University Grant Program (UGP)

Deadline: February 26, 2016

The UGP strives to advance UM scholarship through stimulation of research and creative work.  Unless otherwise specified, funds may be requested in any area of research or creative work. Applicants must be on contract for 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 academic years. Successful proposals may be funded at less than the amount requested.  

Proposals must be internally routed via UM's Electronic Proposal Routing and Approval Platform (E-Prop) and be fully approved (by all but the ORSP departmentally-assigned pre-award specialist) by the deadline.  Late proposals will not be accepted.

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.  Applicants are encouraged to seek assistance from the ORSP departmentally-assigned pre-award specialist well before the deadline.  

Proposal Requirements

Proposals must be submitted as one PDF document via UM's Electronic Proposal Routing and Approval Platform (E-Prop):

  1. Begin the titles (both long and short) in E-Prop with "UGP 2016: ....."
  2. Note "University of Montana" as the sponsor
  3. The entire package must be compiled into one PDF document - upload this same PDF file in all required attachment fields in E-Prop:
    1. Appropriate UGP Cover Page
    2. Scope of Work (limited to three pages, excluding bibliography)
      1. Clearly define the objectives or purpose of proposal.
      2. Describe or outline how objectives will be carried out.
      3. Justify and explain the methodology. 
      4. Explain the proposal's significance to the applicant's discipline.
      5. Discuss the relationship between the proposal and other scholarship in the discipline.
      6. Bibliography – Indicate familiarity with the secondary literature related to the proposal.
    3. Expertise and Relevant Accomplishments, such as publications, performances, exhibitions, etc. (limit to one page);
    4. Proposal Budget – utilize ORSP’s internal budget template (limit to one page)
    5. Budget Narrative (limited to one page)
      1. Allowable:
        1. materials and supplies,
        2. travel (includes per diem and lodging),
        3. photocopying,
        4. student support (directly benefitting the proposed project),
        5. human subject payment,
        6. salary (funding for faculty salary will be considered a low priority), and
        7. other costs justified by the nature of the project.
      2. Unallowable:
        1. dissertation research support, and
        2. F&A recovery (on the E-Prop, indicate F&A is limited - 0% is allowed - and upload a separate document under Sponsor Documentation that contains this RFP or points to this URL).
    6. Report on Past UGP Support – Applicants must indicate all years they have received UGP support in the past and include the most recent final report. 
    7. Description of mentorship team (required for Mentored Proposal Development Grants) or planned external grant (required for Seed Grants and Mentored Proposal Development Grants).

Proposal Review

Proposals will be evaluated by ad hoc reviewers appointed by the University Research and Creativity Committee (URCC) who will likely be outside the applicant's area of expertise.  

Avoid technical jargon and make certain the terminology and concepts are understandable to those who work outside the applicant's specialty field.

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 2016.

Contact the Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship with questions.

Small Grants

Cover page/Application

The UGP Small Grants program awards grants of up to $5,000.  

Applicants must specify faculty status on the Cover Page/Application.  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 with this grant program or 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, but not guaranteed, consecutive year funding.

Seed Grants

Cover page/Application

The UGP Seed Grant program will award grants up to $15,000.

Eligible applicants: Proposals in any area of research or creative work are welcome.  Priority will be given to junior faculty (i.e., not yet tenured assistant professors in a tenure-track appointment in their first five years) who have submitted an external grant in the last year that was not funded. UGP Seed Grant Awardees are not eligible for future UGP Seed Grants.

Requirement:  A proposal to an external sponsor must be submitted through the UM Office of Research and Sponsored Programs within 18 months following receipt of a UGP Seed Grant. 

Mentored Proposal Development Grants

Cover page/Application

Targeted Area: Social and Behavioral Science.  For purposes of this program, the NIH or NSF definition of social and behavioral sciences must be used.

The UGP Mentored Proposal Development Grants program will award grants up to $8,000.

Eligible applicants: This UGP is intended to support faculty who are new to the grants process and who have demonstrated commitment and motivation to conduct externally-sponsored research in the targeted area. Applicants who have received funding from external sponsors in the targeted area are not eligible to apply. Priority will be given to faculty who have already conducted preliminary work (such as pilot and preliminary studies) to submit a proposal. Faculty on sabbatical who can attend group meetings in Missoula every other week are eligible.

Budget: It is strongly recommended that approximately $500 per award be devoted to compensation of one to three mentors with grant-funded expertise in the faculty members’ content area. Other allowable costs include funds to cover teaching buy-outs, additional support for external consultants and/or grant readers, purchase of equipment or software, and costs associated with conducting preliminary studies.

Purpose: The primary purpose of this program is to increase the number of faculty conducting NIH- or NSF-funded research projects in the targeted area.

Program: Awardees will participate in a program that uses the following strategies:

  1. Facilitating peer support and peer review via structured group meetings held every other week;
  2. Providing information and training on grant writing as needed; and,
  3. Providing assistance and mentorship from experienced grant writers, funded investigators, and content experts; 

Requirement: A proposal to an external sponsor must be submitted through the UM Office of Research and Sponsored Programs within 18 months following receipt of a UGP Mentored Proposal Development Grant.

Awardee Requirements

Awardees must:

  1. be on contract for the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 academic years.; Grant monies may be expended from May 1, 2016, through August 31, 2017, with no extensions.
  2. direct any budget revisions requests that change the approved scope of work to the URCC chair.
  3. fully comply with all Research Compliance requirements (e.g., protection of human subjects, radiation safety)
  4. formally acknowledge the support of the University of Montana in all publications, exhibition, or performances resulting from the UGP funding.
  5. electronically submit a final written report by September 30, 2017, to the Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship, and Dr. Wendy Walker at the Mansfield Library for inclusion in ScholarWorks.  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.
  6. understand that all non-expendable materials purchased with UGP funds are UM property.
  7. 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.
  8. agree to allow the office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship to announce the award, including the name of the awardee, title, abstract, and amount awarded.
  9. agree to serve as a future UGP reviewer.