GSE Grant Fellow Program funds are dedicated to providing faculty release time to prepare competitive, large grant applications. These funds support research projects that have the best potential to ultimately result in large (e.g., > $250,000) external research grants.
Faculty support is available in amounts appropriate for the scope of work proposed. Applicants are encouraged to submit competitive projects less than the budget cap, when appropriate. The typical award will be a one-course release for the grant fellow during the semester immediately prior to the grant submission deadline(s) and up to $2,500 in funds to support collection of pilot data, meetings with consultants, and/or travel to meet with program officers. GSE grant fellows are required to meet monthly, or more often if needed, with the GSE Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Research to monitor progress toward grant submission. Note, GSE Dean’s office funds for course release will only be paid upon submission of the grant(s). Departments must front the cost of the award, and reimbursement will occur immediately following submission of the grant.
Funding may be used for a course release and well-justified expenses related to the preparation of the large grant proposal. Competitive applications will clearly describe how the funding or resources will ensure a more competitive grant application (e.g., to respond to panel reviewer comments; to conduct proof-of-concept pilot testing). Well justified travel costs may be permitted. Faculty salary is not allowed.
All full-time faculty in GSE (tenured, tenure-track, and clinical) may apply. All applications must include a signed letter from the Department Chair providing permission to take a course release during the targeted semester. Only grants that include indirect cost returns are eligible for targeting by GSE Grant Fellows funded by this mechanism. Prior grant fellows are not eligible to re-apply for a subsequent GSE grant fellowship until the reviews are received from the prior submission.
Faculty members from the GSE will review applications. The associate dean for interdisciplinary research will chair the panel. A scoring rubric will be used to rank-order proposals. The scoring criteria will include the following:
The review panel will make recommendations to the Dean; the Dean will make award decisions and aim to notify applicants at the subsequent GSE meeting or shortly thereafter. Although the budget with its justification is not a review criterion, the review panel may recommend modification to the proposed budget. All applicants will receive a summary of the review panel’s numerical review scores and qualitative comments on each proposal’s strength and weakness.
All proposals must be in PDF format with single space, 12 point font and 1-inch margins. Proposals should be no longer than three single-spaced pages (1-inch margins; 12 point font).
Deadline is 5 p.m. ET. To ensure equity in the competition, the deadline is firm.