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
Leigh Botner lbotner@UDel.Edu
(302) 831-2136

Upcoming

RESEARCH OFFICE SEED GRANTS

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Chemours
Discovery Research Award

DEADLINE:
January 15, 2019
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General University Research Grants

DEADLINE:
November 19, 2018
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UD Research
Foundation

DEADLINE:
January 21, 2019
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UD Research Foundation Strategic Initiatives

DEADLINE:
Summer 2019 (TBD)
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Unidel Early
Stage Start-Up

DEADLINE:
November 5, 2018

Additional Campus Seed Grants

These grants are operated by other units on campus. Visit these links for deadlines and application requirements.

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 November 1 to April 30 (18-month 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 Leigh Botner via email at lbotner@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 lbotner@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 provide the following information:

  • Identify the previously unbudgeted expenditure and the estimated cost
  • Justify how the expenditure relates to the specific aims as outlined in the original research plan

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

Please see your Department Administrator.

11. Questions about Internal Grant Opportunities?

Please contact Leigh Botner, Research Development Director, Research Office.

UD Research Office Opportunities Program Overviews

GUR

General University Research Program (GUR)

The University of Delaware provides for assistance to full-time tenure track faculty for individual research and professional development through “General University Research (GUR) Grants.” The main purpose of the GUR program is to assist untenured, tenure- track, early career faculty members with research, scholarly or creative projects. 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. GUR grants are awarded primarily in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Proposals involving interdisciplinary research are especially encouraged.

GUR Application Deadline

November 19, 2018

 

GUR PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Eligibility Requirements

All full-time tenure track 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. An investigator will not be considered for a second or later award unless at least three years have elapsed since the most recent award. Applicants who have received a GUR anytime between June 2015 and June 2017 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 the required project report for a GUR award made prior to June 2015.

 

GUR Deadlines

Begin Accepting Applications Date: 07/10/2018
Deadline Date (EST Time Zone): 11/19/2018 5:00PM

GUR proposals are due in the Research Office by November 19, 2018. The following schedule has been established to ensure proper review and submission.

  • November 19, 2018: "Preview Application" copy of the full proposal and webform to be received by the Research Office
  • November 26, 2018: Research Office approval by C & G
  • November 29, 2018: Faculty given permission to hit "Final Review and Submit" by Research Office
  • March 31, 2019: Awards Announced
  • April 1, 2019: Funding Available

In accordance with standard UD operating procedures, RO Contract & Grant Specialists (C&G) require a minimum of 72 hours to review and approve proposals.

Application

The primary purpose of the research grant is to advance the scholarship or creative activities of the recipient. Research projects or creative activities that meet this goal and also provide graduate student support and training opportunities are considered most favorably. Proposals are reviewed on the following criteria:

  • Significance of the problem/quality of the idea
  • Adequacy of the research plan
  • Justification of resources/appropriateness of timeline
  • Promise of development/potential of outside funding

In evaluating proposals, the Faculty Senate Research Committee utilizes the following guidelines:

  1. The first priority of the GUR program is to assist untenured, tenure-track, early career faculty members with research, scholarly or creative projects.
  2. Special consideration will be given to projects which:
    • Are not sufficiently developed (in terms of the project or the reputation of the investigator) to justify support from outside sponsors, where appropriate.
    • Promises to expand scholarly endeavors and increase future productivity.
    • Would have difficulty in obtaining outside support (e.g., due to the small budget or specialized nature of the work).
    • Require additional support to complete an ongoing project.
  3. Requests for funds to cover fees to attend research institutes or other formal research or study programs will also be considered by the committee. Support will vary according to the length of the institute and the amount of financial aid available to the applicant from the sponsor of the institute.

General University Research 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. Untenured tenure­track Assistant Professors are given priority over senior faculty projects. Evaluations of merit and award recommendations are made by the University's Faculty Senate Research Committee. The college recommendations are shared with the committee and used to determine relevance to the field and overall quality. Final determination of awards is made by the Vice President for Research Scholarship and Innovation and is based on funding availability and notice of award.

The 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). Membership to the committee is restricted to established and active researchers. Four members are chosen from the arts, humanities and social sciences and four from the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics.

Submission

FACULTY PROCEDURES
  1. Interested faculty should reach out to their department administrator for assistance with the submission process. Click here to find your Departmental Administrator and Contract & Grant Specialist.
  2. Faculty should provide their applicable Departmental Administrator with a budget and budget justification so that a record in UD's Grant Management System, PeopleSoft (PS) may be initiated. A FIN Proposal Approval Summary (PAS) webform is not required at this step.
  3. Faculty should then complete the online application available through this portal. Faculty will need their PS record number to apply. (Note: The on line application will not populate with PS information until a budget has been provided in PS.) Once completed, faculty should click "Preview Application" and print a copy for their Department Administrator who will update the PeopleSoft record and route approvals through FIN Proposal Approval Summary(PAS} webform, per standard UD operating procedures. The PS information will be used to generate the award, should the proposal be approved for funding by the University.
  4. After the proposal has been submitted to the UD Grants Management System and administratively reviewed by the Research Office, the faculty member will be given permission to click "Final Review & Submit." Then the application will be made available to the UDRF Research Committee for review.
CHAIR/DEAN PROCEDURES
  1. Chairs are asked to forward their comments to their applicable Dean following previously established college procedures. All approvals should be documented on the PAS webform.
  2. Deans are asked to prepare the College Overview of Submissions sheet by adding comments on the relevance of the research in the field and overall quality rating for each proposal. The College Overview is then forwarded via E-mail to research-gur@udel.edu.
DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATOR PROCEDURES

