Internal Funding Opportunities

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

PNW’s Office of Research has contributed more than $700,000 toward faculty research.

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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.

APPLICATIONS ARE RECEIVED

    • All applications must be received by the designated deadline via InfoReady electronic system.

PROPOSALS ARE SCREENED

    • All proposals are screened for:
      • Submission prior to the deadline
      • Following all instructions and meeting all minimum qualifications
      • All PIs and CoPIs are checked to ensure that they met requirements (reports, proposal submissions) from previous awards.
      • If a PI / CoPI has not met requirements from previous awards, the Research Board Chair and Chair-Elect are notified and they are excluded from the competition.

REVIEWERS ARE ASSIGNED

    • Research Board Chair and Chair-Elect select teams of reviewers for each internal funding opportunity. Review teams are mainly comprised of 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.

PROPOSALS ARE REVIEWED

    • 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. The system (InfoReady) compiles all results.

RESULTS ARE COMPILED AND AWARDEES SELECTED

    • Aggregate results are reviewed for accuracy and information is presented to the Research Board Chair and Chair-Elect for final review and approval.
    • 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.

APPLICANTS ARE NOTIFIED

    • Applicants are informed via InfoReady system if their application was selected for an award. Reviewer comments are also provided to applicants. Names of reviewers are confidential and not disclosed.

Internal Funding Opportunities

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the International Travel Grant Program is to assist tenured or tenure-track, research, or clinical faculty members in scholarly attainment by providing a portion of the travel costs to those who will participate in an international research project or have an active role (presenting papers or serving in formal roles) at high-profile international meetings/conferences between July 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. Presentation of a poster or participation in a satellite workshop generally does not qualify for support. Foreign travel, as internally defined by the Executive Vice Chancellor for Research and Partnerships, is any travel outside of the continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii.

 AWARD: Recipients of PRF International Travel awards will receive $1,000 toward the cost of all approved travel expenses. Travel dates must be between July 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.  Recipients can only receive one travel award in a fiscal year. The program should not be regarded as a likely source of support, replacing established governmental or private sources of travel funds. In cases where partial funding is available from alternative sources, the recipient of a grant may combine the awards to cover the allowable costs of the trip.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Applicants must be full-time tenured or tenure-track, research, or clinical faculty members at Purdue Northwest during the 2020-2021 academic year and must continue in residence on either an academic-year or twelve-month appointment in the following fiscal year (2021-2022).  

    1. The applicant must participate in an international research project or have an active role (presenting papers or serving in formal roles) at high-profile international meetings/conferences between July 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. Presentation of a poster or participation in a satellite workshop generally does not qualify for support. Examples of non-eligible travel: Travel for teaching purposes (overseas university guest lecturer; teaching a course at a foreign university, etc.); Travel to sabbatical destination.
    2. Preference will be given to faculty who did not receive this award in the last two years. 
    3. Faculty who did not meet commitments from internal grants, during the previous three years, do not qualify.
    4. A faculty member may not have two PRF International Travel Grants in one fiscal year.
    5. Preference will be given to faculty who do not have significant external funding to support travel for the dissemination of findings or research collaboration as related to this application.

 

PAYMENT OF GRANT FOLLOWING AWARD: 

    1. The grant award will be processed through Concur on a reimbursement basis. After receiving notice of the award, please contact the Travel Center or Office of Research to receive the PRF International Travel Grant payment instructions.

 

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

    1. The applicant must participate in an international research project or have an active role (presenting papers or serving in formal roles) at high-profile international meetings/conferences between July 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.
    2. Submit a one-page report to the Office of Research regarding their trip within 30 days of returning from travel.  
    3. Participate in the Days of Discovery or similar campus-wide research event at PNW in the spring of 2021.
    4. Be willing to serve as a reviewer for internal grant applications at PNW.

 

APPLICATION GUIDELINES: All applications must be completed electronically by visiting InfoReady before March 22, 2020, at 11:59 pm.  The following questions must be answered on the application form:

 

APPLICATION SECTION 1: APPLICANT INFORMATION 

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

APPLICATION SECTION 2: PURPOSE OF INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL 

  • Conference Title or Project Title
  • Do you have external funding to support travel for the dissemination of findings or collaborative research related to the paper or project referenced above?  If yes, please explain. Please include the source of funding, including the amount available, and any restrictions that may apply.
  • Conference or Project Location (City and Country)
  • Sponsoring Organization, if applicable
  • Purpose of Research Travel or Conference Attendance
  • Date(s) of Conference or Research Travel
  • Link to Conference Website/Information, if applicable
  • Responses to the following questions (limit of 500 words each)
    • How does your role in this conference or research project benefit your department?
    • How does your role in this conference or research project benefit PNW?
  • PLEASE ATTACH DOCUMENTS SPECIFIED BELOW IN PDF FORMAT
    • Paper to be presented.  If the document is not in English, please provide a translated copy, or translated summary.  The review committee will not consider papers not translated into English.  
    • If travel is related to a research project, please submit a one-page overview of the project and your role. 
    • Conference presentation acceptance letter. In the event of acceptance notification date falling after the PNW application deadline, please upload documentation specifying when you expect to receive acceptance information.  Upon receipt, please forward the acceptance letter to podbojm@pnw.edu. If awarded, funding is contingent on providing a conference acceptance letter. 

