Funding

Request for Applications - Population Systems Signature Program Funding  

Please note: The same/similar proposal cannot be submitted to more than one Signature Program funding opportunity.

Population Systems Research refers to applied research aimed at addressing health challenges in food animals, companion animals, and/or wildlife, including the interface between and among those groups or with humans and the environment. The research focus is at the population level, rather than the individual level, hence excluding purely molecular, microbial, or clinical/pathological studies. The objective of the UMN CVM Population Systems RFA process is to stimulate novel and highly impactful Population Systems research that will be competitive at a later stage for external funding. Because the ability to address key challenging research questions at the population level typically requires development of multi-investigator interdisciplinary research teams, the Population Systems RFA process is intended to promote team development and planning, as well as provide seed funding for Population Systems research with high potential for external funding.

Population Systems Research Project Grants

Approximately $200,000 is available to fund pilot grant research proposals (up to $50,000 per proposal with budget appropriate to scope) and planning grant proposals (up to $15,000 per proposal) in the area of Population Systems research. See below for proposal guidelines.

Pilot Grant Research Proposals – Guidelines

The goal is to fund pilot projects to develop data for CVM researchers/faculty to increase competitiveness for external funding at next stages of the proposed research. Proposed projects should provide direct benefits to the College of Veterinary Medicine and the state at large as these Associate Dean for Research Funds originate from the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station's General Agricultural Research (GAR) funds. International travel and expenses are generally discouraged by the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station in the administration of these funds. Travel is allowable only in direct support of research objectives. Computers, laptops, and any kind of equipment may be allowable if justified as crucial for the research planned in the project. If used for multiple projects, only the portion corresponding to the project may be budgeted. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis and note that justifying the need for laptops or computers simply to collect data, organize databases, and write reports and papers will not be acceptable. Please contact the Research Office with questions regarding allowability of expenses.

Proposal Format
1. Margins-1 inch: top, bottom, left and right
2. Minimum font size - 11 points
3. Single Spaced

Proposal Narrative
The proposal narrative should include the following:
1. Relevance - Fulfill the mission of CVM One Medicine - One Science Signature Programs in the area of Population Systems.
2. Technical and Collaborative Approach – Use of an interdisciplinary approach with multiple investigators from inside and outside the CVM.
3. Future sustainability - Potential to obtain future funding from external sources. Priority will be given to applicants who identify opportunities to apply for grants whose indirect cost rate is at least 25% of the total direct costs.

Letter of intent (LOI) (optional, due March 16, 2015)
Prospective applicants are requested to submit a brief letter of intent (LOI) providing a tentative title for the application and preliminary list of researchers/faculty involved. This LOI is not required, but highly recommended to help identify suitable reviewers. Submit LOI via email to vetres@umn.edu with subject line of Pop Sys LOI.


Application

1. The cover pages - please use the application template provided. 
2. The proposal narrative (not to exceed 5 pages)
3. A detailed budget with justifications. Please include description of role and effort level for any investigator/personnel, paid and unpaid.
4. Biosketches of key participants (not to exceed 2 pages for each participant)
5. Timeline
6. Outcomes
 For recipients of previous CVM Research Office funding: Investigators who have received other CVM Research Office funding (as PI or Co-PI) since January of 2008 should document and submit current status or final outcomes of the project to enable reviewers to assess outcomes of previous investments in their research.
 Please use the outcomes template included in the application for each investigator who has received funding.

Planning Grant Research Proposals – Guidelines

The goal is to provide funding of grants led by CVM Population Systems faculty to develop research collaborations to address key issues in the Population Systems area of focus. This funding will be used to develop research teams among groups of investigators, and may include travel to bring together investigators and other expenses associated with developing the team. The required outcome of each of these grants is development of a grant proposal for external funding, preferably at funding opportunities whose indirect cost rate is at least 25% of the total direct costs. Proposed projects should provide direct benefits to the College of Veterinary Medicine and the state at large as these funds originate from the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station's General Agricultural Research (GAR) funds. International travel and expenses are generally discouraged by the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station in the administration of these funds. Travel is allowable only in direct support of research objectives. Computers, laptops, and any kind of equipment may be allowable if justified as crucial for the research planned in the project. If used for multiple projects, only the portion corresponding to the project may be budgeted. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis and note that justifying the need for laptops or computers simply to collect data, organize databases, and write reports and papers will not be acceptable. Please contact the Research Office with questions regarding allowability of expenses. 

Proposal Format
1. Margins-1 inch: top, bottom, left and right
2. Minimum font size - 11 points
3. Single Spaced

Application
1. The cover pages - please use the application template provided.
2. The proposal narrative (not to exceed 2 pages)
3. A detailed budget with justifications. (Please include description of role and effort level for any investigator/personnel paid and unpaid)
4. Biosketches of key participants (not to exceed 2 pages for each participant)
5. Timeline
6. Outcomes
 For recipients of previous CVM Research Office funding: Investigators who have received other CVM Research Office funding (as PI or Co-PI) since January of 2009 should document and submit current status or final outcomes of the project to enable reviewers to assess outcomes of previous investments in their research.
 Please use the outcomes template included in the application template for each investigator who has received funding.

Review Process

Proposals will be reviewed by a Population Systems Review Panel composed of Population Systems Leads, representation from the CVM Research Committee, invited ad hoc Population Systems faculty reviewers and invited external Population Systems representatives (e.g., industry, government). This review committee will make recommendations for funding decisions to the CVM Associate Dean for Research.

Grant proposals will be evaluated using the following criteria:
1. Must address key issue in Population Systems area of focus and be well justified.
2. Utilize multi-investigator and multidisciplinary research approach.
3. Preference will be given to proposals with innovative ideas and approaches.
4. Identification of a plan for external funding is required.

Submission Process

Please send your application (items 1-6 above) as a single pdf (with scanned signed cover pages) via email to vetres@umn.edu using Pop Sys Research Grants in the subject line. Proposals are due March 30, 2015.

Key Dates:

Due date for letter of intent (suggested, not mandatory): March 16, 2015
Due Date for Application: March 30, 2015
Tentative Award Date: May 2015
Project Completion Date: Funds must be spent within 1 year of award with final report due at that time.

Questions?

Please contact the Research Office @ 612-624-2744 or via email at vetres@umn.edu with any questions.
 

 

 

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