Internal Funding Opportunities

PNW offers various internal funding opportunities to advance faculty research and scholarship.

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Instructions for Accessing Funding Opportunities and Applying via InfoReady

  1. Click to access the Purdue/Purdue Northwest Competition Space: https://purdue.infoready4.com/#homePage
  2. From the dropdown menu in the upper left, select Purdue Northwest to view available opportunities.
  3. Select the funding opportunity of interest from the Purdue Northwest page.
  4. Read and download information related to the funding opportunity. If you are eligible and wish to apply, click the apply button.
  5. Click Login for Purdue University Users. You will be prompted to enter your BoilerKey login credentials.
  6. Complete all required fields and uploads. Save as Draft at any time to continue editing the application prior to the deadline.  Submit an Application prior to the deadline to be considered for funding.
  1. After the application deadline, the Office of Research staff screen each application for completeness, and ensure that the faculty meet minimum qualification criteria as well as follow the guidelines. 
  2. The Research Board Chair and Chair-Elect select teams of reviewers for each internal funding opportunity. Review teams are mainly comprised of the Research Board members. If needed, the Chair may request reviewers from a pool of previous grant awardees. Reviewers may not be experts in the discipline of each proposal they are reviewing. Therefore, it is critically important that each proposal is written for general audiences.
  3. Each reviewer is assigned proposals through InfoReady. All proposals are reviewed independently by each reviewer. Reviewers generally have 3-4 weeks to review all proposals and provide feedback and scores. Reviewers are provided detailed guidelines for reviewing proposals, required to provide meaningful comments, and acknowledge the peer-review confidentiality expectations.  The system (InfoReady) compiles all results.
  4. Aggregate results are reviewed for accuracy and information is presented to the Research Board Chair and Chair-Elect for final review and approval.
  5. Applicants who score the highest are selected for awards. The number of applicants is based on the availability of funding at the beginning of each year.
  6. Applicants are informed via InfoReady system if their application is selected for an award. Reviewer comments are also provided to applicants. Names of reviewers are confidential and not disclosed.

Internal Funding Opportunities Fall 2022

OBJECTIVE: The objective of the PNW Catalyst Grant is to facilitate and support research on an independent or collaborative project that leads to the submission of a proposal to an external funding agency.

AWARD: Up to $7,000 per proposal for an individual submission and up to $12,000 per proposal for teams of 2 or more faculty members.

  • The project period is from July 1, 2023, to December 31, 2024.
  • Awardees are required to submit a proposal, appropriately scaled for the discipline and including F&A, to an external agency for funding.
  • Funds may be used for AY release, summer salary, students, travel, consultants, supplies, and equipment. Funds may not be used to pay collaborators from other institutions through subcontracts, purchase personal electronics, or support activities unrelated to the project.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • The principal investigator must be tenured/tenure-track faculty at PNW.
  • The principal investigator may have a maximum of 2 active PNW internal awards at one time.
  • Proposals from applicants who did not meet internal grant commitments during the last three years will not be considered for funding. If you have questions about the reporting process, please contact Maja Marjanovic at podbojm@pnw.edu.
  • All applications must be endorsed by the applicant’s Department Head through a letter of support. For projects with multiple PIs, each respective Department Head must endorse the application. Please discuss your application with your Department Head and allow sufficient time for their approval.

REQUIREMENTS: Prior to the start of the project, awardees, without exception, must fulfill the following criteria:

DISSEMINATION: Dissemination at the national or international level through presentations or publications is encouraged.

STUDENT PARTICIPATION: Involving students in the project is strongly encouraged.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES: All applications must be completed electronically by visiting InfoReady by October 16, 2022, @ 11:59 P.M. (ET). The following questions must be answered on the application form by the lead applicant (PI). If awarded, the lead applicant (PI) is responsible for the budget as well as progress and final reports. If awarded, the budget will be established under the lead PI’s name.

