PRISM: Internally Funded Summer Research Grants

Request for PRISM Proposals 2018

Disciplines: Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Exercise Science, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology

Application Deadline. February 5, 2018

Award Notice. February 28, 2018

Spending Window. May 1 – August 31, 2018

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 members must apply for at least one student and may apply for up to two students. It is encouraged that faculty proposes to work with two students.

Faculty Stipend. $4,000 for minimum of 8 full-time weeks of work (students must be able to work safely and independently if the faculty member is absent). Partial summer awards are not allowed. Faculty members who already have summer salary support may apply for student support.

Supplies. Faculty members may request up to $1000. (This money can be used for research related travel, but not for travel to conference.)

Post-Grant Report. Anyone awarded a grant must submit a post-grant report on its results. Reports are due by Dec. 31,2018.

End-of-Summer Report: Any student awarded a grant must submit a report of their summer research project by Aug. 31, 2018. A report template can be obtained on the reporting section of this website. Additionally, all students are expected to serve as peer-reviewers for the end-of-summer reports.

Summer Participation: Faculty are expected to meet with students on a daily basis as much as possible and to mentor their students in the writing of the end-of-summer report and seminar presentations. All faculty and students awarded a grant are expected to participate in the summer research seminar. 

Pacific Undergraduate Research Conference. Any student awarded a grant agrees to submit a poster to the Pacific Undergraduate Research Conference, fall 2018. Dissemination of research results at the conference should acknowledge the Pacific Research Institute for Science and Mathematics for funding.

External Dissemination. At a minimum, a national or major regional conference presentation is expected. (If selected, presentation at the Murdock College Science Conference is expected.) Peer-reviewed publication is strongly encouraged. Any external dissemination of research results should acknowledge the Pacific Research Institute for Science and Mathematics for funding.

Review 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.

Funding Criteria

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 Review Committee.

The Review Committee will use the following evaluative criteria:

  1. The research asks interesting questions, is important to the field, and fits into one of the Boyer categories for scholarly and creative contributions (fitting into more than one Boyer category does not increase a proposal’s merit).
  2. The research seems likely to succeed and has a high probability of producing results within the available timeframe and shows promise for peer-reviewed publication.
  3. The necessary equipment, supplies, and lab/field space are in place.
  4. The student experience is likely to be high quality.
  5. The proposal is the continuation of a successful project or has a high likelihood of continuing beyond the summer.

Additional years of support. In order to receive funding 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).

Proposal Submission

When submitting a proposal, the website will have text fields for the following items separately. The first nine are text boxes or check boxes and the last three require a pdf for upload.

  1. Name of Principal Investigator (required)
  2. Name of co-Principal Investigator (if applicable)
  3. Date (required)
  4. 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.
  5. List of prior PRISM support. (required)
  6. External grant proposals submitted in last 5 years (required)
    Indicate agency, amount, dates of submission/award and whether it is related to this proposal.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. CVs of PI and co-PI (if necessary) in pdf format (required)
  11. Proposal in pdf format (required, style guide below)
  12. 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.

SUBMIT PROPOSAL

Proposal Style Guide

The proposal should have the following format:

COVER PAGE

  1. Title of project:

  2. Project Summary: Each proposal must contain a summary of the proposed project not more than one page in length. The Project Summary consists of three sections (paragraphs):

    1. a)  an overview

    2. b)  a statement on the intellectual merit of the proposed activity

    3. c)  a statement on the broader impacts of the proposed activity.

The overview includes a description of the activity that would result if the proposal were funded and a statement of objectives and methods to be employed. The statement on intellectual merit should describe the potential of the proposed activity to advance knowledge in at least one of the Boyer categories. The statement on broader impacts should describe the potential of the proposed activity to impact student development, curriculum, community outreach or institutional prestige. The Project Summary should be written in the third person, and, insofar as possible, understandable to scientists and mathematicians outside your field. It should not be an abstract of the proposal.

PROPOSAL BODY: Not to exceed 3 pages in length

  1. Background

    Provide a general context for the project. Does the project continue from previous work?

  2. Project Description

    Describe the research in enough detail so that readers will understand how the goals of the project will be achieved. Explain the roles of the student and the faculty member.

  3. 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?

  4. 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?

  5. Budget

    1. Faculty Stipend ($4,000)
    2. Student Stipend ($3,500 per student researcher for 10 weeks of work)
    3. Equipment and supplies (max. $1000) - provide justification
    4. Total budget (sum of A, B, and C above)
  6. Address the following questions:
    1. Where will the research be carried out? What facilities are needed, and are they available?
    2. Provide evidence that the work proposed requires that students will work full time for 10 weeks.
    3. What equipment and supplies are needed (beyond those in C above), and are they available?
    4. Is the research contingent on raising any other funds or on finding any other resources? If so, what are those?
    5. What other funding, if any, will you have between now and September 2018?
  7. 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.
  8. References
    Provide a list of references related to this project.

Click here to submit your proposal.