travel using the prescribed form and format. The awardees are expected to make a TED-type presentation to their colleagues at the Annual Faculty Research Day and/or the Celebration of Scholarship event.

Please check the eligibility. In general, these grants are open to full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty and clinical faculty. Full details are provided under proposal submissions guidelines.

 


SPECIFIC GRANT TYPES

The following are the categories and details of grant types within the FRGP for academic year 2018-2019.

1. Presidential Interdisciplinary Grants Program: The primary objective of the Presidential Interdisciplinary Grants Program is to foster an environment of collaborative research and scholarship across campus. It is expected that the PI(s) will subsequently apply for one or more external grants based on the information generated during the grant period, as appropriate for the discipline. Although this program is open to all disciplines, proposals focused on the major initiatives in UT Tyler’s Strategic Plan namely, student success, student engagement, research, and outreach, will be given preference.
Eligibility: The grant proposals must have full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty from at least three different departments and may include up to five PIs. Currently, this program is limited to full-time faculty at UT Tyler. Proposals with all PIs from the same academic department are not eligible.
Budget: Subject to availability of funds, up to five grants will be funded to a maximum of $20,000 per award.

2. New Faculty Grants Program: The primary objective of the New Faculty Grants Program is to enable new tenure-track faculty to initiate their research, scholarly activity, and creative endeavors at UT Tyler, leading to the establishment of sustainable research and scholarship. This is not a seed or start-up fund; these funds must be used for the specific project for which funds are awarded. PIs are strongly encouraged to subsequently apply for one or more external grants based on the information generated during the grant period, as appropriate to the discipline. This program is open to all disciplines.
Eligibility: These grants are limited to single PIs who are full-time, tenure-track (not tenured) faculty and have not been at UT Tyler for more than four years.
Budget: The budget cannot exceed $10,000 per application; subject to availability of funds up to 7 proposals will be funded.

3. Bridge Grants Program: The Bridge Grants Program is designed for example, to sustain either new or continuing research projects that have been competitively reviewed and require additional seed funding to enhance a revised application for extramural funding, “high-risk, high-reward” proposals that are likely to be funded externally with proof of concept data, and/or help mid-career faculty in under-funded disciplines sustain their research and scholarship. PIs are expected to subsequently apply for one or more external grants based on the information generated during the grant period, as appropriate to the discipline. The applicant’s department and college are strongly encouraged to provide meaningful matching funds as needed. This program is open to all disciplines.
Eligibility: The PIs for this program must be full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty.
Budget: Subject to availability of funding, up to three proposals will be funded with a budget not exceeding $10,000 per application.

4. Undergraduate Research Awards: The primary objective of the Undergraduate Research Awards is to foster and encourage active participation in research by undergraduate students. This program is open to all disciplines.
Eligibility: The grant application must be submitted by one or more full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty and must include hands-on research/scholarship for two full semesters by one or more undergraduate students currently enrolled full-time at UT Tyler.
Budget: Subject to availability of funding up to five proposals will be funded. The budget cannot exceed $3,000 per application.

5. International Conference Travel Awards: This award will enable travel by full-time faculty who have been invited to speak at an international conference organized/sponsored by a reputable professional organization related to the PI’s area of expertise. Submitted abstracts and presentations, as well as conferences organized by for-profit organizations, are ineligible. A written invitation, with symposium information and preferably signed by an authorized representative, must be attached to the grant proposal. This program is open to all disciplines.
Eligibility: Full-time, tenure-track or tenured faculty who have been invited to speak at an international conference organized by a reputable professional organization. Each PI is limited to one award every 3 years. Travel from this grant may take place during the academic/fiscal year following the award.
Budget: Subject to availability of funds, three awards will be made with a maximum budget of $3,000 per proposal. Applicants are strongly encouraged to cost-share if other grant funds are available or seek co-funding from their department and/or college.

6. Presidential Staff Research Grants: The goal of these grants is to encourage staff to get involved in research and scholarship. Although all areas relevant to university functioning will be considered, preference will be given to projects leading to better outcomes for student engagement, research, and outreach.

Eligibility: A full-time staff member must be the lead PI; additional PIs (full-time faculty or staff) may be included as needed for a maximum of three PIs.
Budget: Subject to availability of funds, five awards are expected to be made. The budget cannot exceed $3,000 per proposal.