Departmental Administrator guidance for using "UD's Grants Management System" is available on the Training page 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: RSCH6- University Sponsored Research
  3. Budget:
    • Requested amount entered as direct costs
    • Applicable cost share entered from department and/or college.
    • F&A Pricing Setup
      a) Choose Industrial Research On Campus for the rate type and overwrite the F&A rate to zero
      b) Pricing Method should be FIXED
    • 1% effort is not required as cost share for PIs
  4. Upload the single PDF full proposal file under the Attachments tab using the following naming convention: ProposallD_Other.
  5. Routing of PAS is to include Pl, Department Chair, College Dean and OSP, per standard procedures.

Proposal

PROJECT BUDGET

The maximum budget is $15,000 and will be approved on the basis of individual merit. Budgets may support such costs as technical assistance, equipment, supplies, travel, and graduate student salaries. The maximum total budget allocation for salaries is $5,000. Project budgets should include applicable external fringe benefit rates for personnel other than the Principal Investigator (Pl). Inclusion of summer stipends for principal investigators, matching faculty academic time or student research assistant stipends is permitted. GUR grants may not be used to support or publish advanced-degree theses of the principal investigators.

In general, the committee is willing to consider a wide variety of specific budgetary requests as long as 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. Budget justifications should include the personnel line as well as the justification for any funds requested for the principal investigator. 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 10% 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. Requests for re-budgeting must be submitted on the Request for Re-budgeting form to the UD Research Office.

NOTE: For tax purposes, stipends for principal investigators on GUR grants are considered to be 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 of the 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, June 1 through May 31. Recipients are expected to devote a large 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 grant period may be extended by the Vice President for Research, Scholarship and Innovation (or Research Office designee) if unusual circumstances warrant, but recipients are encouraged to complete the research on schedule and then use the results as the basis of a proposal to external agencies. Requests for no-cost extensions must be made in writing to the Research Office. Requests should include the reason for and the duration of the extension. Additional information regarding how to request no-cost extensions may be found on the Frequently Asked Questions under Internal Grants.

PROPOSAL COMPONENTS & FORMATTING

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. Applications are evaluated by reviewers from a wide range of disciplines; therefore, applicants are encouraged either to avoid the use of jargon and highly technical terms or to define key terms in their proposals. Applicants are strongly encouraged to use the Suggestions for Preparing a Successful GUR Proposal as a guide for preparing the application.

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 Institutional Review Board (IRB), or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) 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 an "Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee"(IACUC), which is constituted according to the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Additional information is available at https://research.udel.edu/forms-policies-procedures/ under the Animal Subjects in Research Category.

Post Award

Awarded grants will be assigned an award and purpose code for project 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 Requests

Budget changes exceeding 10% 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 RO. Requests for re-budgeting must be submitted on the 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 . Requests should include the reason for and the duration of the extension. Additional information regarding how to request no-cost extensions may be found on the Frequently Asked Questions under Internal Grants.

Understandings

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 of the project be submitted to the Research Office (research-gur@udel.edu) no later than ninety (90) days after the end date of the grant. A format for reports on "Template - GUR Final Report" may be found here. Each grantee is rquired 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 "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.

2017 GUR RECIPIENTS
  • Investigating Urbanization Pressures on Soil Carbon, Nitrogen, and Microbial Community Composition Under Different Tree Species — Tara Trammell, Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Music: Clarinet Recording — Christopher Nichols, Arts & Sciences
  • Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and Its Impact on the Pattern of Textile and Apparel Production and Trade in the Asia-Pacific Region — Sheng Lu, Arts & Sciences
  • A Stated Preference Survey to Model Patient Behavior During a Biological Outbreak — Sue McNeil, Arts & Sciences
  • Noah’s Arkive: Adventures in Groundless Reading from the Beginning to the End of Time — Julian Yates, Arts & Sciences
  • The Death of Things: Ephemera in America — Sarah Wasserman, Arts & Sciences
  • Literary Things: Material Culture and the Performance of Popular Literature in the Atlantic World, 1700-1900 — Martin Brueckner, Arts & Sciences
  • How Experiences of Discrimination Impact the Civic and Political Engagement of Muslim-Americans — Abdol-Razagh Oskooii, Arts & Sciences
  • Contraceptive Sterilization in the US: The Role of Race/Ethnicity — Mieke Eeckhaut, Arts & Sciences
  • Digital Inputs and Outputs to Create Objects that Reflect Their Design in Virtual Space — Edward Winn, Arts & Sciences
  • The Internet of Things (IoT): Internet-Connection of “Smart Devices” Serving the Needs of Users — Ashley Pigford, Arts & Sciences
  • GUR Bailes — Lauren Bailes, Education & Human Development
  • Empowering Teachers to Improve Algebra Instruction — Erica Litke, Education & Human Development
  • GUR BARNES — Tia Barnes, Education & Human Development
  • The Effect of Cultural Similarity on Mergers and Acquisitions: Evidence From Corporate Social Responsibility — Frederick Bereskin, Lerner College of Business & Economics
  • Targeting Norovirus on Cruise Ships and Recommendations for Food Safety Improvement — Jing Ma, Lerner College of Business & Economics
  • Impacts of Social Influence on Consumer Consideration Set Formation and Choice — Gang Wang, Lerner College of Business & Economics

