Faculty Opportunity Awards

The Faculty Opportunity Awards Program provides internal support for development of research with potential for continued funding by extramural funding agencies, private foundations, or industry.

Call For Proposals

The 2018 Faculty Opportunity Awards Program is intended to increase innovative research and scholarly/creative activity where there is potential for subsequent funding by extramural funding agencies, private foundations, or industry. The 2018 program is limited to full-time faculty who are eligible to be a Principal Investigator (PI). The program is intended to provide seed funding for research, scholarship, and creative activity that will provide “proof of concept” for development of strong external proposals. Up to $300,000 is available to support these efforts in this round of awards with two types of awards:

  1. Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research Awards up to $20,000 for proof of concept and preliminary research findings to support subsequent external funding applications; and
  2. Collaborative Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Creative Activity Awards up to $10,000 for scholarship and creative activities with the lead Principal Investigator in the humanities, fine arts, social and behavioral sciences.

All awards must be collaborative and interdisciplinary in nature, with two Principal Investigators from different colleges or schools within UNLV. Award duration is 12 months.
Note: Faculty who received a FOA (except a Center of Excellence Award) in the 2016 award cycle will not be eligible to apply.

Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research Award

These awards are for small interdisciplinary teams (defined as faculty from two or more colleges or schools at UNLV) who are developing innovative research. The team should consist of two Principal Investigators, with one serving as the “Corresponding PI” for receiving notices and submitting all reports. There may be an unlimited number of Co-Investigators and other collaborators. Faculty in all disciplines may apply for this award and serve as a Principal Investigator. The intent of this award is to make UNLV faculty more competitive for federal, philanthropic, and industry funding in the year following the FOA award. This includes developing new interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex problems, helping to catalyze a funded research program for new faculty, and stimulating development of a new research field for senior faculty. The primary deliverable from this award is the submission of one or more grant proposals for research funding from external sources in the subsequent year. Successful applications will clearly demonstrate that the proposal has high potential for subsequent external funding from specific funders.

Collaborative Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Creative Activity Award

These awards are for small interdisciplinary teams (defined as faculty from two or more colleges or schools at UNLV) who are developing innovative research, scholarship, and/or creative activities in the fine arts, humanities, social or behavioral sciences. The team should consist of two Principal Investigators, with one serving as the “Corresponding PI” for receiving notices and submitting all reports; this faculty member must represent the fine arts, humanities, social or behavioral sciences. The two Principal Investigators must come from different schools or colleges at UNLV. There may be an unlimited number of Co-Investigators and other collaborators. The intent of this award is to make UNLV faculty more competitive for federal, philanthropic, and industry funding in the year following the FOA award. This includes developing new interdisciplinary approaches to enhancing scholarship and creative activities in these fields. The primary deliverable from this award is the submission of one or more grant proposals for funding from external sources in the subsequent year, although consideration will be given to proposals that fully fund the scholarship or creative activity endeavor and therefore will not seek future external funding.

Application Information

Applications will be accepted from January 23 – March 1, 2018 through the Faculty Opportunity Awards Portal.

Application Materials include

  • Call for Proposals
  • Application Directions & Proposal Format
  • FAQs
  • Sample Properly Formatted Proposal
  • One page Project Summary Form
  • Budget Plan Form
  • Current and Pending Support Form
  • FOA Routing Form

Contact

Dene Charlet, 702-895-2398, dene.charlet@unlv.edu