This is a highly competitive grant designed to fund an investigator over 2 years, for a total of $20,000 ($10,000 each fiscal year), in the conduct of studies aimed at providing preliminary data for an external funding application. In addition, the grant provides funds for the hiring of a Proposal Developer to assist the investigator in identifying target funders, preparing, and submitting the application.
The grant requires the use of the Proposal Developer (though the extent of the services may vary depending on the investigator’s needs) and the submission of the external application within 9 months following the end of the 2 year grant period. Investigators should work with the Developer to set up a timeline that allows the successful submission of the application. Failure to submit the application will result in ineligibility for ACU internal grants for 3 years.
The remaining funds may be used for course release, summer salary, materials/supplies, or participant costs. Investigators should submit a preliminary budget proposal with their application that explains and justifies the proposed costs. Proposed course release should be accompanied by a memo of support from the applicant’s department chair.
The source of external funding must exceed the amount of the internal award (i.e., greater than $20,000) and must allow for the collection of indirect costs at the maximal allowable rate.
Applications for this internal grant will be due the first Monday of October, allowing faculty to use potential Cullen or Math/Science-supported work toward their application. Awards will be announced in November, with sufficient time for those not receiving an award to prepare an application for other internal grant mechanisms in January. The awarded project period will then begin the following fiscal year, June 1.
Full-time tenure-track faculty members at the rank of assistant or above are eligible to apply. Funds are awarded to the one proposal each year that demonstrates the greatest potential for success at applying for and obtaining external funding. The Research Council considers the proposals submitted by the faculty and approves the one judged best according to the following criteria:
Projects should be completed during the 2 year project period and must produce an external funding application submission within 9 months following the end of the project period.
An interim report detailing the progress made toward goals is due by the end of the first year, and a final report further detailing the progress made and the application submitted/planned for submission is due at the end of the second year. If the application has not yet been submitted at the time of the final report, a memo should be provided at the time of its submission documenting completion of the grant requirements. The PI is not required to receive the external award, as this is largely out of our control and external funding is highly competitive.
Every participant who receives a grant must agree to the ACU Intellectual Property Policy. The applicant agrees to certain rights and claims against copyrights and patents resulting from university support. Funds cannot be released to any grantee without this acknowledgement of the agreement. The Intellectual Property Policy may be found on the ORSP website.
Every grantee is assigned a budget for expenses if any are awarded. Salaries are paid through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. All budgets must be cleared and accounted for by April 1 of each budget period (year 1 and year 2). Grantees without proper accounting forms are liable for the expenses incurred.
If the project involves research with human or animal subjects, IRB/IACUC approval must be obtained prior to conduct of the research.