APPLICATION SECTION 1: APPLICANT INFORMATION (FOR PI and each PNW Co-PI)

  • Full name (Last, First, Middle)
  • Email
  • Primary Appointment Title
  • Department
  • College

APPLICATION SECTION 2: PROJECT INFORMATION

  • Project Title
  • Project Period
    • The project period is from July 1, 2023, to December 31, 2024. If you require different project dates, please indicate.
  • List funding received from any internal or external sources for this project in the past. Please provide the funding source, amount, and year.
  • List all internal awards (related or unrelated to this project) that you received at PNW through the Office of Research between 2016 and 2022 and specific outcomes that resulted from those projects. If you have not received any PNW Office of Research internal grants, please leave the field blank.
  • List specific external funding opportunities that you are interested in pursuing as a result of this award. The submission will be tracked as your expected outcome.

APPLICATION SECTION 3: COMPLIANCE INFORMATION

  • Will your research involve the use of Animals, Humans, r-DNA bio-hazard materials, or other regulatory controls? If yes, please provide an approval number or indicate that the approval is in process.

APPLICATION SECTION 4: PROJECT NARRATIVE

  • Attach a project narrative (.pdf) and ensure that the narrative meets all of the following criteria:
    • 5-page maximum (references are excluded from the total page count)
    • Times New Roman
    • Single spaced
    • Font size 12
    • 1” Margins

PLEASE ADDRESS EACH SECTION LISTED BELOW IN YOUR NARRATIVE:

  • Statement of the problem, needs, and objectives
  • Goals
  • Activity, methodology, and expected outcomes
  • Timeline for project completion and external proposal submission.
  • Prior work completed on this project that prepared you for proposal submission. Please discuss any preliminary studies, previous proposal submissions, feedback from the funding agency, etc.
  • How will receiving this award support your proposal submission?
  • Brief description of your scholarly work, including presentations or publications related to the proposal
  • Please provide references. These are excluded from the total page count

APPLICATION SECTION 5: BUDGET INFORMATION

  • Please provide information on how you intend to use the funds to support and advance your project.
    • Salary (provide details: % or amount; time period; summer or AY)
    • Fringe Benefits
    • Students
    • Supplies
    • Travel
    • Equipment
    • Other
  • Please provide a brief justification for the budget specified above. Your expenses should be appropriate for the work identified in application section 4. For purchases such as supplies and equipment, please identify the items and describe how will they be used to advance your proposal submission. For salary and student expenses, please describe what work you intend to accomplish.  Please note that any release time or summer salary should be used to advance this project.  Travel expenses need to be supported by dates of travel, location, and the reason why the travel is necessary.

APPLICATION SECTION 6: Curriculum vitae

  • Please attach CVs for all collaborators (up to 4 pages per collaborator).

APPLICATION SECTION 7: CERTIFICATIONS

  • Requirements: Please read and check the box, acknowledging that you understand, if awarded, all recipients of the award will:
    • Submit a proposal to an external funding agency, appropriately scaled for the discipline and including F&A, within 18 months of the award start date.
    • Participate in the Days of Discovery or a similar event at PNW.
    • Participate in Write Winning Grants training in PUWL or similar training at PNW.
    • Submit a progress report within 9 months and a final report within 18 months of receiving the award.
    • Complete RCR (CITI) training before the project start.
    • Serve as a reviewer of PNW internal grant proposals in the future, as needed.
  • Failure to meet these requirements will disqualify you from receiving internal grants from the PNW Office of Research for a period of three years.

EVALUATION CRITERIA: Proposals will be evaluated by a faculty review committee, selected by the Research Board, based on the following criteria:

    1. Clarity of the proposal (reviewers will not be experts in the proposal’s discipline and should be written with a general audience in mind).
    2. Significance of the issue/project (includes the purpose and clear statement of the significance of the project).
    3. Plan for completion (includes methodology and steps to completion).
    4. Potential for success (as indicated by professional achievements of authors including previous funding, publications, and presentations at professional meetings.).
    5. Plan for future proposal submission to an external granting agency (includes granting agency, timeline, and how data/results gathered from the internal grant will contribute to the strength of the external grant).