UDRF

University of Delaware Research Foundation (UDRF)

The UDRF is a private corporation, chartered in 1955, to support UD research. Early career, untenured, and tenure-track faculty in the sciences and engineering are eligible for annual grants of up to $25,000. Awards include $15,000 in UDRF funding, which is matched by $5,000 from the provost and $5,000 from the awardee’s respective dean. UDRF awards seed funding on a competitive basis to researchers early in their careers which is enhanced by the Office of the Provost and the researcher’s college dean.

UDRF Application Deadline

January 21, 2019

 

UDRF PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Eligibility Requirements

UDRF will support high-quality engineering and scientific research projects by early-career, untenured, tenure-track faculty. Grants are primarily in the fields of engineering and the natural and physical sciences. However, any proposal that uses scientific methods and promises quantitative results is eligible for a grant regardless of academic focus or departments. Grants will not be awarded to tenured faculty. Previous recipients of UDRF grants are not eligible to apply for additional UDRF grant support at this time. Faculty may apply and receive both a UDRF and UDRF-SI grant. However, only one award may be received per calendar year.

 

UDRF Deadlines

Begin Accepting Applications Date: 7/10/2018
Deadline Date (EST Time Zone): 1/21/2019 5:00PM

UDRF proposals are due in the Research Office by January 21, 2019. The following schedule has been established to ensure proper review and submission.

  • January 21, 2019: "Preview Application" copy of the full proposal and webform to be received by the Research Office
  • January 24, 2019: Research Office approval by C & G
  • January 29, 2019: Faculty given permission to hit "Final Review and Submit" by Research Office
  • March 31, 2019: Awards Announced
  • April 1, 2019: Funding Available

In accordance with standard UD operating procedures, RO Contract & Grant Specialists (C&G) require a minimum of 72 hours to review and approve proposals.

Application

The primary purpose of the research grant is to further the professional development of the recipient. In order to be selected for funding, the proposal must:

  • Be an original contribution (20%)
  • Be an important contribution (20%)
  • Be something the faculty member might be expected to complete in 1-2 years (20%)
  • Lead to significant, continuing funding by outside sources (e.g. NIH, NSF, DoE, DoD, USDA, State, Foundations, Private Sector, etc.) (30%)
  • Have clarity of presentation (10%)

Submission

FACULTY PROCEDURES
  1. Interested faculty should reach out to their department administrator for assistance with the submission process. Click here to find your Departmental Administrator and Contract & Grant Specialist.
    1. Click on For Researchers
    2. Click on Staff Directory
    3. Select your Department by scrolling down the right-hand blue box
  2. Faculty should provide their applicable Departmental Administrator with a budget and budget justification so that a record in UD's Grant Management System, PeopleSoft (PS) may be initiated. A FIN Proposal Approval Summary (PAS) webform is not required at this step.
  3. Faculty should then complete the online application available here. Faculty will need their PS record number to apply. (Note: The online application will not populate with PS information until a budget has been provided in PS.) Once completed, faculty should click "Preview Application" and print a copy for their Department Administrator who will update the PeopleSoft record and route approvals through FIN Proposal Approval Summary(PAS) webform, per standard UD operating procedures. The PS information will be used to generate the award, should the proposal be approved for funding by the University.
  4. After the proposal has been submitted to the UD Grants Management System and administratively reviewed by the Research Office, the faculty member will be given permission to click "Final Review & Submit." Then the application will be made available to the UDRF Research Committee for review.
DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATOR PROCEDURES

Departmental Administrator guidance for using "UD's Grants Management System" is available on the training page 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:
    • $25,000 (from UDRF) entered as direct costs
    • $5,000 (from the Provost Office) - entered as cost share from department #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 appropriate College Dean.
    • F&A Pricing Setup
      a) Choose Industrial Research On Campus for the rate type and overwrite the F&A rate to zero
      b) Pricing Method should be FIXED
    • 1% effort is not required as cost share for PIs
  4. Upload the single PDF full proposal file under the Attachments tab using the following naming convention: ProposalID_Other
  5. Routing of PAS is to include Pl, Department Chair, College Dean and OSP, per standard procedures.

Proposal

PROJECT BUDGET

The typical project budget is $35,000 of which $25,000 can be requested from the sponsor with an additional $5,000 each in match from the Provost and the respective College Dean. Special circumstances that warrant additional personnel may be addressed and larger budget amounts will be considered on rare occasions. Budget items may include up to one month of summer salary for the principal investigator, subject to the limitations described below. Other costs covered include graduate student or technical assistance, equipment, supplies, travel, etc. Support of graduate students is generally accorded higher priority than other budget categories. However, support of graduate student tuition is prohibited. There are no indirect costs associated with the UDRF awards.

