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) 831-7088

RESEARCH OFFICE SEED GRANTS

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UD Research Foundation
Strategic Initiatives

DEADLINE:
November 13, 2020
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General University Research Grants

DEADLINE:
December 14, 2020
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UD Research Foundation

DEADLINE:
January 14, 2021
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Chemours Discovery Research Award

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

DEADLINE:
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 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 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 Leigh Botner, Research Development Manager, Research Office.

UD RESEARCH OFFICE OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM OVERVIEWS

GUR

General University Research Program (GUR)

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The University of Delaware provides for assistance to full-time faculty for individual research and 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

December 14, 2020

 

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 2018 and June 2020 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): 12/14/2019 5:00PM

GUR proposals and approved webforms are due in the Research Office by December 14, 2020. The following schedule has been established to ensure proper review and submission.

  • December 14, 2020: "Preview Application" copy of the full proposal and webform to be received by the Research Office
  • December 17, 2020: Research Office approval by C & G
  • January 4, 2021: Faculty given permission to hit "Final Review and Submit" by Research Development Office
  • March 31, 2021: Awards Announced
  • April 1, 2021: 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.

 

 

Proposal Evaluation

The primary purpose of the research grant is to advance the scholarship or creative activities of the recipient.

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 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 problems/quality of the idea
    • Adequacy of the research plan
    • Justification of resources/appropriateness of timelinee
    • Promise of development/potential of outside funding
  2. Special consideration will be given to projects which:
    • Assist untenured faculty members with research, scholarship, or creative products.
    • Are preliminary in nature and therefore not readily fundable by other mechanisms.
    • Provide graduate student support and training.
    • Require additional support to complete an ongoing project.
  3. 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.

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. Evaluations of merit and award recommendations are made by the University’s Faculty Senate Research Committee based on the rubric found at http://www1.udel.edu/research/pdf/GUR-Reviewer-Rubric.pdf. 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 and notice of award. Due to a large number of applicants last year, the funding rate of proposals was 23%.

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.

 

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 PI salaries is $5,000. Project budgets should include applicable external fringe benefit rates for personnel other than the Principal Investigator (PI). 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. Proposals with insufficiently detailed budgets or budget justifications may be returned without review.

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 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 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, April 1 through March 31. 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 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 (research-gur@udel.edu)at least 30 days prior to the grant end date. Requests should include the reason for and the duration of the extension. Additional information regarding how to request no-cost extensions may be found under Frequently Asked Questions on 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 to avoid the use of jargon and highly technical terms and to define key terms in their proposals.

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 as found at 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 ), 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 an "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

FACULTY PROCEDURES
  1. 1. Interested faculty should reach out to their department administrator for assistance with the submission process.

    To find your Departmental Administrator
    and Contract and Grant Specialist Click here
    .
    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. 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

Departmental Administrator guidance for using "UD’s Grants Management System" is available at Research Training 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:
    • 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 & overwrite the F&A rate to zeroo
      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 PI, Dept 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. 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 no later than ninety (90) days after the end date of the grant. A format for reports on "General University Research" may be found at here. 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 formRequest 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 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)

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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

January 14, 2021

 

UDRF PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Eligibility Requirements

UDRF grants support high-quality engineering and scientific research proposals by untenured, tenure-track faculty. 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. Grants will not be awarded to tenured faculty. Any untenured, tenure track faculty Principal Investigator who has previously received a UDRF is not 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 Deadlines

Deadline Date (EST Time Zone): 1/14/2020 5:00PM

UDRF proposals and approved webforms are due in the Research Office by January 14, 2021. The following schedule has been established to ensure proper review and submission.

  • January 14, 2021: "Preview Application" copy of the full proposal and webform to be received by the Research Office.*
  • January 20, 2021: Research Office approval by C & G
  • January 22, 2021: Faculty given permission to hit "Final Review and Submit" by Research Office
  • January 25, 2021: Faculty given permission to hit "Final Review and Submit" by Research Development Office
  • March 31, 2020: Awards Announced
  • April 1, 2020: 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.

 

Proposal Evaluation

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 and important contribution (40%)
  • Be something the faculty member might be expected to complete in 1-2 years (20%)
  • If successful, 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%)

NOTE: For investigators with significant present funding, there must be a clear explanation/justification of how this proposal is different from the present funding of the principal investigator.