 

REVIEWERS WILL NOT BE EXPERTS IN THE DISCIPLINE OF EACH PROPOSAL THEY ARE REVIEWING.  IT IS IMPORTANT TO WRITE THE PROPOSAL NARRATIVE WITH GENERAL AUDIENCES IN MIND.

OBJECTIVE: The objective of the PNW Proposal Submission Grant is to support faculty in the development of NEW, high-quality proposals for external funding.

AWARD:

  • Up to $4,500 maximum per proposal.
  • Funds may be used for release, summer salary, fringe benefits or other proposal development expenses. Funds may not be used to pay collaborators from other institutions through subcontracts, purchase personal electronics, or support activities unrelated to the project.
  • The project period is from July 1, 2023, to December 31, 2024. Projects may start on January 1, 2023, with written approval from the Department Head.
  • Awardees are required to submit a proposal, appropriately scaled for the discipline with F&A, to an external funding agency within 18 months of the award start date.

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Applicants must be tenured/tenure-track faculty at PNW.
  • Applicants may be involved in a maximum of 2 active PNW internal awards at one time.
  • Proposals from applicants who did not meet internal grant commitments during the last three years will not be considered for funding. If you have questions about the reporting process, please contact Maja Marjanovic at podbojm@pnw.edu.
  • All applications must be endorsed by the applicant’s Department Head. For projects with multiple PIs, each respective Department Head must endorse the application. Please discuss your application with your Department Head and allow sufficient time for their approval.

REQUIREMENTS: Awardees, without exception, must fulfill the following criteria:

PRIOR TO THE START OF THE PROJECT:

  1. All participants (including students) must complete RCR (CITI) training.
  2. Projects involving regulatory reviews must obtain approvals.

DURING AND AFTER THE PROJECT

  1. Participate in “Write Winning Grants,” or similar training at PNW or PUWL. This training is generally held in November of each year.
  2. Participate in the Days of Discovery or a similar event at PNW.
  3. Submit a progress report within 9 months and a final report within 18 months of starting the project.
  4. Submit a proposal, appropriately scaled for the discipline and including F&A, to an external agency for funding.

 

APPLICATION GUIDELINES: All applications must be completed electronically by visiting InfoReady by October 16, 2022, @ 11:59 P.M. (ET). The following questions must be answered on the application form by the lead applicant (PI). If awarded, the lead applicant (PI) is responsible for the budget as well as progress and final reports. If awarded, the budget will be established under the lead PI’s name and cannot be divided into multiple accounts.

APPLICATION SECTION 1: APPLICANT INFORMATION (For PI and each PNW Co-PI)

  • Full name (Last, First, Middle)
  • Email
  • Position Title
  • Department
  • College

APPLICATION SECTION 2: PROJECT INFORMATION

  • Project Title
  • Project Period
    • The project period is from July 1, 2023, to December 31, 2024. If you require different project dates, please indicate.
  • List funding received from any internal or external sources for this project in the past. Please provide the funding source, amount, and year.
  • List all internal awards (related or unrelated to this project) that you received at PNW through the Office of Research between 2016 and 2022 and specific outcomes that resulted from those projects. If you have not received any PNW Office of Research internal grants, please leave the field blank.
  • List specific external funding opportunities that you are interested in pursuing as a result of this award. The submission will be tracked as your expected outcome.   

APPLICATION SECTION 3: COMPLIANCE INFORMATION

  • Will your research involve the use of Animals, Humans, r-DNA bio-hazard materials, or other regulatory controls? If yes, please provide an approval number.