The stipend for the principal investigator is limited to $5,000, or one-ninth of the academic year salary, whichever is less. Fringe benefits are not included for principal investigators with nine-month appointments but may be required for other salaries.

All budgets should be prepared with the understanding that budget changes exceeding 10% 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. Requests for re-budgeting must be submitted on the Request for Re-budgeting form.

PROJECT DURATION

UDRF grants are awarded for up to two years, June 1 through May 31. The project period may be extended when circumstances warrant. Requests for no-cost extensions must be made in writing to the Research Office. Requests should include the reason for and the duration of the extension.

PROPOSAL COMPONENTS & FORMATTING

All UDRF proposals require matching funds from the Principal Investigator's (Pl) College and the Provost's Office. The Executive Summary should provide an overview of the scientific scope of the project and potential sources of future funding for the program. 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 Research Committee of the UDRF.

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 area. The UDRF Board of Trustees makes the final award decisions at its annual meeting.

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 as found on the University's General Counsel Page.

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 (IRB), or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) respectively prior to the expenditures of any UDRF funds.

Post Award

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 area. The UDRF Board of Trustees makes the final award decisions at its annual meeting.

Re-budgeting Requests

Budget changes exceeding 10% 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 RO. Requests for re-budgeting must be submitted on the 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. Requests should include the reason for and the duration of the extension.

Understandings

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

  1. Grants are awarded to early career, untenured, tenure-track faculty members of the University. Acceptance signifies intent to continue at the university for the duration of the project 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 project 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 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.
  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.

2017 AWARD RECIPIENTS
  • Using an In Vitro System to Identify Interactions Between Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) — Amy Biddle, AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCE
  • Urban Forests Predict Impact of Global Change and Plant Invasion on Future Forest Ecosystem Services — Tara Trammell, AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCE
  • Small Molecule Activation with Bimetallic Complexes — Eric Bloch, ARTS & SCIENCES
  • Study of Spatial Networks VIA Graph Limits — Mahya Ghandehari, ARTS & SCIENCES
  • Understanding the Impact of Economic Incentives at Farmers Markets for Low-Income Shoppers — Allison Karpyn, EDUCATION & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
  • Self-Weighing’s Psychological Effects: A Randomized Controlled Trial Using Ecological Momentary Assessment — Carly Pacanowski, HEALTH SCIENCES
  • Development and Testing of Wearable Technology to Promote Early Movement and Cognition — Michele Lobo, HEALTH SCIENCES
  • Determining the Molecular Origin of Osteoporotic Fracture — Md Hossain, ENGINEERING
  • A Low-Temperature Thermochemical Cycle for Water and CO2 Splitting — Bingjun Xu, ENGINEERING
  • Thermal Transport in 2D Hybrid Perovskites — Joseph Feser, ENGINEERING
  • Investigating Statistical Learning in Children with ASD Across Linguistic and Non-Linguistic Domains — Zhenghan Qi, ARTS & SCIENCES
  • Guillot Efficient Design of Uniqueness Sets for Band-Limited Signals on Networks — Dominique Guillot, ARTS & SCIENCES
  • Development Inspired Design: Directed Self-Assembly of Vascular Tissues — Jason Gleghorn, ENGINEERING
PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

2016 UDRF RECIPIENTS

2016 Recipients
  • UDRF COWPERTHWAIT 2016 – 2018 — Amy Cowperthwait, College of Health Sciences
  • UDRF GUILLOT 16-18 — Dominique Guillot, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Accelerated magnetic resonance elastography of the brain — Curtis Johnson, College of Engineering
  • Identifying The Role Of Chondrogenesis, Driven By Fibroblast Growth Factor 18, In Tendon-to-Bone Attachment Maturation and Healing — Megan Killian, College of Engineering
  • Development of a Scalable Method for Identifying Dietary Clusters in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey using MapReduce — Mia Papas, College of Health Sciences
  • UDRF PARK 16-17 — Junguen Park, College of Arts & Sciences
  • UDRF: REINFORCEMENT LEARNING IN SPEECH MOTOR CONTROL — PARRELL — Benajmin Parrell, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Sedentary behavior and Cardiovascular Disease: Using Big Data to Quantify the Role of Sedentary Behavior In Predicting Cardiovascular Disease — Freda Patterson, College of Health Sciences
  • Understanding Changes in Precipitation Seasonality in the Tropics — Sara Rauscher, College of Earth, Ocean & Environment
  • UDRF RIZZOLO 16-18 — Douglas Rizzolo, College of Arts & Sciences
  • High-power MRI-compatible haptics to study brainstem correlates of post-stroke spasticity — Fabrizio Sergi, College of Engineering

