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COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Funding

Research for Rapidly Responding to the Social, Economic, and Health Dimensions
of the COVID-19

Pandemic Background and Purpose
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to impact all parts of the U.S. and the world. Schools and businesses have closed or are conducting activities remotely and communities have had to implement strict quarantines. The impacts are being realized on the health of humans, social norms and the economy at all levels.

Eligibility
The Office of Research through the generous support of the Kay Family Foundation is making seed funding available for areas related to COVID-19 and using data to analyze its impact on health, society, the economy. All Chapman University faculty who are continuing full-time faculty during the 2019-2020 academic year are eligible. Examples of projects include (but are not limited to):

  • Development of models to understand transmission and intervention impacts
  • Use of data and analytics to enhance rapid testing
  • Decision support related to prevention and control measures
  • Study of human behavioral and health messaging
  • Economic and business analysis

Research being proposed must be conducted within the current constraints of the University’s campus closure and any federal and state mandates.

Application Process
The application should include the following:

  • Cover page with title, participant’s name(s) and 100 word summary
  • Main Proposal (2 pages maximum)
    • Background and Significance (1.0 pages): Explain the importance of the problem, rationale for the proposed research, why it is important to do at this time and in a rapid manner, how your (or your team) expertise is critical for addressing the problem (cite previous work if applicable), and how does it relate to the program description above
    • Research Strategy (1.0 pages): Describe the proposed project (overview of design, data collection, and data analyses). This should also include a rapid data collection plan. Describe any human subject protocols that will be needed as applicable. Include a project timeline that begins no earlier than April 20, 2020 and ends no later than December 31, 2020. If collaborators are included, please describe their proposed contributions to the project. Explain how this project will contribute to the goal of obtaining future external funding
  • Budget Summary and Justification (1 page max - use budget spreadsheet)
  • Principal Investigator / Participants CVs (2 page maximum for each PI in NSF or NIH format)
  • Appendices (references, other supporting materials) (OPTIONAL). (5 pages max)Budget 

Budget
Grants will be funded in the range of $5,000 - $15,000. Grant funding may be applied, for example, to the following expenses:

  • Faculty summer support should be minimal (limited to 0.5 summer months of salary).
  • Student researchers (ugrads and grads) working remotely are encouraged
  • Software technology purchases related to the project
  • Purchase of data sets
  • Gathering of additional data
  • Limited travel is allowed (consistent with University travel restrictions). 

Evaluation of Proposals
Proposals will be reviewed by faculty with no conflicts of interest and relevant expertise. Final decisions will be made by the Vice President for Research based on the faculty recommendations and consultation with Deans of relevant Colleges/Schools and the Provost. 

Proposal evaluation criteria are:

  1. How closely the project addresses the primary grant program objectives related to COVID-19.
  2. Potential for the project to have immediate impact on the current COVID-19 crisis
  3. Research that leverages Chapman’s strengths and unique capabilities.
  4. Potential for long term sustainability of the research through partnerships and/or external funding

Application Deadline
Applications must submitted as a single PDF to the Qualtrics Grant Portal no later than 5:00 PM, Friday, April 3.

Questions
Please contact Thomas Piechota (714-628-2897, Piechota@chapman.edu) for questions regarding the program.

Faculty Opportunity Fund

The Faculty Opportunity Fund provides competitive merit-based support for short-term non-renewable projects as described below. These projects are intended to support Chapman University faculty in the development of new and innovative research, scholarship and creative activity.  Specifically, this program aims to:

  • Elevate the national visibility and reputation of Chapman University faculty for their excellence in creative, scholarly and research accomplishments.
  • Provide faculty with opportunities to catalyze new and innovative areas.
  • Expand the base of competitive research, scholarship and creative activity to increase external support in these areas.

The intent of the fund is to support (1) activities in the arts and humanities where the outcome is the development of a substantive scholarly or creative work and; (2) research in all areas for faculty who are developing new lines of research, where a primary goal is the submission of requests for external funding. During the 2019-20 cycle, a total of $250,000 will be available for the Faculty Opportunity Fund with awards up to $15,000 for a period of 12 months depending on the type of award, project goals, and necessary budget. All full-time faculty (tenure track and non-tenure track) are eligible for this program.  Involvement of graduate students and/or undergraduates is strongly encouraged. Revised Faculty Opportunity Fund proposals from prior years that address previous reviewer comments are also encouraged.

