I. Major Research Projects
Projects with annual budgets up to $150,000 per year for up to two years will be considered, with funding beginning as soon as March 1, 2018. Single year projects are often more exploratory in nature and can be renewed for a second year of funding. Applicants are encouraged to discuss possible projects with the Institute Director or members of the Executive Advisory Committee before beginning proposal preparation. Descriptions of previously funded projects are available at: http://pickerisi.colgate.edu
Projects should consist of research involving interdisciplinary science broadly defined and should be led by tenure-stream or tenured faculty from any Division at Colgate University. The period of support will normally be two years, although more exploratory projects covering a single year or less are also encouraged and can be renewed for a second year with a second proposal. Institute funds are not intended to provide long-term support. All activities and progress on the project will be reported annually to the Director.
The following criteria are the primary considerations for support from the Institute:
- The proposed project must be scientifically sound, and should result in significant contributions to scientific knowledge (i.e., peer reviewed publications).
- The proposed project must involve a scientific question/problem that requires an interdisciplinary approach. It is recognized that the term “interdisciplinary” is not easily defined. The spirit of this criterion is that a proposed project should investigate a topic that an individual investigator could not satisfactorily study alone; the proposed project should bring together investigators with complementary expertise to open a new area of study or to tackle existing problems in creative new ways.
Collaborative relationships may be intra- or inter-institutional. Collaborators may be from the same academic department or program; however, distinctions between the expertise that each brings to bear on the proposed project must be clear. The research team may include investigators from outside sciences and mathematics, when such expertise will enhance the scientific study.
These are the primary considerations for funding. Additional characteristics may be used for prioritizing projects, including:
- The proposed project should have reasonable potential for sustained activity beyond the period of Institute support (i.e., ability to attract extramural funding).
- The proposed project should involve students to the extent appropriate in order to enhance interdisciplinary learning and raise incoming student awareness of Colgate’s science programs.
- Satisfactory progress on the proposed project would not be possible through internal funding sources (e.g., departmental funds, Research Council funds).
Supported funding categories:
- Travel for participants to come to Colgate as well as for faculty and students to travel as part of the project and to disseminate the results of the project.
- Release time for Colgate faculty (budgeted as $20,000 per course; maximum one course per participant per year). The justification for course release time should be consistent with the mission and objectives of the Picker ISI.
- Supplies and general operating costs.
- Wages and fringe benefits for staff. Staff are paid as Colgate employees. They are typically on campus but in special circumstances can be at a remote location.
- Undergraduate wages and salaries.
- Consultant fees.
- Fees for access to equipment or data.
- Equipment that is clearly required for proposed projects will be considered; however, proposals requiring major equipment purchases should also explore external funding possibilities such as NSF-MRI.