Use single spacing, one‐inch margins from all sides, and a font size of 12pt New Times Roman. Do not include extra materials; these will be removed from your proposal before it is reviewed. Figures and tables may be used but must fall within the appropriate margins. Proposals that do not follow these guidelines will be returned without review. Because this is an internal grant program, it is not necessary to route through the USF Office of Sponsored Research.
Cover Sheet (1 Page): The cover sheet should include your name and contact information, department, brief description of purpose and outcome of the proposal. Be sure to include signatures of PI(s) and Departmental Chair.
Abstract: Provide a brief (limited to 200 words), non‐technical description of the project, work to be performed and expected outcome.
Narrative (no more than 5 pages): PIs are encouraged to follow the structure below.
- Describe the proposed scholarly or creative activity, including brief context or background
- Explain how the project will contribute to the PI’s field and professional development.
- Present specific objectives and methods and how they will be completed during the funding period.
- Describe the expected outcomes and the deliverables that will result from the scholarly activity, e.g., publication, exhibition/performance, patent, proposal to an external funding agency.
- If the PI has had a Seed Grant or has other grants > $25,000 but less than $50,000, describe the special circumstances that may justify an award.
Bibliography: This will be the NIH style. References must be included within the 5 pages.
Budget Form: The budget must be delineated and justified. The resources needed to complete the project should be described. This may include resources already available (e.g., laboratory equipment, computational resources, performance space, etc.) and resources to be funded by the seed grant. Early faculty (5 years of employment at USF) should describe how their start‐up funds contributed (or will contribute) to the proposed project.
Allowable expenses include, for example, expendable supplies, capital outlay (e.g., software, computer, equipment, etc.), travel to conduct research and to meetings to present data. Funds may be used for partial support of undergraduate or graduate students, but are not sufficient to be used as a research assistantship. Travel to professional meetings is limited to $3,000 and must be justified as related to the project’s outcomes. Applicants may request funding of $2500-$15,000 over one year. The number of awards funded in a particular award cycle will depend on the available resources approved by COP dean. Budgets that exceed the maximum amount will be returned without review.
Other Information: (up to 3 Pages): Do not include a full CV or resume. Please include:
- Area of Research and date of investigator's highest degree.
- Date of initial appointment as a faculty member at USF COP.
- Present academic rank.
- Publications, exhibitions/performances, and patents during past five years.
- Proposals submitted and funding received during the past five years.
- A brief summary of any previous COP internal seed grants received including dates, amount of funding, and resultant external funding or publications.
Ownership of any and all intellectual property created through the use of these funds shall be determined as defined in USF Statement of Policy and Procedures for Inventions and Work, (http://generalcounsel.usf.edu/policies-and-procedures/pdfs/policy-0-300.pdf). Additional information may be obtained from the USF Division of Patents & Licensing (813-974-0994; http://www.research.usf.edu/pl/).
If the proposed project will involve Human Subjects or Animals, the PI will need to obtain the appropriate assurances i.e., IRB, IACUC, or IBC before a grant is awarded. At mid-point of the 1-year funding period, the PI must submit a brief (1-2 pages, single spaced) progress report outlining accomplishments to date, current and planned activities and, if applicable changes in the scope of work. A final project report will be required within two months after the completion of the 1-year funding period, and submitted to the COP Research Committee. The report should summarize the project and work completed. It should also detail “next steps” in terms of external grant submission and the dissemination of findings. The final report should be no longer than three single-spaced pages and should include copies of relevant draft manuscripts and grant as appendices.