PROPOSAL SUBMISSION AND PREPARATION GUIDELINES

Proposal format: The font (Times New Roman or similar) must be a minimum of 12 point with single line spacing and one inch margins on all sides. Footnotes and appendices are not allowed. Incomplete or late proposals, proposals that do not follow the prescribed format, proposals not responsive to this announcement, and proposals that do not adhere to the guidelines will not be reviewed.


Cover Page: The cover sheet must be completed in full. Each proposal cover sheet must bear the signatures of the PI(s), the department Chair, and the Dean of the college. For multiple departments and colleges, signatures are required for all PIs, Chairs, and Deans, as appropriate.

Project Summary: The cover page is followed by a one-page Project Summary. This section shall provide a concise executive summary of the rationale and significance for the proposed research, the actual activities that will be conducted, the underlying methodology, expected results, and the broader impacts of the research, including its likely impact on undergraduate and graduate education at UT Tyler and the East Texas community at large.

Project Description: This section is limited to five single-spaced pages including figures and tables, but excluding references. The project description must be a full account of the proposed research/scholarship project. Typically, a grant proposal contains the following sections: introduction, project goals and objectives, significance/rationale of the research, methodology, study design and data analysis, evaluation, and broader impacts. The proposal must be complete and readable in order for the reviewers to evaluate it properly. The language of the proposal should be understandable by faculty members who may not be familiar with your particular discipline or research area, yet must be technically detailed enough to describe the proposed work.
Literature cited: Include all of the references that were cited in the main body of the proposal. The format is flexible but sufficient information should be provided for each citation so that the reader can retrieve any publications of interest.

Budget: Please use the budget sheet for this program and fill out as completely as possible. Incomplete budgets or those that exceed the specified limits may result in the proposal being declined without review. Funds cannot be used for faculty salaries during the academic year or the summer. Computers, tablets, and other computational hardware, except in well-justified exigencies, are not eligible. Software may be approved if justified and is directly related to the research activities described in the proposal. Domestic travel to consult collaborators or support research is allowed up to a maximum of $1,500. International travel and travel to professional conferences is allowed only for the International Travel Grants. Supplies and materials, minor (non-capital) equipment, student assistant wages, and specific services are allowable expenses. Any matching or additional funds that are available to supplement the requested funds and active grants must be mentioned in the application.

Budget justification: Maximum of one page. The budget justification must include a short description of the purpose and rationale for each line item in the budget. Please provide as much detail as possible.
Biosketch: A maximum of two-page biographical sketch per PI/co-PI that includes education, professional preparation, peer-reviewed items of research, scholarship, or creative activities during the last 3 years, previous and current grants awarded, and a short paragraph describing research, scholarship or creative activities.

Approvals and permissions: If the proposal involves research protocols that require approval from a committee (animal care, human subjects, hazardous materials, etc.), this must be indicated on the cover page. Any other permissions (such as private or public land and water use, collection permits, use of off campus facilities, etc.) must also be indicated. If the award is granted, funds will not be released until the appropriate approvals/permits are submitted to ORS.

Deadline and Submission of applications: Each proposal must be submitted as a SINGLE PDF file by e-mail to research@uttyler.edu on or before 5 PM, March 30, 2018. Proposals submitted in multiple parts will be returned without review. Each proposal must bear the approval signatures of the PI(s), the department Chair, and the Dean of the college. Electronic/digital signatures are acceptable. For multiple departments and colleges, signatures are required for all PIs, Chairs, and Deans as appropriate. Recipients will be informed of the outcome in May 2018, to allow Chairs adequate time to find adjuncts. Funds will be disbursed about September 1, 2018 and must be spent by July 31, 2019, except in the case of international travel grants. Any unspent funds will revert back to the ORS.

Eligibility: Adjunct and other part-time faculty are not eligible for this funding. Faculty with a primarily clinical focus are eligible to apply, provided they attach a letter from the unit head stating that research and scholarship is a required position responsibility. Each faculty member is limited to one application on which he or she is the lead PI and one other application as co-PI. Active and current external funding must be declared and will be considered during the proposal evaluation. Eligible faculty may receive this funding once every three years. The grant funds may not be used for faculty salaries. Some grants have specific requirements and limitations; please review the details of each grant category before submission.
Questions: Any questions about the grants can be directed to either Srini Kambhampati (srini@uttyler.edu) or Carla Reichard (creichard@uttyler.edu).