APPLICATION SECTION 3: CV

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

APPLICATION SECTION 4: CERTIFICATIONS

  • Requirements: Please read and check the box, acknowledging you understand that, if awarded, all recipients of the award will:
  • Submit a one-page report to the Office of Research within 30 days of returning from travel.  
  • Participate in the Days of Discovery or similar campus-wide research event at PNW in the spring of 2021.
  • Serve as a reviewer on future PNW internal awards.

 

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

    1. Quality and clarity of the presentation/scholarly work described in the application (70%)
    2. Benefits to the applicant’s department (20%)
    3. Benefits to Purdue Northwest (10%)

 

CONTACT: 

    1. For PRF International Travel Grant competition inquiries, contact Maja Marjanovic at podbojm@pnw.edu

OBJECTIVE: The objective of the PRF Summer Faculty Grant awards is to provide salary support enabling the awardee to pursue full-time scholarly work during the summer session.  The grant may not be held concurrently with any other appointment.  

 

AWARD: The award amount for each Summer Faculty Grant will be $8,000 plus a maximum of $2,400 in fringes.

    1. The PRF/SFG provides a fixed salary for two summer months (eight weeks) of employment, but the amount provided might not be equivalent to the recipient’s full (100 percent) salary for that period. An academic unit may supplement the grant up to no more than the full salary under the Guidelines for Summer Session Support issued by the Provost’s Office. If a unit chooses to supplement the grant, the supplement must exclusively support the purpose for which the SFG was received and cannot be tied to additional assignments.  The use of other sponsored research funds to supplement the SFG award is not allowed. The use of “start-up” funds is allowed.  
    2. Projects for the development of a course or teaching laboratory are not eligible.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:  Eligible applicants are full-time, research, or tenure-track, academic year faculty members in the early stages of their career who will be employed by the University throughout the following academic year. 

    1. The applicant must be:
      • an untenured assistant or associate professor; or
      • an associate professor who obtained tenure no more than three years prior to the summer for which support is requested.
    1. Individuals can receive up to two Summer Faculty Grants during their career.
    2. Faculty who did not meet commitments from internal grants in the last three years do not qualify for this award.

 

REQUIREMENTS: Awardees, without exception, must fulfill the following requirements.

    1. Submit a two-page report through InfoReady by August 31, 2020.
    2. Participate in Days of Discovery or similar campus-wide research event at PNW during the spring of 2021.
    3. Dissemination at the national or international level through presentations or publications is encouraged.
    4. Be available to serve as reviewers for PNW internal awards. 

 

APPLICATION GUIDELINES: All applications must be completed electronically by visiting the ON-LINE APPLICATION FORM before March 22, 2020, at 11:59 pm.  The following questions must be answered on the application form:

APPLICATION SECTION 1: APPLICANT INFORMATION 

    1. Full name (Last, First, Middle)
    2. Email
    3. Position Title
    4. Department
    5. College

APPLICATION SECTION 2: PROJECT INFORMATION

    1. Project Title
    2. List funding received from any internal or external source for this project in the past.  Please provide funding source, amount, and year.
    3. Will this project be submitted to an external funding agency? If known, please identify the agency and funding opportunity.

APPLICATION SECTION 3: REGULATORY COMPLIANCE INFORMATION

    1. Will your research involve the use of Animals, Humans, r-DNA bio-hazard materials, or other regulatory controls?  All regulatory approvals must be obtained prior to the distribution of PRF SFG.

APPLICATION SECTION 4: PROJECT NARRATIVE

    1. Attach a project narrative and ensure that the narrative meets all of the following criteria:
            1. 5-page maximum (references are NOT included in the page total)
            2. Times New Roman
            3. Single spaced
            4. Font size 12
            5. 1” Margins
            6. .PDF format

 

PLEASE ADDRESS EACH SECTION LISTED BELOW IN YOUR NARRATIVE:

    1. Statement of the problem, needs, and objectives
    2. Goals
    3. What you intend to do, methodology, intellectual merit, and broader impacts
    4. Expected outcome and dissemination plan
    5. Brief description of the applicant’s prior activities related to scholarly work, including presentations and publications.
    6. Timeline 

 

APPLICATION SECTION 6: CV

    1. Please attach a .PDF of your CV (up to 4 pages).

 

APPLICATION SECTION 7: CERTIFICATIONS

    1. Requirements: Please read and check the box acknowledging that you understand that, if awarded, all recipients of the award will: 
      1. Submit a two-page report via InfoReady by August 31, 2020.
      2. Faculty must work eight consecutive weeks on this project and may not hold another appointment during the same two month grant period. 
      3. All recipients must participate in Days of Discovery or similar campus-wide research event at PNW during the spring of 2021.
    2. Please sign your full name, certifying that all of the information provided is accurate.

