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The following was published in abbreviated form-without the facsimile cover sheet at lower right- in Almanac September 9, 1997

Revised Research Foundation Guidelines

Also Available on at http://www.upenn.edu/VPR/VPRHP.html and in Deans' Offices

Statement of Purpose

The Research Foundation encourages the exploration of new fields across a broad spectrum of disciplines. In doing so, the Foundation expands opportunities for faculty to attract support and resources from external sources while encouraging work in fields that are traditionally underfunded. The Research Foundation is principally for faculty.

The Foundation supports two levels of grants. The first level, Type A grants, provide support in the range of $500 to $5,000. The second level, Type B grants, provide support in the range of $5,001 to $50,000. You may be interested to know that last year about half of all proposals were funded and that they were funded at half of the amount requested (on average). The standard application for a Type A grant is briefer than that for a Type B grant, reflecting the funding levels. However, the review criteria for Type A and Type B grants are similar, and several general factors are considered in evaluating an application for either type of grant. They are:

  • Its contribution to the development of the applicant's research potential and progress.
  • The quality, importance and impact of the proposed research project.
  • Its potential value for enhancing the stature of the University.
  • Its budget appropriateness in terms of the project proposed, including consideration of need and availability of external support.

The Application Process

The Research Foundation Board will review both Type A and Type B applications in the fall and spring of each academic year. Applications for the fall cycle are due on or before November 1 of each year, while spring cycle applications are due on or before March 15 of each year. All research projects involving human subjects or animals must receive Institutional Review Board approval prior to funding. Questions concerning human/animal research should be directed to Mrs. Ruth Clark at 898-2614. All research projects involving the use of hazardous or biohazardous materials and/or radioactive materials, must receive approval from the Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (OEHRS) prior to funding. Questions about this approval process should be directed to (OEHRS) at 898-4453.

An Original and Ten Copies of the proposal with the cover sheet should be submitted to the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, 212 College Hall/6381.


Type A Proposals are limited in length to ten single spaced pages and should contain a brief description of the research and the specific needs which the grant will cover. The proposal should include:

1. The Research Foundation Proposal Cover Sheet* . Failure to fully complete the Cover Sheet or exceeding page limitations will risk disqualification from the competition.

2. 100-word abstract of the project for the educated non-specialist.

3. Amount of current research support (including start-up packages).

4. Other pending proposals for the same project.

5. List of research support received during the past three years. Include funds from University sources such as school, department, or Research Foundation. If you were funded by the Research Foundation in the last three years, please submit a brief progress report with publications and grants proposed or received (no more than one page).

6. A one-page biographical sketch of each investigator listing educational background, academic positions held, and five recent publications.

7. A three- to four-page mini-proposal, outlining the project and its significance.

8. A budget that justifies the specific items requested and assigns a priority to each item.

Research Foundation support for Type A proposals will focus on:

    • Seed money for the initiation of new research.
    • Limited equipment requests directly related to research needs.
    • Travel expenses for research only.
    • Publication preparation costs.
    • Summer Stipends, with preference for applications from Assistant Professors.

 

Type B Proposals are limited in length to fifteen single spaced pages. The proposal should include:

1. The Research Foundation Proposal Cover Sheet*. Failure to fully complete the Cover Sheet or exceeding page limitations will risk disqualification from the competition.

2. 100-word abstract of significance of the project for the educated non-specialist.

3. Amount of current research support (including start-up packages).

4. Other pending proposals for the same project.

5. List of research support, including titles, amounts, and grant periods, received during the past three years. Include funds from University sources such as school, department, or Research Foundation.

6. A brief curriculum vitae including publications for the principal investigator and each researcher listed on the proposal.

7. A proposal of not more than nine single spaced pages giving the objectives and scholarly or scientific significance of the proposed work, a description of the research plan and methodologies to be employed, a description of the significance and impact of the project, a description of how a Research Foundation grant will facilitate acquisition of future research funds.

8. Budget (one page). Budget items should be listed in order of priority.

Research Foundation support for Type B proposals focus on several areas of need. These are:

    • Matching funds, vis-a-vis external grant sources.
    • Seed money for exploratory research programs.
    • Support for interdisciplinary research initiatives.
    • Faculty released time.

Requests for student tuition and dissertation fees will not be considered by the Foundation.


Research Foundation Proposal

Cover Sheet (Revised 9/97)

(Adapted for this space from the original form)

Principal Investigator ______________________________________

Rank ___________________________________________________

Phone Number ___________________________________________

E-mail Address __________________________________________

Department ______________________________________________

School __________________________________________________

Campus Address __________________________ Mail Code _______

Business Administrator

    • Name ______________________________________
    • Phone ______________________________________
    • E-mail ______________________________________

Title of Proposal ___________________________________________

Amount Requested _________________________________________

Does the project involve the use of any of the following:

    • ___ Human subjects?
    • ___ Animals?
    • ___ Radioactive material/radiation producing equipment?
    • ___ Potentially infectous agents, including human blood or tissue?
    • ___ Carcinogens?
    • ___ In vitro formation or recombinant DNA?

Please indicate below which Committee you would prefer to review your proposal:

    • ___ Biomedical
    • ___ Humanities
    • ___ Social Science & Management
    • ___ Natural Science & Engineering

Signatures:

Dean ____________________________________________________

Department Chair __________________________________________

Principal Investigator ________________________________________


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