ORD introduces new standing due dates for internal grants and calls for concept papers

The Office of Research Development (ORD) managed nearly a dozen intramural grant competitions in FY 2022 to provide seed funding for R&D initiatives, student research learning experiences, and research collaborations within the University of Maine System and beyond.

Each of these competitions had separate proposal guidelines, multiple due dates spanning the academic year, and peer review panels evaluating the proposals and making funding recommendations. Intramural funding helps stimulate lines of research, support undergraduate and graduate researchers, and set research teams up for larger extramural funding.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every member of the research community who has served on an internal funding review panel for their time and expertise to make these internal funding programs a great success.

Starting this fall, there will be two standing due dates that will be utilized for internal grant programs and calls for concept papers:

Fall due date:  October 20, 2022

Spring due date:  February 16, 2023

In subsequent years, these will occur on the third Thursday of October and February, respectively, with applications due by 5:00 pm.

All applications will be submitted through the InfoReady grant review portal and utilizing standard application forms, application guidelines, and review panel processes. The university’s call for concept papers for federal legislative priorities and earmarks for this year will utilize the new fall due date of October 20.

In the cases of limited competitions, where the sponsor limits the number of applications the institution is allowed to submit to a given competition, ORD will continue to hold ad-hoc competitions, as needed. For federal programs that already have limited competition guidelines and are on a predictable schedule, we will employ the common application deadline, as appropriate. The best and most clear example of this, would be for the National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program that receives applications annually in January. Pre-proposals will be received on the new fall deadline schedule.

Please look for more details related to the specific competition schedule in September’s edition of the UMaine Impact newsletter.

Please direct any questions and comments to Saul Allen, Associate Director of Research Development, saul.allen@maine.edu.

Contact: research@maine.edu