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 (new collaboration means no publications and no funding history together)
  • 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 faculty is not allowed. The budget period is for six months, July 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022.

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

2022 Annual IRC Symposium (via Zoom)

  • Hear presentations from previous awardees on the progress of their IRC-funded projects on January 24-28, 12 - 1 pm 
    Join us via Zoom:  https://uky.zoom.us/j/87513133459

2022 IRC Networking Event (via Zoom)

  • February 16, 2 - 5 pm
    • 2 pm - Introduction (Drs. Cassis and Dwoskin)
    • 2:10 pm - Implement team science training (CCTS)
    • 2:40 pm - Brainstorming breakout session #1
    • 3:35 pm - Review potential outcomes
    • 3:50 pm - Brainstorming breakout session #2 (different groups)
    • 4:45 pm - Review potential outcomes
    • 5 pm - Adjourn
  • Faculty should contact their ADR to get an invite for the IRC networking event, during which teams will conceptualize new cross-college collaborations.
  • Projects must be new cross-college collaborations between faculty from at least 2 colleges.

2022 Timeline

  • January 24-28: Symposium
  • February 16: Networking Event (via Zoom)
  • February 28: Workshop "Team science development" (via Zoom)
  • March 4: Workshop "Tips for applying for IRC" (via Zoom)
  • April 7: Applications due by 5 pm

IRC Pilot Application Process: Due April 7, 2022

  • Portal will open after February 16 Networking event.
  • Submit to: https://ris.uky.edu/pdo/fundingportal
  • Proposals will be reviewed by College ADRs. 
  • Previous IRC awardees are eligible to apply.
  • Faculty on previous IRC proposals are eligible to apply again, as long as they have no publications and no funding history together. 
  • Faculty do not have to attend the networking event to be eligible for IRC funding.
  • Faculty can submit more than one application.
  • IRC Symposium progress report will be required.
  • 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 or five-page maximum abbreviated CV 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
    • eIAF not 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.

2020 IRC Funding Results

2019 IRC Funding Results

2018 IRC Funding Results