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President's Development Award grant-expired

Overview: President’s Development Award grants (PDA grants) are for faculty and staff to investigate new areas of research and creative scholarship.  The goal of PDA grants is to generate preliminary data or pilot small projects that will eventually lead to external funding.

Deadline: Expired.


If you have questions, contact Charla Campbell 9-4749, charlac@westg.edu.

Grant Guidelines: The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) and President Kyle Marerro invite applications from eligible full-time faculty and professional staff for President’s Development Award Grants. Projects that meet any of the following criteria are eligible for consideration:

a.    projects are intended to launch the research or scholarly endeavors of early career pre-tenure faculty or professional staff;
b.    projects that constitute a new area of investigation or new area of inquiry;
c.    projects that require seed funding to initiate or become competitive for external funding;
d.    projects that establish new interdisciplinary collaborations, including interdepartmental, between two colleges, or establishing a novel project between a faculty member and industry or a community partner;

Applicants may request up to $7,500. PDA Grants are competitive, and we anticipate receiving requests that exceed the amount of funding available. Not all proposals will be funded and partial awards may be offered.  Proposals that leverage the use of other internal or external funds (i.e. matching funds made available from departments, colleges, or other academic units) will be prioritized over those that request full budgetary support from the PDA Grant program.

Proposals that request funds for unallowable costs or are submitted past the due date will not be considered.  Applicants are encouraged to contact any member of ORSP for guidance in the preparation of applications.

Allowable/unallowable costs: 

Allowable costs include, but are not limited to:
•    Funds to compensate subjects for participation in a study
•    Funds to compensate undergraduate and graduate research assistants. (*Note that undergraduates must be paid at least $8.50/hour and graduate students $10.50/hour.)
•    Equipment (matches encouraged)
•    Materials and supplies

Unallowable costs include:

•    Curriculum development
•    Publication costs for non-peer reviewed journals
•    Meals
•    Travel to present at meetings or conferences, unless the meeting travel is necessary to collect research data

Eligibility: Full-time members of the UWG faculty or professional staff are eligible to apply for PDA Grants

Evaluation Criteria:

•    Recipients of PDA grants must wait three years form the date of their award to apply for another PDA grant, unless a grant proposal building upon the results of the prior PDA grant was submitted for external funding and with the approval of the AVP for Research and Sponsored Projects.
•    Proposals that include working with undergraduates will be prioritized.
•    Proposals that include graduate students will be prioritized.
•    Proposals authors must state how the PDA grant seed funding will lead to a proposal soliciting external funding.  Specific grant programs and sponsors are encouraged.
•    Proposals that include college or departmental matching funds will be prioritized.


How to apply:

Applications must include:

Project Description: Please provide a project description of not more than six pages (not including references) that clearly describes the problem your proposal address and the scope of work. Write your proposal for an informed but non-specialist audience of your peers.

1. Results of Previous Funding: Your Project Description should include a list of other funding sources, internal or external, for the previous five years, and a brief summary of results or outcomes from that funding.

2. Background, significance, and objectives: Describe the intellectual significance to your field and/or contribution to society of your proposed work.  Provide and overview of how your work will complement, challenge, or expand on relevant or comparable work in your field. What problem are you proposing to address, and how are your methods superior to other approaches.

3. Roles, responsibilities, and qualifications of participants: List and define the roles, responsibilities, and qualifications of each member of the project team. Indicate who is the team leader/ORSP point of contact.

4. Methodology and work plan: Describe how you will conduct the proposed work and provide a schedule/timeline for completing the project.  Include milestones or benchmarks.

5. Expected outcomes and broader impacts: Describe the anticipated outcome of your work.  Include any anticipated publications or presentations, creative or scholarly works, and intellectual property. What will the broader impacts of the proposed work be on your own professional development.   Describe how the proposed work will benefit your students, department, college, or the University, and any other broader impacts resulting from your project.

6. Other considerations: Provide your plan to secure the appropriate approvals if your project includes the use of human subjects or animal studies.  

7. References cited: Provide a list of all references used in your proposal, according to the standards of your discipline. As background information is a required part of the project description, proposals must include references. Note that this does not count for the overall page total.

Budget: All proposals must include an itemized budget. Please use the budget template.

Budget justification: Proposals must include a detailed budget justification using the budget justification worksheet.  Please include enough information to justify how you determined the expense and how the expense helps complete your project.

Review and Selection of PDA grant recipients

Proposals will be evaluated based on the quality of the proposed effort, the contributions to the applicant’s professional development, and likelihood for external funding at the project’s conclusion, and the benefit to the University community.  Briefly, proposals will be evaluated based on the quality of the proposed effort, the contributions to the applicant’s professional development, and likelihood for external funding at the project’s conclusion, and the benefit to the University community. 

PDA Grant Requirements

Recipients of PDA grants will receive an Award Agreement that clearly describes how funds are to be accessed, utilized, and reconciled during the grant period. Recipients are required to sign and return the Award Agreement to ORSP.

Performance Reports: Recipients of PDA grants are required to submit a final performance report within 90 days at the end of the grant award period.  Recipients will receive a reminder from ORSP, in addition to instructions on how to complete and submit the Performance Report.

Awards involving undergraduate and graduate students: Recipients of PDA grants are required to ensure that their students present their research in an on-campus forum, such as Research Day/Big Night, or something comparable, in addition to encouraging the students to participate in off-campus meetings and conferences.

External funding: The primary goal of the PDA grants is to obtain external funding for sustainable projects.  Recipients of PDA grants may not apply for another PDA grant until three years have lapsed since the most recent PDA grant award; this clock resets if a high-quality grant proposal that has been the outcome of a previous PDA grant is submitted to a federal agency or foundation, at the discretion of the AVP for Research.

ORSP Consultation: PDA grant recipients will schedule a meeting with the Pre-Award Specialist in ORSP (or the AVP for Research) to discuss the long-term sustainability of the project and the timeline for securing external funds.