Faculty Research Grants: Multi-Investigator Research Grants

As of 2015-16, this program is no longer offered.

Program Guidelines 

The Academic Senate Council on Research, Computing and Libraries (CORCL) provides Multi-Investigator Faculty Research Grants for innovative research projects and pilot studies that team two or more UCI Academic Senate faculty. (See http://www.ap.uci.edu/APP/1-20_titles.html for Senate titles.) The goal of the program is to promote collaborations among faculty members on relatively short-term projects; “high-risk/high-yield” pilot research investigations; and research which may lead to further discoveries and/or large-scale extramural funding. Awards generally range up to $20,000. Award recipients are required to submit a brief final report on findings and expenditures. Faculty from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Faculty serving on the CORCL as Academic Senate members may not apply for this grant. 

Evaluation Criteria

Teams of two or more UCI Academic Senate members are eligible for awards. Some preference will be given to proposals from faculty who have not previously collaborated with each other, from faculty in different schools, from faculty in different departments in the same school, and from teams that include untenured and tenured professors. These factors are considerations in the committee’s decisions; however, the primary absolute condition for an award is that two or more UCI Academic Senate members have significant roles in the research activity.  A faculty member may be lead on only one proposal, but may be co-investigator on more than one Multi-Investigator Research Grant proposal per competition.

Proposals will be evaluated in terms of:

  • the apparent synergy and innovativeness suggested by the team’s formation;
  • the extent of involvement of each team member in the research activity and the clarity with which the specific roles of each member are described; and
  • the opportunities created by the award for future funding of the research (in fields where extramural funding possibilities exist).

Although discouraged, summer salary and teaching buy-outs will be considered under exceptional circumstances.

Budget

Multi-Investigator Research Grants may be used for research assistance, materials and equipment not otherwise available, and travel expenses associated with gathering data (travel to conferences is not supported). Administrative support costs should be kept to a minimum. While not encouraged, summer stipends will be considered, but proposers should carefully justify the need for such stipends in their budget requests (e.g., why must the work be done during the summer?). Funds are to be expended in accordance with UC and campus policies between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

This grant program is designed to help advance the research of UCI faculty, and, to that end, graduate student researcher support may be requested; however, the program is not intended to support graduate student dissertation research per se.

If equipment is requested, it should be essential to the research. In fields where extramural support is available, it is expected that equipment costs will be shared with the proposer’s school or department. A clear explanation to justify an equipment request should be provided in the body of the proposal, and a letter of commitment from the appropriate dean or chair outlining the amount and nature of the matching funds should accompany the request.

Questions About Proposals?
Council members are available to discuss the competition among their own faculty and to assist faculty groups from two or more schools to come together to explore possibilities for collaborative research. For questions about the grant program, please contact:

Michelle Chen
CORCL Analyst
949-824-5205
m.chen@uci.edu