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

Upcoming

RESEARCH OFFICE SEED GRANTS

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UD/ANL Seed Grant

DEADLINE:
LOI-December 20, 2020
Full-February 7, 2020
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UD Research Foundation

DEADLINE:
January 13, 2020
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General University Research Grants

DEADLINE:
No longer accepting applications.
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UD Research Foundation
Strategic Initiatives

DEADLINE:
No longer accepting applications.
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Chemours Discovery Research Award

DEADLINE:
TBD

Coming Spring 2020.

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)

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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

November 11, 2019

 

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 2017 and June 2019 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): 11/11/2019 5:00PM

GUR proposals are due in the Research Office by November 11, 2019. The following schedule has been established to ensure proper review and submission.

  • November 11, 2019: "Preview Application" copy of the full proposal and webform to be received by the Research Office
  • November 15, 2019: Research Office approval by C & G
  • November 20, 2019: 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 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 timeline
    • 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 it's rubric. 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. Funding rates of proposals for the past few years range from 40% to 46%.

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 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 (research-gur@udel.edu). 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 the 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. 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 ), 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. 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 through this portal. 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 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 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. 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 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.


2019 GUR RECIPIENTS
  • Malasree Acharya

    Malasree Acharya – Mapping the Refugee Net: Border Crossing, Technology and Human Rights in the Mediterranean

  • Noel Archambeault

    Noel Archambeault – The Chicana Art Song Project

  • Benjamin Bagozzi

    Benjamin Bagozzi – When is Access-to-Information an Effective Accountability Mechanism? Using Big Data Tools to Study Responsiveness in Mexico and Beyond

  • Sabrin Beg

    Sabrin Beg – Strengthening Teacher Ability to Reach all Students

  • Lauren Covington

    Lauren Covington – Identifying Multi-level Determinants of Child Sleep Health in Under-resourced Families

  • Xiang Gao Shalom

    Xiang Gao Shalom – Shanghai

  • Martha Hall

    Martha Hall – Development of Novel Orthopedic Boot

  • Sean Healy

    Sean Healy – Adaptation, acceptability and feasibility of an automated smart-scale intervention for weight management among young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

  • Cresean Hughes

    Cresean Hughes – GUR Hughes

  • Pinki Mondal

    Pinki Mondal – Analyzing radar satellite data to examine changing rice intensification patterns in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta

  • Chiara Sabina

    Chiara Sabina – A holistic community-based intervention for domestic violence in Quito, Ecuador

  • Aaron Terry

    Aaron Terry – Study of responses to local and global politics, media and propaganda in Post-Cold War visual art, media and design to create and inform studies for exhibition, publication and educational opportunities

  • Yi-Lin Tsai

    Yi-Lin Tsai – The Politics of Offline Consumer Search for Single Family Homes

  • Jaipreet Virdi Dhesi

    Jaipreet Virdi Dhesi – Becoming “Hearing-Minded:” Women Researchers and the Politics of Deafness in Interwar Britain

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

2018 GUR RECIPIENTS

2018 Recipients

  • Anjana Bhat Comparing fNIRS-based cortical activation during social cooperation between children with and without ASD
  • Pascha Bueno-Hansen GUR 18 BUENO-HANSEN
  • Abigail Donovan Considerations Relating to the Shape of Equilibrium (Reprise)
  • Chad Forbes Enhancing Performance for At-Risk Women in STEM Contexts: Retraining Complex & Persistent Stress Responses with Neural Feedback
  • Laura Helton Collecting, Collectivity, and the Making of African American Archives
  • Jason Hill Criminal Visibility: Photographic Culture of Crime and Punishment in the United States, 1839-Present
  • Paul Jackson Mapping the Lives of Chronic Pain Sufferers and Access to Disability Assistance
  • Xiaopeng Ji The Relationship among Sleep, Executive Function and Diabetes Management in Late Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes
  • Peter Mende-Siedlecki Psychological and Perceptual Contributions to Biased and Accurate Pain Care
  • Isai Munoz Visca L'Amor! A Reference Audio Recording Documenting the Tenor Voice in Underrepresented Classical Vocal Repertoire by Catalan Composers of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
  • Georgina Ramsay Humanitarian Exploits: Exploring the Livelihood Strategies of Women in Situations of Displacement
  • Junbo Son Data Analytics Framework for the Smart Asthma Management System with Bluetooth-enabled Personal Inhalers

