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Because today’s extraordinary societal challenges call for reaching beyond the established patterns and organization of the research community, 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 convert ideas into viable research questions to enable faculty members to respond collaboratively and boldly to emerging opportunities in interdisciplinary research and scholarship.
Due date for Letter of Intent: Mar. 1, 2013
Due date for application: Mar. 25, 2013
Award notification: Mid May 2013
Project start date: Jul. 1, 2013
Project completion date: Jun. 30, 2015
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, 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 for more than approximately 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 (LOI) indicating the Co-PI’s names and departments, the project’s tentative title, a short description of the proposed project, and two names and e-mail addresses of potential reviewers who are not connected with the proposed project. Please send this information via e-mail using MN Futures Letter of Intent and your last name in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org, due date March 1, 2013. The LOI is not optional.
1. The Proposal Routing Form (PRF) should
2. Please send your proposal (items 1 – 3 in Outline section below) as a single PDF document, via e-mail using MN Futures Grant in the Subject line to email@example.com, due date March 25, 2013.
REQUIRED COMPONENTS OF PROPOSAL
1. The Cover Page (required template provided)
2. The proposal must be prepared in point size of 10 or higher with 1 inch margins, cannot exceed 15 pages (not including references), 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)
Allowable expenses up to $250,000 over two years for the proposal include personnel costs (senior personnel, post docs, graduate students and others); travel; materials and supplies; consultants; or computer services. General use equipment or supplies including computers, books, or subscriptions are not allowable.