1.    Collaborative Proposals

Goal: To promote high impact cross-cutting ideas to spark trans-disciplinary research in BSOS. Funds will support the formation of interdisciplinary research teams with resources to develop ideas, conduct research, and seed larger scale projects including an application for external research funding for an individual project or an institutional effort (e.g., center grant, institutional training grant), a highly innovative teaching breakthrough, an impactful scholarly product (e.g., book), creation of a lasting research instrument or large-scale data set that would support interdisciplinary efforts across BSOS/Campus, and/or implementation of a transformative program at the university or in the community.

 

Maximum Number of Awards: 2

Maximum Amount per award: $30,000

Requirements: Proposals must include at least two faculty members and at least two different departments within BSOS. Additional collaborators are encouraged from across and outside of campus (national and international).

 

2.    Level 1 Seed Projects

Goal: To support research projects, with the specific purpose of seeding future external funding applications. Level 1 Awards will support projects of smaller scale and/or at an early stage of development.

 

Maximum Number of Awards: 6

Maximum Amount per award: $10,000

Requirements: None (open to all faculty)

Additional Notes: Awards can be used to support a currently unfunded project or a partially/fully funded project that could be expanded significantly with additional funds. In the latter case, the application must thoroughly differentiate the aspects of the project currently funded and the new aspects to be funded by the seed funding, as well as how the seed funding increases the likelihood of additional external funding and scholarly products beyond what would be possible with the original funding.

 

3.   Level 2 Seed Projects

Goal: To support research projects, with the specific purpose of seeding future external funding applications. Level 2 Awards will support projects of larger scale and/or at a more advanced stage of development. Unfunded Level 2 proposals will automatically be considered for Level 1 awards.

 

Maximum Number of Awards: 3

Maximum Amount per award: $20,000

Requirements: None (open to all faculty)

Additional Notes: See Additional Notes for Level 1 Seed Projects.

 

4.   Junior Faculty International Research Award

Goal: To support the development or the cultivation of international research collaborations by junior faculty in the college. The proposal should describe an active or potential collaborative relationship with an international partner and why funding would further the faculty member’s trajectory as a scientist. Travel funding should be for efforts to further the collaboration, not for conference travel.

 

Maximum Number of Awards: 3

Maximum Amount per award: $6,000

Requirements: Open to untenured faculty members with appointments in BSOS.

Additional Notes: In two pages, the proposal should explain why the collaborator and his or her institution represent promising partners, what activities the faculty member intends to engage in with funding, why the activities will advance the faculty member’s trajectory as a scientist, and how the collaboration will benefit the institution. Benefits might be the PI acquiring new skills, enhancing the international presence and reputation of our college and university, or seeding education programs or collaborative grant proposals.