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deArce-Koch Memorial Endowment Fund in Support of Medical Research and Development

Deadline:  Tuesday, 20 January 2015

 

The deArce-Koch Memorial Endowment Fund Program supports medically related research and development projects.  It was established by a bequest from Helen C. Ponton deArce as a memorial to the memory of her husband, Alfred Koch, Sr., and her son, Alfred Koch, Jr. Funds support research and scholarly activity that will advance a faculty member’s professional career, position the faculty member for additional external support, or provide assistance in developing a promising research program.  It is anticipated that this funding will foster cross-disciplinary research projects. The funds available are from an endowment, the value of which fluctuates with the market and determines the number of awards that can be made in any given year. 

 

Although there is no maximum limit to the award, requests should not exceed $25,000. Funds may support personnel, graduate student stipends, travel necessary to conductresearch, equipment and supplies.  If graduate stipends are awarded, a tuition waiver may be requested from the graduate dean. Assistant professors can apply for summer salary support (maximum support for six weeks’ summer salary and fringes). However, associate and full professors cannot apply for summer salary or release time. Awardees may not teach during the summer if they receive summer salary under this program.

 

Funding will be available in May 2015 with all expenditures completed by 15 May 2016.  Awardees must submit a written report to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs by 31 August 2016, summarizing the results of the project with a list of presentations, publications, and proposals directly resulting from the project.

 

Proposals will be reviewed by the University Research Council.  The evaluation process takes into consideration the faculty member’s rank.  For assistant professors the most important consideration is the likelihood that a successful project would lead to external support. Although preference will be given to untenured, tenure-track professors, proposals from tenured faculty will be considered.All applicants must clearly identify where they intend to submit proposals resulting from the proposed studies. For example, if proposals are intended for NIH, the type of proposal (R15/21/03/01) and institute must be identified.

 

Eligibility

See General Guidelines for eligibility criteria.

 

Submission Requirements

See General Guidelines at the beginning of this booklet. 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 that includes sections on objectives, significance, methodology (or approach) and outcome. The outcome section should indicate the contribution a successful project will make to the individual’s professional growth.  The project description must not exceed six (6) double-spaced pages including all figures and diagrams.  The description should provide the council members with sufficient information to show the possible contribution of the project to the discipline.

3.      A list of cited literature references (maximum 2 pages)

4.      A detailed budget and budget justification 

5.      A two-page CV. A template is available from the Website at

                                    http://www.utoledo.edu/research/uraf/covers.html

6.      A copy of the final report from previous URAF awards for those who have received awards during the past five years

7.      A summary of comments received on unfunded grant applications

8.      No appendix material will be accepted.

 

Proposal Submission

See "Submission Procedures" for instructions.

 

Evaluation

Proposals that do not follow the above guidelines or do not meet eligibility criteria will not be accepted. Proposals will be reviewed by the Research Council, which may obtain additional reviews from individuals both on and off campus. The council broadly represents all disciplines on campus. Therefore, it is important that the proposal clearly communicate the goals of the project to the readership.

 

Award Notification

See General Guidelines.

 

deArce-Koch Memorial Endowment Fund in Support of Medical Research and Development

 

Deadline:  Tuesday, 17 January 2012

 

The deArce Memorial Endowment Fund Program supports medically related research and development projects.  It was established by a bequest from Helen C. Ponton deArce as a memorial to the memory of her husband, Alfred Koch, Sr., and her son, Alfred Koch, Jr. Funds support research and scholarly activity that will advance a faculty member’s professional career, position the faculty member for additional external support, or provide assistance in developing a promising research program.  It is anticipated that this funding will foster cross-disciplinary research projects. The funds available are from an endowment, the value of which fluctuates with the market and determines the number of awards that can be made in any given year. The preparation of textbooks  or construction projects is not eligible for support. 

 

Although there is no maximum limit to the award, requests should not exceed $25,000. Funds may support personnel, graduate student stipends, travel necessary to conductresearch, equipment and supplies.  If graduate stipends are awarded, a tuition waiver may be requested from the graduate dean. Assistant professors can apply for summer salary support (maximum support for six weeks’ summer salary and fringes). However, associate and full professors cannot apply for summer salary or release time. Awardees may not teach during the summer if they receive summer salary under this program.

 

Funding will be available in May 2012 with all expenditures completed by 15 May 2013.  Awardees must submit a written report to the Office of Research Development by 31 August 2013, summarizing the results of the project with a list of presentations, publications, and proposals directly resulting from the project.