MERIT REVIEW PROCESS

Each grant proposal will be reviewed by multiple individuals as well as a review panel; the ad-hoc reviewers and panel members may include members of the UT Tyler Research Council, on-campus faculty, and external faculty. The reviewers will rank each proposal within a category (see below) and the review panel will make award recommendations to the ORS. The criteria for evaluation of the proposals are as follows (these may vary slightly depending on the type of grant being reviewed).

Criteria for research proposals
1. Significance of the proposal (30 points): The proposed project should improve the faculty member’s knowledge and enable them to conduct additional research in the area of interest. The originality and uniqueness of the proposal will be considered. Applicants must show how they plan to disseminate the results of the research through peer-reviewed publications, presentations at professional conferences, and other appropriate venues. The applicant must demonstrate a grasp of existing knowledge within the area of interest by citing and reviewing relevant literature. Once the project is completed, similar projects are expected to follow.
2. Proposed approach (25 points): The proposal should outline the objectives or specific aims, methodology, expected outcomes, proposed evaluation, plans for future studies, and broader impacts. The proposal’s objectives should be clear and concise and understandable to the reviewers who may not be specialists in the discipline.
3. Feasibility (20 points): The proposal must establish the feasibility of the proposed activities in terms of experimental methods, proposed timeline, and proposed budget. The PI must also demonstrate that the project is feasible with the exiting physical resources and personnel.
4. Applicant’s record and preparation (10 points): The applicant must demonstrate that he/she has the ability to carry out the project. This information can be provided in the biosketch by following the prescribed format.
5. Budget and cost effectiveness (15 points): The proposed budget must be commensurate with the proposed project and well-justified in the budget justification section.

Criteria for creative activity and scholarship proposals:
1. Significance of the proposal (30 points): The proposed activity should enable and enhance further creative work in the PI’s area of interest. The proposed activities should be unique and original relative to similar projects in the field. Once the project is completed, similar projects in the same discipline should follow. Applicants must demonstrate how they plan to disseminate the results of the creative activities through peer-reviewed publications, presentations at professional conferences, exhibitions, performances, and other relevant venues.
2. Proposed approach (25 points): The proposal should outline the objectives, methodology, plan of operations and activities, expected outcomes, proposed evaluations, and plans for future dissemination. The proposal’s objectives should be clear and concise and understandable to the reviewers who may not be specialists in the discipline. The applicant must demonstrate knowledge of existing art/performance within the area of interest by discussing works/performances of others who have made significant contributions in the area and cite any relevant literature or critical response.
3. Feasibility (20 points): The proposal should articulate the feasibility of the project with the proposed methodology and that the project could be conducted in the proposed timeline. The applicant should be able to complete the project with the available physical resources and within the proposed time.
4. Applicant’s record and preparation (10 points): The applicant must demonstrate that he/she has the ability to carry out the project. This information can be provided in the biosketch by following the prescribed format.
5. Budget and cost effectiveness (15 points): The proposed budget must be commensurate with the proposed project and well-justified in the budget justification section.

Recommendations:
Once the review of proposals is complete, the following recommendations will be made by the review panel to the Office of Research and Scholarship for each proposal.
Fund as submitted (with full or revised budget): This may result in a proposal being funded as is for the full amount requested. However, the ORS may suggest a revised budget to better reflect the proposed activities and reviewers’ evaluation.
Fund if possible: The proposal is deemed worthy of funding by the review panel but not ranked as highly as the proposals in the previous category. Such proposals may be funded if the budget allows. PIs whose proposals fall in this category are encouraged to resubmit a revised proposal during the next cycle of funding.
Not recommended but has merit: The proposal is generally sound but has some tangible drawbacks and/or weaknesses. A proposal that is revised in response to the review panel’s concerns may be submitted during the next cycle.
Do not fund: The proposal has severe weaknesses and drawbacks.

POST-AWARD RESPONSIBILITIES

All recipients of the internal grants must submit a two-page report using the form found on the ORS Web page within two months of the termination of the grant period. All award recipients agree to provide a public presentation on the funded research during the academic year following the end of the grant period at the Annual Faculty Research Day and/or Celebration of Scholarship events. Faculty who do not submit the required reports and meet other obligations above may be ineligible for future funding.

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