UD Internal Funding Opportunities

UD seed grant funds are available to support research, scholarship and creative activities through annual university-wide competitions. These are merit-based grants designed to help launch an idea leading to future external sponsorship of research in the area. Several of the seed grant mechanisms are administered by the Research Office on an annual basis but there are one-time opportunities as well. Additional seed grant mechanisms at UD, which are independently organized and run by other units on campus, are listed under Seed Grant Resources.

For more information contact
Research Development Office
researchdev@udel.edu

(302) 831-7088

RESEARCH OFFICE SEED GRANTS

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UD Research Foundation

DEADLINE:
February 1, 2022
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General University Research Grants

DEADLINE:
February 4, 2022
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Chemours Discovery Research Award

No longer accepting applications.
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UD Research Foundation
Strategic Initiatives

No longer accepting applications.
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UD Research Foundation COVID-19 Grad Research Initiative

No longer accepting applications.

Campus Seed Grants

GRANT RESOURCES

Internal Grant Opportunities FAQs (GUR, UDRF and UDRF-SI)

1. What is the project period?

  • GUR Awards are effective from April 1 to March 31 (two-year period)
  • UDRF Awards are effective from April 1 to March 31 (two-year period)
  • UDRF- SI Awards are effective from February 1 to January 31 (two year period)

2. What is a no-cost extension?

The university expects recipients to complete all requirements of the internal award by the termination date listed in the award letter. The Research Office will provide additional time by approving your request for a "no-cost extension."

3. How do I apply for a no-cost extension?

Submit a request to The Research Development Office via email at researchdev@udel.edu. Please copy your assigned Contract & Grant Specialist and Department Administrator in the email.

4. What information will I need to include in my no-cost request?

Please provide the following information:

  • Relevant information that identifies your project: title, purpose (expense code) and the current project termination date
  • The extended termination date (month/day/year) you are requesting. Note: the maximum time allowed is one year
  • Justification -- reasons you need an extension. See guidelines below for help

5. What justification for no-cost extensions (reasons) is the Research Office likely to accept?

Here are some examples of justifications which would be acceptable:

  • Additional time to assure completion of the original approved project scope and objectives, e.g.,
    • to conduct additional testing to validate unexpected research findings
    • to repeat tests to obtain results lost in a campus building fire
    • to conduct the research in a foreign country currently experiencing unrest or a foreign country rebounding from a natural catastrophe (e.g. tsunami, earthquake)
  • Lack of success in locating a graduate student with suitable capabilities
  • Extensive delay in production or shipment of key equipment or supply items
  • Transfer of a key project participant
  • Time lost due to illness, pregnancy or accident of a key project participant

6. Under what conditions is the Research Office likely to deny a request?

Here are examples for which an extension request may be denied:

  • Requests made merely for the purpose of using remaining funds
  • Requests received after the termination date
  • Requests that do not include a justification

7. Am I allowed to purchase an item not included in my original proposal?

The university expects recipients to complete all requirements of the internal award and understands that over the life of the project some reallocation of funding may need to occur. Budget changes exceeding 10% prior to 2018 -- or 25% effective 2018 -- of the total award and rebudgeting of funds into categories not in the original budget (e.g., equipment, foreign travel) are subject to prior approval by the RO.

8. How do I request a budget reallocation?

Requests for rebudgeting must be submitted on the Request for Rebudgeting form via email to researchdev@udel.edu. Please copy your assigned Contract & Grant Specialist and Department Administrator in the email.

9. What information will I need to include in my reallocation request?

Please complete the rebudgeting form. This form can be found on the research web site at Form, Policies and Procedures.

10. How do I get my expenses (including salary) paid?

Please see your Department Administrator.

11. Questions about Internal Grant Opportunities?

Please contact The Research Development Office, Research Development Manager, Research Office.

UD RESEARCH OFFICE OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM OVERVIEWS

GUR

General University Research Program (GUR)

GUR Template Download

GUR Template

GUR Download

GUR Guidelines

The University of Delaware provides for assistance to full-time faculty for individual research through “General University Research (GUR) Grants.” The main purpose of the GUR program is to assist faculty with research, scholarly or creative projects, with preference given to early career faculty members. These merit-based grants are administered by the Vice President for Research, Scholarship and Innovation, who is advised by the Research Committee of the Faculty Senate. The Research Committee recommends allocation of the funds available for the year, evaluates applications, and recommends those to be supported. Proposals involving interdisciplinary research are especially encouraged.

GUR Application Deadline

February 4, 2022

 

GUR PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Eligibility Requirements

All full-time faculty members are eligible to apply for GUR grants. Although there is no restriction on the number of awards an individual may receive over the years, all other factors being equal, preference will be given to faculty that have not received awards previously. Applicants who have received a GUR anytime between June 2019 and June 2021 are NOT eligible to submit for this round. Also, in considering new applications from previous awardees, the committee will review the required final reports from their prior GUR awards to determine whether past awards were used productively to benefit the applicant's research programs. No additional awards will be made to applicants who have failed to complete previous GUR progress reports.

 

GUR Deadlines

Deadline Date (EST Time Zone): 2/4/2022 11:45 PM

GUR proposals and approved webforms are due in the Research Office by February 4, 2022. The following schedule has been established to ensure proper review and submission.

  • February 4, 2022:Proposal Submission Deadline
  • May 16, 2022: Awards Announced (tentative)
  • June 1, 2022: Earliest Start Date

 

 

Proposal Evaluation

Proposals are evaluated by the Faculty Senate Research Committee with supplemental reviews provided by others with expertise, including previous GUR recipients. Given the diversity in backgrounds of committee members, applicants are strongly encouraged to prepare applications that are understandable by a broad, yet but educated audience. Proposals that fail to follow submission guidelines may be returned without review.