2015 UDRF RECIPIENTS

2015 Recipients
  • Development Of An Innovative Mass Vaccine Administration Method For Poultry — Hong Li, Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Investigating Neural Control Of Social Communication In Mouse Models Of Autism — Joshua Neunuebel, Arts & Sciences
  • Novel Mechanisms Of Pathogen Survival In Human Cells — Maria Neunuebel, Arts & Sciences
  • Evaluation Of Change In Viscoelastic Tendon Properties Following An Achilles Tendon Rupture — Karin Gravare-Silbernagel, Health Sciences
  • Assessment Of Sepiolite-Palygorskite Group Minerals For CO2 Capture And Storage — Adam Wallace, Earth, Ocean & Environment
  • Achieving Fundamental Understanding Of Alkaline Electrochemical Interfaces — Bingjun Xu, Engineering

2014 UDRF RECIPIENTS

2014 Recipients
  • Photothermally Active Spherical Nucleic Acids for Treatment of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer — Emily Day, Engineering
  • Design of Embedded Nanostructures with High Phonon Scattering Efficiency — Joseph Feser, Engineering
  • Learning To Let Go: Why Women Are More Likely to Leave STEM Domains — Chad Forbes, Arts & Sciences
  • Traumatic Stress Exposure Induces Long-Term Extinction Deficits By Enhancing Glucocorticoid Receptor Interactions With Kinases in the Ventral Hippocampus — Dayan Knox, Arts & Sciences
  • Couple Wave-Ocean Modeling System for the Delaware Coastal Environment to Assess Storm Hazards — Tobias Kukulka, Earth, Ocean & Environment
  • Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation for Physical Rehabilitation After Stroke — Susanne Morton, Health Sciences
  • Ionic Liquid Gas Uptake at the Interface: An In Situ Molecular Level Investigation — John Newberg, Arts & Sciences
  • Application of Optogenetic Tools to Dissect Osteocyte Behavior and Cell-Cell Communication — Christopher Price, Engineering
  • Determining the Underlying Mechanisms of a Sex Difference in Developmental Disorders — Jaclyn Schwarz, Arts & Sciences
  • Toward Global Food Security: Understanding the Impacts of Altered Dissolved Silicon on Iron Plaque Formation, Mineralogy, and Arsenic Uptake by Rice —Angela Seyfferth, Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Fabrication of Polymer Embedded uFluidic Derived from In Vivo Vascular Architecture — John Slater, Engineering
  • The Neural Basis of Reward Learning — Timothy Vickery, Arts & Sciences

2013 UDRF RECIPIENTS

2013 Recipients
  • Understanding avian host movements for developing a holistic approach to reduce tick-borne diseases in an urban landscape — Jeffrey Buler, Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Hydro-ecological examination of the effectiveness of urban stormwater retrofitting in reducing watershed nutrient export — Lodevicus Claessens, Earth, Ocean & Environment
  • The effects of land-use practices on the genetic diversity and temporal stability and health of economically important pollinator species in forest fragments in the Mid-Atlantic region — Deborah Delaney, Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Development of an Ultrafast Time-resolved IR Microscope — Lars Gunclach, Arts & Sciences
  • Observing Plastic Garbage Island from Space —Young-Heon Jo, Earth, Ocean & Environment
  • Intelligent Nano Composite Material For Bone Tissue Repair and regeneration — Arun Kumar, Health Sciences
  • Understanding the Body Schema – The Cognitive Neuroscience of Body Representation — Omar Jared Medina, Arts & Sciences
  • Reverse engineering cellular networks from single-cell gene-expression data — Abhyudai Singh, Engineering
  • Multifunctional Textile Structures with Integrated Carbon Nanotube Networks — Erik Thostenson , Engineering
  • On the immortality of plants: Identifying the role of non-structural carbon reserves on long-lived desert plants—Rodrigo Vargas, Plant & Soil Sciences
  • Altered ET-B receptor expression in postmenopausal women — Megan Wenner, Health Sciences
  • Functional and biomechanical impairments in patients undergoing total hip arthroplasty: A longitudinal analysis — Joseph Zeni, Health Sciences

2012 UDRF RECIPIENTS

2012 Recipients
  • Simulating kinetic energy dissipation by wind turbines — Cristina Archer, School of Marine Sci & Policy
  • Survival in the plankton: neural integration of chemical and visual information in a larval crab — Jonathan Cohen, School of Marine Sci & Policy
  • Bacterial Cell Wall Remodeling: A Tool for Studying Mammalian Innate Immune Activation — Catherine Grimes, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Role of Non-terrestrial Phosphorus Sources in Eutrophication in the Chesapeake Bay — Deb Jaisi, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Thio-Ether Nucleic Acid (TNA) Arrays for Rapid Detection of Genetic Disease —Christopher Kloxin, College of Engineering
  • Multi-mode degradable hydrogels for controlled in situ therapeutic release — April Kloxin, College of Engineering
  • TDRD7 function in mammalian eye development and disease — Salil Lachke, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Detection of Osteoarthritis at Early Stage — Xin Lu, College of Engineering
  • Compressive Super Resolution Imaging — Edward Lyman, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Microbially-mediated detection and repair of damaged concrete — Julia Maresca, College of Engineering
  • The Path Less Taken: Understanding the Experience of Black Pre-Medical Students — Michalec Barret, College of Arts & Sciences

