Igniting Research Collaborations

Igniting Research Collaborations (IRC) seeks to increase interdisciplinary scientific engagement and leverage the breadth of expertise across campus to tackle important problems in the Commonwealth.

Goal & Purpose:

  • UK is 1 of 8 US universities with undergrad, graduate, professional, medical, engineering & agricultural programs – distinct opportunity for collaborative research
  • Foster new collaborations across colleges
  • Diverse expertise leads to innovative advances
  • Faculty from all UK colleges invited to apply
  • Previous awardees can apply

The IRC Pilot must be a NEW collaboration of faculty from at least 2 different colleges. The maximum budget amount is $50,000. Typical awards are in the $25,000 - $30,000 range. Salary for 12-month faculty is not allowed, however summer salary is allowed for 9-10 month faculty. The budget period is for eight months, July 1, 2020 – March 1, 2021.

Review will be conducted by ADRs or designated Chairs of participating colleges.

2020 Annual IRC Symposium

2020 IRC Networking Event

  • TBD (Participation in the IRC Networking event is NOT required for pilot submission.)

2020 Timeline

  • Monday, April 13: Networking event
  • Thursday, May 14: Applications due
  • Early June: Application review
  • Early July: Pilot funds available

IRC Pilot Application Process: Due May 14

  • Portal will open after April 13 Networking event
  • Email: Alla Arnold (alla.arnold@uky.edu)
  • Proposals will be reviewed by College ADRs 
  • IRC Symposium progress report
  • Faculty with 9- or 10-month appointments will be eligible for one month of summer salary.
  • Since the IRC conceptual framework is to generate “new” research ideas, applications to collect preliminary data to respond to a critique are not be eligible.

What to submit:

  • IRC Cover Letter
  • Abstract (30 lines maximum)
  • 2-Page Research Plan 
    • New collaboration means no publications & no funding history.
    • Indicate what led to this new collaboration.
    • Provide statement about prior IRC funding and outcomes.
    • Include rationale for the project, specific aims, methods.
    • Discuss how the preliminary data/evidence will propel the collaborative project forward. 
    • Include a timeline for accomplishments and plan beyond the project.
    • Indicate plan for seeking extramural funding. 
    • Describe any other measures of success. 
  • NIH-style biosketch for each collaborator 
    • Faculty from >2 colleges.
    • Include name, email, department affiliation, a brief statement of research expertise/program, educational track record, current funding and relevant publications. 
  • 1-Page budget/justification
    • eIAFnot required.
    • Indicate the role of each investigator on the project.
    • Budgets will not be administered by OSPA.
    • Include specific justification for expenses.
    • Only travel costs necessary to acquire experimental data are allowed.
    • Equipment purchase allowed, but must be well justified.
    • Graduate student stipends are allowed.
    • Postdocs and technical staff salary support is allowed.

2019 IRC Funding Results

2018 IRC Funding Results