PRISM: Murdock Funded Summer Research Grants
Request for Proposals 2014
Disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Exercise Science (physiology/biomechanics), Physics
Application Deadline: January 20, 2014
Award Notice: February, 2014
Spending Window: May 1 – August 31, 2014
Award Levels: There are THREE levels at which Murdock funded grants may be awarded.
(1) $30,000 maximum; $25,000 minimum (faculty stipend, up to two student stipends, and up to $20,500 for equipment, supplies, and non-conference travel). A maximum of 1 grant will be awarded.
(2) $15,000 maximum; $9,500 minimum (faculty stipend, up to two student stipends, and up to $5,500 for equipment, supplies, and non-conference travel).
(3) $7,000 maximum; $3,500 minimum. This award is for student stipends only and is meant for faculty members who currently have other sources of funding to support up to two additional students. The number of these grants available depends on the amount of funding remaining after the grants at the (1) and (2) levels have been awarded.
Your proposal must specify the award level sought. You may submit a single proposal for funding levels (1) and (2) if you wish (only one would be awarded), but you would need to submit separate budgets for each funding level. Additionally, you may request that your proposal be automatically considered for an Internally Funded PRISM grant if your Murdock proposal is unsuccessful. In that event, you would be contacted and asked to provide a revised proposal based on the level of funding allowed for those grants.
Student Stipend: $3,500 for a minimum of 10 full-time weeks of work. Students are responsible for housing and may live on campus for a fee.
Faculty Stipend: $6,000 for minimum of 8 full-time weeks of work (students must to be able to work safely and independently if the faculty member is absent). Partial summer awards are not allowed.
Post-Grant Report: Anyone awarded a grant must submit a post-grant report on its results. Reports are due by Dec. 31, 2014.
End-of-Summer Report: Any student awarded a grant must submit a report of their summer research project by Aug. 15, 2014. A report template can be obtained on the reporting section of this website.
Pacific Undergraduate Research Conference: Any student awarded a grant agrees to submit a poster to the Pacific Undergraduate Research Conference, fall 2014. Dissemination of research results at the conference should acknowledge the Pacific Research Institute for Science and Mathematics and M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for funding.
Murdock Undergraduate Research Conference: Anyone awarded a grant agrees to submit a poster to the Murdock Undergraduate Research Conference, fall 2014. Dissemination of research results at the conference should acknowledge the Pacific Research Institute for Science and Mathematics and M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for funding.
External Dissemination: Peer-reviewed publication is expected. Any external dissemination of research results should acknowledge the Pacific Research Institute for Science and Mathematics and M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for funding.
PRISM Administrative Committee: A committee, assembled from the disciplines named above, will review proposals; it will consist of faculty members (and possibly former research students) who have not submitted proposals.
First year of support: Priority will be given to faculty members who do not currently have other sources of substantial support and whose proposals receive the most favorable reviews from the PRISM Administrative Committee.
The Review Committee will use the following evaluative criteria:
A. The research asks interesting questions and is important to the field (discovery of knowledge Boyer category is typically expected).
B. The research seems likely to succeed and has a high probability of producing results within the available timeframe.
C. The necessary equipment, supplies, and lab/field space are in place or would be purchased with allotted Murdock funds.
D. The student experience is likely to be high quality.
E. The project shows promise for continued outside funding.
F. The project shows promise for peer-reviewed publication.
Additional years of support. In order to receive fuding beyond the first year, faculty members are required to submit an external grant proposal (since the time of their last PRISM award) or be in the process of submitting an external grant proposal. If a proposal has been submitted, a copy of the proposal must be included with the PRISM proposal. If a proposal is in the process of being submitted, a draft of the proposal, details of the external program, and a planned submission date must be included with the PRISM proposal. In addition to the external proposal, the faculty member’s PRISM proposal must pass the same evaluative criteria outlined for the first year of funding and must show progress toward peer-reviewed publication. Finally, in order to receive additional years of PRISM support, principal investigators are expected to contribute to developing the campus research community (for example, a PI might organize undergraduate research seminars during the academic year or community building events during the summer).
When submitting a proposal, you will be asked for the following items separately:
a. Name of Principal Investigator (required)
b. Name of co-Principal Investigator (optional)
c. Date (required)
d. Funding level (required)
e. Request to be considered for internal funding (optional)
f. Information about any required review board approvals for project (required)
If this proposal requires approval from any of the above mentioned committees, a copy of the approval letter from the committee(s) must be submitted to the Dean’s office before any funds awarded through this grant program will be released.
g. Sources of PRISM funding in last 5 years (required)
h. Years of prior PRISM support (required for sources stated in g)
i. External grant proposals submitted in last 5 years (required)
Indicate agency, amount, dates of submission/award and whether it is related to this proposal.
j. Peer-reviewed publications in last 5 years (required)
List all peer-reviewed publications that have been published, accepted, or are in preparation. Provide complete citation and title, and use asterisks to indicate undergraduate co-authors.
k. Conference presentations in last 5 years (required)
List all conference presentations that have been given or are in preparation. Provide complete citation and title, and use asterisks to indicate undergraduate co-authors.
l. Undergraduates mentored in last 5 years (required)
Give names of all students who worked on research with you and the dates that the work took place. Use asterisks to indicate which students worked on projects related to this proposal.
m. CVs of PI and co-PI (if necessary) in pdf format (required)
n. Proposal in pdf format (required, style guide below)
o. Copy of external proposal/draft proposal (required for additional years of PRISM support)
In order to receive an additional year of PRISM funding, an external proposal must have been submitted (since the time of the last PRISM award) or be in the process of being submitted. If a proposal has been submitted, a copy of the proposal must be included with the PRISM proposal. If a proposal is in the process of being submitted, a draft of the proposal, details of the external program, and a planned submission date must be included with the PRISM proposal.
Proposal Style Guide
The proposal body (sections I-VIII below) should be not exceed 3 pages in length and should have the following format:
I. Title of project:
Provide a general context for the project. Does the project continue from previous work?
III. Experimental Plan
Describe the research in enough detail so that readers will understand the protocols. Explain the roles of the student and the faculty member.
IV. Significance of Project
Describe the importance of the project to the field. Will it continue beyond the summer? What are the prospects for outside funding in the future?
V. Expected Outcomes
Describe the likely places the results of this work will be externally disseminated (national and/or major regional conferences, peer-reviewed journals, etc.). What is the likely timeline for the work to be disseminated?
A. Faculty Stipend ($6,000)
B. Student Stipend ($3,500 per student researcher, min. 1 and max. 2)
C. Equipment and supplies (max. $20,500 for level 1, max. $5,500 for level 2) - provide justification
D. Total budget (sum of A, B, and C above; max. $30,000/min. $25,000 for level 1; max. $15,000/min. $9,500 for level 2; max. $7,000/min. $3500 for level 3)
VII. Address the following questions:
1. Where will the research be carried out? What facilities are needed, and are they available?
2. What equipment and supplies are needed (beyond those in C above), and are they available?
3. Is the research contingent on raising any other funds or on finding any other resources? If so, what are those?
4. What other funding, if any, will you have between now and September 2012?
VIII. Community Contributions
Provide details about your contributions to the development of the campus research community as described in the Funding Criteria section of the RFP.
Provide a list of references related to this project.
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