2011 UDRF RECIPIENTS

2011 Recipients
  • Labeling the party wallflowers: use of laser dissection to interrogate low-activity estuarine microorganisms — Jennifer Biddle, Marine Science & Policy, College of Earth, Ocean & Environment
  • Novel Nanoporous Cathode Material for Lithium Ion Batteries— Feng Jiao, Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Creating efficient and modern software tools for plant breeders in developing countries—Jong-Soo Lee, Food & Resource Economics, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Electrocatalytic Reduction of Carbon Dioxide to Chemical Fuels—Joel Rosenthal, Chemistry & Biochemistry, College of Arts & Sciences
  • DNA methylation changes associated with early-life experiences—Tanya Roth, Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Quantitative Acoustic Emission Monitoring for Reinforced Concrete Bridges—Thomas Schumacher, Civil & Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Dolphin sound studies in the Xiamen Waters—Aijun Song, Physical Ocean Science & Engineering, College of Earth, Ocean & Environment
  • Proteomic approach in identifying conserved microRNA gene targets—Jia Song, Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Energy balance in infants with ‘rapid’ versus ‘normal’ weight gain —Jillian Trabulsi, Behavioral Health & Nutrition, College of Health Sciences
  • Efficient Energy and Thermal Management through Application- and Architecture-Specific Optimizations—Chengmo Yang, Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Tracing Land-derived Nitrogen into Inland Bays Macroalgae: A Stable Isotopic Assessment—Joanna York, Marine Science & Policy, College of Earth, Ocean & Environment

UDRF-SI

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

Established in 2008, the University of Delaware Research Foundation Strategic Initiatives (UDRF-SI) program supports high quality, collaborative, scientific research projects in alignment with the University’s new strategic plan, Delaware Will Shine (DWS). Proposals address one or more of the seven grand challenges in DWS. In addition, the UDRF-SI program requires a joint proposal from an untenured, tenure-track faculty member and a tenured faculty member.

UDRF-SI Application Deadline

Summer 2019 (TBD)

 

UDRF PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Eligibility Requirements

UDRF Strategic Initiatives (UDRF-SI) grants will support high-quality, collaborative research projects in the emphasis areas above, broadly construed. Grants are primarily in the fields of engineering and the natural and physical sciences. However, any proposal that uses scientific methods and promises quantitative results is eligible for a grant regardless of academic focus or departments. Teams should include one tenured faculty member and one early-career, untenured, tenure-track faculty member. Previous recipients of UDRF-SI grants are not eligible to apply. Faculty may apply and receive both a UDRF and UDRF-SI grant. However, only one award may be received per calendar year. The tenured faculty member may or may not be a recipient of prior UDRF and/or UDRF-SI funds.

 

UDRF-SI Deadlines

Begin Accepting Applications Date: 7/10/2018
Deadline Date (EST Time Zone): 8/31/2018 5:00PM

UDRF proposals are due in the Research Office by August 31, 2018. The following schedule has been established to ensure proper review and submission.

  • August 31, 2018: "Preview Application" copy of the full proposal and webform to be received by the Research Office
  • September 7, 2018: Research Office approval by C & G
  • September 12, 2018: Faculty given permission to hit "Final Review and Submit" by Research Office
  • October 31, 2018: Awards Announced
  • November 1, 2018: Funding Available

In accordance with standard UD operating procedures, RO Contract & Grant Specialists (C & G) require a minimum of 72 hours to review and approve proposals.

Application

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:

  • Originality and importance of the research (40%)
  • Contribution to the University's strategic initiatives (20%)
  • Likelihood of completion in 18 months and/or of leading to significant, continuing funding by outside sources (20%)
  • Mentoring plan and benefit to early-career faculty member (20%)

Submission

FACULTY PROCEDURES
  1. Interested faculty should reach out to their department administrator for assistance with the submission process. Click here to find your Departmental Administrator and Contract & Grant Specialist.
    • Click on For Researchers
    • Click on Staff Directory
    • Select your Department by scrolling down the right-hand blue box
  2. Faculty should provide their applicable Departmental Administrator with a budget and budget justification so that a record in UD's Grant Management System, PeopleSoft (PS) may be initiated. A FIN Proposal Approval Summary (PAS) webform is not required at this step.
  3. Faculty should then complete the online application. Faculty will need their PS record number to apply. (Note: The online application will not populate with PS information until a budget has been provided in PS.) Once completed, faculty should click "Preview Application" and print a copy for their Department Administrator who will update the PeopleSoft record and route approvals through FIN Proposal Approval Summary(PAS} webform, per standard UD operating procedures. The PS information will be used to generate the award, should the proposal be approved for funding by the University.
  4. After the proposal has been submitted to the UD Grants Management System and administratively reviewed by the Research Office, the faculty member will be given permission to click "Final Review & Submit." Then the application will be made available to the UDRF Research Committee for review.
DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATOR PROCEDURES

Departmental Administrator guidance for using "UD's Grants Management System" is available on the Training page 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-SI PEOPLESOFT PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT
  1. Sponsor ID: 2910 - University of Delaware Research Foundation
  2. Purpose: RSCH4- Foundation Research
  3. Budget:
    • $30,000 (from UDRF) entered as direct costs (45 Purpose)
    • $10,000 (from the Provost Office) - entered as cost share from department #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 appropriate College Dean.
    • F&A Pricing Setup
      a) Choose Industrial Research On Campus for the rate type and overwrite the F&A rate to zero
      b) Pricing Method should be FIXED
    • 1 % effort is not required as cost share for PIs
    • Mentor (or tenured faculty) should be entered as co-Pl with 0% effort
  4. Upload the single PDF full proposal file under the Attachments tab using the following naming convention: ProposalID_Other.
  5. Routing of PAS is to include Pl, Department Chair, College Dean and OSP, per standard procedures.

