Proposals must be routed and approved in NUgrant by 5:00pm, on the 2nd Friday in October.

DESCRIPTION:  Grants-In-Aid awards are for projects that promote a faculty member’s research creative and scholarly activities which may or may not enhance the prospects for obtaining outside support. Grants-In-Aid are available to scholars from all disciplines and can be used for whatever aspect of a project during a twelve-month period deemed necessary by the applicant, except faculty salary support. Preference will be given to non-tenured early-career faculty and to those who have not received a Grant-In-Aid or Faculty Seed Grant from the Research Council in the previous two years.

AWARD AMOUNT: Grants-In-Aid provide a maximum award of $7,500 for individual applications and $10,000 for joint applications. They are made possible by support from the NU Foundation and are awarded by the Research Council.





Proposals must address these criteria (100 point scale):

Only electronic submissions via NUgrant will be accepted ( Paper applications will not be accepted. If you are a first-time user of NUgrant you can log in NUgrant using your Blackboard username and password.
Information required as part of the electronic NUgrant application:
1. 250-word abstract (using lay terms accessible to a broad audience).
2. 3-page proposal plus a 1-page bibliography (max.). The proposal must include sufficient detail to convince reviewers of the project’s scientific or scholarly merit and relevance, and written in lay language understandable to non-specialists. Please make the proposal and bibliography single-spaced, using an 11-point font and one-inch margins. The proposal should include information to demonstrate to reviewers its merit and potential for external funding, including the following elements:

a. Introduction
• Pose a clear research question or topic that specifies the purpose of the project.
• Situate the project in existing literature, providing background/rationale that addresses the significance of the project to the applicant’s field.
• List the project’s short-term objectives and describe how the project fits into the applicant’s long-term plan for scholarship.
• Explain how the proposed project fits with the applicant’s previous/other research.

b. Proposed plan
• Describe data/information sources, method of analysis, and expectations regarding outcomes.
• Identify specific research/scholarly activities to be conducted, and how these activities will enhance the applicant’s future research and scholarship.
• Describe what the seed grant will accomplish that cannot be achieved through other means.
• In the case of a joint application, proposers should take care to delineate exactly the activities and contributions for which each participant will be responsible.

c. If applicable, timeline for external funding proposal submission (< 24 months)
• Identify a specific external funding opportunity (program and funding agency), submission deadlines, and submission timeline.
• Articulate the fit of the proposed project, explaining how the project aligns with the program priorities.

3. List of Key Personnel: attach a 2-page biographical sketch/vitae summary for each faculty member involved in the project.
4. Current & Pending Support: List all funded and pending internal and external grants for all faculty members involved in the project, including title, award amount, funding period, and funding agency. Summarize outcomes of previous funding from the Office of Research and Economic Development (last five years, one page max.), including funding from the Research Council (Interdisciplinary Grants, Seed Grants and Grants-In-Aid). Include reviews from external funding applications where pertinent to project aims.
5. Project Budget: 1-page budget and 1-page detailed justification for up to $7,500 for an individual application or $10,000 for a joint application.