Funding

Request for Applications

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

Population Systems Research is applied research to address health challenges at the interface between livestock and poultry, wildlife, humans, and the environment, often involving teams of scientists using interdisciplinary approaches. The research focus is at the population systems level, rather than solely the microbial or molecular level. 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. As the ability to address key challenging research questions in this area 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 $250,000 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 $20,000 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 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. Purchase of computers not allowed. Please contact the Research Office with questions regarding allowability of expenses.

Project Format

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  2. Minimum font size - 11 points
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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, with identified funding source with indirect costs of at least 30%.

Application

  1. The cover pages - please use the application template.
  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)
  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.


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. 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. Purchase of computers not allowed. Please contact the Research Office with questions regarding allowability of expenses.

 

Project 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 (attached to e-mail announcement)
  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)
  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 January 18, 2014

Key Dates:
Due Date for Application: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Tentative Award Date: February, 2014

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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