Proposal

PROJECT BUDGET

The typical UDRF- SI project 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 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 project.

Summer salary of faculty will not be allowed from Strategic Initiatives grants. Allowable budget items include graduate student or technical assistance, equipment, supplies, travel, etc. However, support of graduate student tuition is prohibited. There are no indirect costs associated with the UDRF-SI awards.

All budgets should be prepared with the understanding that budget changes exceeding 10% 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. Requests for re-budgeting must be submitted on the 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 project.

PROJECT DURATION

UDRF Strategic Initiatives grants are awarded for up to 18 months, December 1 through May 31. The project period may be extended when circumstances warrant. Requests for no-cost extensions must be made in writing to the Research Office (research-udrf@udel.edu).

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 Research Committee of the UDRF.

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 area. The UDRF Board of Trustees makes the final award decisions at its annual meeting.

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

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 (IRB), or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) respectively prior to the expenditures of any UDRF-SI funds.

Post Award

Awarded grants will be assigned an award and purpose code for project 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 Requests

Budget changes exceeding 10% 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 RO. Requests for re-budgeting must be submitted on the 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. Requests should include the reason for and the duration of the extension.

Understandings

UDRF Strategic Initiatives 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 project period.
  2. The University exercises no direction or supervision over the details of the research to be performed, but it does require adherence to the original objectives and purposes of the research. It also requires that a Final Report on the research be submitted to the Research Office, no later than ninety (90) days after the end date of the grant. Each grantee is requested to furnish one copy of any resulting papers, books, or other publications to 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 as program income. This is not meant to conflict with University policies on patents, copyrights, and publications.

2016 AWARD RECIPIENTS
  • Nanoshell-photosensitizer conjugates for high precision therapy of triple-negative breast cancer — Emily Slater
  • Exploring marine microbiomes for potential drug development — Jennifer Biddle
  • Validation and Implementation of a Tissue Engineered Microstroke Model to Investigate Capillary Stroke in the Initiation and Propagation of Small-Volume Neuronal Necrosis — John Slater
  • Harnessing Knowledge for Environmental Research using High Performance Computing solutions — Rodrigo Vargas
PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

2016 UDRF-SI RECIPIENTS

2016 Recipients
  • Nanoshell-photosensitizer conjugates for high precision therapy of triple-negative breast cancer — Emily Slater
  • Exploring marine microbiomes for potential drug development — Jennifer Biddle
  • Validation and Implementation of a Tissue Engineered Microstroke Model to Investigate Capillary Stroke in the Initiation and Propagation of Small-Volume Neuronal Necrosis — John Slater
  • Harnessing Knowledge for Environmental Research using High Performance Computing solutions — Rodrigo Vargas

2015 UDRF-SI RECIPIENTS

2015 Recipients
  • Building Trustworthy Cyber Physical Systems with Untrusted Devices — Chengmo Yang, Engineering
  • Investigation of Small Maf Proteins in Age-Related Cataracts — Salil Lachke, Arts and Sciences
  • Probing Catalytic Surfaces under Operating Conditions — John Newberg, Arts & Sciences
  • Seeing Inside Soil-Biochar Mixtures: Pore-Level Imaging with X-ray Microtomography — Kalehiwot Manahiloh, Engineering

2014 UDRF-SI RECIPIENTS

2014 Recipients
  • NMR As A Tool To Investigate The Molecular Mechanism Of Ligand Recognition By The Innate Immune Receptor Nod2 — Catherine Grimes, Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Multifunctional Collagen-Mimetic Materials To Enhance Bone Repair After Fracture — April Kloxin, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Targeted Drug Delivery Via CNA Aptamer Hydrogels — Christopher Kloxin, Material Science

2013 UDRF-SI RECIPIENTS

2013 Recipients
  • Smartphone-Improving Design Strategies For Biomimetic Self–lubricating cartilage repair and replacement materials — David Burris, Mechanical Engineering
  • Rational Design of Functional Catalysts Using Computational Tools — Feng Jiao, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Targeting Nuclear Receptors with Synthetic Diarrylalkane Derivatives — Mary Watson, Chemistry & Biochemistry

2012 UDRF-SI RECIPIENTS

2012 Recipients
  • Smartphone-based Treatment Enhancement for Clinical Depression — Hui Fang, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Next Generation Intermolecular Potentials for Virtual Drug Discovery: Application to Lead Development for Parkinson’s Disease — Edward Lyman, Physics & Astronomy
  • Role of Matrix Metalloproteinase 9 in the Spatial Redistribution of Bone Marrow Blood Vessels during Parathyroid Hormone-Induced Bone Remodeling — Rhonda Prisby, Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
  • Is Soy Food good for the Prevention of Prostate Cancer? — Changqin Wu, Animal & Food Sciences
  • Acoustic Communication for Monitoring the Arctic Interior —Aijun Song, School of Marine Science & Policy