 

Proposals will be reviewed by the University Research Council.  The evaluation process takes into consideration the faculty member’s rank and discipline.  For assistant professors the most important consideration is the likelihood that a successful project will lead to a productive and meaningful research program and external support. Although preference will be given to untenured, tenure-track professors, proposals from tenured faculty will also be considered.  For associate and full professors, the proposal must explain how the project takes the individual into higher national stature in research or into a new and promising area capable of generating external support.  All applicants must clearly identify where they intend to submit proposals resulting from the proposed studies. For example, if proposals are intended for NIH, the type of proposal (R15/21/03/01) and institute must be identified.

 

 

 

Eligibility

Full-time, tenured and tenure-track faculty who will be at the university during the 2011-2012 academic year are eligible to apply. A faculty member may not receive salary support from more than two awards over any five-year period from this and the Summer Research Awards and Fellowships Program, may not receive awards in two consecutive years, and may not receive funding as PI under more than one URAF program in any given year. The PI of  an award under one URAF program can, however, receive funding as co-investigator under another program for activities that are independent of those for which he or she applied as PI. Those wishing to submit proposals to this and the Summer Fellowships may do so, but the two proposed projects must be distinctly different, and only one will be awarded.

 

 

Submission Requirements

Proposals must be double spaced, font size 12 points, and submitted both in hard copy and as a single PDF file. The following information must be included:

 

1.   A completed deArce proposal cover page (available at URL http://utoledo.edu/research/uraf/index.html) with all appropriate signatures.

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

3.   A project description that includes sections on objectives, significance, methodology (or approach) and outcome. The outcome section should indicate the contribution a successful project will make to the individual’s professional growth.  The project description must not exceed six (6) double-spaced pages including all figures and diagrams.  The description should provide the council members with sufficient information to show the possible contribution of the project to the discipline.

4.   A list of references limited to one page.

5.   A detailed budget and budget justification, not to exceed two pages, that lists the major categories of expenses, including faculty salary and fringe benefits, student salary and fringe benefits, travel, equipment and supplies.  Requests for travel funds should include the location and purpose of the travel as it relates to the project. 

6.   A two-page (NSF- or NIH-style) CV that includes the individual’s current professional position, degrees (with institutions and dates), professional positions held, recent relevant publications, artistic performances, and other original products (such as patents, artwork, etc.). A template is available from the Website at

                             http://www.utoledo.edu/research/uraf/index.html

     You may use an existing NSF or NIH biosketch in lieu of the one provided.

7.   A copy of the final report from previous URAF awards for those who have received awards during the past five years.

8.   No appendix material will be accepted.

 

Applicants with proposals in the area of medical research and development are encouraged to apply ONLY to the deArce Memorial Endowment Fund Program. Such applications, if not selected as most meritorious for funding, may be eligible for support from the Summer Research Awards and Fellowships Program.

 

Evaluation

Proposals that do not follow the above guidelines or do not meet eligibility criteria will not be accepted. Proposals will be reviewed by the Research Council, which may obtain additional reviews from individuals both on and off campus. The council broadly represents all disciplines on campus. Therefore, it is important that the proposal clearly communicate the goals of the project to the readership.

 

Proposals will be rated as follows:

Excellent      Indicative of highest technical skill (relative to the discipline) or scientific merit; high level of relevance to the discipline or area for which it is being submitted and likely to result in a contribution of some significance; contains a clear statement of purpose and has goals and objectives that are attainable within time and budgetary constraints; imparts strong impression that the investigator has the capacity to conduct the project as evidenced by his or her knowledge and related published work, training and previous research contributions.

Very Good    Proposal likely to result in significant contributions, but questions exist relating to objectives, significance, methodology/approach, or outcomes.

Good             Although the project appears worthy, major questions exist regarding its success or significance.

Fair               Has meritorious components but serious shortcomings.

Poor              Has significant shortcomings.

 

Submit both (1) one hard copy of your proposal with the signed cover sheet and (2) the complete proposal as a single PDF file, no later than 5:00 PM on Tuesday, 17 January 2012, to Dr. Elsa Nadler, Office of Research Development, 2600 Dorr, R1 Incubator Building, Mail Stop 218 (or to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, 2300 University Hall, Mail Stop 944); urafp@utoledo.edu or elsa.nadler@utoledo.edu.

 

Award Notification

 

You will receive an award letter signed by the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

 

The Office of Grants Accounting will establish an account for you.

 

Approvals from the Institutional Review Board or the Animal Care and Use Committee are not required prior to proposal submission. However, funds will not be released until any required approvals have been received and authorized.

 

Last Updated: 3/23/15