Faculty members planning to submit a proposal to the Institute for support of a research project must provide a pre-proposal
that briefly (2 pages) describes the goal(s) of the research project, the roles of faculty and other personnel involved in the project. Indicate whether funding for the project is being sought from other sources. Also please include the anticipated budget needs; and for each collaborator on the project a two-page biographical sketch. In cases where a course release is being requested, a note from the department chair or program director acknowledging the request should be included with the pre-proposal or sent to the Institute Director. The Executive Advisory Committee of the Institute will review the pre-proposals. Please submit pre-proposals as pdf files by e-mail to Rene Beers firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact Daniel Schult (email@example.com
Based on the deliberations of the Executive Advisory Committee, full proposals will be solicited. The pre-proposals will be used to guide conversations about the project between those preparing full proposals and the Director of the Institute. Full proposals should include the following:
- Institutional cover sheet (“yellow sheet”) signed by Department/Program Chair(s) and Division Director
- Cover page, listing title of project, principal investigators and affiliations
- One page project summary
- Project narrative (limit 15 pages double-spaced, 12-point font)
- Budget (see budget outline below; refer to the Office of Corporation, Foundation and Government Support for Fringe Benefits and to the Colgate University Research Council Guidelines for current travel and cost of living expense limits)
- Budget explanation, including justification for any course release(s) and an itemized explanation for each category
- Short (2-pages, NSF-style) curriculum vitae of PI(s) and other personnel
- Supporting letters or other documents may be included as appendices not to exceed 10 pages
- A list of three potential external reviewers, who may be called on to provide independent, critical reviews of the proposal. A short list of people who may have a conflict of interest in reviewing the proposal may also be attached; the Committee will not solicit input from people on this list.
Proposals will be reviewed by the Executive Advisory Committee; the Committee may also solicit reviews of proposals by external reviewers. The Committee’s recommendations for funding are subject to final approval by the Dean of Faculty/Provost and President.
Full proposals are due by 5:00 PM on February 1, 2016. Funding announcements will be made on or before March 1, 2016.
In addition to major research awards by the Picker Interdisciplinary Science Institute, other activities that indirectly enhance interdisciplinary research in science and mathematics may be supported. Such activities may include sponsoring of speakers or colloquia, support to explore potential projects, or research support not available elsewhere.
To be eligible for support from the Institute, proposed activities must satisfy all of the following criteria:
- The proposed activity must have a clear interdisciplinary element
- The proposed activity must not be eligible for other readily available internal sources of funds (e.g., departmental, divisional)
- The proposed activity must have impact beyond the lifetime of the activity
Requests for funding interdisciplinary activities may be made directly to Dan Schult (Director) and will be considered year round.