Penn's internally-funded Research Foundation is in its 14th year as a source of support for faculty research across the University. Its Guidelines, printed semesterly in Almanac, can now be found on Penn Web year-round, both under Almanac and under the Vice Provost for Research. Awards given in last fall's round are in Almanac February 14, 1995; those given in Spring 1995 will be announced shortly.
The Research Foundation encourages the exploration of new fields across a broad spectrum of disciplines. In doing so, the Foundation expands opportunities for faculty to attract support and resources from external sources while encouraging work in fields that are traditionally underfunded. The Research Foundation is principally for faculty.
The Foundation supports two levels of grants. The first level, Type A grants, provide support in the range of $500 to $5,000. The second level, Type B grants, provide support in the range of $5,000 to $50,000. The standard application for a Type A grant is briefer than that for a Type B grant, reflecting respective funding levels. However, the review criteria for Type A and Type B grants are similar, and several general factors are considered in evaluating an application for either type of grant. They are:
The Application Process
The Research Foundation Board will review both Type A and Type B applications in the fall and spring of each academic year. Applications for the fall cycle are due on or before November 1 of each year, while spring cycle applications are due on or before March 15 of each year. All research projects involving human subjects or animals must receive Institutional Board approval prior to funding. Questions concerning humans/animal research should be directed to Ruth Clark at 898-2614. All research projects involving the use of hazardous or biohazardous materials must receive approval from the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) prior to initiation of experimentation. Questions about this approval process should be directed to Harriet Izenberg at 898-4453.
An Original And Ten Copies of both Type A and Type B proposals should be submitted to the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, 212 College Hall/6381.
Type A Proposals should contain a brief description of the research and the specific needs which the grant will cover. The proposal should include:
I. Cover page(s)
11. A one-page biographical sketch of the investigator(s) listing educational background, cademic positions held, and five recent publications.
II. A back-up of the 100-word abstract in the form of a 3 or 4 page mini-proposal.
III. A budget list that justifies the specific items requested and assigns a priority to each item. Budgets should not exceed a two-year maximum time period.
Categories of Research Foundation support for Type A proposals will focus on:
Type B Proposals are limited to ten single spaced pages in length. The following format is suggested for Type B proposals:
I. Cover Page(s)
II. Introduction (2 to 3 pages)
Statement of the objectives and scholarly or scientific significance of the proposed work.
III. Methods of Procedure (3 to 4 pages)
Description of the research plan and methodologies to be employed.
IV. Description of the significance and impact of the project.
V. Description of how a Research Foundation grant will facilitate acquisition of future research funds.
VI. Budget (one page) 2 year maximum. Each budget item should be listed in order of priority.
Categories of Research Foundation support for Type B proposals focus on several areas of need. These are:
Requests for student tuition and dissertation fees will not be considered by the Foundation.
January 30, 1996
Volume 42, Number 18