APPLICATION SECTION 4: PROJECT NARRATIVE

  • Attach a project narrative (.pdf) and ensure that it meets all of the following criteria:
    • 5-page maximum (references are excluded from the total page count)
    • Times New Roman
    • Single spaced
    • Font size 12
    • 1” Margins

PLEASE ADDRESS EACH SECTION LISTED BELOW IN YOUR NARRATIVE:

  • Statement of the problem, needs, and objectives
  • Goals of the project
  • What you intend to do, methodology, intellectual merit, and broader impacts
  • Expected outcomes
  • Timeline for project completion and external proposal submission.
  • Prior work completed on this project that prepared you for proposal submission. Please discuss any preliminary studies, previous proposal submissions, feedback from the funding agency, etc.
  • How will receiving this award support your proposal submission?
  • Brief description of your scholarly work, including presentations or publications related to the proposal

Please provide references. These are excluded from the total page count

APPLICATION SECTION 5: BUDGET INFORMATION

  • Please provide information on how you intend to use the funds to support and advance your project.
    • Salary (provide details: % or amount; time period; summer or AY)
    • Fringe Benefits
    • Students
    • Supplies
    • Travel
    • Equipment
    • Other
  • Please provide a budget justification for the expenses specified above. Your expenses should be appropriate for the work identified in application section 4. For purchases such as supplies and equipment, please identify the items and describe how will they be used to advance your proposal submission.  For salary and student expenses, please describe what work you intend to accomplish.  Please note that any release time or summer salary should be used to advance this project.  Travel expenses need to be supported by dates of travel, location, and the reason why the travel is necessary.

APPLICATION SECTION 6: CV

  • Please attach a CV (up to 4 pages).

APPLICATION SECTION 7: CERTIFICATIONS

  • Requirements: Please read and check the box, acknowledging you understand that if awarded, all recipients of the award will:
    • Submit a grant proposal to an external funding agency, appropriately scaled for the discipline and including F&A, within 18 months of the award start date.
    • Participate in Days of Discovery or a similar event at PNW.
    • Participate in Write Winning Grants training in PUWL or similar training at PNW.
    • Submit a progress report within 9 months and a final report within 18 months of receiving the award.
    • Complete RCR Training (CITI Training) before the project start date.
    • Serve as a reviewer of internal grant proposals in the future, if needed.
    • Return all unused funds to the Office of Research at project completion.

EVALUATION CRITERIA: Proposals will be evaluated by a faculty review committee, selected by the Research Board, based on the following criteria:

  • Significance of the issue/project (includes the purpose of the project and evidence of research base)
  • Plan for completion (includes methodology and steps to completion)
  • Potential for success (includes professional achievements of authors and evidence of potential funding or, when applicable, publication or presentation)

 

REVIEWERS MAY NOT BE EXPERTS IN THE DISCIPLINE OF EACH PROPOSAL THEY ARE REVIEWING.  THEREFORE IT IS IMPORTANT TO WRITE THE PROPOSAL NARRATIVE WITH GENERAL AUDIENCES IN MIND.

