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Provost's Fund for Research

Proposals for FY 2020 are being considered for the Multidisciplinary Grants and the Catalyst Grants Programs
Submission deadline: 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, 2019

About the Program

The Provost’s Fund for Research advances Rutgers University–Camden’s research enterprise and increases the university's research competitiveness among its peers. It provides support for faculty research, scholarly work, and creative endeavors across all disciplines and particularly encourages multidisciplinary research and new initiatives from early career faculty.

Description of the Programs

The Multidisciplinary and Catalyst Grant Programs provide seed funding to support Rutgers–Camden faculty in their pursuit of new and innovative research endeavors. Applicants may submit maximum requests of $15,000 to the Multidisciplinary Grants Program and $5,000 to the Catalyst Grants Program.  Please be aware that the awarded amount may be less.

Applicants may also choose to designate their projects as either Community-Engaged Research or Student-Engaged Research and thereby request funds exceeding the normal limits to support their projects. Previous Provost’s Fund for Research awardees may also apply for a limited amount of continuation funding to complete their projects.

Multidisciplinary Grants Program
Many important problems confronting today’s society can only be solved through the collective contribution of researchers from a variety of disciplines. This multidisciplinary program provides grant awards to teams comprised of faculty from at least two different departments or schools of Rutgers University–Camden. The expectation is that these awards will spark new, synergistic interactions between investigators across the campus and will lead to work of the highest quality and impact. These awards are not intended to support already-established projects or minimal extensions of ongoing research or professional programs.

  • Maximum amount per award: $15,000
  • Duration of award: 1 to 2 years, to begin Jan. 1, 2020
  • Eligibility: PIs and co-PIs must be full-time faculty members of Rutgers University–Camden. PIs must be tenured or tenure-track faculty members; co-PIs may be non-tenure-track faculty members.
  • Evaluation criteria: Intellectual merit, collaborative nature, broader impact, student involvement (graduate and undergraduate), potential for extramural funding
  • Project description page limit:  4 (not including references, budget, or CVs)
  • Application deadline: Nov. 15
  • Deliverables:  A project report describing project goals, objectives, methodologies, and outcomes, with a particular emphasis on the impact and multidisciplinary collaborative nature of the project. The report also must include a plan for continuing the project beyond the grant period and for securing extramural funding. Award recipients will be invited and encouraged to present their project at a campus faculty research event.

Catalyst Grants Program
This program is designed for individual investigators who are starting new scholarly, research, or creative initiatives. These include projects from early career faculty (i.e. new investigators) who have not previously received funding for the work outlined in their proposal. If the proposal is from a more senior (tenured) faculty, the work outlined in the proposal must include a compelling justification for why it is considered a “new initiative” for this investigator. Moreover, the senior faculty applicant should be able to show clearly that the work is not just an extension of something they have already done and that they have not received funding for work similar to that outlined in the proposal over their career. These grants are not intended to be used as bridge funds or to fund ongoing scholarly or research initiatives.

  • Maximum amount per award: $5,000
  • Duration of award: 1 year, to begin Jan. 1, 2020
  • Eligibility: PI must be full-time faculty members of Rutgers University–Camden. While these awards are geared primarily toward tenured and tenure-track faculty, a limited number of awards may be presented to non-tenure-track faculty members.
  • Evaluation criteria: Intellectual merit, broader impact, student involvement (graduate and undergraduate), potential for extramural funding
  • Project description page limit: 3 pages (not including references, budget or CV)
  • Application deadline: Nov. 15
  • Deliverables: A project report describing project goals, objectives, methodologies, and outcomes. The report must also include a plan for continuing the project beyond the grant period and for securing extramural funding. Award recipients will be invited and encouraged to present their project at a campus faculty research event.

Applications requesting more than the maximum allowable amount without selecting one of the additional designations will not be reviewed. A panel of Rutgers University–Camden faculty members will review the proposals. Grant recipients will be notified by Friday, Dec. 13..

Designation of Community-Engaged Research

This designation is intended to recognize and support the growing importance of community-engaged research. There are varying degrees of community engagement in research, with the most intense being Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). Although CBPR projects would be welcomed, a project need not be CBPR to request the Community-Engaged Designation. View a discussion of Community-Engaged Research from the health perspective.

  • PIs may request $5,000 additional funding for Multidisciplinary grants ($20,000 in total) and $2,500 additional funding for Catalyst grants ($7,500 in total).
  • To be considered, PIs must provide justification in the project narrative for why their project should be considered community-engaged.
  • Additional evidence that could strengthen the proposal includes (but is not limited to) letters of support from a community group or organization and/or a record of previous community-engaged research.

Designation of Student-Engaged Research

Every project seeking funding through the Provost’s Fund for Research will have a component of their evaluation tied to student involvement in the project. However, this designation is being made available to those principal investigators that make an extra attempt to engage students (graduate or undergraduate) as part of their research team.

  • Principal investigators may request $5,000 additional funding for Multidisciplinary grants ($20,000 in total) and $2,500 additional funding for Catalyst grants ($7,500 in total).
  • To be considered, principal investigators must include in their project narrative a compelling case for why the project should be considered student-engaged.
  • Student researchers should also appear in the budget.

Continuation Grant

There is an understanding that some projects funded in the previous years of the Provost’s Fund for Research may require more time and money to reach their objectives. As such, previous recipients will be eligible to apply for a continuation grant to support their efforts. 

  • Principal investigators may request up to $10,000 for Multidisciplinary grants and up to $5,000 for Catalyst grants.
  • Principal investigators must outline the progress of their project and why additional funds are being requested.
  • Principal investigators may only apply for one round of continuation funding. Previous recipients of continuation awards are not eligible to receive additional continuation funding.

Eligibility

Only full-time faculty members of Rutgers University–Camden may apply. For the Multidisciplinary Grants Program, the lead PI must be tenured or tenure-track. The following are not eligible to apply: coadjutant appointees, teaching and research assistants, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting faculty members. Please read the instructions document before completing the application.

Program Documents

For questions about the Provost’s Fund for Research grant programs, please contact Research Coordinator Jeannie Garmon.