The FY16 TIER 1 competition is now open

TIER 1: Seed Grant/Proof of Concept Program

This competitive program provides funds to support and encourage individual faculty members to form multidisciplinary teams to secure proof of concept, with a goal of successfully competing for future sponsored research opportunities. Funds are also available as seed grants for faculty teams to develop new and innovative research directions. An explicit strategy for securing external funding must be outlined. Total support of up to $50,000 is available, provided by the College(s) and Senior Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education (SVPR). Please note that beginning with the FY16 awards, the grant period has been extended to 15 months (July 1, 2015 - September 30, 2016). It is expected that all projects will conclude by the end of the grant period. Current TIER 1 grantees may apply for limited second year funding, however these requests will be subject to a high level of scrutiny and must have a very strong justification for additional funding.

This year we will be particularly interested in proposals that position the university to compete in emerging areas of significant research funding, e.g. climate change, resilience, cyber security, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing, affordable health care, etc.

Applications must be submitted using the TIER 1 Application Form and be signed by Department Chairs before being uploaded to the TIER 1 Portal by the team's designated Contact Co-PI. Note that every Co-PI must register on the portal before they can be added to a submission. The portal will be open for registrations and submissions between December 1 and January 15, and can be accessed via this website.

Proposals will be reviewed in a two-stage process beginning with the relevant Deans. Proposals that are endorsed by the Deans will go forward to the SVPR for further consideration.

Important Deadlines:
October 16 – FY16 TIER 1 competition is announced
December 1 – TIER 1 Portal opens for submissions
January 15 – Deadline for submission of proposals through the TIER 1 Portal
February 27 – Deadline for Deans to submit endorsed proposals to the SVPR
March 18 – Award notifications
July 1, 2015 – Start of grant period
September 30, 2016

Support Constraints:
Funding may not be requested for faculty salary support. Salary support for research scientists is allowed.

Graduate students who are included on the grant must be named, and their CVs included with the proposal (exceptions may be requested for students enrolled in non-PhD professional degree programs). Funding should not be requested to support first-year graduate students. Tuition is not an allowable charge.

It is recommended that investigators apply as Co-PIs on no more than two applications.

TIER 1 Proposal Submission Portal TIER 1 Application Form (PDF)


TIER 2: Federally Designated Centers; Major Programs Initiative

The SVPR and the Dean(s) will provide incentive support to faculty groups pursuing large, multidisciplinary Federal funding opportunities. Funding consists of support to facilitate the preparation of highly competitive proposals, up to $75,000, or post-award annual operating support up to 10% of the IDC. Rolling deadline

TIER 2: Application Form


TIER 3: Campus-wide Research Initiatives Program (CRIP)

This competitive program provides support for development of broad, multidisciplinary research initiatives and centers that will position the university to become a national leader in an emerging or sustained area of research that responds to a national or societal need. Successful applicants will receive planning grants of up to $150,000 and post-CRIP designation support of up to $150,000 from the SVPR and Dean(s) for a designated time period. Rolling deadline

TIER 3: Application Form