Applications are evaluated using the following guidelines:

  1. Proposals are primarily evaluated relative to:
    • Significance of the Problem: Does the research clearly address an unmet need of high importance? (15 points)
    • Intellectual Merit of Approach/Adequacy of the Research Plan: Is the research plan well developed and are the activities clearly defined? Is there alignment of research activities with study aims and significance of the problem? (20 points)
    • Broader Impacts: Does the research plan include actionable steps for societal impact and/or training of students? Is there a well-developed dissemination plan to academic and public audiences? (20 points)
    • Alignment of Project with PI Research Program: Is the proposed research aligned with PI’s background, training, and scholarship? Is it clear how the proposed research will advance the PI’s research program? (10 points)
    • Justification of Resources: Is the budget well defined and justified based on the allowable budget items and research plan? Is the timeline clear and reasonable? (15 points)
    • Likelihood of Future Funding: Does the proposal include specific future funding mechanisms and/or opportunities that are clearly and specifically stated? (10 points)
    • Professional Rank (10 points)
  2. Special consideration will be given to projects which:
    • Assist untenured faculty members with research, scholarship, or creative products.
    • Provide graduate student support and training.
    • Require additional support to complete an ongoing project.

The Faculty Senate Research Committee consists of the Vice President for Research, Scholarship and Innovation (or Research Office designee) and eight faculty members (one of whom serves as the chair).

 

Proposal

PROJECT BUDGET

The maximum budget is $15,000 and will be approved based on individual merit. GUR grants may not be used to support or publish advanced-degree theses of the principal investigators. Proposals with insufficiently detailed budgets or budget justifications may be returned without review. GUR proposals do not require matching funds from the PI’s College and/or Department. However, matching funds may be included when applicable and when approved by the Chair and Dean.

Allowable budget items include:

Senior Personnel: Faculty summer salary for the PI up to $5,000. as that will always be less than 1/9 salary. Matching faculty academic time is permitted.

Other Personnel: Graduate and undergraduate research assistants (RAs) should be paid hourly wage. Support of graduate students is generally accorded as a higher priority than other budget categories. Matching student RA stipends is permitted.

Fringe Benefits: Fringe benefits are not included for PIs with nine-month appointments, but are required for other personnel categories.

Support Funds:Expense categories such as equipment, participant support costs, technical assistance, and other direct costs are allowable; however, support of graduate tuition is prohibited. Travel for professional development may be supported as part of the research project provided it is well justified within the scope of the proposed project.

Indirect Costs: Facilities and administrative (F&A) costs are not permissible on GUR awards.

In general, the committee is willing to consider a wide variety of specific budgetary requests if the budget items are adequately justified in relation to the proposed project and the applicant's research program. A budget justification for each listed item is required in the application. Instructions for the budget justification can be found in the GUR Proposal Template. The committee may choose to award a GUR grant at a level of funding different from the amount requested.

All budgets should be prepared with the understanding that budget changes exceeding 25% of the total award and re-budgeting of funds into categories not in the original budget are subject to prior approval by the Research Office. See the GUR Post-Award section below for more information.

NOTE: For tax purposes, stipends for principal investigators on GUR grants are fellowships rather than wages and are therefore exempt from FICA, but no fellowship is exempt from Federal and State payroll taxes. For students paid on a fellowship, there is the expectation that some or all funds will be used for qualified educational expenses. It is assumed that a faculty member receiving fellowship funds will not have any qualified educational expenses and appropriate payroll taxes will be subject to withholding at the time of disbursement.

PROJECT DURATION

GUR grants are awarded for up to two years with periods of performance commencing from project start date. Recipients are expected to devote a significant part of the summer period to the conduct of the proposed research. The award period is extended through the following academic year so that charges to the grant can be covered for later expenses like publication or travel to meetings at which results will be presented. The proposal period may be extended only when circumstances warrant. Instructions can be found in the GUR Post-Award section.

PROPOSAL COMPONENTS & FORMATTING

GUR proposals are submitted using the GUR Proposal Template. All components should be single spaced using 11-point Arial font with one-inch margins. Additional information such as References, Budget Justification, Project Timeline, CVs, and Current & Pending Support should be combined with the proposal template and submitted as one PDF document.

Executive Summary: The Executive Summary consists of an overview, a statement on the intellectual merit, and a statement on the broader impacts and is limited to one half (1/2) page in length. The overview should include a description the scientific scope of the proposal. The statement on intellectual merit should describe how the project will advance knowledge and understanding in the domain. The statement on broader impacts should describe how the project will benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes.

Research Plan: The Research Plan should provide a statement of work including clear achievable goals within the proposed timeline and expected significance of the proposed research. The intellectual merit and broader impacts introduced in the summary should be expanded upon in the Research Plan. Limit three and one half (3 1/2) pages. Include any relevant figures or tables. Investigators should specifically address the approach for seeking external funding or other scholarly output. The entire Research Plan should be clear to a reviewer with a technical/scientific background, but who may not be an expert in the field.

AWARD ADMINISTRATION

The university's patent, copyright, and publication policies, which can be found in the Handbook for Faculty, apply to research conducted under a GUR grant. Research conducted under a GUR grant must comply with the University Research, Sponsored Programs, Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Policies.

Required Approvals: If proposed research includes involvement of human living subjects or private identifiable data, and/or the use of non-human vertebrate animals, the research protocol must be reviewed and approved by the the Institutional Review Board or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee respectively prior to the expenditures of any GUR funds. In addition, federal regulations require that all use of non-human vertebrate animals in research, teaching, and testing follow established guidelines and be reviewed and approved by the "Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee" which is constituted according to the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

Submission

PROCEDURES FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS
FACULTY PROCEDURES
  1. Interested faculty should complete the online application found here.
  2. Fill in all required fields in the online application and upload the GUR Proposal Template as a single PDF document.
  3. Applications must be submitted in the online application portal by 11:45 pm by the proposal submission deadline (see section Important Dates).

Please note that beginning this year submission and post award processes have changed. Specifically, applicants do not need to generate a PeopleSoft proposal at time of proposal submission. If your proposal is selected for funding, detailed instructions will follow.

