COP Grants on the Edge

The COP and the Office of Research announce the availability of funding to aid investigators who have had external research proposals narrowly miss falling within funding range. Their proposals may have been rejected for lack of sufficient preliminary data or a specific identified weakness that can be addressed. Small grants will be provided to help investigators strategically improve the proposal’s viability upon resubmission. The funding will be available for FY19, from July 2018 to June 2019.

Typical Funding

We anticipate funding grants in the range of $2,000-$12,000. The faculty member’s home department(s) is strongly encouraged (but not required) to contribute 20% of the total budget. Funding normally will be for one fiscal year, as this program is being funded on a year-to-year basis while its usefulness is assessed.

Application Format and Requirements

12-point font, 1-inch margins

1 page – Cover/signature page containing proposal title, investigator names and affiliations, investigator email and other contact information, budget total of the initial (rejected) proposal submission, funding agency and the program to which the rejected proposal was submitted, signatures of the investigator(s) and the department head(s).

1 page – Cover page from the initial rejected submission.

1 page – Project Summary or Abstract from the initial rejected submission.

Multiple pages – Complete copies of the panel summary and any reviews from the rejected proposal which indicates the need for additional preliminary data or highlights a weakness which could be addressed with some additional funds.

2 pages – Description of the work proposed as part of the resubmission mini-grant and a clear articulation of how it will address the rejected proposal’s shortcomings. Include a description of how the funds will be spent, and indicate the anticipated data and agency of proposal resubmission.

There should be one or more potential expert reviewers (internal or external) identified. If the request is funded, the PI will be expected to send the revised proposal to an expert reviewer for comments prior to resubmission. Funds of up to $500 may be included in the budget as an honoraria for the proposed reviewer.

1 page – Detailed budget page showing projected expenses and departmental contribution. Proposal budgets which are split across two fiscal years must indicate the amount requested in each fiscal year.

Rolling Submission

The required pages should be assembled into a single PDF file and submitted to lposey@uga.edu. Proposals are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Investigators may submit at any time and the proposals will be reviewed in a timely manner.

Review Process

Proposals will be reviewed by faculty from the COP and by the UGA Office of Research. Other individuals may be consulted as needed.

Reports

6-month report – Six months after funding, a one or two page progress report should be submitted, including results to date and proposed resubmission plans. Also include the names of the reviewer and any comments and suggestions they provided. State the UGA proposal ID number for a proposal which has been resubmitted to the external funding agency.

1-year report – One year after funding, a one or two page progress report should be submitted, including results to date and proposal submission plans or sponsor results/reviews, if known. State the UGA proposal ID number for a proposal which has been resubmitted to the external funding agency.

2-year report – Two years after funding, a one or two page final report should be submitted, including the fate of the resubmitted proposal and any additional results not shared at the one year report date. State the UGA proposal ID number for a proposal which has been resubmitted to the external funding agency.

Publication Acknowledgement

Any publication resulting from funding or partial funding by this program should acknowledge that funding was received from the home department, the COP and the UGA Office of Research. See an example of such acknowledgement below.

The research in the article was partially supported by a grant jointly funded by the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, Office of Research and the Department of XYZ