Research Center Seed Grant Proposal Guidelines The request for proposals is an initiative through the College of Human Ecology Research Center to stimulate the development of externally funded faculty research. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis with the expectation faculty will develop full proposals that will be submitted to an outside sponsor within a year of receipt of an award. The Director of the Research Center will announce in early spring of each year details about the number of seed grants awards available, the funding level for the these grants, and the deadline for the receipt of proposals. Proposal Guidelines The research proposal must include the following components: I. Cover Page II. Project Narrative The project narrative should be no longer than 6 pages and must include the following components: Description of the project for which you will seek external funding. Significance of research or intervention. Overview of the work that will be undertaken with Seed Grant funding. The Seed grant funding can be used to conduct a pilot study or to produce literature reviews, develop protocols or other efforts, which will be used in the submission of a proposal for external support. Some scholars may, instead, use the Seed Grant funds to obtain secondary data for analysis. Proposed Sponsor – state the external funding source(s) to which you plan to submit your grant proposal. These funding sources may be federal, state, local, private or other. Budget Outline or Summary – list the categories of expenses for the Seed Grant funds. These funds may be used to support faculty grant preparation during the summer. III. Supporting Documents Two-page vita in NIH Bio Sketch format is recommended for person(s) to be submitting the external grant proposal. See http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html General Guidelines 1. All CoHE faculty members are welcome to apply for Research Center seed grants. Collaborative and interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged. 2. Funds will not be used to buy out faculty time during the academic years. Funds may be used for faculty summer salary support if adequate justification is provided and faculty will not be in receipt of other summer salary support from the Dean’s Office. Funds may also be used to pay for research assistants to help with literature searches, proposal preparation, etc. 3. Funding decisions will be based strictly on the merit of the proposal submitted. No effort will be made to distribute awards among departments or units. 4. The objective of the CoHE Seed Grant program is to promote research at this College. Therefore, an individual who leaves employment at the College of Human Ecology by that action immediately forfeits any claim to funding under the seed grant program. This means, for example, that a faculty member who resigns from the College of Human Ecology effective the next fall semester is automatically declining any offer of seed grant support, including any faculty salary support, for the preceding summer. 5. The Research Center Steering Committee will review proposals and award seed grants. Proposals will be evaluated using the following criteria: § Has the author documented the significance of the project? Has the applicant placed the research in context with the existing scholarship or other works of this nature? § Are the proposed activities related well to a specific question, problem, or hypothesis? § Does the applicant show sufficient familiarity with recent developments in the field and/or provide a context for his or her research? § Does the applicant demonstrate his or her ability to carry out the project? § Does the applicant explain the (appropriate) process and/or methodology? § Are the project goals and design clearly and adequately stated? § Does the proposal research relate to the applicant’s previous work and is it clearly explained? Or does it represent a new research agenda that is clearly explained? § Is the proposal intelligible to an audience outside the proposer’s research discipline? § Is the budget cost-effective? § Does the applicant discuss plans to pursue future external funding? 6. The steering committee will consider these priorities and look for seed proposals that: §Demonstrate promise to secure external funding, based on a clear and coherent statement of a research project or program intervention that is responsive to an RFP or other program guidance from a funding agency. §Projects that are interdisciplinary and cross-departmental. §Projects that involve faculty collaboration and promote scholarship. 7. Seed grant funds awarded must be expended one year from the date that the grant is awarded. For example, if awarded on July 1st of 2009 then funds must be expended by June 30th, 2010. Requests for extensions past one year must be justified with a formal written request to the Director of the Research Center. Normally, extensions will only be granted for unusual or unavoidable circumstances that affected the timeline in the original proposal. 8. The list of categories of expenses outlined in the budget of seed grant proposals should be strictly adhered to. Changes or reallocations of funds to other expense categories must have prior approval from the Director of the Research Center. Such requests must be submitted in writing with a justification for the change or reallocation. Dissemination Awardees are expected to submit a written grant application to an external funding sponsor, public or private (e.g., government agency, foundation, community organization, corporation), within one year of receipt of the Seed Grant funds. Acknowledgments for Publication When possible, recipients should submit to the CoHE Research Center a copy of any reprints of publications resulting from research activities supported by Research Center seed grants. Any research published that has received support from a CoHE Research Center Grant should have a citation as follows: This work was supported, in part, by funds provided by The College of Human Ecology, Syracuse University. Status Report A written status report (see format below) summarizing the project funded by the Research Center Seed Grants Program should be sent to the CoHE Research Center within six months after the end of the award period. For example if the award period extends between July 1st 2009 and June 30th, 2010 then the status report is due on December 31st, 2010. In addition, faculty may be required to present about their seed grant project at appropriate College meetings (e.g., Faculty Retreats, College Faculty Meeting etc.). Faculty who fail to submit a status report will be ineligible for future seed grant funding. Seed Grant Status Report Format a) Name of Recipient: b) Department: c) Funding Cycle (e.g., 2009-2010): d) Abstract of Project (500 words or less), including the significance of findings or work accomplished. e) Description of the work completed for the project, your findings, a discussion of the significance of findings or work accomplished, and next steps. f) What external proposals have you submitted since receiving this award? List title of proposal, funding agency, and date submitted. g) What are your plans for future funding? Include the funding agencies to which you will apply and a projected timeline. h) List, with complete citations, any publications that have resulted from this project. i) Describe how the seed grant funds were used – budget breakdown.
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