2017 GUR RECIPIENTS

2017 Recipients

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

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 13, 2020

 

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): 1/13/2020 5:00PM

UDRF proposals are due in the Research Office by January 13, 2020. The following schedule has been established to ensure proper review and submission.

  • January 13, 2020: "Preview Application" copy of the full proposal and webform to be received by the Research Office*
  • January 16, 2020: Research Office approval by C & G
  • January 22, 2020: Faculty given permission to hit "Final Review and Submit" by Research 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 (https://udel.edu/research/xls/rebudgeting.xlsx).

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 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 (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 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.

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 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.


2019 AWARD RECIPIENTS
  • Aimee Jaramillo-Lambert — Elucidate the Mechanism of TDPT-1Mutant-Mediated Suppression of Top-2(it7) Lethality, ARTS & SCIENCES
  • Danielle Durham — Understanding How Habitat Degradation Could be Impacting DE Fisheries Through Larval Supply, EARTH OCEAN & ENVIRONMENT
  • Frank Gerhard Schroeder — Radio Detection of Ultra-High-Energy Cosmic Rays at the Pierre Auger Observatory, ARTS & SCIENCES
  • Jennifer Semrau — Upper Limb Proprioceptive Plasticity and Learning in Sub-Acute Stroke, HEALTH SCIENCES
  • Jovan Tatar — Smart Polymer Sealant for Natural Hazard Resilient Energy-Efficient Buildings, ENGINEERING
  • Karl Schmitz — High-throughput Identification of Sequences that Target Proteins for Destruction by Cellular Proteases, ARTS & SCIENCES
  • Kathryn Franich — Investigating Cross-Cultural Variation in Speech-Body Coordination and Communicative Timing, ARTS & SCIENCES
  • Koffi Pierre Yao — Fast-Charging Electric Vehicles, ENGINEERING
  • Pinki Mondal — Big Data Analytics for Quantifying Land Cover Transitions in Coffee Production Systems in Vietnam, EARTH OCEAN & ENVIRONMENT
  • Rebecca Pompon — Modification of a Measure of Resilience for People with Aphasia, HEALTH SCIENCES
  • Roghayeh Barmaki — Mirrored Augmented Reality for Nurse-Practitioner Workforce Training, ENGINEERING
PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

2018 UDRF RECIPIENTS

2018 Recipients

  • Andrew Wozniak — Probing the Estuary’s Skin: Environmental Controls on the Chemical Composition of Delaware Bay’s Surface Microlayer, EARTH OCEAN & ENVIRONMENT
  • Carlos Moffat Varas — Topographic Controls on the Rapid Melting of Marine-Terminating Glaciers in Patagonia, EARTH OCEAN & ENVIRONMENT
  • Catherine Fromen — Optimizing Nanoparticle Delivery to Lung Dendritic Cell Subsets for Development of New Pulmonary Therapeutics, ENGINEERING
  • Elisa Arch — Evaluating the Influence of Novel Deformable Foot Orthoses on the Energetics of Walking, HEALTH SCIENCES
  • Erin Sparks — Bracing for Impact: The Role of Aerial Roots in Maize Stability, AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCE
  • Giovanna Morini — Combining fNIRS and Eye-Tracking Measures to Examine Dynamic Changes in Neuroplasticity and Language Skills in Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Infants, HEALTH SCIENCES
  • Jessica Tanis — Investigating the Impact of Diet on Amyloid-beta Toxicity in C. elegans, ARTS & SCIENCES
  • Lena Mashayekhy — Cloudlet Management: Enabling Cooperative Edge Computing, ENGINEERING
  • Naomi Samimi-Sadeh — Assessing Stability and Change in Inhibitory Brain Networks Related to Psychopathology and Risky Behavior, ARTS & SCIENCES
  • Peter Mende-Siedlecki — Perceptual Determinants and Neural Bases of Racial Bias in Pain Care, ARTS & SCIENCES
  • Tingyi Gu — Plasmonic Nanomaterials Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Fuel Cells, ENGINEERING
  • Veronique Petit — The Origin and Fate of Magnetic Massive Stars, ARTS & SCIENCES

