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Competitive Applications Resubmission Incentive (CARI)

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The CARI program supports research that shows significant potential for external funding and that supports the mission of departments, colleges, and the university. Specifically, CARI provides funding needed for the resubmissions of competitive proposals.


Application deadline: N/A-as appropriate with external submission cycles and deadlines.
Deadline to submit external proposal: within one year of CARI award date
Deadline to spend CARI funds: date of proposed external proposal submission


All full-time continuing members of the faculty may apply to the CARI program. Staff members on continuing appointments who have served as an investigator or co-investigator on an externally sponsored grant are also eligible for the CARI program.

Any major, potentially career-enhancing or career-defining full proposal that was submitted to an external funding agency and was positively reviewed is considered a "competitive application" for the purposes of this program. CARI support is available for only one re-submission per project; multiple applications for resubmission to the same program that are not scientifically distinct will not be considered.

Award Description

Maximum funding will be $6,000 per application, except in unusual circumstances, and will be provided for one year. All line items are allowable and must be fully justified. Anticipated total annual funding available for this program: $60,000.

Application Packet Checklist

To obtain the funding agency's perspective on the reviewer comments and priorities for changes, you are expected to contact the funding agency (e.g., program officer) prior to submitting a CARI proposal.

1. Proposal Approval Form with signature from chair and dean (approving budget)

2. Narrative Plan that discusses how the proposed work addressed the program officer's and review panel's comments and how the proposed work relates to the revised proposal that will be submitted. Applicants must specify the targeted program and submission date. Pages should be numbered. (max 5 pages)

3. Timeline to meet projected submission date (max 1 page)

4. Budget and Budget Justification (max 3 pages)

5. Summary of correspondence with the funding agency (e.g., program officer) regarding original proposal and opinion regarding resubmittal

6. Complete copy of original proposal submitted to agency

7. Copy of official reviewer comments and scores from agency

Terms and Conditions

Any awarded budget line items must be expended by the proposed submission date in application. Any unspent funds on this date will be forfeited.

The submission of a final report is required within 1 month of project completion. The resubmission of the revised proposal to the funding agency is also required.

These terms and conditions must be met before CARI awardees can be eligible for future funding from the Graduate School.

To submit your final report, go to the Internal Grants Final Reports Websitet.

Review Criteria

1. Strength of the proposal, including appropriateness of the budget and feasibility of the scope and timeline of the project plan

2. External reviewer scores and comments and Agency Program Officer feedback

3. How well the Plan addresses the feedback

4. Record of outcomes from previous internal funding

Review Process

Proposals will be evaluated by a faculty committee appointed by the Graduate School.


Program Guidelines
Cover Sheet
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