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.
- 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 1: Applications due by 5 pm
IRC Pilot Application Process: Due April 1, 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 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.