Timeline

  • November 2019 – Release Announcement
  • February 7, 2020 (5 PM) – Proposals Due
  • Early April 2020 – Decisions
  • June 1, 2020– release of funds

Program Description

FAQs

Budget Worksheet

Submission Portal

Contact Rennolds Ostrom (rostrom@chapman.edu) for any questions.

Awards

Kay Graduate Research Scholars

Through the support of the Kay Family Foundation, the Office of Research is proud to announce the funding for Kay Graduate Research Scholars.

Kay Graduate Research Scholars may pursue research activities associated with any facet of data analytics/sciences. Examples of relevant research projects include, but are not limited to:

  • The use of medium or large structured or unstructured data sets for developing new knowledge/understanding of a particular area of inquiry or application.
  • The use of descriptive, diagnostic, predictive or prescriptive analytical models for developing new knowledge/understanding of a particular area of inquiry or application.

Funding (9 – 12 month)

  • $25,000 stipend depending on program
  • Up to $5000 will be made available for materials, supplies, travel, and other items to support the research activities
  • Kay Graduate Research Scholar Program will cover the tuition balance not covered by other scholarships, up to $14,000 per year maximum
  • Kay Graduate Research Scholars are appointed on an annual basis. The positions are renewable for one additional year depending on availability of funds and satisfactory progress.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be admitted full time Chapman PhD student and passed their Qualifying Exams by May 17th as part of the PhD program OR a full-time Masters student conducting research in one of the areas noted above.
  • Receipts are expected to be conducting their studies/research “in residence” at Chapman under the guidance of a Chapman faculty member

Application Format

The application should include the following:

  • Cover page (1 page)
    • Title of Research Proposal
    • Student Name
    • Graduate Degree Program at Chapman and current status
    • Degree(s) and Name(s) of Institutions
  • Main Proposal (3 pages maximum)
  • Background and Significance (0.5-1.0 pages): Explain the importance of the research problem, the state of existing knowledge, rationale for the proposed research, gaps the project is intended to fill, and potential contributions to the field.
  • Approach (1-2 pages): Describe the proposed project (overview of design, data collection, and data analyses). Include a project timeline.
  • Personal Statement (0.5 – 1.0 page): How will this funding contribute to advancing in your graduate studies and career goals? What makes you a highly qualified candidate?
  • Letters of Recommendations (3)
    • Please include in your submission application, three (3) letters of recommendations from faculty that know of your background and potential for conducting independent research in this area.
  • Format
    • The main proposal should include all text, figures and tables (references not necessary).
    • Use Arial 11 pt font, .5 inch margins
    • Compiled as a singled PDF

Application Package (see format above)

  • Application must be submitted through the web portal and include applicant’s proposed research project and three letters of recommendations. All documents are to be loaded as single PDF

Deadline and Selection Process

  • Application packages must be received by May 20, 2019 (5PM).
  • A Kay Graduate Research Scholars Selection Committee will review application packages and select recipients.

Evaluation of Proposals

Proposal evaluation criteria are:

  1. The overall quality of the proposal – hypotheses, methodology, source(s) of data, etc.
  2. How closely the project addresses the program objectives.
  3. The likelihood that the project will be completed in the timeline provided.

Additional Information

Dr. Thomas Piechota, Vice President for Research

(702) 628-2897 piechota@chapman.edu

Kay Family Foundation Data Analytics Grant Program

Data Analytics Grant Amount and Intended Purpose

The Data Analytics Grant Program is part of a $2.5M commitment generously made by the Kay Family Foundation for the purpose of advancing Chapman University’s activities in the area of Data Analytics/Sciences. The Data Analytics Grants are in the range of $20,000-$100,000 over a two year period and are meant to catalyze research in the area of data analytics/sciences with a focus on translation, collaboration with outside partners, commercialization, and/or development of external funding.

Examples of relevant research projects include, but are not limited to:

  • The use of medium or large structured or unstructured data sets for developing new knowledge/understanding of a particular area of inquiry or application.
  • The use of descriptive, diagnostic, predictive or prescriptive analytical models for developing new knowledge/understanding of a particular area of inquiry or application.

Eligibility

All Chapman University faculty who are continuing full-time faculty during the 2018-2019 academic year are eligible.

