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University Grant Program (UGP)

The University Grant Program (UGP) awards grants of up to $5,000.  Successful proposals may be funded at less than the amount requested.  Funds may be requested in any area of research or creative work, and faculty must be on contract for 2015/2016 academic years.  Contact the Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship with questions, 243-6670.

Program Goals

The UGP strives to advance UM scholarship through stimulation of research and creative work.  Applicants must specify faculty status on the required Cover Page.  Funding for new research or creative activity will be prioritized above proposals seeking funding for other purposes, such as to present at conferences.  Additionally, proposals will be prioritized in the following order: 

  1. junior faculty (i.e., not yet tenured assistant professors in a tenure-track appointment in their first five years) with limited experience in sponsored programs;
  2. senior faculty exploring a new area; or
  3. other faculty, including senior faculty with on-going research who have not received UGP funding in the last three years, or visiting, postdoctoral, emeriti, or adjunct faculty. 

Applicants are encouraged to seek input from colleagues who have had success at the national level.  Funds are granted with the expectation that the award will contribute to the profession and/or result in additional extramural support.  Junior faculty are eligible for consecutive year funding.  

Proposal Requirements

The proposal must be submitted via UM’s Electronic Proposal Routing Platform (e-Prop), and must contain:

  1. Add "UGP 2015:" at the beginning of the project title
  2. Cite the sponsor as "University of Montana"
  3. University Grant Program Cover Page
  4. Scope of Work, including bibliography if relevant (limit to five pages)
    1. Objectives
      1. Clearly define the objectives or purpose of proposal.
      2. Describe or outline how objectives will be carried out.
    2. Significance
      1. Explain the proposal's significance to the applicant's discipline.
      2. Discuss the relationship between the proposal and other scholarship in the discipline.
    3. Methodology
      1. Identify procedures, techniques, methods, use and necessity of equipment, etc.
      2. Justify and explain the methodology used.
    4. Bibliography – Indicate familiarity with the secondary literature related to the proposal.
  5. Expertise and Relevant Accomplishments, such as publications, performances, exhibitions, etc. (one page);
  6. Proposal Budget – utilize ORSP’s internal budget template; limit to one page
    1. Allowable: materials and supplies, travel (includes per diem and lodging), photocopying, student support (directly benefitting the proposed project), human subject payment, salary, and other costs justified by the nature of the project.  Funding for faculty salary will be considered a low priority.
    2. Unallowable: Funds may not be used for dissertation research.
  7. Budget Narrative (limit to one page)
  8. Endorsement Statement (junior faculty only) – one or two paragraphs from department chair or a senior colleague that describes how this proposal will fit into the applicant's professional development.

Proposal Review

Proposals will be evaluated by ad hoc committees appointed by the URCC.  The URCC will then make funding recommendations to the Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship.  It is anticipated that applicants will be advised of final funding decisions before the end of April 2015.

UGP Expectations

Applicants

Applicants must follow all institutional practices and guidelines as detailed via the ORSP website. UM requires individuals submitting proposals to external sponsors to take PI Training; while encouraged, this requirement is waived for UGP applicants.

Awardees

Awardees must:

  1. be on contract for the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 academic years.  Grant monies may be expended from May 1, 2015, through August 31, 2016, with no extensions.
  2. fully comply with all Research Compliance requirements (e.g., protection of human subjects, radiation safety)
  3. formally acknowledge the support of the University of Montana in all publications, exhibition, or performances resulting from the UGP funding.
  4. electronically submit a final written report to the Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship and to the Mansfield Library ScholarWorks by September 30, 2016.  The report (up to two pages) must summarize results.  Oral presentations are not acceptable.  Awardees who do not submit a final report may not be eligible for subsequent UGP grants.
  5. understand that all non-expendable materials purchased with UGP funds are UM property.
  6. reimburse the University for any personal financial gain (e.g., royalties) received as a direct result of the grant, up to the amount of the grant.

To Apply

Work with your ORSP departmentally-assigned pre-award specialist.  The proposal must be fully routed and approved via e-Prop no later than February 28, 2015.   

Neither hard paper copies nor late proposals will be accepted.