 

PROPOSAL REVIEW RUBRIC

General University Research grants are awarded based on eligibility and merit. Proposals are screened for eligibility by the Research Office and evaluations of merit and award recommendations are made by the University’s Faculty Senate Research Committee based on the rubric below. All proposals must be approved by department and college leadership. Final determination of awards is made by the Vice President for Research Scholarship and Innovation and is based on funding availability. Due to an increase in the number of applicants last year, the funding rate of proposals was 32%.

Score is out of 100 possible points.

 

PROCEDURES FOR SELECTED PROPOSALS
FACULTY PROCEDURES
  1. When a proposal is selected for funding, the faculty member should reach out to their applicable Department Administrator so that a record in UD's Grant Management System, PeopleSoft (PS), may be initiated.
  2. Faculty should provide their Departmental Administrator with a single PDF copy of the full proposal submission.
  3. Faculty should work with the Department Administrator to develop a more detailed budget as is required for PeopleSoft input. A detailed budget template can be found on the Research Office website.

 

DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATOR

Departmental Administrator guidance for using "UD’s Grants Management System" is available on the website and by contacting the applicable department’s assigned Contract & Grant Specialist in the Research Office.

Department Administrators should use the following information for entering the proposal into the UD Grants System.

 

GUR PEOPLESOFT PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT
  1. Sponsor ID: 0921 – General University Research
  2. Purpose: RSCH7- University Sponsored Research
  3. Budget Considerations:
    • Requested amount up to $15,000 entered as direct costs
    • Applicable cost-share entered from department and/or College
    • Faculty Summer Salary: Up to $5000 for the Principal Investigator and must be budgeted under account code 120800 and budget category PSTDOC for that fringe benefits are not incurred.
    • Fringe benefits are not included for PIs with nine-month appointments but are required for other personnel categories.
    • Graduate student tuition is prohibited.
    • F&A Pricing Setup: F&A costs are not permissible on GUR awards.
      • Choose “Industrial Research On-Campus” for the rate type; overwrite the F&A rate to zero.
      • Pricing Method should be FIXED
  4. Under the Attachments tab, upload a single PDF copy of the full proposal submission using the following naming convention: ProposalID_
  5. Routing of FIN Proposal Approval Summary (PAS) webform should include PI, Department Chair, College Dean and OSP per standard procedures.

Terms and Conditions

Recommendations for research grants are made with the following understandings. Acceptance of the award includes acceptance of these understandings.

 

  1. Grants are awarded to faculty members of the university. Acceptance signifies intent to continue at the university for the duration of the grant.
  2. The University exercises no direction or supervision over the details of the research or activities to be performed, but it does require adherence to the original objectives and purposes of the grant. It also requires that a report on the project be submitted to the Research Office (researchdev@udel.edu) no later than ninety (90) days days after the end date of the grant. Linked here is the format for "General University Research" reports. Each grantee is required to furnish one copy of any resulting papers, books, or other publications to the University Library through the Research Committee.
  3. Every publication directly resulting from a grant must include an acknowledgment stating that the research or creative activity was carried out with the support of the "University of Delaware General University Research" fund.
  4. Unless arrangements to the contrary have been included in the proposal as accepted, financial income derived from the project will be returned to the University as program income. This is not meant to conflict with university policies on patents, copyrights, and publications.
  5. It is expected that a recipient will devote a large part of the summer period to the purpose of the grant and that no other substantial effort, such as full-time teaching or sponsored research, will be undertaken during the summer period.
  6. Recipients may be asked to review future GUR proposals on an ad hoc basis and to participate in the GUR Exchange, an annual workshop to give guidance for submitting a competitive GUR proposal to prospective applicants.

GUR Post Award

POST AWARD

Awarded grants will be assigned an award and purpose code for proposal expenditures. Future correspondence and report follow-up should include the purpose code. All proposals funded at a level different than proposed, must provide a revised budget before the purpose code may be established.

RE-BUDGETING

Budget changes exceeding 25% of the total award and re-budgeting of funds into categories not in the original budget (e.g., equipment, foreign travel) are subject to prior approval by the Research Office. Requests for re-budgeting must be submitted on the Request for Re-budgeting form and emailed to the UD Research Office (UD Research Office).

NO- COST EXTENSION REQUESTS

Requests for no-cost extensions must be made in writing to the Research Office (UD Research Office) at least 30 days prior to the grant end date. Requests should include the reason for and the duration of the extension.

UDRF

University of Delaware Research Foundation (UDRF)

UDRF Template

UDRF Template

UDRF Download

UDRF Download

The University of Delaware Research Foundation, Inc. (UDRF) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization for the support of fundamental research in all fields of science. Although an independent corporation, it is chartered primarily to support the University’s research mission. In 1994, the UDRF Board of Trustees redefined its mission to focus on assisting only early-career permanent faculty who provide grants supporting the highest quality engineering and scientific research.

UDRF Application Deadline

February 1, 2022

 

UDRF PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Eligibility Requirements

UDRF grants support high-quality engineering and scientific research proposals by untenured, tenure-track faculty only. Tenured faculty are ineligible for UDRF awards. All untenured, tenure-track faculty who has previously received a UDRF award are ineligible. In the past, grants have been primarily in the fields of engineering and the natural and physical sciences. However, any proposal that uses scientific methods and promises potential of future externally sponsored funding is welcomed and eligible. Eligible faculty may apply to both the UDRF and UDRF-SI programs in the same calendar year, but only one award may be received per calendar year.

 

UDRF Deadlines

Deadline Date (EST Time Zone): 2/1/2022 11:45 PM

UDRF proposals and approved webforms are due in the Research Office by February 1, 2022. The following schedule has been established to ensure proper review and submission.