2017 UDRF RECIPIENTS

2017 Recipients

  • Allison Karpyn — Understanding the Impact of Economic Incentives at Farmers Markets for Low-Income Shoppers, EDUCATION & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
  • Amy Biddle — Using an In Vitro System to Identify Interactions Between Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCE
  • Carly Pacanowski — Self-Weighing’s Psychological Effects: A Randomized Controlled Trial Using Ecological Momentary Assessment, HEALTH SCIENCES
  • Eric Bloch — Small Molecule Activation with Bimetallic Complexes, ARTS & SCIENCES
  • Mahya Ghandehari — Study of Spatial Networks VIA Graph Limits, ARTS & SCIENCES
  • Md Hossain — Determining the Molecular Origin of Osteoporotic Fracture, ENGINEERING
  • Michele Lobo — Development and Testing of Wearable Technology to Promote Early Movement and Cognition, HEALTH SCIENCES
  • Tara Trammell — Urban Forests Predict Impact of Global Change and Plant Invasion on Future Forest Ecosystem Services, AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCE

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)

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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.

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

August 30, 2019

 

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 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): 8/30/2019 5:00PM

UDRF-SI proposals are due to the Research Office by August 30, 2019. The following schedule has been established to ensure proper review and submission.

  • August 30, 2019: "Preview Application" copy of the full proposal and webform to be received by the Research Office*
  • September 6, 2019: Research Office approval by unit’s Contract & Grant Specialist.
  • September 11, 2019: Faculty given permission by Research Office to "Final Review and Submit"
  • October 31, 2019: Awards Announced
  • November 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.

 

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 the 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.

PROJECT DURATION

UDRF Strategic Initiatives grants are awarded for up to 2 years, November 1 through October 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.

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

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 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.


2018 AWARD RECIPIENTS
  • Aaron Carlisle — Development of a New Biologging Tag to Record In-situ Oxygen Use of Fish in the Wild, EARTH OCEAN & ENVIRONMENT
  • Eric Bloch — Electrochemical Synthesis of Metal-Organic Frameworks, ARTS & SCIENCES
  • Matthias Jungfleisch — Developing New Quantum Materials and Nanoscale Devices for Ultrafast Spintronics Generation of THz Radiation, ARTS & SCIENCES
  • Megan Killian — Improving Tendon Healing Using Designer Biomaterials, ENGINEERING
  • Mona Batish — Functional Characterization of Post-Transcriptional Regulation in Congenital Cataract, HEALTH SCIENCES
PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

2017 UDRF RECIPIENTS

2017 Recipients

  • Bingjun Xu — A Low-Temperature Thermochemical Cycle for Water and CO2 Splitting, ENGINEERING
  • Dominique Guillot — Efficient Design of Uniqueness Sets for Band-Limited Signals on Networks, ARTS & SCIENCES
  • Jason Gleghorn — Development Inspired Design: Directed Self-Assembly of Vascular Tissues, ENGINEERING
  • Joseph Feser — Thermal Transport in 2D Hybrid Perovskites, ENGINEERING
  • Zhenghan Qi — Investigating Statistical Learning in Children with ASD Across Linguistic and Non-Linguistic Domains, ARTS & SCIENCES

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

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 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.

 

 

UD/ANL Seed Grant

University of Delaware – Argonne National Laboratory Seed Grant Call for Proposals 2020

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

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

The outcome of this workshop has led to this RFP for the second round of seed grants to be jointly funded by ANL and UD. The following are sample sub-topics that were reported out at the end of the workshop. Your proposal ideas do not have to be limited to the specific project ideas listed below. Consider these as exemplars.

