Internal Grant Competitions
UTC has several internal funding opportunities available. Several of these are administered by the Faculty Senate; however, the following are coordinated by OPSP with significant input from academic faculty and administration.
|PSRA||Provost Student Research Awards: Funding for faculty-led student research|
|CRISP||Collaborative Research Initiative for Sponsored Programs: Funding for collaborative faculty team research|
|NSF-MRI||Internal selection competition to determine which team is eligible to apply for the NSF-Major Research Instrumentation grant program|
|ORAU||Internal selection competition to determine which two junior faculty members are eligible to apply for an ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award|
Provost Student Research Awards
Proposal Submission Deadline: March 5 at 5:00 p.m. EST for the 2015 competition (funding cycle July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016)
The Provost Student Research Awards (PSRA) are designed to provide UTC students with a special opportunity to participate in original research with faculty members. This research is normally undertaken during the summer months, although academic year research may be approved with proper justification. See the application for all guidelines and submission instructions.
Collaborative Research Initiative for Sponsored Programs
Note of Intent to Apply Deadline: April 9, 2015 at 5 p.m.
Full Proposal Deadline: April 21, 2015 at 5 p.m.
The Collaborative Research Initiative for Sponsored Programs (CRISP) internal grants program seeks to stimulate collaborative, sponsored research at UTC by providing investigational teams of UTC faculty with resources and coordinated support services to help them build research capacity, create internal and external research collaborations, and establish a multi-disciplinary research team with the primary outcome of submitting competitive research proposals and successfully securing funding from external sources. Applicants must propose a collaborative course of action that will increase their capacity to successfully compete for external funding. All applicants are expected, within their proposal, to outline a plan for preparing and submitting at least one and preferably multiple proposals to external funding agencies within a maximum timeframe of 24 months after the project's start date.
The CRISP internal grant program is anticipated to support 6-8 awards of up to $8,000 each to take place over a 12-month funding period (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016).
CRISP Excel Budget Worksheet - Coming Soon
NSF-MRI Internal Selection Competition
No current upcoming deadlines.
The NSF MRI grant program allows only three proposal submissions per institution: two proposals for equipment acquisition and one proposal for equipment development. For the past several competition cycles, UTC has had more than two faculty teams who wanted to pursue equipment acquisition grants. In the event that we have more than two faculty teams interested in equipment acquisition this year, The OPSP will be coordinating an internal review and selection process.
Additional information about the internal competition, including abstract guidance, evaluation criteria, and the competition timeline, may be found by reading the MRI Internal Selection Guidelines, linked below. In addition, please closely review the full MRI program solicitation to make sure that your proposal fully meets the program requirements.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions.
ORAU Ralph E. Powe Jr. Faculty Enhancement Award
No current upcoming deadlines.
The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions and are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities. The ORAU Powe Award is a $5000 award for full-time assistant professors who are within two years of their initial tenure track appointment. Proposals are welcomed in the following fields: Engineering/Applied Sciences; Life Sciences; Mathematics/Computer Science; Physical Sciences; and Policy, Management, or Education. UTC is limited to nominating only two junior faculty members per year, therefore an internal competition is held to identify the two proposals deemed most likely to succeed.
UTC offers several other internal grant opportunities to support a wide range of faculty development activities including student - faculty research collaborations, curriculum development, technology and equipment acquisition, and conference travel support. These internal grants are administered by various units on campus. While these internal grants do not operate under the auspices of the OPSP, we encourage new faculty, faculty changing from one research field to another, and those interested in developing a funding or research track-record to consider these options as part of a long-term external funding strategy.
To learn more about UTC's internal grant opportunities, visit the Walker Teaching Resource Center's website.