  • February 1, 2022: Proposal Submission Deadline
  • May 16, 2022: Awards Announced (tentative)
  • June 1, 2022: Earliest Start Date

 

 

Proposal Evaluation

The primary purpose of a UDRF research grant is to further the professional development of the recipient. To be selected for funding, the proposal must show:

  • Intellectual Merit: Does the proposal encompass the potential to advance knowledge and understanding in their domain? (30%)
  • Broader Impacts: Does the proposal have the potential to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes? (15%)
  • Incremental vs. New Idea: Will the proposed research be a new research direction for the investigator, or the proposed work will incrementally advance their current research? (15%)
  • Likelihood of Completion: Can the proposal be completed in 1-2 years? (10%)
  • Likelihood of Future External Funding: Does the proposal include clear achievable goals within the proposal timeline which will likely lead to new external funding (e.g., NIH, NSF, DoE, DoD, USDA, State, Foundations, Private Sector, etc.)? (20%)
  • Clarity of Presentation: Proposals are reviewed by generalists in the area/discipline; hence clarity of presentation is of great importance (10%)

 

Proposal

PROJECT BUDGET

The typical proposal budget is $35,000.00 (up to $38,500.00 if a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) stipend is requested) of which $25,000.00 (or $28,500.00 with REU stipend) is sponsor direct funding with an additional $5,000.00 in match funding from the Principal Investigator’s (PI) College Dean and $5,000.00 from the Provost Office. All UDRF proposals require matching funds from the PI’s College and the Provost's Office. If a larger amount is requested, the proposal should specifically address the need, benefits, and impact of the larger budget request.

Allowable budget items include:

  • Senior Personnel: Faculty summer salary for the PI up to $5,000.00 or 1/9th salary, whichever is less.
  • Other Personnel: Graduate research assistant (RA) stipends or summer hourly wage. Support of graduate students is generally accorded as a higher priority than other budget categories. Undergraduate RA wages are limited to $3,500.00.
  • Fringe Benefits: Fringe benefits are not included for PIs with nine-month appointments but are required for other personnel categories.
  • Support Funds: Expense categories such as equipment, travel, participant support costs, and other direct costs are allowable; however, support of graduate tuition is prohibited.
  • Indirect Costs: Facilities and administrative (F&A) costs are not permissible on UDRF awards.

All budgets should be prepared with the understanding that budget changes exceeding 25% of the total award and re-budgeting of funds into categories not in the original budget are subject to prior approval by the Research Office. See the UDRF Post-Award below section for more information.

PROJECT DURATION

UDRF grants are awarded for up to two years with periods of performance commencing from project start date. The proposal period may be extended only when circumstances warrant. Instructions can be found in the UDRF Post-Award section.

PROPOSAL COMPONENTS & FORMATTING

UDRF proposals are submitted using the UDRF Proposal Template. All components should be single spaced using 11-point Arial font with one-inch margins. Additional information such as References, Budget Justification, CVs, and Current & Pending Support should be combined with the proposal template and submitted as one PDF document. Incomplete applications will be returned without review.

Executive Summary: The Executive Summary consists of an overview, a statement on the intellectual merit, and a statement on the broader impacts and is limited to one (1) page in length. The overview should include a description the scientific scope of the proposal and potential sources of future funding for the project. The statement on intellectual merit should describe how the project will advance knowledge and understanding in the domain. The statement on broader impacts should describe how the project will benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes.

Project Description: The Project Description should provide a statement of work including clear achievable goals within the proposed timeline and expected significance of the proposed research. The intellectual merit and broader impacts discussed in the summary should be expanded upon in the Project Description. Limit three (3) pages. Include any relevant figures or tables. Investigators should specifically address the approach for seeking external funding and, investigators with significant present funding, must include a clear explanation/justification of how the proposed research is different from the present funding of the principal investigator. The entire Project Description should be clear to a reviewer with a technical/scientific background, but who may not be an expert in the field.

AWARD ADMINISTRATION

University of Delaware Research Foundation grants are awarded based on eligibility and merit and administered by the UD Research Office. Proposals are screened for eligibility by the university and each proposal must have a match from the Dean of the College of the PI and the Provost’s Office. Evaluations of merit and award recommendations are made by the UDRF Research Committee, which is composed of engineers and scientists from the private sector in the region. The UDRF Board of Trustees makes the final award decisions at one of its semi-annual meetings.

The university's patent, copyright, and publication policies, which can be found in the Handbook for Faculty , apply to research conducted under a UDRF grant.

Research conducted under a UDRF grant must comply with the University Research, Sponsored Programs, Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Policies.

Required Approvals: If proposed research includes involvement of human subjects or private identifiable data, and/or the use of non-human vertebrate animals, the research protocol must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board, or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee respectively prior to the expenditure of any UDRF funds.

Submission

FACULTY PROCEDURES
  1. Interested and qualified faculty should complete the online application found here.
  2. Fill in all required fields in the online application and upload the UDRF Proposal Template as a single PDF document. The template should include References, Budget Justification, CVs, Current & Pending Support, and other information required to complete the proposal.
  3. Applications must be submitted in the online application portal by 11:45 PM by the proposal submission deadline (see section Important Dates).

Please note that beginning this year submission and post award processes have changed. Specifically, applicants do not need to generate a PeopleSoft proposal at time of proposal submission. If your proposal is selected for funding, detailed instructions will follow.

DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATOR

Departmental Administrator guidance for using "UD’s Grants Management System" is available on the Research Office website and by contacting the applicable department’s assigned Contract & Grant Specialist in the Research Office.

Department Administrators should use the following information for entering the proposal into the UD Grants System.

 

UDRF PEOPLESOFT PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT
  1. Sponsor ID: 2910 - University of Delaware Research Foundation
  2. Purpose: RSCH4- Foundation Research
  3. Budget Considerations:
    • $25,000 (from UDRF) entered as direct costs (up to $28,500 if stipend for an undergraduate student is requested). Note: the undergraduate student should be budgeted under participant support costs.
    • $5,000 (from the Provost Office) - entered as cost share from department ID #01551. (There is no need for the Provost Office to approve the Proposal Summary Form).
    • $5,000 (from College Dean) entered as cost share from the appropriate department ID.
    • Faculty Summer Salary: Up to $5,000 or 1/9th summer salary for the Principal Investigator, whichever is less, and must be budgeted under account code 120800 and budget category PSTDOC for that fringe benefits are not incurred.
    • Undergraduate Research Assistants: Undergraduate RA wages are limited to $3,500 must be budgeted under account code 146115 and budget category PTSTIP.
    • Fringe benefits are not included for PIs with nine-month appointments but are required for other personnel categories.
    • Graduate student tuition is prohibited.
    • F&A Pricing Setup: F&A costs are not permissible on UDRF awards.
      • Choose “Industrial Research On-Campus” for the rate type; overwrite the F&A rate to zero.
      • Pricing Method should be FIXED
  4. Under the Attachments tab, upload a single PDF copy of the full proposal submission using the following naming convention: ProposalID_Other
  5. Routing of FIN Proposal Approval Summary (PAS) webform should include PI, Department Chair, College Dean and OSP per standard procedures.

