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Administered through the Office of the Vice President for Research, Grant-in-Aid Program (GIA) funds are awarded in the belief that the quality of faculty research or artistic endeavors is a major determinant of the overall vitality of the institution. Note that these funds are used to support independent research. In most cases grants are not meant to provide sole support for research activities, but instead to act as seed money for developing projects to the point of attracting more complete, external funding.
Application routed to approvers by: Monday, February 11, 2013
Applications routed to the OVPR by: Thursday, February 14, 2013
We are pleased to announce the Spring 2013 Grant-in-Aid Program administered by the Office of the Vice President for Research. This program represents an important means by which this office is able to promote the scholarly and artistic activities of the faculty and their graduate students and to foster academic excellence within the University. Guidelines have been established to ensure that the available funds are distributed fairly, are effective in sustaining the vitality and quality of research at the University, and as seed money, help to stimulate the development of funding from external sources. See program summary below.
Faculty members whose needs fall into one of the fundable categories and do not currently hold a Grant-in-Aid are encouraged to submit applications. Application will be reviewed by either the Biomedical Research Advisory Committee or the General Research Advisory Committee according to the area of the research. Applicants are encouraged to consult the evaluation criteria used by the review committees prior to writing their proposal.
While there is no rigid maximum amount, funds are limited and we hope to support as many worthy projects as possible. In FY12, 101 grants were awarded with an average award of $27,833. Requests for amounts considerably larger than the average may be viewed more positively if accompanied by a matching fund component. See Expenditures Allowed.
The grant period for proposals awarded in the Spring begins July 1, 2013 and ends January 15, 2015. Guidelines prohibit a faculty member from holding more than one Grant-in-Aid during a grant period (with the exception of shared equipment awards) whether or not funding has been fully expended. Therefore, the next grant period for which July 1, 2015 awardees could seek additional Grant-in-Aid funding is that beginning January 1, 2015 (submission deadline in Sept. 2014).
All proposals must be submitted electronically. (Application Instructions)
In view of the limited funds available for this purpose and an anticipated increase in faculty needs, it is in your best interest to submit your application by the prescribed deadline. The deadline for submitting your application to approvers is February 11, 2013. ALL APPLICATIONS must be approved and routed to the OVPR by February 14, 2013.
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Applications are accepted from U of MN faculty (Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor) conducting independent research and who hold (or will hold during 2012-2013 academic year) full-time (100%) tenured or tenure-track appointments, or full-time (100%) annually renewable, fixed term, or clinical-track faculty appointments. New faculty must begin their appointment by the start date of the grant. A faculty member may be principal investigator on only one application at a time or one awarded Grant-in-Aid during a given grant period. Exception is made, however, for investigators applying under shared equipment.
Consideration will not be given to:
Specific projects are generally supported only once. Should faculty wish to apply for a second term of support, a new proposal must be submitted that addresses the following issues: a) there must be a strong indication that the potential for useful results and/or outside funding would be markedly improved by the additional term of support; b) the first term must show appropriate progress; and c) concrete efforts should have been made (whether successful or not) to obtain external funds. Note: new projects will have priority for funding, other factors being equal. Support for a specific project beyond the second term is granted only in exceptional circumstances.
In the event that a faculty member leaves the U of MN during the award period, remaining GIA funds will revert to the Office of the Vice President for Research.
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