Individual Investigator Award
These awards are for individual investigators who are developing innovative research areas and will collaborate with well-established investigators who will serve as mentors. The intent of this award is (1) to help catalyze a funded research program for new faculty, (2) to stimulate the development of a new research field for faculty further along in their career, or (3) to support the development of substantive scholarly/creative works by faculty in disciplines outside of engineering, allied health, and the physical and natural sciences. The investigator applying for this award must provide a Mentor Plan that addresses the development of their project. The primary deliverables from this type of award are the submission of one or more grant proposals from external sources and/or a substantive scholarly/creative work. Successful applications will clearly demonstrate that the proposal is an innovative research direction that has not been previously supported and, where possible, has high potential for external funding. Awards in this category may be funded up to $20,000 over an 18-month period.
Innovation/Technology Development Award
These awards are for research either by a sole investigator or a team that will develop or enhance intellectual property for the investigators and the university. Investigators or teams who have an idea that has potential for the commercial market can apply for this award. One type of these awards would develop new intellectual property to a point that it may be ready to enter the University’s Technology Development and Transfer (TD&T) process. The primary deliverable for this type of award is a “disclosure” of the new idea or product, which kicks off the TD&T process. However, if the research findings suggest that patent protection is not the best path, then a final report documenting the process would be the primary deliverable. More information about the disclosure process may be found here, where applicants can also find a link to the Research Disclosure Form. Additional information, including the University’s Intellectual Property Policy may be found here. Successful applications will clearly demonstrate that the proposal is for a new research disclosure that has not previously been evaluated by the university.
The second type of award will advance existing university technology to a point where it is more commercially viable or will develop new intellectual property supporting existing technology. Normally this existing technology will already have been protected through a patent application. Investigators do not have to identify industry partners; however doing so is encouraged. The primary deliverable for this award is a report on progress made with the financial support. Business plans for a start-up company or licenses with existing companies would substitute for the report. Awards in this category may be funded up to $20,000 over a 12-month period.
Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research Award
These awards are for small interdisciplinary teams (defined as faculty from two or more units). Any research topic with potential for future extramural funding is welcome; however, proposals addressing research questions related to human health are particularly encouraged. The primary deliverable from this type of award is the submission of one or more grant proposals for research funding from external sources. Successful applications will clearly demonstrate that the proposal has high potential for external funding. Awards in this category may be funded up to $30,000 over an 18-month period.