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.
See General Guidelines for eligibility criteria.
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
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.
See "Submission Procedures" for instructions.
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.
See General Guidelines.