Budget

Grant funding may be applied, for example, to the following expenses:

  • Faculty summer support (limited to up to 1 month per year and 2 months over the entire project period) (Note: Include benefits at 11%).
  • Student researchers (Note: include benefits at 5%)
  • Hardware and/or software technology purchases related to the project
  • Purchase of data sets
  • Gathering of additional data
  • Travel expenses associated with the work (consistent with University travel policies).

Grant funding may NOT be applied to the following:

  • Furniture
  • Meals not associated with an approved travel
  • International conferences

Application Process

The application should include the following:

  • Cover page with title and participant’s name(s).
  • Project Summary (1 page maximum)
  • Main Proposal (5 pages maximum)
  • Background and Significance (1.0 pages): Explain the importance of the problem, the state of existing knowledge, rationale for the proposed research, gaps the project is intended to fill, and potential contributions to the field.
  • Approach (2-3 pages): Describe the proposed project (overview of design, data collection, and data analyses). Include a project timeline. If collaborators are included, please describe their proposed contributions to the project. Explain how this project will contribute to the goal of obtaining future external funding.
  • Relevance to Program (0.5 pages): Describe the relevance the proposal to the program announcement including the focus on translational research, collaboration with outside partners, commercialization, and/or development of external funding.
  • Future Funding (0.5 pages): Describe specific funding agencies, foundations, or other external entities to which you will apply within or beyond the funding period in order to continue the activities. Be specific about the external entity, specific programs, and deadlines, if applicable.
  • Budget Summary and Justification
  • Principal Investigator / Participants CVs (2 page maximum for each PI in NSF or NIH format)

Evaluation of Proposals

A faculty committee review with no conflicts of interest will review the proposals. They will provide recommendations to the Vice President of Research, the Provost, the Dean of the Argyros School of Business and Economics, and the Dean of Schmid College of Science and Technology, who will together determine the grant recipients and amounts. 

Proposal evaluation criteria are:

  1. The overall quality of the proposal – hypotheses, methodology, source(s) of data, etc.
  2. How closely the project addresses the primary grant program objectives.
  3. The likelihood that the project will be completed in the near term (2-3 years)
  4. Potential for long term sustainability of the research through partnerships and/or external funding.

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted as a single PDF to the Grant Portal no later than 5:00 PM, Monday, June 3, 2019.


Questions

Please contact Thomas Piechota (714-628-2897, Piechota@chapman.edu) for questions regarding the program.

Grant Writer’s Boot Camp - Learning through the Grant Process Simulation

The Chapman Grant Writers' Bootcamp is designed to assist faculty in learning about all phases of the grant cycle through a simulation process (proposal to award). Faculty will prepare an initial proposal in response to a Request for Proposals (RFP), learn about the details of grant preparation at Chapman, participate in the review process, revise their proposal, and receive initial funding (Grant Writers' Award) that will be treated as a grant at Chapman. The emphasis is on simulation of the grant process.

Scope of Program

Pre-Bootcamp Request for Proposals: The program is designed around a Request for Proposals. To apply, please reply to the Request for Proposal by 5:00PM, May 29, 2020. Acceptance into the Bootcamp will be based on conformance of the proposals to the Request for Proposals as reviewed by the Office of Research.

Grant Writer’s Bootcamp (August 20 & 21, 2020): The two-day bootcamp will have various topics to assist in grant development and review. These include:

  • Finding grant funding opportunities
  • Interacting with program officers
  • Advice from other new and experienced investigators
  • Elements of high-quality proposals
  • Peer Review including mock panel reviews
  • Basics of working with Sponsored Projects and Research Integrity Offices
  • Developing boilerplate materials (e.g. biosketches and resources documents)
  • Advice from outside experts (e.g., program officer, grant writer)
  • Effective Project Management

Post-Bootcamp Award: Upon successful revision of the proposal from the Bootcamp, faculty will receive $5K as the Grant Writers Award. The Office of Research staff will act as program officers and have faculty take on the responsibilities of a Principal Investigator and go through all steps of an award process, including compliance, award setup, initial project meeting and project management. Project periods will be up to one year.

Outcomes

  • Faculty will gain a complete understanding of the grant cycle (pre to post award) and project management.
  • The Grant Writers Award will result in preliminary data or information (and potentially publications) to make grants competitive to outside agencies, foundations and organizations.

Request for Proposals

Budget Worksheet

Submission Portal

Questions

Taryn Stroop (stroop@chapman.edu, 714-628-2849)