Research and Sponsored Programs

Interdisciplinary Research Initiation Award Program

Letter of Intent Deadline: November 4, 2019
Full Proposal Deadline: 
22 January 2020 (By Invitation Only)

This program is available to collaborative groups of at least four faculty from at least two separate disciplines to develop an external proposal that will help support an interdisciplinary program of excellence. This program supports the goals of the University’s strategic plan to encourage and develop interdisciplinary research. Proposals can request up to $50,000; awardees are expected to submit an interdisciplinary proposal to a nationally competitive sponsor.

Funds may support summer salary and fringe benefits (maximum summer support is for six weeks’ salary and fringe benefits), other support personnel, travel, equipment, and materials and supplies as necessary to organize, prepare and submit a proposal to an external agency. Funding is available in May 2020, with all expenditures completed by May 2021. Awardees will be expected to provide the Research Council with a presentation on the progress and results of their project.

Proposals that pass internal administrative and Research Council review will be sent to expert external reviewers for comment and evaluation. The primary consideration is whether the investment in the proposed activity will produce a coherent research group likely to emerge as nationally competitive and able to win competitive funding. Proposals must make it clear that the interdisciplinary nature of the project adds value, that each investigator is making important contributions, and that there are specific external sources of support for the activity.

Submission Requirements

Letter of Intent
DEADLINE: November 4, 2019

letter of intent form

Applicants will submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), not to exceed four double-spaced pages. 

Submit this LOI by email to no later than 11:59 PM on the deadline date. The Research Council will review the LOIs received and invite full proposals.

Full Proposals (By Invitation Only)
January 22, 2020

Full proposal form

Full proposals have one-inch margins and Arial or Palatino Linotype 11-point.

See General Guidelines. The following forms must be included:

1.  An abstract, written for a general audience that summarizes the project and its expected outcomes. The abstract must not exceed 250 words.

2.  A project description, written to technical reviewers who are versed in the topic of the project, must explain the objective(s) or specific aims of the project, the significance of the project, the methodology or approach to be used, the expected outcomes or products, and the contribution that a successful project will make to the research stature of The University of Toledo. The project description must not exceed 15 (fifteen) pages double-spaced, inclusive of charts, diagrams, photographs or other information. Recommended sections are:

          a.  Objectives or Specific Aims

          b.  Significance

          c.  Methodology

          d.  Expected outcomes

          e.  Contribution to research stature of UT

3.  A list of cited literature references.

4.  A one-page summary of plans to move the project toward sustained, external funding. This should list potential sources of support, such as programs within agencies.

5.  A two-page management plan that outlines the roles of each investigator in the project.
     (NOTE: Weaknesses in this section are often identified by reviewers who question why the project needs to be supported to advance interdisciplinary research).

6.  A detailed budget and budget justification. Requests for travel funds should include the location and purpose of the travel as it relates to the project. Equipment must be separately listed. The budget may only request funds for activities that are not supported from other sources.

7.  A two-page biosketch for each investigator, including the individual’s current professional position, degrees (with institutions and dates), professional positions held, recent relevant publications, artistic performances or other original products.

8.  No appendix material will be accepted.

9.  A completed Interdisciplinary Research Initiation Award cover page including required signatures.

Proposal Submission

Submit your proposal as a single PDF file containing all required elements by 11:59 pm on the deadline date via e-mail to


Proposals that do not follow the above guidelines or do not meet eligibility criteria will not be accepted. 

Award Notification

See General Guidelines.

Reporting Requirements

Submit a written Final Report to by 31 August 2021 summarizing the results of the project and including a list of presentations, publications, proposals and funding directly resulting from this project.

Final report form

Last Updated: 2/21/20