Seed Research Grant Guidelines
RESEARCH SEED GRANT GUIDELINES
The Michigan Space Grant Consortium announces the MSGC Research Seed Grant Program. The seed grants are designed to support junior faculty, and faculty and research scientists interested in initiating a new area of research. This program is designed to facilitate the development of research expertise that will allow research activities to be proposed to other federal or non-federal funding sources.
Submission Deadline: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
Award notification: Award recipients will be notified of their tentative selection by February 27, 2015. Funds will be dispersed in May 2015, pending receipt of the budgeted 2015 federal funds. The funding interval for the grant is from May 2014 through April 2016.
Awards: up to $5,000
Eligibility: Participation in this program is limited to faculty (research and professorial) at MSGC affiliate and lead institutions. Member institutions (and individuals) are not limited to one proposal. Persons who received a Research Seed Grant in the previous year are not eligible to submit a proposal. Women, under-represented minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Use of funds: MSGC funding of Research Seed Grants will not exceed (but can be less than) $5,000. Funding can be used for travel and to purchase supplies and services. Funding can also be used for faculty and student salaries if they are U.S. citizens. MSGC funds cannot be used to purchase equipment. MSGC funds cannot be used to pay salaries, stipends, or travel to persons that are not U.S. citizens. Foreign travel is not allowed.
Matching funds: Research Seed Grants must be matched (at least one-to-one) with funds from non-federal sources. In-kind matches for Seed Grants are not permitted. No overhead charges can be deducted from the funds provided by the MSGC. The source of matching funds must be identified. Matching from university units such as departments, Dean's or research offices, must be confirmed by a letter from the appropriate authority.
Topics: Proposals must address a problem in engineering, science, mathematics, life sciences, or related educational research. Preference is given to projects focusing on aerospace, space or earth system science, although awards are not strictly limited to these topics. Proposals will be read by reviewers from a range of scientific areas so clarity is the responsibility of the proposer. Note: while writing your proposal, please keep in mind the mission of the MSGC includes creating, developing, and promoting programs that reflect NASA strategic interests:
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All application materials must be submitted online at: http://msgc.umich.edu
The application package includes:
2. a six page research description, including an abstract (not to exceed 150 words), project description, timeline, and plans for proposal submissions to federal and non-federal sources based on the work to be completed.
3. a one page detailed budget and budget justification that specifies how both Space Grant funds and the matching funds will be used to carry out the project.
4. one page of biographical information on the PI.
5. a one page listing of significant publications.
6. up to a two-page list of grants, including grants you have received in the last five years and any pending grants.
7. a letter from the designated signer of the Research Office at the home institution of the investigator verifying the non-federal match.
8. use 12-point font, single-spaced text, and one-inch margins.
9. please convert your documents to a single PDF file to ensure unhindered (platform-independent) reviewer readability. Note: *.docx files are not accepted at this time.
10. proposals that exceed the page limitsspecified above will not be considered.
Reporting Requirements for Award Recipients
A final report is required by April 1, 2016 giving a complete report on research expertise development activities and the status of proposals submitted based on the activities funded by the Research Seed Grant. Documentation of any papers, presentations, announcements, news articles, and press releases relating to the existing project should be included in an appendix. Portions of this final report may be published in the MSGC Newsletter, Michigan in Space. Reports are to be submitted in PDF to Bonnie Bryant at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Award recipients are also required to submit a questionnaire circulated by the Director’s Office requesting financial reporting and information about participants. The questionnaire cannot be used as a program report.
For additional information on this or other MSGC programs, please contact the MSGC Director's Office or contact MSGC Representatives at Affiliate Institutions throughout the state.
Michigan Space Grant Consortium Vision
The Michigan Space Grant Consortium fosters awareness of, education in, and research on space-related science and technology in Michigan.
Michigan Space Grant Consortium Mission
To create, develop, and promote programs that support our vision and reflect NASA strategic interests, and to encourage cooperation between academia, industry, and state and local government in space-related science and technology in Michigan.