Proposal

PROJECT BUDGET

The typical proposal budget is $35,000 (up to $38,500 if stipend for an undergraduate student is requested) of which $25,000 (up to $28,500 if stipend for an undergraduate student is requested) 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. Facilities and administrative (F&A) costs are not permissible on 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.

The stipend for the undergraduate student is limited to $3,500 and must be budgeted under account code 146115 and budget category PTSTIP.

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 RO. Undergraduate student stipends may not be re-budgeted. 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, April 1 through March 31. The proposal period may be extended only when circumstances warrant. Requests for no-cost extensions must be made in writing to the Research Officeat least 30 days prior to the grant end date. 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 (PI) College and the Provost's Office. The Executive Summary should provide an overview of the scientific scope of the proposal and potential sources of future funding for the program. For investigators with significant present funding, there must be clear explanation/justification of how this proposal is different from the present funding of the principal investigator. 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, Times New Roman – 11-point font with full single spacing. 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 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 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, or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee respectively prior to the expenditures of any UDRF funds.

Submission

FACULTY PROCEDURES
  1. Interested faculty should reach out to their department administrator for assistance with the submission process.

    To find your Departmental Administrator
    and Contract and Grant Specialist Click here
    .
    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

Departmental Administrator guidance for using "UD’s Grants Management System" is available by visiting the online Grant Management Guide 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 (up to $28,500 if stipend for an undergraduate student is requested). Note: the undergraduate student should be budgeted under participant 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.

Terms & Conditions

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 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 found at 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. 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 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 Officeat 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 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

November 13, 2020

 

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): 11/13/2020 5:00PM

UDRF-SI proposals and approved webforms are due to the Research Office by November 13, 2020. The following schedule has been established to ensure proper review and submission.

  • November 13, 2020: "Preview Application" copy of the full proposal and webform to be received by the Research Office*
  • November 18, 2020: Research Office approval by unit’s Contract & Grant Specialist.
  • November 30, 2020: Faculty given permission by Research Office to "Final Review and Submit"
  • January 29, 2021: Awards Announced
  • February 1, 2021: 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.

 

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 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 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 Handbook for Faculty, 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 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, or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, respectively prior to the expenditures of any UDRF-SI funds.

Submission

FACULTY PROCEDURES
  1. Interested faculty should reach out to their department administrator for assistance with the submission process.

    To find your Departmental Administrator
    and Contract and Grant Specialist Click here
    .
    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. 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 Research Office 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-Strategic Initiatives
  2. Purpose: RSCH4- Foundation Research
  3. Budget:
    • $30,000 (from UDRF-SI) 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-PI 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 PI, Department Chair, College Dean and OSP, per standard procedures.

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 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.

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 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 to the UD Research Office.

No-Cost Extension Requests

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

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 2020 call are:

Titanium Technologies is interested in advancing the basic science in the following areas:

  1. Innovations in Composite Recycling Technologies
  2. Advanced Titanium materials for Catalysts, Energy Storage and Microelectronics
  3. Computational Material Discovery and Optimization
  4. Advances in Measurement Science for Complex Particle Systems

Fluoropolymers is interested in advancing the basic science in the following areas:

Fuel Cell

  1. Program to define how to recycle a “fuel cell stack” and extract the Nafion® membrane. Further interest would include research to return this recovered polymerto vinyl ether monomers.
  2. Program to determine thefundamentals of how the microstructure of a membrane impacts the fuel cellperformance. 
  3. Understanding structure property relationships of novel ionomer dispersions.
  4. Program to develop a lower cost alternative to reinforce fuel cell membranes to give high tensile strength.

5G

  1. Program to define how the properties of fillers in a fluoropolymer film impact the electrical loss properties at very high frequencies.
  2. Program to determine the design principles for a high speed/high frequency antenna produced from a fluoropolymer.
  3. Program to define how to modify the CTE of fluoropolymer films.

Funding: Maximum of $100,000 for a one-year award. Two (2) awards anticipated, one each from Titanium Technologies and Fluoropolymers.

 

TWO-STAGE REVIEW PROCESS
  1. Pre-Proposal. Interested applicants should submit a one-page project summary by June 19, 2020. 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 July 10, 2020.

  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 August 7, 2020.  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 September 1, 2020.

  3. Due to constraints imposed by COVID-19, UD and Chemours will work with the award PIs to determine appropriate start date for their projects.em>

 

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.

Contact for questions and help:Leigh Botner (lbotner@udel.edu) or Anshuman Razdan “AR” (razdan@udel.edu). If you have a technical question for Chemours, please email Leigh 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.

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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

 

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