The FY22 TIER 1 submission window is now open and will close on January 25, 2021

TIER 1: Seed Grant/Proof of Concept Program

This competitive program provides funds to support and encourage individual faculty members to form multidisciplinary teams to secure proof of concept, with a goal of successfully competing for future sponsored research opportunities. Funds are also available as seed grants for multidisciplinary teams to develop new and innovative research directions. An explicit strategy for securing external funding must be outlined. Fifteen-month grants of up to $50,000 are available, provided by the College(s) and SVPR.  It is expected that all projects will conclude by the end of the grant period.

This year we will be particularly interested in proposals that position the university to compete in emerging areas of significant research funding. Applicants should consult the FY22 TIER 1 College Special Interests/Preferences section on this site, and with their Associate Deans for Research, about areas of special interest in the College review process. Projects with cross-college collaboration are heavily favored.

PI Eligibility: All Co-PIs must be considered PI eligible by both their college(s) and by NU-RES guidelines.

Mentored TIER 1: The Mentored TIER 1 award category was added in FY19. Up to five Mentored awards may be made in addition the standard TIER 1 awards that are anticipated.

Mentored TIER 1 awards will support interdisciplinary research collaboration between a junior tenure track faculty member(s) and a senior tenured faculty collaborator(s) from a different discipline/College in order to advance the development of the junior faculty’s research career. In addition to dedicated mentorship, the benefits to junior faculty that could be provided through the interdisciplinary Mentored award collaboration might include, for example: training and access to clinical or preclinical materials or subjects; advanced instrumentation or techniques; graduate research assistants; analytics or data sets; joint publications; grant submissions, etc.

Support Constraints: Funding may not be requested for faculty salary support. Salary support for research scientists is allowed. Graduate students who are included on the grant must be named, and their CVs included with the proposal (exceptions may be requested for students enrolled in non-PhD professional degree programs). Funding should not be requested to support first-year graduate students. Tuition is not an allowable charge.

It is recommended that investigators apply as Co-PIs on no more than two applications. Faculty submitting a Mentored TIER 1 application may still submit/participate in up to two standard TIER 1 applications.

Submission Process: The TIER 1 Submission Portal has moved to a new platform, AmpliFund.  

Applications must be submitted on the FY22 Submission Portal, including the TIER 1 PI Signature Form and must be uploaded by the team’s designated Contact Co-PI.

Portal Instructions: The FY22 Portal has been moved to a new platform and is now open. Click here for the portal link and detailed instructions. 

Review Process: Proposals will be reviewed in a two-stage process beginning with the relevant Deans. Proposals that are endorsed by those Deans will go forward to the SVPR for further consideration.

Reviewers are asked to rank proposals on the following criteria:

  • Overall Impact/ Merit
  • Investigators/ Team
  • Innovation/ Potential for success
  • Importance to the College
  • Budget Feasibility
IMPORTANT DEADLINES:

November  
Announcement of FY22 TIER 1 competition

December 8 (target date)
TIER 1 Submission Portal opens

January 25
Deadline for submission of proposals through the TIER 1 Portal for College review

March 17
Deadline for Deans to submit endorsed proposals to SVPR

April 12
Award notifications

July 1, 2021
Start of grant period

September 30, 2022
Conclusion of grant period

FY22 College Priorities/Interests

FY22 Submission Instructions

FY22 TIER 1 PI Signature Form