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Seed Funding

Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) and Business and Community Services (BCS) are pleased to make available several seed funding opportunities for the FY 14-15 year.

Iowa NSF EPSCoR Project Grants - $1,500 to $15,000

Letter of intent due 11/3/2014 (required)
Full application due 11/17/2014

Commercialization Grants - Up to $15,000

Letter of intent due 11/3/2014 (required)
Full application due 11/17/2014

Travel Grants
Application due 11/17/2014

If you are interested in applying for any of these grant opportunties, download the 2014-2015 seed funding grants RFP. You will also need to download the application cover sheet and the budget template.

Please contact me at christine.twait@uni.edu if you have any questions.

We look forward to your great ideas!

NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) - Internal Deadline Nov. 24

Due to the limit on the number of proposals institutions may submit to NSF's Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI), RSP will conduct an internal selection of UNI proposals. Those interested must submit summary materials for their proposed projects by the internal deadline of November 24, 2014; see instructions below. RSP will convene a committee to review and select the proposals to be put forth.

Institutional submission limit: 3 proposals (2 acquisition and 1 development)

Internal Deadline: 12:00 noon on Monday, November 24, 2014.

Instructions: Review the NSF MRI program solicitation carefully. Proposed projects must fit the program guidelines. We encourage you to contact the NSF program director to verify your project's suitability or answer any questions about your project prior to submitting proposals for the internal selection. Any information from NSF program directors should accompany your pre-proposal.

Internal reviewers will be using the following review criteria: UNI NSF MRI Review Form.

Include the following components in your Internal NSF MRI Pre-Proposal:

1)     Cover Sheet

  • Complete NSF MRI Pre-Proposal Cover Sheet
  • PI/PD and Department Head signatures required

2)     Project Narrative (5-page limit, not including references cited)

  • Listing of all PIs, Co-PIs and senior personnel who will be primary users of the instrumentation. For each person, describe their roles and responsibilities
  • Description of equipment to be requested
  • Brief descriptions of primary research projects that will be enhanced by acquisition of equipment, including the level of student involvement in each project and the sources of funding (current or planned submissions) that support the research
  • One paragraph summarizing the Intellectual Merit of the proposal
  • One paragraph describing the Broader Impacts of the proposal
  • Discussion of how the equipment will enhance research and research training at UNI
  • Justification of need
  • Description of secondary UNI users, collaborations, outside users

Note: If you are re-submitting an NSF MRI proposal, please include reviewer comments from your previous submission. Include up to 1 additional page outlining plans for addressing reviewer comments.

3)     Biosketch for PI, Co-PIs and Senior Personnel

  • Please complete NSF Biosketch template
  • 2-page limit per person

4)     Current and Pending Support for PI, Co-PIs and Senior Personnel

  • Please fill out NSF Current and Pending template

Submit summaries to: preaward@uni.edu Include "NSF MRI" in the subject line.

Selection Notification: by 5:00 p.m. Monday, December, 8. (Full proposal deadline: Thursday, January 22, 2015)

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the NSF MRI program, please contact Lori Miller at 3-4321 or preaward@uni.edu.

Sign Up for RSP Mailing Lists

Receive monthly funding opportunity announcements by subscribing to the RSP-PreAward list.

Anyone interested in research involving human participants should send an email to Anita Gordon at anita.gordon@uni.edu and ask to be included in the RSP-IRB list.

Receive news and information related to managing a sponsored project at RSP-Postaward list.

News and Announcements

New Research and Sponsored Programs F&A Guidance Effective 11/1/14
Effective November 1, 2014 all sponsored programs that are applied for after 11/1/14 and that are administered by the Office of Research and Sponsored

Please join us on November 13th in the Commons Georgian Lounge for the annual reception to recognize external funding at UNI.

The celebration of research, scholarship and creative activity starts at 4 p.m. with a brief program and awards ceremony at 4:45 p.m.Refreshments will be provided

For past events and announcements, please see: News and Announcements Archive