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Deadlines and Submission
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*Note: Proposals with more than one faculty investigator should receive signed approval from all appropriate department chairs and deans on the Proposal Cover Sheet.
Program Deadline: 4:30 PM, Friday, October 3, 2014. Proposals must be submitted electronically as a PDF to email@example.com. Please consult with your school/college deans regarding their internal deadlines.
STEP Grant Information Sessions: Thursday, September 4th, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.., MUC Missouri Room or Friday, September 5th, 9:00 - 10:00 p.m.., MUC Missouri Room. No R.S.V.P. required
STEP Mock Review Session: Thursday, September 11th, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.. or Friday, September 12th, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. R.S.V.P. required with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Award Announcement Date: December 19, 2014
Summer Salary Contracts Due: March 15, 2015 and March 15, 2016
Project Period: July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016
Final Report Due Date: October 1, 2016
Seed grants for Transitional and Exploratory Projects (STEP) provides seed funding on a competitive basis to SIUE faculty and staff to support research and creative activities. Seed funding is intended to encourage faculty to initiate new research directions or new research projects. Seed grant funding is not intended to sustain or supplement current research programs but rather to:
Junior faculty in the pre-mid-term review stage of their career may submit proposals to revise dissertation material. However, applicants must make a strong argument for how the STEP project may propel the applicant’s career in a significant and lasting research direction.
Faculty members beyond the early stages of their careers must demonstrate how the STEP project represents a significant transition in their research as opposed to previous activity. Successful proposals by established faculty will outline specific differences between the STEP project and previous scholarly activities, including publications and conference presentations, so an educated lay reader is able to discern the new direction of the proposed project.
All full-time continuing members of the faculty may apply to the STEP program. Research staff members on continuing appointments who have served as an investigator or co-investigator on an externally sponsored grant are also eligible for the STEP program. The terminal degree must be completed by the time of submittal. All applicants must have submitted completed final reports and fulfilled the terms and conditions, including submission of an external grant proposal, of projects previously funded by the SIUE Graduate School at least 5 business days before this program deadline in order to be eligible for this program. This requirement applies to all PIs and Co-PIs of the previous internal award.
Research and creative activities are broadly defined as all creative, critical, scholarly, and/or empirical activity that expands, clarifies, reorganizes or develops knowledge or artistic perception. This definition includes the theorization, demonstration, implementation, and application of research.
Ineligible Activities Include:
Funding is for one fiscal year (July 1st – June 30th) and is awarded by budget line item. All line items must be allowable costs. Awards will not exceed $16,000; typical awards will range from $5,000 to $10,000.
An additional $1,000 will be awarded to the best STEP application out of the pool of eligible proposals. Details will be provided in the electronic application materials. For further information about eligibility, please visit the Annette and Henry Baich Award website at http://www.siue.edu/orp/internalgrants/baich.shtml.
As a condition of the award, recipients must submit a final report and a proposal for external funding through the Graduate School’s Office of Research and Projects before they are eligible for any additional funding from the Graduate School. Failure by PIs and Co-PIs to submit either the final report or a proposal for external funding makes the recipient of a STEP ineligible for all other Graduate School sponsored support. Previous STEP awardees should consult eligibility guidelines above.
The Graduate School will hold this competition annually, the first week in October. Applications are not considered complete without signatures from department chairs and school/college deans. Complete applications including signed cover page should be scanned and emailed as a single PDF to email@example.com. Please refer to your department chair and unit dean for any internal deadlines that may affect collection of the appropriate signatures.
The primary evaluation criterion is the merit of the proposal. The R&D Committee will oversee the review process under the direction of the Associate Dean for Research using a disciplinary-based review system, as described below. Proposals will be evaluated and scored according to the following criteria:
Proposals will be assigned to one of four discipline-based review panels as indicated below. Applicants may request a specific review panel. Panelists may also suggest a specific area of expertise to be represented on the panel. The members of the R&D Committee will secure appropriate panelist commitments for each or the four panels, and will chair the panel reviews.
