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Applied Research to Address the State’s Critical Needs Initiative
The Applied Research to Address the State’s Critical Needs Initiative is a one-year research funding opportunity to support scholarly projects within the UND College of Arts & Sciences.
In accordance with the College’s Strategic Plan, the proposed research should anticipate, identify, or respond to the critical needs of the State of North Dakota. While not required, collaborative efforts between faculty working in other divisions of the College and/or other colleges at UND are encouraged. In the case of collaborative proposals, the Principal Investigator must be from within the College of Arts & Sciences.
Proposals must include a plan for broadly disseminating the results of the research, including a plan for sharing the results with the general public. Proposals selected for funding should result in grant proposals submitted to external funding agencies/organizations. Individual awards are limited to $20,000. The grant period is calendar year 2017. The deadline to apply is October 14, 2016 (see detailed timeline below).
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- Faculty members from any College of Arts & Sciences department or program can apply.
- Although these awards are primarily intended for tenured and tenure-track faculty in A&S, temporary faculty can apply as long as research/creative activity is required by their UND contract and they will complete their proposed activity while employed at UND.
- UND policies and procedures must be followed for expenditure of funds including purchases, reimbursements, payroll appointments and hiring processes. Please note that according to UND policy, anything purchased with UND funds is the property of UND (e.g., supplies, books, equipment, etc.).
- Departments and programs can submit multiple proposals. If more than one proposal is submitted, the department chair/program director is required to rank the proposals and to justify his/her rankings in writing when the proposals are submitted to the College.
- Proposals that fail to follow the guidelines outlined in this document will be denied.
- Cover sheet: Project title, faculty names and affiliations, faculty ranks, and original copies of faculty and department chair signatures.
- Abstract: A brief (200 words or less) non-technical description of the research/creative activity to be performed and the expected outcomes.
- Project Narrative (2 pages maximum)
- Clearly explain how the proposed activity will anticipate, identify, or respond to a critical need of the State of North Dakota. Describe the proposed research/creative activity, and include some background on the topic, specific objectives, and proposed methods.
- Describe the proposed activity’s potential for publications, conference papers, recordings, performances and/or other outcomes. Clearly describe the plan for broadly disseminating the results of the research, including a plan for sharing the results with the general public.
- Explain how the proposed activity has potential for outside funding, and identify a target funding agency and program.
- Explain whether the project will be supported by other resources, including the source and amount.
- Budget and Budget Justification(2 pages maximum):
The budget must be broken down into individual line items with each item justified. Individual awards are limited to $20,000. For additional instructions, please refer to the document “Budget Guidelines for Research Initiatives.”
The following are unallowable budget items: travel to attend conferences, enhancing campus physical infrastructure, and funding studies already completed.
The following are allowable budget items: release time from teaching (see additional conditions in the following paragraph), summer salary, travel to conduct scholarly activity other than attending conferences, purchase of supplies/research materials and/or research equipment, support for GRA and/or undergraduate assistants, employing technical assistance, software purchase, paying for promotional materials and services, bringing speakers and/or consultants to campus, funding public outreach events, paying for content access fees, covering subscription fees for research networks, and leasing off-campus space for research/creative activity.
If funds for release time from teaching are requested, a signed letter of support from the department chair or program director is required. The letter should indicate how the release from teaching can be effectively dealt with based on the resources requested. The absence of such a support letter will disqualify the proposal. To ensure that there is enough time to adjust departmental teaching assignments, only release time during the Fall 2017 semester will be considered, unless the investigator’s department chair specifically requests and justifies an exemption in his/her support letter.
The bibliography should consist of primary and secondary sources that relate directly to the project. It is usually advisable to include works that pertain to both the project's substance and its theoretical or methodological approaches. Titles cited in the application narrative do not have to be included in the bibliography. Reviewers often use the bibliography to evaluate your preparation in the subject area and your approach to the topic.
Abbreviated Academic Résumé/Curriculum Vitae (2 pages maximum): The résumé/CV should include education, employment history, and most relevant citations (e.g., publications, presentations, performances, juried exhibitions).
Award Selection Criteria
Members of the Resources and Infrastructure Committee within the College of Arts & Sciences will review and score proposals and make recommendations to the Dean, who will award funding.
Reviewers will be asked to evaluate and rank applications according to the following criteria:
- The significance of the contribution that the project will make in addressing a critical need of the state.
- The quality or promise of quality of the applicant's work, and the likelihood that the work will lead to external grant funding;
- The quality of the conception, organization, and description of the project;
- The likelihood that the applicant will complete the project including the appropriateness of the budget, the quality and clarity of the project goals and design, the resources involved, and the qualifications of the applicant;
- The likelihood that the successful completion of the project will bring significant external recognition to the College of Arts & Sciences and UND;
- Availability of funds; and
- Adherence to proposal guidelines.
- All recipients of Applied Research to Address the State’s Critical Needs Initiative awards are required to submit a final report to the College of Arts & Sciences within 1 month of the project’s end date or depletion of awarded funds, if that occurs before the project ends. The report must include a brief summary of results of the project, how results were or will be disseminated, how funds were expended and whether or not the project resulted or will result in publications, external grant proposals/awards, paper presentations, etc.
- If an award results in a tangible product such as a book, article, or a video/ audio recording, a copy must be provided to the College of Arts & Sciences and support for the project by UND and the college should be acknowledged.
- Recipients will be expected to provide regular updates on the project for social media dissemination.
Deadline and Submission of Proposals
October 14, 2016: Proposals are due to the A&S Dean’s Office in MS Word or PDF format. Please submit to Carrie Jackson via email at: email@example.com. In the email subject line, please type “Applied Research Fund.” Members of the Resources and Infrastructure Committee will review and score the proposals and make recommendations to the Dean. The final decision on awards are made by the Dean.
November 18, 2016: Awards are announced.
January 1, 2017: Start of the award period.
December 31, 2017: All award monies must be spent.
January 31, 2018: Final reports are due to the A&S Dean’s Office. Please submit the reports to Carrie Jackson in MS Word or PDF format at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please direct questions to Brad Rundquist, A&S Administrative Fellow for Research, at 777-4589 or email@example.com .