The FY2015 competition is now closed. Consult this webpage for future updates on the FY16 cycle.
Terms and Conditions
Deadlines and Submission
Application: Cover Sheet*; Narrative; Budget: Budget Justification; Previous Funding; References; Appendices; COS Pivot Profile or CV
Timeline and Contacts
*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 4, 2013. Proposals must be submitted electronically as a PDF to email@example.com. Please consult with your school/college deans regarding their internal deadlines.
Announcement Date: December 19, 2013
Summer Salary Contracts Due: March 15, 2014 and March 15, 2015
Project Period: July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015
Final Report Due Date: October 1, 2015
August 30, 11:00 - 12:30, Morris University Center, Oak-Redbud Room
September 4, 10:00 - 11:30, Morris University Center, Oak-Redbud Room
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:
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.
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:
A total of $325,000 per fiscal year is available for this program. 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. 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 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 in PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: 3
The R&D Committee will oversee the panel review process, consider the scores and evaluations from the panels, and make final funding recommendations to the Associate Provost for Research and Graduate School Dean.
Submit the following elements as a single PDF to the email@example.com by the deadline date and time. Applications that do not conform to these requirements will be returned without review.
1. Cover Pages : Download and complete the Cover Pages. Include all appropriate contact information along with a brief summary of the research project in terms understandable to the non-specialist. Identify on the cover page the review panel that should consider your proposal. Panelists may also 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 : 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 should 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:
Identify specific potential sources of external support for the continuation of the project. This information will include, for example, the sponsor, the specific program(s), and the expected submission deadline. Include a description of how the STEP project fits with the sponsor and program’s goals/mission.
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:
4. Budget Justification: Justify the funding request in narrative form (max. two pages). 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 will explain the math and reasoning behind the subtotals.
5. Reference List (no limit) orBibliography (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, 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) or COS Pivot Profile (unlimited): If applicants do not have a current COS profile, they may choose to submit a two-page curriculum vitae with a listing of activities relevant to the proposed project. This document should include 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, available here and in the Downloads section of this web page. 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.
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
Associate Dean for Research
The Graduate School
2014-2015 STEP Award Winners
FY2015 Baich Awardee: Jenna Gorlewicz
2013-2014 STEP Award Winners
FY2014 Baich Awardee: Jeff Darabi
FY2013 Baich Awardee: David Jennings
Annette and Henry Baich Award Winner: Andrew Neath