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.)
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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.