Terms & Conditions

UDRF research grants are made with the following understandings. Acceptance of the award includes acceptance of these understandings.

  1. Acceptance signifies intent to continue at the University for the duration of the proposal period.
  2. The University exercises no direction or supervision over the details of the research or activities to be performed, but it does require adherence to the original objectives and purposes of the grant. It also requires that a report on the proposal be submitted to the Research Office (researchdev@udel.edu) no later than ninety (90) days after the end date of the grant. A format for reports may be found here. Each grantee is required to furnish one copy of any resulting papers, books, or other publications to the University Library through the Research Office (researchdev@udel.edu).
  3. Every publication directly resulting from a research grant must include an acknowledgment that the research was carried out with the support of the University of Delaware Research Foundation.
  4. Unless arrangements to the contrary have been included in the proposal as accepted, financial income derived from the project will be returned to the University, up to the amount of the award. This is not meant to conflict with university policies on patents, copyrights, and publications.

Post Award

POST AWARD

Awarded grants will be assigned an award and purpose code for expenditures. Successful awards will need to be input into PeopleSoft by PI’s department administrator for tracking and reporting purposes. Future correspondence and report follow-up should include the award number and purpose code. All proposals funded at a level different than proposed, must provide a revised budget before the purpose code may be established.

RE-BUDGETING REQUESTS

Budget changes exceeding 25% of the total award and re-budgeting of funds into categories not in the original budget (e.g., equipment, foreign travel) are subject to prior approval by the Research Office. Requests for re-budgeting must be submitted on theRequest for Re-budgeting form and emailed to the UD Research Office (researchdev@udel.edu).

NO-COST EXTENSION REQUESTS

Requests for no-cost extensions must be made in writing to the Research Office (researchdev@udel.edu) at least 30 days prior to the grant end date. Requests should include the reason for and the duration of the extension.

UDRF-SI

University of Delaware Research Foundation Strategic Initiatives (UDRF-SI)

UDRF-SI Template

UDRF-SI Template

UDRF-SI Download

UDRF-SI Download

The University of Delaware Research Foundation, Inc. (UDRF) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization for the support of fundamental research in all fields of science. Although an independent corporation, it is chartered primarily to support the University’s research mission. In 1994, the UDRF Board of Trustees redefined its mission to focus on assisting only early-career permanent faculty who provide grants supporting the highest quality engineering and scientific research.

Established in 2008, the University of Delaware Research Foundation Strategic Initiatives (UDRF-SI) program supports innovative, collaborative, scientific research proposals with potential for high impact that align with the University’s strategic priorities, broadly defined. An UDRF-SI proposal must involve a collaboration between an untenured, tenure-track faculty member, and a senior faculty member, who serves as both a mentor and a research collaborator.

UDRF-SI Application Deadline

October 29, 2021

 

UDRF PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Eligibility Requirements

UDRF Strategic Initiatives (UDRF-SI) grants support high-quality, collaborative research proposals that address challenges facing society and align with UD’s strategic priorities. In the past, grants have been primarily in the fields of engineering and the natural and physical sciences. However, any proposal that uses scientific methods and promises potential of future externally sponsored funding is eligible. Teams must include at least one tenured faculty member and one untenured, tenure-track faculty member. Any untenured, tenure track faculty Principal Investigator who has previously received a UDRF-SI grant is not eligible. Collaborating tenured faculty who have received UDRF and/or UDRF SI funding in the past are eligible. Eligible faculty may apply to both the UDRF and UDRF-SI programs in a calendar year. However, only one award may be received per calendar year.

 

UDRF-SI Deadlines

Deadline Date (EST Time Zone): 10/29/2021 11:45PM

UDRF-SI proposals and approved webforms are due to the Research Office by October 29, 2021. The following schedule has been established to ensure proper review and submission.

  • October 29, 2021: Proposal Deadline
  • January 31, 2022: Awards Announced
  • February 1, 2022: Funding Available

 

Proposal Evaluation

The primary purpose of the research grant is to further the professional development of the recipients and to advance the University’s strategic initiatives. Selection for funding will be based on:

  • Intellectual Merit: Does the proposal encompass the potential to advance knowledge in their domain which must be in one of President's initiative areas? (40%)
  • Collaboration: Does the proposal require the expertise of both collaborators? Does the proposal enable each investigator to do novel work as a result of the proposed collaboration that they could not do alone? (20%)
  • Mentoring Plan: Does the proposal include a substantive mentoring plan? (10%)
  • Likelihood of completion in 1-2 years (10%)
  • Likelihood of Future External Funding (20%)
    Does the proposal include clear achievable goals within the proposal timeline which will likely lead to new external funding.

 

Proposal

PROJECT BUDGET

The typical UDRF-SI proposal budget is $45,000 of which $30,000 can be requested from the sponsor with an additional $5,000 in match from the College Dean(s) and $10,000 from the Provost. If a larger amount is requested (up to $60,000) the proposal should specifically address the need, benefits, and impact of a larger budget request.

Summer salary for faculty is not an allowable expense for Strategic Initiatives grants. Allowable budget items include graduate student or technical assistance, equipment, supplies, travel, etc. However, support of graduate student tuition is prohibited. Facilities and administrative (F&A) costs are not permissible on UDRF-SI awards.

