Research Incentive Program Application

Introduction to the Research Incentive Program (all faculty)

There are 3 programmatic components to the Research Incentive Program as follows:

  1. Foundation Application Mentor Program
  2. Federal Application Consultant Program
  3. Competitive Pilot Funding

The three programmatic components are made available on a competitive basis through a biannual application process. Submission dates are November 15th and March 15th, and decisions are announced within 6 weeks of application deadlines. Applications are reviewed for scientific merit by a Scientific Advisory Committee consisting of both regular and ad-hoc members who are tenured faculty with external funding track records and expertise in fields relevant to applicant’s proposed research. The advisory committee will review applications for scientific merit and provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.

An end date will be assigned to a project if one is not provided. Applicants may request one no-cost extension but this is not encouraged. Funds remaining unexpended or unencumbered at the project end date will be returned to the School if a no-cost extension is not granted.

Description of Programmatic Components

Foundation Mentor Program

This program will provide honoraria to hire a mentor from among a foundation’s previous awardees to assist in preparation of a foundation application. Special consideration will be given to faculty who are junior or for senior faculty who have previously submitted foundation applications. Award limit is $5,000 for foundation proposals seeking a minimum of $75,000 in direct costs.

Federal Grant Submission Consultants

This program will provide funds to hire a grants consultant, among two pre-approved vendors, and/or a biostatstics consultant on an hourly basis. Special consideration will be given to faculty who are either junior faculty or for senior faculty who have previously submitted federal applications. Award limit is $5,000.

Competitive Pilot Awards

The Competitive Pilot Funding component has two arms: a Jumpstart arm for investigators who have never received a Campus Research Board award; and, a two-phased arm for faculty who have previously received a CRB award and who have no remaining start-up funds. It is expected that applications proposing secondary analysis as the primary methodology will require less funding than research based on primary data collection. Please note there are additional application components (3 questions) for Pilot Award applicants.

Non-CRB Recipients: Jumpstart Program

This program is reserved for faculty who have applied but have not previously received a CRB award. Fund utilization is restricted to the collection of pilot data. Maximum award amount: $6,000.

Previous CRB Award Recipients: Two Phase Program

This program is restricted to faculty who have previously received a CRB award and who have no remaining start-up funds. It provides a competitive pilot award that would come in 2 phases:

  • In Phase I, it will provide funds of up to $5,000 to collect data for a new line of research based on justified expenses. (Restricted to the provision of subject incentive payments, purchase of new analytical technology, expenses to attend a methodology workshop, money to hire a student to collect data. They must present a budget request.)
  • In Phase II, after their submission of an external funding application based on Phase I, and upon receipt of their study section or reviewer comments, it will provide them with one half-month of summer salary, provided their original proposal budget meets a minimum funding level of $75,000 in direct costs, with the understanding that they will use the summer support provided to work on a resubmission of their application. The traditional Summer Salary contract will specify the time commitment. The resubmission must be completed 5 weeks prior to resubmission deadline in order to go out to external reviewer(s) and the draft resubmission must utilize Track Changes to show responsiveness to reviewers’ comments.

Application Review Process and Criteria

All applications will be pre-screened internally and applications deemed non-competitive or not adhering to the guidelines will be returned to the applicant with suggested revisions. Within two weeks of receipt, applications will be forwarded to the Scientific Advisory Committee and ad-hoc members with special expertise will be recruited. The Scientific Advisory Committee will be asked to score each of the following components of an application from 1 to 9 with 1 indicating the highest score:

  • Investigator
  • Significance
  • Innovation
  • Approach

They will be asked to return their critiques within 3 weeks so that applicants receive notification of their review results by January 12th and May 1st, respectively.

HIGH1Exceptional
2Outstanding
3Excellent
MEDIUM4Very Good
5Good
6Satisfactory
LOW7Fair
8Marginal
9Poor

Program Application