Area

Project Titles

Interface Science

Designing defect assembler on oxide surfaces to control chemical reactivity

 

Perovskite surface and interface studies to design stable carrier selective contacts

3D Manufacturing

Elucidating Additively Manufactured Materials for Hypersonic Applications

 

Understanding Effect of Processing Parameters on Cold Spray Microstructure

 

Understating the effect of materials and nozzle condition on FDM polymer printing

 

Nano structures for energy storage

Quantum

Modeling Quantum Hardware for noise / error correction

 

Characterization of Quantum Materials

Polymer Life Cycle

Upcycling plastics to sulfur-based materials for energy storage and electronics

AI/ML

Interpretable data learning for biomedical applications at low data limit

 

Exploring the convergence of quantum computing and machine learning using kernels or variational methods.

 

Application Deadlines:

This program requires a two-step application process with Letters of Intent due on December 20, 2019 and full proposals due on February 7, 2020 by 5 pm.

Eligibility:

This call is open to ANL researchers and UD faculty only, and every proposal must include at least one PI from each institution. This proposal must show how scientists from both institutions will collaborate. All proposals will be reviewed by technical experts from both institutions and followed by a second round of review by a joint ANL-UD committee and we anticipate funding TWO (2) proposals in this round.

Award Amounts:

  • Each institution will fund its corresponding two teams.
  • UD budgets should be for maximum $50k in direct costs per year. Please do not include facilities and administrative costs in the budget. Proposals do NOT need to be inputted into PeopleSoft or routed via UD webform.
  • ANL budgets should be for maximum $75K per year for two years (additional $25K is to offset overhead costs for ANL PIs). PIs should follow the same instructions for an LDRD Swift project.

Submission Requirements:

LOI (December 20, 2019):
A letter of intent (LOI) is required as a first step. It should include a title, a list of collaborators from both institutions (if known) or if you are seeking collaborators please indicate that as well, and one paragraph summary of the project idea. The LOI is designed to achieve two objectives. One, if you don’t have any collaborator(s) from the other institution, then we will do utmost to circulate your LOI to appropriate folks to encourage collaboration partnership. For UD faculty, these will be internally reviewed/circulated at ANL and vice-versa i.e. ANL LOIs will be reviewed and handled by the UD Research Office (RO). Second, it will allow us to identify reviewers for the full proposals in advance.

Please submit the LOI to researchdev@udel.edu by the due date. UD RO will respond no later than January 13, 2020 regarding your request seeking collaborators.

Full Proposals: Joint collaborative proposals should be submitted through the UD Research Development Office’s portal using the UD PI’s login credentials.

Submission Deadline February 7, 2020 by 5 pm EST

  • Proposals should NOT be submitted through ANL
  • Required submission materials are attached and may be found in the online application
  • Each Proposal should be uploaded as a single PDF file.
  • If you have questions or issues regarding submission please email: lbotner@udel.edu (302-831-7088)

Evaluation Process:

We will follow a two-stage evaluation process. The first round of reviews will be performed by technical experts drawn from UD and ANL. The second round of reviews will be done jointly by research leadership drawn from UD (Research Deans, RO) and ANL that will look at technical evaluation and alignment with UD and ANL research priorities.

Rubric for Evaluation: The following rubric will be used for evaluation.

  • Intellectual Merit (30%)
  • Strength of proposed collaboration and match with UD-ANL priorities and strengths (30%)
  • Likelihood of technical success in two years (20%)
  • Probability of attracting external funding (20%)

Award Requirements and Reporting Obligations:

  • Successful proposals will be asked to complete UD and ANL administrative documents
  • Successful proposal teams will also be invited to visit ANL at the start of the seed grants to kick off projects (Dates to be determined)

Start Date: Awards may start as early as April 1, 2020

PROPOSAL FORMATTING
  1. 4 pages maximum (including the ANL and UD budgets)
  2. 1.0” margins
  3. 11 point Arial font
  4. Proposal Formatting Template (docx)

 

 

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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