Guidelines
Tenured/Tenure-track as well as Research, Teaching, and Clinical Faculty in BSOS are eligible for Faculty Research Awards, and can allocate up to 25% of the total request for Summer Salary (the DRI will not allow for course releases). With the exception of graduate student tuition remission, proposal budgets with personnel costs must include fringe benefits. The maximum amount per award in each category, however, does not include fringe benefits, and therefore may be exceeded to account for them. Tuition costs may be allowable on Mentored Undergraduate Research Teams. While cost-sharing from your department is encouraged, we have relaxed the expectations on departments given recent budget cuts, and cost-sharing level will not influence preference for funding as it has in past years, except in the case of Graduate Student Travel Awards which require department matching. Funds from cost-sharing should be included in the budget you provide, but these funds are not subject to the guidelines for DRI funds outlined above and can be spent in any way approved by your Chair (e.g., additional summary salary, course relief). 

**We will consider competitive renewals for previous DRI awards in cases where unusually significant progress has been made (i.e., at or beyond the level of accomplishment proposed in the funded application) and where additional pilot funding has the promise of transformative outcomes. In these cases, strong arguments must be made for past and future efforts to obtain external funding and how another DRI award is crucial to external funding applications.

Applications seeking funds to purchase or create a lasting piece of equipment, research instrument, or larger scale data set should include a detailed statement about plans for future resource sharing (across disciplines if applicable) to increase the scope and reach of the investment.

Preference will be given to applications that:
a) show previous efforts to obtain external funding;
b) provide a detailed plan for meaningful outcomes resulting from the DRI award with a timeline of measureable outcomes that include research activities, funding efforts, and scholarly products;
c) provide support for students from underrepresented groups; and
d) propose particularly efficient use of funds and smaller budgets as appropriate.

For the timeline referenced in b) above, greater detail will increase odds of DRI funding and should include target funding agencies and deadlines for applications as well as possible publication outlets and submissions timelines for the products. Specific details of actual productivity may vary from what is proposed (submission to Journal X instead of Journal Y, or grant submissions in June and October instead of February and June) but the overall scope should be consistent. 

Acceptance of funds acknowledges your willingness to provide a one-page progress report at 13 months and again at 21 months, and to attend a meeting of DRI funding recipients to present progress at these same time points. Please note that research funding must be spent in the first year (carry-over is not permitted) but there is an expectation of continued progress from the project at least through a second year. Progress reports will include the initial proposed timelines and actual progress for research activities, funding efforts, and scholarly products. Where a disparity exists, a plan for addressing this disparity going forward must be proposed. 

Proposal Assembly
Proposals should be compiled in a single PDF and utilize the following format:
1) “Cover Sheet – Applicant” with Chair’s signature (electronic signatures are encouraged)
a. “Cover Sheet – Co-Applicant” if the proposal has co-applicants/investigators.
2) Scientific narrative with core elements to typically include introduction, aims/hypotheses, and methods.
a. This section can be up to three pages single spaced, 12pt Times New Roman
3) List of previous efforts to obtain external funding for this specific work
4) Detailed timeline across the year of funding and up to one year beyond, outlining proposed a) research activities, b) funding efforts, and c) scholarly products
5) Detailed budget including other research activities funded by cost-sharing (including the source of these funds)
6) CVs from all personnel
Note: Standard proposal assembly instructions apply to all proposal types except the BSOS Summer Scholars and Graduate Student Travel Awards.