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 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 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

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of the PNW Exploratory Grant is to facilitate and support the exploration of new and compelling intellectual questions or ideas, create teams and collaborations, or conduct pilot studies.  The goals of the program are to stimulate and support sponsored research and scholarly projects, and to encourage interdisciplinary collaborations.

AWARD INFORMATION:

  • Faculty may apply for up to $4,000 per proposal.
  • The project period is July 1, 2021, to December 31, 2022. A project may range from January 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, with written approval from the Department Chair or Dean, submitted at the time of the proposal application.
  • Funds may be used for students, travel, consultants, supplies, and equipment. Funds may not be used for faculty salaries; however, salaries may be matched by the department/college.  Funds also may not be used to pay collaborators from other institutions through subcontracts, purchase personal electronics, or support activities unrelated to the project.

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. PRF Summer and International Travel Grants are excluded from this count.  A final report must be on file in the Office of Research to move an award from an active to a complete status. If you have questions about the reporting process, please contact Maja Marjanovic at podbojm@pnw.edu.
  • Proposals from applicants who did not meet internal grant commitments during the last three years will not be considered for funding.

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

  • Participate in the Days of Discovery or a similar event at PNW.
  • Participate in grantsmanship training during 2020-21 or 2021-22.
  • Research involving human or animal subjects must have regulatory approvals before the project start date.
  • Submit a progress report to the Office of Research within nine months and a final report within 18 months of receiving the award.
  • All participants (including students) must complete RCR (CITI) training before starting the project.
  • All work must be conducted in compliance with PNW COVID guidelines.

DISSEMINATION:

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

APPLICATION GUIDELINES:

For a detailed RFP and to submit an application, please visit InfoReady before October 18, 2020, @ 11:59 P.M. (EDT).

 

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of the PNW Catalyst Grant is to facilitate and support initial research on an independent or collaborative project that leads to submission of a proposal to an external funding agency. The program is designed for advanced exploration of new, but promising ideas or projects, including pilot studies, studies taking research to the next level beyond a pilot project, or collecting data to support the submission of a grant proposal.  The goals of the program are to stimulate and support sponsored research, as well as increase proposal submissions and success rates.

AWARD INFORMATION:

  •  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. Collaborators may work in the same discipline or department.
  • The project period is July 1, 2021, to December 31, 2022. A project may range from January 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, with written approval from the Department Chair or Dean, submitted at the time of the proposal application.
  • Awardees are required to submit a proposal, appropriately scaled for the discipline, to an external agency for funding.
  • Funds may be used for 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:

  • Applicants must be full-time, tenured or tenure-track, faculty members from PNW.
  • Applicants may have a maximum of 2 active PNW internal awards at one time. PRF Summer and International Travel Grants are excluded from this count.  A final report must be on file in the Office of Research to move an award from an active to a complete status. If you have questions about the reporting process, please contact Maja Marjanovic at podbojm@pnw.edu.
  • Proposals from applicants who did not meet internal grant commitments during the last three years will not be considered for funding.

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

  • Submit a proposal, appropriately scaled for the discipline, to an external agency for funding.
  • Participate in the Days of Discovery or a similar event at PNW.
  • Participate in grantsmanship training during 2020 – 21 or 2021-22.
  • Research involving human or animal subjects must have regulatory approvals before the start of the project.
  • Submit progress report to Office of Research within 9 months and a final report within 18 months of receiving the award.
  • All participants (including students) must complete RCR (CITI) training before starting the project.
  • All work must be conducted in compliance with PNW COVID guidelines.

DISSEMINATION:

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

APPLICATION GUIDELINES:

For a detailed RFP and to submit an application, please visit InfoReady before October 18, 2020, @ 11:59 P.M. (EDT).

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of the PNW Proposal Submission Grant is to support faculty in the development of NEW, high-quality proposals for external funding.  Up to $3,500 will be awarded to faculty to develop NEW proposals, and submit those proposals to one or more funding agencies within 18 months of the award.  Additionally, each awardee will have up to $1,000 in travel funds available for visiting program officers to discuss the opportunity they are pursuing. The goals of the program are to stimulate and support sponsored projects as well as increase proposal submissions and success rates.