All budgets should be prepared with the understanding that budget changes exceeding 25% of the total award and re-budgeting of funds into categories not in the original budget (e.g., equipment, foreign travel) are subject to prior approval by the Research Office. Requests for re-budgeting must be submitted using the Request for Re-budgeting form Request for Re-budgeting form to the Research Office and should include the reason for and details about the request and potential impact on the originally proposed work.

PROPOSAL DURATION

UDRF Strategic Initiatives grants are awarded for up to 2 years, February 1 through January 31. The proposal period may be extended only when circumstances warrant. Requests for no-cost extensions must be made in writing to the Research Office at least 30 days prior to the grant end date.

PROPOSAL COMPONENTS & FORMATTING

All UDRF-SI proposals require matching funds from the Principal Investigator’s (PI) College and the Provost's Office as described above. The program description should be clear to a reviewer with a technical/scientific background, but who may not be an expert in the field.

All attachments to the online application should be prepared using one-inch margins and Times New Roman 11- point font. Proposals not adhering to this requirement will not be considered by the review committee.

AWARD ADMINISTRATION

University of Delaware Research Foundation grants are awarded on the basis of eligibility and merit and administered by the UD Research Office. Proposals are screened for eligibility by the university and each proposal must have a match from the Dean of the College and the Provost. Evaluations of merit and award recommendations are made by the UDRF Research Committee, which is composed of engineers and scientists from the private sector in the region. The UDRF Board of Trustees makes the final award decisions at one of its semi-annual meetings.

The university's patent, copyright, and publication policies, which can be found in the Faculty Handbook, apply to research conducted under a UDRF-SI grant. Projects conducted under a UDRF-SI award must comply with the University Research, Sponsored Programs, Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Policies as found on the General Counsel webpage.

Required Approvals: If proposed research includes involvement of human living subjects or private identifiable data, and/or the use of non-human vertebrate animals, the research protocol must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board, or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, respectively prior to the expenditures of any UDRF-SI funds.

Submission

Interested and qualified faculty should complete the online application found here.

  1. Fill in all applicable fields in the online application and the required template. Template has space to include a two-page CVs, references, Current and Pending support, and other information required to complete the proposal.
  2. Applications must be submitted by 11:45PM on October 29, 2021.

Terms & Conditions

UDRF-SI grants are made with the following understandings. Acceptance of the award includes acceptance of these understandings.

  1. Acceptance signifies intent to continue at the University for the duration of the proposal period.
  2. The University exercises no direction or supervision over the details of the research or activities to be performed, but it does require adherence to the original objectives and purposes of the grant. It also requires that a report on the proposal be submitted to the Research Office, no later than ninety (90) days after the end date of the grant. A format for reports may be dowloaded here. Each grantee is required to furnish one copy of any resulting papers, books, or other publications to the University Library through the Research Office.
  3. Every publication directly resulting from a research grant must include an acknowledgment that the research was carried out with the support of the University of Delaware Research Foundation.
  4. Unless arrangements to the contrary have been included in the proposal as accepted, financial income derived from the project will be returned to the University, up to the amount of the award. This is not meant to conflict with University policies on patents, copyrights, and publications.

Post Award

POST AWARD

Awarded grants will be assigned an award and purpose code for proposal expenditures. Successful awards will need to be input into PeopleSoft by PI’s department administrator for tracking and reporting purposes. Detailed instructions will follow. Future correspondence and report follow-up should include the purpose code. All proposals funded at a level different than proposed, must provide a revised budget before the purpose code may be established.

Re-budgeting Requests

Budget changes exceeding 25% of the total award and re-budgeting of funds into categories not in the original budget (e.g., equipment, foreign travel) are subject to prior approval by the Research Office. Requests for re-budgeting must be submitted on the Request for Re-budgeting form Request for Re-budgeting form to the UD Research Office.

No-Cost Extension Requests

Requests for no-cost extensions must be made in writing to the Research Office Research Office at least 30 days prior to the grant end date. Requests should include the reason for and the duration of the extension.

UDRF COVID-19 Grad Initiative

UDRF Grant Initiative to Support Graduate Research Interrupted by COVID-19

In addition to grants in direct support of faculty research, the Board of Trustees of the University of Delaware Research Foundation (UDRF), based on the recommendation of the UD Research Office, has approved funding to extend support for graduate student research interrupted by COVID-19. This program will provide an opportunity for a limited number of graduate students to receive a one semester stipend and supplies (up to $15,000 maximum per student) to carry out research with faculty that was interrupted due to pandemic shutdowns. Graduate students must be working and drawing a stipend on current, active UDRF or UDRF-SI grants. Preference will be given to students near completion of their degree. Funds will be available at the start of the Fall 2020 semester.

Application Deadlines:

Interested faculty should submit a cover page and a one-page project summary by July 1, 2020.

Submission Requirements:

  • Cover Page: Active UDRF/SI Project title, PI name and contact information, graduate student’s name and contact, and student’s original and anticipated date of graduation. It should also include the amount requested and the proposed use of the funds.
  • Summary Page: Scope of work being conducted by the graduate student, and a justification for the stipend including consequences of interruption to conclusion of research and graduation caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

Please email your two-page proposal to researchdev@udel.edu. We anticipate the notification of awards by end of July 2020.

 


 

Chemours

Chemours Discovery Research Award

The University of Delaware and Chemours Company, LLC, invite applications for research proposals to be carried out by UD principal investigators on topics of broad interest to Chemours. Projects should have the potential to advance the industries in which Chemours participates or to lead to new Chemours products. An information session regarding the call was held and the recording can be accessed here. Specific topics for 2021 call are:

 

Sustainable Solutions

Sustainable Solutions

Recycling involving TiO2 containing materials Chemours Titanium Technologies (TT) is interested in supporting research that would fundamentally advance the ability to recycle polymer composites and complex paint matrices containing titanium dioxide in a practical manner. Topics include advances in strategies related to the detection of different composite compositions for advanced sorting technologies, advances in particle and chemical separation science as well as particle reclamation technologies. Research that integrates science and policy to move towards the preferred use of socially-responsible recycle-friendly composites and paint technologies is also of interest.

