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Research Stimulus Program

2014 Sustainability Research Stimulus Program 

Request for Proposals

Objective 

Research and Strategic Partnerships (RSP) and the Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS) announce the opportunity to apply for competitive awards to support the development of research proposals for external funding. The purpose of these awards is to help individual researchers and research teams prepare and submit a proposal for external funding.  This round of research stimulus will be broken into two different tracks: 1) General Research, and 2) Sustainability Research. 

RSP and ISS will collaborate on another round of general and sustainability research stimulus in fall, 2014.

 

Track 1 (General Research) requirements:

$25,000 is available to be awarded in this track; no individual award will be larger than $5,000.  

Priority will be given to:

  • Applications from individuals or research teams that have identified a program announcement to respond to or have a documented indication of interest from a sponsor
  • Applications that will support the development of proposals for amounts greater than $150,000 and include full indirect costs
  • Applications from research groups that are interdisciplinary
  • Applications that support university-wide initiatives (P-20/SUCCESS, Public Health), strategic partnerships (PGE, OHSU, Intel, Technology Association of Oregon, City of Portland, Port of Portland, Greater Portland Inc., Multnomah County, Oregon Inc., Metro, OMSI), or Diversity within PSU

The following are examples of some of the kinds of activities we hope to support:

  • Honorarium for a consultant or mentor (e.g. former grant reviewer) to review and comment on a proposal or research design
  • Preliminary data collection to support a proposal
  • Reimbursement for travel to consult with a foundation, corporation, or program officer about a proposal
  • Support to hire a grant writer or student to help prepare a proposal
  • Support for a meeting of a group of researchers who have an opportunity for collaborative grant writing that can’t be accomplished through Skype or other electronic means
  • Release time for a faculty member to write a proposal

These examples are not meant to be restrictive. 

Track 1 funds will be available on July 1, 2014

Items that will not be supported by this initiative:

  • Supplies
  • Equipment 
  • Books, journals, articles
  • Software
  • Long term personnel support

Eligibility 

You are eligible if you are a PSU employee, appointed at 0.5 FTE or greater and ranked in one of the following categories:

  • Assistant, Associate or Full Professor
  • Research Assistant Professor, Research Associate Professor, or Research Professor
  • Research Associate or Senior Research Associate

 

Track 2 (Sustainability Research) requirements:

$75,000 – $100,000 will be awarded in this track; no individual award will be larger than $7,500.

Priority will be given to:

  • Applications that advance the sustainability research areas of urban sustainability, ecosystem services, and/or social determinants of health 
  • Applications from research groups that are interdisciplinary and/or include non-PSU practitioner or academic collaborators
  • Applications from individuals or research teams that have identified a program announcement to respond to or have a documented indication of interest from a sponsor
  • Applications that will support the development of proposals for amounts greater than $150,000 and include full indirect costs

The following are examples of some of the kinds of activities we hope to support:

  • Honorarium for a consultant or mentor (e.g. former grant reviewer) to review and comment on a proposal or research design.
  • Preliminary data collection to support a proposal.
  • Reimbursement for travel to consult with a foundation, corporation or program officer about a proposal.
  • Support to hire a grant writer or student to help prepare a proposal.
  • Support for a meeting of a group of researchers who have an opportunity for collaborative grant writing that can’t be accomplished through Skype or other electronic means.
  • Release time for a faculty member to write a proposal.

These are examples and not meant to be restrictive.

Track 2 funds will be available on June 1, 2014.

Items that will not be supported by this initiative:

  • Supplies
  • Equipment 
  • Books, journals, articles
  • Software
  • Long-term personnel support

Eligibility 

You are eligible if you are a PSU employee, appointed at 0.5 FTE or greater and ranked in one of the following categories:

  • Assistant, Associate or Full Professor
  • Research Assistant Professor, Research Associate Professor, or Research Professor
  • Research Associate or Senior Research Associate

Application procedure

Submit proposal by e-mail to Natalie Wilson (n.wilson@pdx.edu) in RSP by 8 AM on May 12, 2014. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered. Indicate “Research Stimulus Program” in the subject line. 

Application format

The application should include the following information. Please use single spacing and 12 pt font.

1) Cover sheet (available here)  

2) Proposed project (4 pages maximum):  

  • 150 word abstract
  • Project description

3)  Budget: Provide a budget and justification for how the researcher or research group intends to spend the research stimulus award (maximum of $5,000 for Track 1, General Research, and $7,500 for Track 2, Sustainability Research).

4) Timeline for expenditure of Research Stimulus Program funds: One calendar year is expected to be the typical project period. Extension beyond the timeline proposed requires extenuating circumstances and the approval of the Associate Vice President for Research.

5) 2-page CV of all investigators including relevant funded projects and publications for past three years 

Proposal Evaluation

A committee comprised of faculty and RSP staff will review the proposals.  Awards will be announced by May 31, 2014. 

Research Stimulus Program proposal evaluation will be based on the following:

  • Congruence with priority areas noted above
  • Clarity of research focus, project description, and timeline
  • Funding target, anticipated budget, and F&A rate for submitted proposal
  • Multi-investigator, multidisciplinary collaboration
  • Addresses university-wide initiative, strategic partnership, or sustainability priority area (for Track 2).
  • Project PI/team record of success
  • Leadership by junior faculty

If you have questions related to Track 1 (General Research), please contact Mark Sytsma, sytsmam@pdx.edu, 5-2213; if you have questions related to Track 2 (Sustainability Research), please contact Jennifer Allen, jhallen@pdx.edu, 5-8546.

Please note that Track 1 funds will be available July 1, 2014, and Track 2 funds will be available June 1, 2014, and plan accordingly.