REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: NH BioMade Research Seed Funding Opportunity 2021
OVERVIEW OF SEED FUNDING SOLICITATIONS
Request For Proposals issued November 2, 2020
EMAIL INTENT TO APPLY BY JANUARY 4, 2021
EMERGING AREA PILOTS - PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JANUARY 18, 2021
INDUSTRY COLLABORATIONS - APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED ALL YEAR
CORE FACILITIES - APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED ALL YEAR
The purpose of the NH BioMade Research Seed Funding Opportunity is to expand research capacity at the state’s academic institutions by providing support for faculty and post-doctoral associates at universities, four-year colleges, or community colleges to pursue research questions related to the NH BioMade focus areas but the topic does not have to adhere to NH BioMade’s four research thrusts. Also, New Hampshire companies may collaborate with academic researchers on a research project and/or apply for use of core facilities through these seed funding opportunities. A separate RFP is issued annually for education and workforce development projects.
SYNOPSIS OF OPPORTUNITY
There are three opportunities for research seed funding:
- Emerging Area Pilot: Support for projects that address an identified technical gap or expand the NH BioMade research portfolio in exciting new directions. High-risk, high-reward research that could transform biomaterial design and manufacturing and projects involving new faculty hired in support of NH BioMade will be prioritized. (Up to $50,000 a year per award; 3, 1-year projects anticipated each year.) MORE INFORMATION: https://unh.infoready4.com/#manageCompetitionsDetail/1826633
Industry-University Collaboration: Support for projects that promote translation of NH BioMade research or address an identified technical gap through a partnership with industry. Projects must align with NH BioMade goals and involve teams composed of university and industry participants. No funds can be provided to the industrial partner, only the university collaborator. Projects that support NH industry needs or leverage Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) funding and/or partnerships will be prioritized. NH BioMade will also consider co-funding opportunities provided by the NH Innovation Research Center (a statewide program funded by the state of NH) that are targeted at early stage and/or innovation companies partnering with university researchers. (Up to $50,000 a year per award; 3, 1-year projects anticipated each year.) MORE INFORMATION: https://unh.infoready4.com/#manageCompetitionsDetail/1826634
- Utilizing NH BioMade Core Facilities: Support for projects that drive NH and regional academic and industry partners to utilize NH BioMade computational modeling, advanced manufacturing, and materials characterization core facility with possible outreach to primarily undergraduate institutions and community colleges. Funds can be used to support direct or remote access to the facilities, technical support, or consultation related to instrumentation, high performance computing (HPC), including multi-scale modeling software/coding resources, and advanced manufacturing. Email Shawn Banker, Director, University Instrumentation Center, for information on rates and use of instruments, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Robert Anderson of the Research Computing Center, for information on the use of the HPC cluster, email@example.com. (Up to $5,000 per award; 5 projects anticipated each year.) MORE INFORMATION: https://unh.infoready4.com/#manageCompetitionsDetail/1826638
See specific solicitation for eligibility information.
Limit on number of proposals
An academic investigator may collaborate on any of the solicitations but can be the lead on only one proposal per opportunity. Industry personnel can be the lead only on a proposal for Utilizing Core Facilities but may be a collaborator on other proposals. Funds are distributed only to academic institutions.
Pilots and collaboration: Email intent to apply by January 4, 2021. Proposal submission deadline is January 18, 2021. Awards will be announced in February 2021.
Core facilities applications accepted throughout the year.
Availability of funds
This funding opportunity is supported by an EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-1 award. Availability of funds is contingent upon continued funding by the National Science Foundation.
Intellectual property rights
For the Industry-University Collaboration solicitation, academic and industry partners should agree in advance as to how intellectual property (IP) rights will be handled during the proposal writing process. A signed university-industry agreement on IP (including publication and patent rights) must be submitted prior to issuance of the award for research projects. The IP agreement must be drawn up by the applicant's institution, signed by the industry-designated official, and approved by the University of New Hampshire Sponsored Programs Administration. Any proprietary or privileged information should be marked as such in the proposal.
Contacts: Email intent to apply by January 4, 2021
Michelle Gregoire, Program Manager, NH EPSCoR: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brad Kinsey, NH BioMade PI: email@example.com
An InfoReady account is required (instructions below). This may take up to 3 days.
Format: Follow NSF guidelines for proposal preparation.
Proposals that do not include all the required information will be returned without review.
The NH BioMade Project Management Team (and other designees) will review applications following standard NSF review criteria for Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts, with additional emphasis on innovation, advancement of NH BioMade goals, support of early-career and underrepresented faculty, and sustainability.
See specific solicitation for award conditions.
INFOREADY ACCOUNT ACCESS
To request an account, email Lynnette Hentges at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Phone Number
- Email Address
- Competition that you are applying to
When an account has been created for you, you will receive an email from the InfoReady Review system. This may take up to 3 days. Follow the directions to create a password and complete your account set-up.