Thermal Reflectivity TiO2 is an excellent scatterer of both visible and Infrared (IR) radiation and so has an opportunity to decrease the energy load of cooling buildings in summer months. In certain situations, consumers prefer dark colors, rather than the lighter colors traditionally used for cool buildings. Here visible reflectivity is not desired while high IR reflectivity is. Chemours TT interests in this area are (a) how to modify TiO2 to increase IR reflectance while decreasing visible reflectance and (b) how to quantify, in the field, the cooling effect of such a pigment. Chemours is seeking interest in both material and test development in this area.

Carbon-Capture/conversion Chemours intends to become carbon positive by 2050. Embracing new technologies is one strategy towards achieving this goal. Chemours TT is interested in supporting the development of advanced carbon capture and/or carbon conversion technologies that have the potential for pragmatic utility at industrial plant sites.

Advanced Remediation Technologies Chemours TT is interested in supporting research efforts that could lead to breakthroughs in remediation technologies for difficult to destroy compounds. New technologies for the destruction of persistent organic pollutants (e.g., PCBs) that are potentially scalable and offer practical advantages over existing methods (e.g., energy savings, sustainability, and pragmatic considerations) are desired.

Recycling of fluoropolymers back to monomers Chemours Advanced Performance Materials (APM) is interested in the catalytic chemical conversion of fluoropolymers to reactive fluorinated monomers. Research efforts toward realizing this technology are desired.

Atmospheric Science Chemours Thermal and Specialty Solutions (TSS) is creating a better world by bringing to market low-global warming potential (GWP) (zero Ozone Depleting Potential) technologies (e.g. hydrofluoroolefins) that have wide-ranging uses in thermal management – from heating and cooling your home and automobile, to serving as next generation technologies in semicon etchants, dielectric fluids, vehicle electrification, to name but a few. However, a better understanding the environmental fate of such technologies as pertaining to atmospheric interaction and subsequent degradation is of interest. Research programs aimed at further developing this area is desired.

Advance Materials

Advanced Materials

Catalysts Chemours TT is interested in research that advances the basic science related to the identification and selection of titanium oxide materials for catalyst applications. This also includes applications where titanium oxide is used as a support for atomically precise catalyst applications. Research including but not necessarily limited to reduced titanium oxides (e.g., black TiO2) is encouraged.

Energy Chemours TT is interested in advancing the basic science related to the use of titanium oxides, doped titanium oxides, reduced titanium oxides, or byproducts of the TiO2 manufacturing process in clean energy and energy storage applications. Applications include but are not limited to solar hydrogen conversion, lithium ion batteries and thermal storage technologies.

Electronic Materials hemours TT is interested in basic science supporting emerging applications of titanium oxides for next generation solid state electronics. Materials of interest include titanium oxides, doped titanium oxides, titanium oxide composites, and structured titanium oxide materials for a range of applications, including field modulation, spintronics, optoelectronics, processing/fabrication aids.

Advanced Polymer Materials Projects looking at structure property relationships, advanced fluoropolymer processing, coextrusion, 3D printing, doping of polymer matrices for refractive index gradients, etc. We are very interested in learning more about the properties of materials processed with new techniques. Polymers films with controlled refractive indexes. Controlling polymer interfaces are also of interest.

Non-Fluorinated Extrusion Process Aid. Chemours markets Viton™ FreeFlow™ to increase operational efficiency of extrusion and blown film production lines. FreeFlow™ is comprised of Viton™ fluoroelastomer, optionally blended with other polymers for synergistic benefit. There is a strong market interest in non-fluorinated extrusion process aids with performance similar to fluoroelastomer-based products.

Alternative Coagents Viton™ Advanced Polymer Architecture (APA) polymers are fluoroelastomers produced using living iodo polymerization technology. APA polymers are currently crosslinked with peroxide initiator and triallylisocyanurate (TAIC) coagent. Due to potential regulatory phase-out of TAIC, there is a market need to develop alternative coagents which are more sustainable and offer properties similar to TAIC.

Data Science

Data Science

Advances in Data Mining-aided Solid-state Materials Discovery and Optimization Chemours TT is interested in the further development of techniques, tools, and approaches that facilitate data mining-aided materials discovery for applications in the catalyst, energy storage and/or electronic materials areas. Methods and strategies that enable efficient learning from a limited number of training sets for quantitive structure property relationship models are desired.

Innovative uses of data science to support the TT business Chemours TT is interested in exploring the use of data science techniques proven in other areas for potential applications in areas of interest for the Titanium Technology business. An engagement on this topic is planned for June 21, 2021.

Building structure property predictive models for fluoropolymers Chemours APM is interested in efforts that would help develop models for predicting a variety of properties (TG, TM, refractive index, physical properties, etc) of fluoropolymers based on monomer composition and molecular weight. Both top-down and bottom up approaches are welcome. The application of experimental data (provided by Chemours APM) to train, refine and hone the model is anticipated.

Advanced Analytical Measurements

Advanced Analytical Measurements

Surface Heterogeneity in Particle Systems Rapid characterization techniques for identifying and quantifying surface chemistry and surface structure distributions for sub-micrometer particles at is an unmet need in industry. Chemours TT is interested in efforts that push the limits and state-of-the-art in surface characterization.

Techniques for characterizing large-scale particle assemblies New techniques for characterizing particle assemblies that provide meaningful and quantifiable morphological insights for structures comprising hundreds to millions of particles are desired. Many of Chemours TT processes and products rely on the development of long-range structure, however few characterization methods are available to efficiently characterize these systems at the length-scales required while maintaining the necessary resolution (often in the nanoscale). Chemours is interested in supporting the development of new tools that have the potential characterize particle agglomerate structure in dense slurries/pastes/wet cakes and/or in powders. These tools may characterize the particles themselves or the states of continuum between the particles (e.g., fluid structure, pore tortuosity).