Panel 1: Life Sciences/ Biomedical (includes Nursing, Pharmacy, and Dental Medicine)
Panel 2: Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering
Panel 3: Social Sciences, Business, and Education
Panel 4: Arts and Humanities
Each panel will provide scores and comments, which will be entered into the Graduate School’s EPS system using the following scoring scale:
VERY GOOD: 4
The R&D Committee will oversee the panel review process, consider the scores and evaluations from the panels, and make funding recommendations to the Associate Provost for Research and Graduate School Dean. Applications are generally considered “fundable” when receiving overall scores in the "very good" to "excellent" scoring range.
Submit the following elements as a single PDF to the firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline date and time. Applications that do not conform to these requirements will be returned without review.
1. Cover Page and Abstract: Download and complete the Cover Page. Include all appropriate contact information. Include your project title along with an abstract of no more than 150 words in terms understandable to the non-specialist. Identify on the cover page the review panel that should consider your proposal. You may suggest a specific area of expertise to be represented on the panel. You may also identify any individual who has a conflict of interest or should otherwise not review the proposal.
2. Narrative (10 pages): The narrative is to be no longer than 10 double-spaced pages, with 1” margins and font sizes at minimum Times New Roman 11 or Arial 10. Pages are to be numbered. The page limitation does not include the cover page, endnotes, references, appendix, budget, budget justification, or vitae. Please note that proposals might not be reviewed by specialists in your specific discipline. Care should be given to writing a proposal that can be understood by an educated general audience. Your narrative must include the following sections. Use these section headings in your proposal.
3. Budget: Provide a detailed budget using the cover page (download above). Applicants may request funding for academic year release time, summer salary, graduate assistantships, student wages, travel, commodities, contractual services, equipment, and telecommunications.
Note the following when preparing your budget:
*Therefore, 100% time/effort commitment is required while receiving summer salary from the STEP program.
4. Budget Justification (2 pages, double-spaced): Justify the funding request in narrative form. Each individual line item request on the Budget Request Form must be fully explained and carefully justified in an item-by-item narrative. Applicants are advised to keep in mind that the review committees rely heavily on the Narrative Budget Justification when making decisions about funding. If salary and/or assigned time for research are requested, the time requested must match the scope of work. If assigned time is requested, the current percent of assigned time for scholarship must be indicated and an explicit justification for the additional time must be made. Explanations that are cursory or justifications that are weak can result in a project either not being funded or having its requested funding reduced substantially. Stronger proposals explain the math and reasoning behind the subtotals.
5. Reference List (no limit) or Bibliography (max 1 page): Include a list of references showing your familiarity with the pertinent literature. No page limit applies to Reference Lists that address sources cited in the proposal. Bibliographies are limited to one page.
6. Appendix: Information may be included in an Appendix if it is necessary to the reviewers’ understanding of the research project and to provide evidence of access to needed resources and people. Such appendices may include but are not limited to: letters of commitment from consultants, sub-contractors and supporting facilities; letters of commitment from foreign contacts and institutions; letters of commitment from library or archive administrators; and sample surveys or protocols for human subjects research. Appendixes may not be used to provide data that belongs in the narrative.
7. C.V. (2 pages): Submit a two-page curriculum vita with a listing of activities relevant to the proposed project. This document should include those activities most relevant to the proposed project and demonstrate expertise to carry out the proposed work.
8. Previous Funding Form(s): Complete and attach the Previous Funding Form. This form applies to funding previously received from both external sponsors and the SIUE Graduate School for the previous three years. Applicants may use one page per previous grant. Applicants who have not previously received external grants or research funds from the Graduate School should submit the form with the statement “No internal or external funding received.”
Final reports are due to the Office of Research and Projects by October 1 (90 days) following the completion of the research project. Both the Final Report and the submission of an external grant through the Office of Research and Projects are required to remain eligible to receive Graduate School funding.
Patience Graybill Condellone
Internal Grants Program Coordinator
The Graduate School/Office of Research and Projects
The Graduate School