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In keeping with the OVPR’s strategic plan to address societal challenges, the MN Futures Grant Program is designed to promote research and scholarship beyond existing initiatives through fostering opportunities for researchers to cross disciplinary and professional boundaries. The program is designed to promote in-depth work to enable faculty members to respond collaboratively and boldly to emerging opportunities in interdisciplinary research and scholarship.
Due date for Letter of Intent: Feb. 22, 2016
Due date for application: Mar. 21, 2016
Award notification: Jun. 2016
Project start date: Jul. 1, 2016
Project completion date: Jun. 30, 2018
Research and scholarly proposals will be evaluated by peer review using the following criteria:
*Definition of a New Group: Because the intent of the MN Futures program is to foster fresh and novel collaborations the group applying for funding must be new. New group means a group that has not worked together before. Although there might be some history of collaboration between different sets of the collaborators, the group itself should not have worked together before or at most no more than a year. For example, two or three members of a larger group of collaborators could have published together but the whole group should not show a history of joint work. The proposal must provide a narrative of how the new group was formed and describe how it is distinct from other interdisciplinary work group members may have conducted in the past.
MANDATORY LETTER OF INTENT
A letter of intent (see required LOI template) must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org using “MN Futures LOI” in the subject line, on or before Monday, February 22, 2016 and must include the following on the prescribed form:
Please note, we will NOT be issuing invitations following the submission of the LOI. Everyone who submits an LOI is invited to submit a full proposal unless you hear from us.
PROPOSAL ROUTING FORM
Proposal Routing forms should NOT be routed to SPA. This form will be used by the OVPR to ensure appropriate documentation of compliance and project approvals. When filling out the PRF please
REQUIRED COMPONENTS OF PROPOSAL
Please send your proposal (items 1 – 3 below) as a single PDF document, via e-mail using MN Futures Grant in the Subject line to email@example.com, on or before Monday, March 21, 2016.
1. The Cover Page (required template provided)
2. The proposal must be prepared in point size of 10 or higher with 1” margins, cannot exceed 15 pages including the budget and budget justification (references should be limited to one additional page), and should include:
• A narrative
• A budget and budget justification
3. Bio-sketches of key collaborators (no more than 2 pages each, this is not included in the 15 page limit)
NOTE: Letters of support and letters of recommendation are optional, and they will count against the 15 page proposal limit.