Seed Grant Funding to Catalyze UTEP-TTUHSC El Paso Joint Research Projects
Application Submission Deadline: April 1, 2021, 3 p.m. Mountain Time
Submit Application to: OVPRseedgrants.firstname.lastname@example.org
The Offices of the Vice President for Research at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) are pleased to announce a request for proposals in accordance to guidance of the joint research seed grant-funding program. The overall goal of the program is to encourage the development of new inter-institutional early stage research projects that have a high promise of leading to extramural research funding, as well as high-quality peer-reviewed publications and presentations. This program has the strong support and encouragement from Presidents Wilson and Lange and will help foster increased inter-institutional collaboration.
The funding will catalyze the development of new inter-institutional research teams or stimulate new ideas from existing teams. The eligible scope of work includes biomedical, translational and/or clinical research projects from UTEP and TTUHSC El Paso faculty members. Funding cannot be used to support or supplement research with current or previous external funding. The applicants must clearly and convincingly show that the proposed project does not overlap with currently or previously funded research.
If human or animal subjects are included in the project, then Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Institutional Animal Care Use Committee (IACUC) protocols must be submitted to the appropriate committee(s) for review prior to submitting the grant application. Approvals must be obtained from the relevant committee, either UTEP or TTUHSC, by the project start date; otherwise, the award will be forfeited.
The Co-Principal Investigators (PI) is limited to one from each campus:
- must have a faculty appointment and be a full-time compensated employee of UTEP or TTUHSC El Paso.
- must meet the requirements for PI status in accordance to the UTEP’s or TTUHSC El Paso’s policy by the application due date listed above.
- additional collaborators/co-investigators are permitted, but only one PI from each university per application; no more than one application per PI.
Project Period: one year, with the earliest start date of May 1, 2021.
Maximum grant request: up to $25,000 per year per joint project (maximum $12,500 per institution) for up to 1 year; the amount awarded may be less than the amount requested based on the reviewers' recommendations
Allowable costs: research reagents, supplies and research core services, including animal per diem charges; research equipment (<$5,000), salary and applicable fringe benefits for direct research staff or students that are currently employed by UTEP or TTUHSC El Paso.
Examples of unallowable costs: faculty salary and fringe benefits, travel expenses, publication costs, computers, iPads, cell phones, clinical services, sub-awards to other institutions/agencies, external contractual services that are available within each institution (e.g., core facilities, Laboratory Animal Resource Center, etc.).
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