Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Collaboratives Program

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School is pleased to announce the new Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Collaboratives Program. Up to 4 interdisciplinary proposals will be funded to address significant thematic areas that would involve teams of two or more faculty members from different disciplines along with primarily undergraduate researchers. Some examples of areas of interest include UMaine’s Signature and Emerging Areas of Excellence.

 


Deadline for proposals: November 15, 2017

Project timeframe: January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018

Eligibility:  All full time UMaine faculty/staff with active research portfolios may serve as PIs

How to apply:  logon to the InfoReady grant review portal to complete an application: link

Proposal format: 5 pages total comprised of: 1 page project summary, 3 page project description and citations, and 1 page budget with budget justification (1” margins, 12 pt font, double spaced)

 

Proposal components:

  • Description of problem to be addressed and its broader thematic context.
  • Overview of interdisciplinary nature of the problem and interaction of several domains
    addressing it.
  • The scope of work, timeline, and organization of the team.
  • Budget and budget justification.
  • Outline of deliverables from the project.
  • One required deliverable is an external grant application to a funding agency or
    foundation.
  • Discussion of further work and approaches to making the project or thematic area
    sustainable, including specific sources of additional external funding to be pursued.
  • Consultations with Grant Development Office staff will be available.

 

Required Deliverables:

  • UMaine Student Symposium presentations by the undergraduate students supported by the grant.
  • Grant proposal submitted by the faculty members, by 12/31/2018.
  • Prototypes, demonstrations, or exhibits.
  • Teams will report on their progress on June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2018.  Copies of conference papers and other relevant publications should be included in the final report. Press coverage links of students/faculty/staff involved in the project (e.g. UMaine news, BDN, etc.)

 

Budget guidelines:

Proposals requesting up to $30,000 will be considered. Matching funds are permitted beyond this limit.  Funds should be primarily utilized for stipends for undergraduate researchers, but requests may also include up to $5,000 for course buyout for faculty mentors OR for a graduate student coordinator. Limited funds for domestic travel and supplies are permitted but computers are excluded. Funds may also be requested to support collaborations with external partners. No summer salary for PIs is permitted.

Proposals requesting up to $30,000 will be considered. Matching funds are permitted beyond this limit. Funds should be primarily utilized for stipends for undergraduate researchers, but requests may also include up to $5,000 for course buyout for faculty mentors OR for a graduate student coordinator. Limited funds for domestic travel and supplies are permitted but computers are excluded. Funds may also be requested to support collaborations with external partners. No summer salary for PIs is permitted.

 

Expected Conditions:

  • Evidence of satisfactory progress in the form of a progress report at mid-grant is required
    for further funds to be released.
  • Awarded grants will be for one calendar year duration and expected to be completed
    during this time-period. A limited number of grants with exceptional outcome may be considered for renewal for a second year.
  • By no later than the completion of the one year project a proposal stemming from the work conducted is expected to be submitted for funding support from an external agency.