2018 DRI Proposal Guidelines

Eligibility Requirements: 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). Other considerations equal, funding preference will be given to applicants who have not recently received DRI funding. If you have received a prior DRI award and have any reports outstanding at the submission deadline, your application will not be considered for funding.


Budget Requirements: 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 not required, preference will be given to proposals which include a departmental match component. The total project budget should not exceed the limits indicated above, inclusive of cost sharing from departments. Graduate Student Travel Awards always 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 department chair (e.g., additional summary salary, course relief). Software otherwise provided by the university or departments (e.g. SAS, SPSS) is not allowable on DRI awards. A budget narrative explaining the relevance of the costs to the scope of work is required.


The review committee 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:

  1. show previous efforts to obtain external funding;
  2. 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;
  3. provide support for students from underrepresented groups; and
  4. 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 14 months and again at 22 months. Please note that funds 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.