Research Excellence Fund (REF) - Infrastructure Enhancement Grants (IE)
Infrastructure Enhancement Grants
Budget Deadline: March 3, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
Proposal Deadline: March 10, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
PI Eligibility: Submitted proposals must each have a Chair, Dean, or Research Center/Institute Director as Principal Investigator. Co-investigators may include academic or research faculty, or research staff.
PI Limitations: A PI may only submit one proposal per category (see FAQs).
Project Duration: Projects are 13 months long, July 1st to August 31st of the following year.
REF Infrastructure Enhancement (REF-IE) grants are designed to provide Departments/Schools and Research Centers/Institutes with resources to develop the infrastructure necessary to support sponsored research and graduate student education. Funded projects will typically focus on acquisition of equipment, enhancement of laboratory facilities, or enhancement of administrative support structure to expand the research capability of the unit. REF-IE grants may be up to $50,000, are limited to the award period outlined above, and can not be extended. Unexpended funds at the end of the project period will revert to the REF pool. Two or more departments may jointly submit a proposal. This program is restricted to non-Core Facility Infrastructure.
If submitting a health-oriented research proposal, please review the Portage Health Foundation Research Awards for more information.
Evaluation of Proposals
REF-IE proposals will be evaluated on:
- Extent of enhancement of the University's research capability.
- The likelihood of leading to future sponsored research funding and graduate student support.
- Achievement of the University strategic plan
- Matching funds are not required; however evidence of a departmental commitment to the project needs to be clear in the proposal, as well as reasoning for a lack of cost share
Note: equipment that will be placed in a University-recognized core facility should be noted in the proposal and will be given priority in the review process.
All proposals must include a completed Required Elements Checklist—IE to ensure all necessary documents have been submitted. Please review this checklist prior to writing your proposal as it explains the requirements and page limits. With an expectation of a heavy volume of submission for this competition, please adhere to all guidelines including the proposal format.
All REF-IE proposals must include a management plan section, which is a summary of how the equipment will be used and maintained. The proposer needs to outline the following on their Management Plan:
- Equipment Operation
- Identify who will be in charge of and responsible for the equipment.
- Identify potential users of the equipment.
- Will it be used by students?
- Will it be used across campus?
- Will it only be used by a specific department?
- Training of Users
- Identify who will train the equipment users.
- Identify how they will be trained.
- Use Fee Structure
- Identify a use charge structure, which will help pay for upkeep and maintenance.
- Maintenance Plan
- Identify who will perform up-keep and maintenance of the equipment.
- Identify how this will be executed.
Budgets, budget justifications, quotes, and cost share forms (if cost share is used) must be submitted to the Sponsored Programs Office by the budget deadline. Budgets must be approved by the Sponsored Programs Office prior to the proposal deadline.
- Budgets will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis.
- Proposed budgets should be clear and detailed, and must fully justify all expenditures.
- Please use this provided budget spreadsheet to complete your budget.
- Faculty, staff, temporary, post doc, and visiting scholar salary support (including summer salary).
- Cost share for all salary support.
- Graduate student support (stipend, tuition, hourly, etc). Hourly graduate student support is ONLY allowed during the summer semester.
- Faculty release time
Student Support Limitations
- Undergraduate support is allowable and needs to be clearly justified in the proposal.
- Hourly graduate student support is ONLY allowable during the summer semester.
- Hourly graduate students should not be doing work related to their thesis or dissertation.
All cost share is to be disclosed in the budget justification and shown on the budget worksheet. You must also submit a completed Cost Share Authorization form (which is located on the Banner Self Service Site).
Please submit all of your budget materials and completed Cost Share/Matching Support Authorization Form to email@example.com
Proposal Submission Requirement
- Please submit the required elements checklist, transmittal form, proposal, budget, cost share Form (if cost share is used), and quotes as one PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Submit one copy of final proposal to the appropriate Dean for review; the Dean will submit their letter of support directly to the Natasha Chopp at email@example.com. If you are submitting as the Dean, submit one copy of the final proposal to the Provost for review. The Provost will submit their letter of support directly to the Natasha Chopp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dean (Provost if the PI is the Dean) will send their letter of support directly to Natasha Chopp at email@example.com. Letters are due within seven calendar days of the proposal deadline. If faculty members from the same college/school submit multiple proposals, the Dean needs to prioritize the proposals from the college/school based on need and benefit.
If you need to make a modification to your REF award end date or budget, please send a completed Request for Modification Form (see resources box on this page) via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The form should provide a justification for the requested change and be signed by the required individuals. Please send the document as a PDF file.