College of Nursing

2019 RFA for Joint CON COMLS Collaboration Grants

Purpose

The purpose of the Joint CON COMLS Collaboration Grants program is to foster the development of interdisciplinary research or scholarship teams that engage in extramurally supported, sustainable programs of inquiry.

Vision

This vision of the Joint CON COMLS Collaboration Grants program is to cultivate programs of research or scholarship that leverage extramural funding, disseminate knowledge and educate students and support the mission of ProMedica Health System to improve health and well-being and address social determinants of health.

Governing Board

The Joint CON COMLS Collaboration Grants will be administered by a four-person governing board consisting of two faculty each being appointed by the respective deans of the CON and the COMLS.  The term of the board membership will be at the discretion of the respective deans. The governing board will be responsible for developing types of applications and a call for proposals, setting submission deadlines, developing an application format and review criteria, identifying peer reviews and procedures, making funding decisions and soliciting annual and final reports from awardees.  

Types of applications

Small Grant Program: The purpose of the Small Grant Program (SGP) is to provide support to new interdisciplinary research teams that consist of co-principal investigators, including a faculty member from the CON and a faculty member from the COMLS. These grants are to support preliminary or feasibility research by a newly formed interdisciplinary research team. The duration of the projects supported by this mechanism is 6 to 12 months with a supporting budget of no more than $20,000. The expectation is that these projects will support a pilot project by a newly developed interdisciplinary team to complete a project through to abstract and manuscript submission. Another expected outcome of these projects is a plan for submitting a future research proposal for support from intramural or extramural mechanisms to sustain the team’s research trajectory. 

Large Grant Program: The purpose of the Large Grant Program (LGP) is to provide support to new or established interdisciplinary research teams that consist of Co-Principal Investigators including a faculty member from CON and a faculty member from the COMLS. These grants are to support larger pilot research studies by a newly formed or established interdisciplinary research team. The duration of the projects supported by this mechanism is 12 to 24 months with a supporting budget of no more than $75,000. The expectation is that these projects will indicate the efficacy of an intervention to improve human health, well-being and/or advance social determinants of health. The team is expected to complete the project through to abstract and manuscript submission with a clear plan for submitting a future proposal to extramural sources of funding (NIH, NSF, DOD, Foundations, etc.) in order to sustain the team’s research trajectory.   

Call for proposals

A call for proposals will be generated once per year:

On March 1, a call for the Small Grant Program will be sent to all faculty throughout the University of Toledo. The deadline for submitting applications to this program will be the following June 1 with awards being announced on July 1. A final report will be expected from the project team no later than 12 months following the initial award announcement.

On March 1, a call for the Large Grant Program will be sent to all faculty throughout the University of Toledo. The deadline for submitting applications to this program will be the following June 1 with awards being announced on July 1. A final report will be expected from the research team after 12 and 24 months following the initial award announcement. 

General Guidelines for Proposal Submission

Submissions that do not adhere to the following guidelines will be returned without review consideration. We have created this checklist to help you navigate the application process.

  • Each application MUST document how ProMedica Health System is involved in the research project. For example, involvement of ProMedica may constitute a named ProMedica employee being a member of the research team or the research being performed at a ProMedica clinical facility and/or the outcomes of the project having a clear benefit to the ProMedica Health System.
  • Each application MUST list co-principal investigators that include a faculty member from both the COMLS and the CON. Named or unnamed research staff representing other disciplines at the University of Toledo, ProMedica or the community may be listed.
  • All applications, including application cover sheet, abstract, research plan, references, appendices, supporting materials and letters of support are to be submitted as a single MSWord file to Bob Topp at Robert.topp@utoledo.edu no later than 11:59 p.m. on the deadline date.
  • One-inch margins, single-spaced, six lines per inch, 11-point Arial font, all pages are numbered consecutively in the page header in the upper right hand corner.
  • All proposals MUST include the following sections:
  1. Completed Cover Sheet (provided)
  2. 300-word abstract
  3. One-page problem statement describing the scope and significance of the problem to be addressed by the project
  4. Background or literature review (2 page maximum)
  5. Methodology (2 page maximum)
  6. Anticipated timeline describing milestones to be achieved every quarter over the duration of the project
  7. Anticipated abstract and manuscript submissions originating from the proposed project with a clear plan for submitting a future proposal (one paragraph)
  8. Document of how ProMedica Health System is involved in the research project (one paragraph)
  9. Budget (template provided)
  10. References
  11. Appendices

Decision Criteria

Only applications that adhere to the general guidelines for proposal submission will be reviewed for funding consideration. Highest consideration will be given to proposals that clearly describe a:

  • Significant human health-related problem with a wide ranging scope
  • Clear purpose that directs research questions, hypotheses or objectives supported with background literature
  • Rigorous research methodology that will address the purpose
  • Plan for submitting abstracts and manuscripts for publication and a future proposal based on the study findings
  • A clear, realistic timeline that describes project milestones to be achieved every three months
  • Involvement of ProMedica Health System

When projects can meet more than one of these criteria, they will be given greater consideration.

Last Updated: 6/30/19