2011 UDRF-SI RECIPIENTS

2011 Recipients
  • Nickel–Cyclam Derivatized Electrode Surfaces for Catalytic CO2 Reduction — Joel Rosenthal, Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Measuring Power Usage from a Software Engineer’s Perspective — James Clause/Kristina Winbladh , Computer & Info Sciences/Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Biogenic elemental sulfur: integrating nanoscale imaging and molecular — Clara Chan, Geological Sciences
  • Development and testing of a remote electronic sensor enabled insole for evaluation of gait and mobility in people with Parkinson’s disease — Ingrid Pretzer-Aboff, Nursing
  • Time-Resolved Optical Detection of Spin Waves: Towards an Energy-Efficient Alternative to Conventional Electronics —Virginia Lorenz, Physics & Astronomy
  • Energy Harvesting Using Thermoelectrics in Time-Varying Environments — Joshua Zide, Materials Science

2010 UDRF-SI RECIPIENTS

2010 Recipients
  • The Effectiveness of Hip-Focused Treatment for Older Adults with Chronic Low Back Pain — Gregory Hicks, Physical Therapy
  • Neurobiological Factors and Motor Learning Following Stroke — Darcy Reisman, Physical Therapy
  • An Early Warning System for Unrecognized Drug Side Effects Discovery — Hui Fang, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Determinants of Tau Protein Aggregation, a Key Player in Alzheimer’s Disease — David Colby, Chemical Engineering
  • Nanoparticle Stabilizaion of Co-continuous Polymer Blends for Organic Photovoltaics — Thomas Epps, Chemical Engineering
  • Advanced Nanocomposite Materials for Hydrogen Generation with a High Efficiency — Jonghwan Suhr, Mechanical Engineering
  • DNA-modified collagen scaffolds for improving acute wound repair —Millicent Sullivan, Chemical Engineering
  • Photo-patterning chalcogenide glasses for nanophotonic light trapping and extraction in photovoltaics and solid state lighting — Juejun Hu, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Hybrid, Multiblock Polymers by Condensation Polymerization Employing Tetrazine Ligation — Xinqiao Jia, Materials Science and Engineering

Unidel Early Stage Start-Up

Unidel Early Stage Start-Up

Opportunity Title: Early Stage Start-Up Grants Funded by Unidel
Sponsor Name: Unidel Foundation, administered by the UD Research Office and OEIP
Deadline What’s Due Amount Notes
11/5/18
5:00 PM
White Paper Up to $150,000 The UD Research Office is pleased to announce a Unidel funding opportunity for early stage technology companies that meet one of the following relationships with the University of Delaware:

  • Former DuPont technologists engaged with UD faculty, students and facilities.
  • Current UD faculty, staff or students engaged with a founded company from UD.
  • Companies formed by UD alumni using UD intellectual property.

Up to five qualified submissions will be funded in year one. A second set of awards will be made in year two. Awards will be announced by December 17.

White papers should be in electronic PDF format and be no more than two pages using Calibri 11-point font. The content of the white paper should include:

  • Name of Principal Investigator (PI) and contact information
  • Brief business introduction
  • Commercial opportunity- size, value
  • Technical feasibility and uniqueness
  • Description of key personnel (Include two- page CV of PI)
  • Use of award funds
    • Objectives
    • Timing
    • Budget: Travel, supplies, equipment, student stipends
  • Expected outcomes

Proposals will be evaluated by a committee commissioned by the Vice President of Research, Scholarship and Innovation. Review criteria include:

  • Technological sophistication
  • Platform technology potential
  • Disruptive potential
  • Foundation for a highly scalable business
  • Market potential
  • Defensible intellectual property
White papers should be forwarded to the UD Research Office (lbotner@udel.edu)

 

Chemours Discovery

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 relate to fluoropolymer science and engineering and particle science and engineering and have the potential to advance the industries in which Chemours participates or to lead to new Chemours products.

 

TWO-STAGE REVIEW PROCESS
  1. Pre-Proposal. Interested applicants should submit a one-page project summary by January 15, 2019 by 5 p.m. The summary should include a brief abstract, summary of the scope of work and an estimated budget with sufficient detail for reviewers to determine the novelty and feasibility of the research idea and its relationship to fluoropolymer and/or particle science and engineering.
  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 March 1, 2019 by 5 p.m. 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.

 

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. 3-4 awards anticipated.

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.

Submission Instructions:
Both Pre-Proposals and Full-Proposals should be submitted through the Research Development Office’s new portal (https://udelawards.communityforce.com/Funds/Search.aspx) using your UD login credentials.

 

 

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
Leigh Botner
Research Development Director
Ph: (302) 831-7088

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

TECHNOLOGY
Sudha Aravindan
Computing Support Specialist
Ph: (302) 831-8621

 

*NOTE: The University of Delaware’s Office of General Counsel oversees all legal services for the University of Delaware. Matters pertaining to research (including research-related agreements, research-related compliance, and research-related intellectual property) may be directed to the Research Office, which will coordinate with the General Counsel’s Office, as appropriate.

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