[PAST] HU ADVANCE-IT Announces 2nd Round of MiniGrants: Call for Proposals

[PAST] HU ADVANCE-IT Announces 2nd Round of MiniGrants: Call for Proposals

What are Mini-Grants?

HU ADVANCE-IT mini-grants are awarded to qualified individuals and/or teams of researchers in the Natural Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Computer Science in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Science and the Basic Sciences in the College of Medicine. More specifically, these grants are designed for faculty advancement and development to further the professional advancement and collaboration potential of STEM women, especially women of color. Of particular interest, for example, is the desire and need to provide seed money for interdisciplinary research collaborations. Another, equally important vision is to promote visibility of women in the physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics through lectureships or other creative mechanisms.

Download these guidelines.

*The Application Process*

The proposal includes several components.

The narrative:
The narrative should be no more than 3 single-spaced pages, including a narrative outlining the proposed research. The narrative should include details for how the proposed plan will help meet HU ADVANCE-IT/NSF ADVANCE objectives that specifically relate to women faculty in STEM fields, and/or a description of how it will foster interdisciplinary activities and collaborations among women in STEM. Where appropriate, provide citations to the literature.

Curriculum Vitae (CV), Budget, and Budget Justification:
In addition, submit a current curriculum vitae (c.v,), a proposed budget, and a budget justification. The c.v., budget, and budget justification are not included in the proposal narrative page limit.

Please create the budget in tabular or spreadsheet form, listing each expense (personnel, supplies, publicity, catering, travel, etc.) as a separate budget item. You should use the PeopleSoft budget code categories provided by Research Administrative Services (RAS). It is not necessary to account for Facilities and Administrative costs (F&A). Proposals should be submitted in .pdf or .doc format and be sent tohuadvanceit@howard.edu by 5pm on May 2, 2014.

You are strongly encouraged to talk with a member of the HU ADVANCE-IT Leadership before submitting a proposal. If the proposal involves collecting data from human subjects, IRB protocols must be submitted to with the proposal.

*Selection Criteria*

HU ADVANCE-IT mini-grants will be evaluated for funding along eight measures: feasibility (reasonable time frame, etc.), significance demonstration of need, impact, outcomes, budget, and clarity and organization. Every member of the HU ADVANCE-IT Leadership Team will assign an overall score to each proposal; the tally of these scores provides a quantitative snapshot for deciding whether or not to approve funding.

Proposal budgets and support staffing must adhere to the policies of Howard University Research Administrative Services (RAS), University Human Relations, and the National Science Foundation for “allocability”. Personnel related questions should be directed to Leshell Hatley,leshell.hatley@howard.edu.


Faculty who are awarded mini-grants will receive initial partial administrative and programming support from HU ADVANCE-IT personnel. Recipients should assign “day-to day” administrative responsibilities to appropriate support personnel in their own unit. Where appropriate, we will seek press coverage and other publicity for programs and events supported by mini-grants.

HU ADVANCE-UT mini-grant-supported faculty are expected to maintain financial (account ledger) and program records and deliver these as part of a final summary report on event or research details, impact, and perceptions to HU ADVANCE-IT Leadership Team within 3 months of concluding the funded activity. HU ADVANCE-IT is also keenly interested in evaluation: did your project accomplish what was intended? How did your project impact one or more of the key initiatives of the grant? How many people participated in an event, either as personnel (e.g., principal investigators, panelists, speakers, support staff) or as attendees? For all funded events, please gather and submit event evaluation information. We will provide you with questionnaires that you can use as well as an evaluation form that you can use to document a self-assessment of your project. Your final report to HU ADVANCE-IT is required. It will be incorporated into evaluation documents that are submitted to NSF and the University annually.

*HU ADVANCE-IT Mini-Grant Proposal Checklist*

• Does the proposed project or activity relate to women faculty at Howard University?

• Does the proposed project or activity relate to one or more of the three major initiatives of the grant (education, advocacy, empowerment)? Is at least one investigator on the mini-grant project a
faculty member of the Natural Sciences Division in the College of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Computer Science in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Science and the Basic Sciences in the College of Medicine? (seehttp://www.nsf.gov/funding/index.jsp#areas)

• Does the budget itemize each expense in a clear table or spreadsheet using RAS/PeoplesSoft budget codes?


Please contact Leshell Hatley, HU ADVANCE-IT Program Manager, with questions at leshell.hatley@howard.edu or 202.238.2448.

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