 

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

    1. Scholarly merit, the promise of contribution to the field, and the growth of the scholar.
    2. Plan for completion (includes methodology and steps to completion)

LETTERS OF SUPPORT: Letters of support are not accepted for this competition.  

REGULATORY COMPLIANCE: If the scholarly work involves the use of animals (PACUC), humans (IRB), and/or recombinant DNA, infectious agents, or unfixed human fluids, human tissues, or human cell lines (IBC), all appropriate approvals must be secured prior to distribution of Summer Faculty Grant funds. Funds cannot be awarded retroactively to the University approvals. https://www.purdue.edu/research/regulatory-affairs/ 

 

CONTACT: For PRF Summer Grant competition inquiries, contact Maja Marjanovic at podbojm@pnw.edu. 

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

AWARD:

  • Faculty may apply for up to $4,000 per proposal.
  • The project period is July 1, 2021, to December 31, 2022. The project may range from January 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, with written approval from the Department Head and Dean, submitted with the proposal application.
  • Funds may be used for student salaries, travel, supplies, and equipment.
  • Funds may not be used for faculty salaries; however, salaries may be matched by a department/college.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Applicants must be full-time, tenured or tenure-track, faculty members at PNW. Faculty who did not meet commitments from previous internal grants, during the last three years, do not qualify for this award.
  • PIs and Co-PIs 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. To move an internal award from active to completed status, a final report must be submitted. Details regarding report requirements and submission can be found by visiting the following page: Internal Awards Reporting.

OBJECTIVE: The objective of the PNW Catalyst Grant is to facilitate and support initial research on an independent or collaborative project that would lead to the submission of a proposal to an external funding agency. The program is designed to be used for the advanced exploration of a new, but promising idea or project 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 and programs, as well as increase proposal submissions and proposal success rate.

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 July 1, 2021, to December 31, 2022. The project may range from January 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, with written approval from the Department Chair and Dean, submitted with 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, student salaries, consultants, travel, supplies, and equipment. Funds cannot be used to pay collaborators from other institutions, to purchase personal electronics, travel to conferences unrelated to the project, or support unrelated activities.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Applicants must be full-time, tenured or tenure-track, faculty members from PNW.
  • Faculty who did not meet commitments from previous internal grants, in the last three years, do not qualify for this award.
  • PIs and Co-PIs may have a maximum of 2 active PNW internal awards at one time. PRF Summer and International Travel Grants are excluded from this count. To move an internal award from active to completed status, a final report must be submitted.

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 $3,000 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 $1,500 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 research and programs as well as increase proposal submissions and success rates.

AWARD:

  • Up to $4,500 in total per proposal.
  • Awardees will receive up to $3,000 for release and other proposal development expenses. Remaining $1,500 will be available for travel to visit the program officer, and will be paid on a reimbursement basis. Grant recipient must show that virtual meeting with a program officer was not available, or that in-person meeting provided additional significant benefits to the project.
  • Project period is July 1, 2021, to December 31, 2022. The project may range from January 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, with written approval from the Department Chair and Dean, submitted with 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 full-time, tenured or tenure-track, faculty members from PNW. Faculty who did not meet commitments in the last three years, from previous internal grants, do not qualify for this award.
  • PIs and Co-PIs 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. To move an internal award from active to completed status, a final report must be submitted.

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

AWARD:

  • Up to $20,000 per proposal.
  • Awardees are required to submit a proposal, appropriately scaled for the discipline, to an external agency for funding.
  • The project period is July 1, 2021, to December 31, 2022. The project may range from January 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, with written approval from the Department Head and Dean, submitted with the proposal application.
  • Funds may be used for salary, students, travel, supplies, and equipment. Funds cannot be used to pay collaborators from other institutions.

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.
  • 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.
  • Faculty who did not meet commitments from previous internal grants, during the last three years, do not qualify for this award.

PIs and Co-PIs 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. To move an internal award from active to completed status, a final report must be submitted.

INTERNAL AWARDS REPORTING

NEW! PIs and Co-PIs 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. To move an internal award from active to completed status, a final report must be submitted. Please submit your report directly through your application via the InfoReady Portal.