Liquid-Liquid Equilibria Measurements The Chemours Thermal and Specialty Solutions Business carries out a wide range of thermodynamic property measurement and determination to power our modeling capabilities and inform our new product design pipeline. A specific need is LLE (Liquid-Liquid Equilibria) measurement. Analytical capabilities and research in this area are desired.

Advances in Mass Spectroscopy and related analyses Chemours APM and TSS desire techniques for non-targeted analysis of fluorinated components at sub-PPM level. We need these in a variety of media, aqueous, polymeric, gas streams, etc.

Sustainable Phase Transfer Catalysts (PTC) Viton™ fluoroelastomers crosslinked with bisphenols and metal oxides require a PTC to accelerate the crosslinking reaction. Benzyltriphenylphosphonium chloride (BTPPC) is commonly used for this purpose. Tetrabutylammonium bromide (TBABr) is also used for this purpose, and additionally is an excellent adhesion promoter for overmolding metal parts such as shaft seals. Due to potential regulatory phase-out of BTPPC and TBABr, there is a market need to develop alternative PTCs which are more sustainable and offer properties similar to existing products.

Novel Synthesis Routes

Novel Synthesis Routes

New Synthetic Approaches or New Catalysts This could lead to improved method to make our current suite of products or new HFOs we may consider commercializing. Specifically, catalyst development to couple RfCHCl2 (instead of RfCCl3) in vapor phase with H2 to efficiently make dihydro-internal fluorinated olefins is of interest. General focus would be on finding a catalyst or catalytic system for dehydrogenation (removal of two vicinal hydrogens) from polyfluoroalkanes, such as CF3CH2CH2CF3, CF3CFHCFHC2F5 (or higher homologs) as a new synthetic strategy for the preparation of HFO’s of perfluoroolefins. Despite the fact, that dehydrogenation is well known and quite popular method of generation of C=C bond in classical (and industrial) organic chemistry, this method is basically not known for preparation of fluorinated unsaturated compounds, in sharp contrast to dehydrofluorination or dehalogenation.

New and Innovative Synthesis Routes For the scalable production of titanium oxide materials or titanium metal are of constant interest to Chemours TT.


 

TWO-STAGE REVIEW PROCESS
  1. Pre-Proposal. Interested applicants should email the project template to researchdev@udel.edu by September 30, 2021. The summary should include a brief abstract, summary of the scope of work and an estimated budget. The scope of work should have sufficient detail for reviewers to determine the novelty and feasibility of the research and its relationship to at least one of the topics listed above.

    We anticipate that the initial review and comments will be provided to applicants on or around October 15, 2021.

  2. Full Proposals. Those pre-proposals deemed meritorious and aligned with the scope of this proposal call will be invited to submit a full proposal.  Full proposals are due by November 15, 2021.  Full proposals are limited to three-pages and must include an abstract, list of key personnel, a statement of work, budget and budget justification.  10% of the budget should be allocated to facilities and administrative costs.  Cost sharing is not permitted.

    Award decisions are anticipated by December 10, 2021.

 

Eligibility: Applicants must be eligible to serve as a principal investigator on a UD-sponsored agreement.

Funding: Maximum of $100,000 for a one-year award.

Contact for questions and help:The Research Development Office (researchdev@udel.edu) or Anshuman Razdan “AR” (razdan@udel.edu). If you have a technical question for Chemours, please email Jenn or AR and they will route it to appropriate people at Chemours

Patents and Licensing:
In the event that the University considers inventions to warrant patent protection, the University may procure and maintain at its own expense patents in the U.S. and foreign countries on inventions made solely by University personnel or jointly with Chemours personnel, which arise from research carried out under this Agreement. University will own the patents relating to any such invention for which it procures patent protection. For jointly-made inventions, Chemours and Chemours personnel will assign all rights to such invention to the University. The university will provide copies of all patent applications to Chemours promptly after filing.

In the event that the University does not procure patents for inventions made solely by University personnel or jointly with Chemours personnel, which arise from research carried out under this Agreement, Chemours may procure and maintain patents at its own expense in the U.S. and foreign countries for such inventions and Chemours will own such patents, i.e., either The Chemours Company FC, LLC or The Chemours Company TT, LLC as determined by Chemours. Chemours grants to the University a nonexclusive, noncommercial, nontransferable, royalty-free license for teaching and research efforts under patents obtained by Chemours under this agreement.

For questions/information about this opportunity, contact

University of Delaware
Anshuman Razdan ("AR")

Chemours Points of Contact
Scott Brown — Titanium Technologies
Aaron Minter — Thermal and Specialized Solutions
Tim Hopkins — Advanced Performance Materials

 

DOE

University of Delaware – Argonne National Laboratory Seed Grant 2020

The University of Delaware (UD) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) invited researchers from both institutions to attend a daylong workshop on Tuesday, November 21, 2019. Participants had an opportunity to give a lightening talk and brainstorm about research directions in the breakout sessions. Keynote talks and Lightening Talk slides can be found at the UD/ANL Workshop’s website. The workshop focus was on five areas of significant research synergy between the two institutions:

Upcycling of polystyrene waste to organic electronics for energy storage

  • Quantum Science
  • 3D Manufacturing/ Materials
  • AI/ Data Science
  • Polymer Lifecycle
  • Interface Science



University of Delaware – Brookhaven National Laboratory Seed Grant 2019

The University of Delaware (UD) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) supported a research effort to promote scientific excellence achieved through collaborations benefitting students, staff, their science and generate preliminary results leading to externally sponsored funding.


 

 

RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT

Anshuman Razdan, PhD
Associate Vice President
for Research Development

Jennifer Doran
Administrative Assistant
Ph: (302) 831-6703

COMMUNICATIONS
David Barczak
Communications Manager
Ph: (302) 831-8169

FUNDING / LIMITED SUBMISSIONS
The Research Development Office
Research Development Director
Ph: (302) 831-7088

EDUCATION / TRAINING
Jennifer Roth
Research Education Coordinator
Ph: (302) 831-3777

TECHNOLOGY
John McMillan
Computing Support Specialist
Ph: (302) 831-8621

 

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