AWARD:

  • Up to $4,500 maximum per proposal.
  • Awardees will receive up to $3,500 for release, salary, 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.
  • Remaining $1,000 will be available for travel to visit the program officer and paid on a cost-reimbursement basis.  Grant recipient must demonstrate that virtual meeting with a program officer was not possible, or that in-person meeting provided significant additional benefits to the project.
  • The project period is July 1, 2021, to December 31, 2022. A project period may range from January 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, with written approval from the Department Chair or Dean submitted at the time of the proposal application.
  • Awardees are required to submit a proposal, appropriately scaled for the discipline, to an external funding agency within 18 months of the award.

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. PRF Summer and International Travel Grants are excluded from this count.  A final report must be on file in the Office of Research to move an award from an active to a complete status. If you have questions about the reporting process, please contact Maja Marjanovic at podbojm@pnw.edu.
  • Proposals from applicants who did not meet internal grant commitments during the last three years will not be considered for funding.

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

  • Submit a proposal, appropriately scaled for the discipline, to an external funding agency within 18 months of the award.
  • Participate in the Days of Discovery or a similar event at PNW.
  • Participate in grantsmanship training during 2020-21 or 2021-22.
  • Submit a progress report to the Office of Research within 9 months and a final report within 18 months of receiving the award.
  • Research involving human or animal subjects must have regulatory approval before the project start date.
  • All participants (including students) must complete RCR (CITI) training before starting the project.
  • All work must be conducted in compliance with PNW COVID guidelines.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES:

For a detailed RFP and to submit an application, please visit InfoReady before October 18, 2020, @ 11:59 P.M. (EDT).

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of the PNW Interdisciplinary Project Grant is to facilitate and support NEW proposal development by a team of faculty members.  The program is designed as seed funding to spark new interdisciplinary ideas, help foster new collaborative research and mentorship, and improve the research competitiveness of PNW.   The goals of the program are to stimulate and support sponsored research, increase proposal submissions and success rate, and encourage interdisciplinary collaborations.

AWARD INFORMATION:

  • Up to $20,000 per proposal.
  • Awardees are required to submit a proposal, with a minimum budget of $500,000, including F&A, to an external agency for funding.
  • The Project period is July 1, 2021, to December 31, 2022. A project period may range from January 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, with written approval from the Department Chair or Dean, submitted at the time of the proposal application.
  • Funds may be used for 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:

  • Applicants must be full-time, tenured or tenure-track, faculty members from PNW.
  • A minimum of two faculty members from at least two departments, colleges, centers, or disciplines must collaborate as co-Principal Investigators. One faculty must serve as the lead co-investigator.
  • In addition to the internal collaborators, you may involve collaborators from Purdue University West Lafayette, Purdue Fort Wayne, or other Universities; however, they are not eligible for salary or funding.
  • Applicants may be involved in a maximum of 2 active PNW internal awards at one time. PRF Summer and International Travel Grants are excluded from this count.  A final report must be on file in the Office of Research to move an award from an active to a complete status. If you have questions about the reporting process, please contact Maja Marjanovic at podbojm@pnw.edu.
  • Proposals from applicants who did not meet internal grant commitments during the last three years will not be considered for funding.

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

  • Submit a proposal to an external agency for funding, with a minimum budget of $500,000, including F&A.
  • Participate in the Days of Discovery or a similar event at PNW.
  • Participate in grantsmanship training during 2020-21 or 2021-22.
  • Research involving human or animal subjects must have regulatory approvals before the project start date.
  • All participants (including students) must complete RCR (CITI) training before starting the project.
  • Submit a progress report to the Office of Research within 9 months and a final report within 18 months of receiving the award.
  • All work must be conducted in compliance with PNW COVID guidelines.

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

APPLICATION GUIDELINES:

For a detailed RFP and to submit an application, please visit InfoReady before October 18, 2020, @ 11:59 P.M. (EDT).

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, PRF International Travel Grants are not available until further notice.

Please check back in January of 2021 for the Summer PRF Grant Request for Proposal.

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.

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.