Internal Awards Recipients Fall 2020

  • Matthew Joseph Bauman, Assistant Professor, HTM, College of Business
  • Pat Obi, Professor, Quantitative Business Studies, College of Business; Godwin-Charles Ogbeide, Professor and Director, HTM, College of Business
  • Wubeshet Woldemariam, Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Civil Engineering, College of Engineering and Sciences
  • Siman Li, Assistant Professor, Quantitative Business Studies, College of Business; Songtao Mo, Associate Professor, Quantitative Business Studies, College of Business; Lin Zhao, Chair, Quantitative Business Studies, College of Business; Claudia Mich, Director, Professional Selling Program, College of Business
  • Ran Zhou, Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Civil Engineering, College of Engineering and Sciences
  • Quamar Niyaz, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering and Sciences; Xiaoli Yang, Professor, ECE, College of Engineering and Sciences
  • Shuhui Yang, Associate Professor, Computer Science, College of Engineering and Sciences
  • Matthew Joseph Bauman, Assistant Professor, HTM, College of Business
  • Jay Agrawal, Professor, MET, College of Engineering and Sciences; Ildar Akhmadullin, Assistant Professor, Engineering Technology, College of Technology; Dawit Gizachew, Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Physics, College of Engineering and Sciences
  • Manisa Baker, Assistant Professor, Nursing; Vijaya Devabhaktuni, Professor, ECE, College of Engineering and Sciences; Julia Rogers, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
  • Julia Rogers, Assistant Professor, Nursing; Xiaoli Yang, Professor, ECE, College of Engineering and Sciences; Vijaya Kumar Devabhaktuni, Professor, ECE, College of Engineering and Sciences
  • Tae-Hoon Kim, Associate Professor, CITG, College of Technology; Ge Jin, Professor, CITG, College of Technology
  • Lindsay M. Gielda, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, College of Engineering and Sciences; Curtis Creighton, Professor, Biological Sciences, College of Engineering and Sciences; Scott Bates, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, College of Engineering and Sciences
  • David Nalbone, Professor, Behavioral Sciences, College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences; Minoo Ashoori, Assistant Professor, Managerial Studies, College of Business; Bankole Fasanya, Assistant Professor, CSOL, college of Technology; Michael Pelter, Associate Professor, Chemistry and Physics, College of Engineering and Sciences; Adam Rengstorf, Associate Professor, Chemistry and Physics, College of Engineering and Sciences
  • James Doles, Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Physics, College of Engineering and Sciences; Neeti Parashar, Professor, Chemistry and Physics, College of Engineering and Sciences
  • Quamar Niyaz, Assistant Professor, ECE, College of Engineering and Sciences
  • Janet Davis, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
  • Jiliang Li, Assistant Professor, MCE, College of Engineering and Sciences
  • Meden Isaac-Lam, Associate Professor, Chemistry and Physics, College of Engineering and Sciences
  • Michael Tu, Professor, CITG, College of Technology; Shuhui Yang, Associate Professor, Computer Science, College of Engineering and Sciences; David Pratt, Associate Professor, Education and Counseling, College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

Information for Internal Award Recipients

Prior to the start of the project, you will receive an account number from the Office of Research. This number will be shared with your business office manager, as well as your department administration. You will charge this account for all your project expenses.  Faculty member identified as the project lead (PI) is the authorized funding administrator, meaning that that he/she is responsible for budget management. You can always view your account balance by visiting the GM AIMS faculty portal (log in with your boiler key) and selecting “Summarized Account View.”

Please note that all project team members must complete RCR training in order to receive funding.  Please reference the Regulatory Requirements section below for more information.

If a faculty member becomes aware that he or she will leave Purdue and cannot meet the requirements of the grant, they are obligated to report this information to the Office of Research immediately and cancel the grant.

You may use the grant funds for any expenses that directly support your project.  You may not use the grant funds to support expenses that have no benefit to the project.  Please follow PNW’s procurement processes for all purchases.  You may need to work with your department’s administrative assistant to process expenses.  For any salary charges (academic year or summer), please work with your Department Chair, Administrative Assistant, and the Business Office.  Fringe benefits and fee remission will be charged directly to the internal grant.

  • Internal grant charges do not have to be reviewed or approved by the Office of Research staff.
  • You can always view your account balance by visiting the GM AIMS faculty portal (log in with your boiler key) and selecting “Summarized Account View.”
  • GM AIMS Reference Links

 

Information from progress and final reports will allow us to assess the effectiveness of the internal grant programs and continue these programs in the future.  In addition, submitting a final project report allows the PI to close out the grant and apply for additional funding.  Reports are submitted by filling out a survey.  You may complete the survey at any time you have information to report.

To complete your mid-project and final reports, please log in to InfoReady and go to  PROGRESS REPORTS tab.

Prior to starting your project, all project team members, including students, must be up to date with the Responsible Conduct of Research requirements.  In addition, all regulatory approvals must be secured.  Any new staff/students who join the team after the project starts must complete the RCR training within 30 days.