RII - Collaborative Research Planning Award (CRPA)
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The USC Research and Innovation (R&I) Collaborative Research Planning Award is meant to support the configuration of research teams among USC faculty interested in applying to federal agencies and other external sponsors for the funding of collaborative research efforts. The award will equip researchers with the skills needed to successfully build multidisciplinary, cross-institution research networks and apply for funding from a federal agency or other external sponsor. Collaborative Research Planning Awards may support the extension and expansion of existing networks or established collaborations. Collaborative Research Planning Awards support the means by which investigators can share information and ideas; plan the myriad of activities necessary for the development of a research proposal; coordinate ongoing or planned research activities; foster synthesis and new collaborations; develop community standards; and in other ways advance science and education through communication and sharing of ideas. Collaborative Research Planning Awards bring together a team of researchers to plan and organize efforts to enable the submission of a grant proposal to an external sponsor. While financial support may be obtained from any external sponsor, proposals that target federal funding agencies are of greatest interest.
The Collaborative Research Planning Award is meant to support planning and other activities by which research teams and partnerships are developed, and planning activities that will enable submission of a competitive research proposal. This program is meant not to support research but to facilitate the development of a collaborative research team that is well prepared to take the next step in preparing for the generation of a grant proposal. This next step typically requires the generation of preliminary study data, which demonstrates the cohesiveness of the team and its ability to collaboratively work together. R&I’s Zumberge Preliminary Studies Research Award is a logical internal funding mechanism to pursue, in order to generate such preliminary data. Applicants funded under this program are encouraged – after funding has ended - to apply for Zumberge Preliminary Studies Research Award funding.
The Collaborative Research Planning Award program includes two subprograms described below. Funds will be awarded after the completion of a competitive scientific peer review and a programmatic review.
SMALL PROGRAM AWARD
The Small Program Award is meant to support the formation of a team of researchers that are the very beginnings of their collaboration. Applicants may request up to $25,000/yr. The full extent and scope of the proposed work may not be identified at the time of the submission of an application to this program. Researchers who receive a Small Program Award may use funds to identify collaborators, hold workshops or planning sessions, and support activities that promote the broad sharing of intellectual ideas. The duration of the award is two years. It is expected that in the first year, the PI and co-PIs will explore multiple topics and engage a broad group of researchers. It is not expected that the PI and co-PIs will specify a Funding Target at the time of submission of an application for a Small Program Award. Researchers across multiple disciplines will be identified and will come together to begin to form a cohesive team of researchers. By the end of the first year, the team will focus their efforts on identifying a unifying research theme that will focus their efforts.
A Funding Target as described below will be identified and will be a requirement for the award of a second year of funding. During the second year, the team will plan and engage in the myriad of activities required for submission of a grant submission to the Funding Target. It is expected that the Funding Target will be smaller in scope than a Funding Target (see examples below) that would be identified under the Large Program Award.
The Small Program Award accepts and encourages proposals in a diverse range of research areas, scholarship, and artistic and cultural expression, including, but not limited to, social sciences, humanities, arts, literature, STEM, political sciences, social work, education, business, law, architecture, among others.
LARGE PROGRAM AWARD
The Large Program Award is meant to support the formation of a team of researchers that already have an idea of the specific research theme of their proposed activities. The PI and co-PIs already may utilize the Award to bring together researchers from identified subfields for which a collaboration supported by this Award permits logical synergies to develop.
A Large Program Award provides support to bring such a group together, in order to catalyze and support all of the activities necessary to assemble a large proposal that will be submitted to a federal funding agency or another external sponsor. PIs are strongly encouraged to include researchers from other universities and institutions as part of their application for a Large Program Award. The duration of the award is one year.
Major differences between this program and the Small Award Program include: (1) identification of a significantly larger Funding Target, that typically will be a center, program project, etc.; (2) this Funding Target is specified at the time of the submission of an application for a Large Program Award; (3) the PI and co-PIs are strongly encouraged to include researchers from other universities and institutions, given the fact that the large research programs of many federal funding agencies and other external sponsors targeted by the team expect a competitive proposal to include multiple universities and other partners; and (4) by virtue of the need for such larger efforts to have a well-developed and integrated research vision, it is expected that the PI and co-PIs will have already developed a sufficient focus and an idea of specific collaborators at USC or other institutions.
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