GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 19, 2021 Program Introduction
Each year, the College of Health and Human Sciences solicits proposals for support of research, creative, and scholarship activities. The purpose of these awards is to substantially improve the likelihood of the applicant securing external funding (i.e., grant, contract, foundation, industry) by providing seed monies for activities that improve a project’s competitiveness. Support can be provided for summer salary, graduate assistant support, pilot data collection, or other activities directly linked to an identified external funding opportunity. In total, up to $28,000 is available for this funding cycle.
An electronic PDF of the mini-grant application is due to Stephanie.Ouren@colostate.edu, Research Support Services Coordinator, by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2021.
Award Application Details
Early Career Investigator Award
Investigator must not have received significant independent external funding yet, generally pre-tenure or early career research scientist.
Maximum amount: $7,000
Anticipated number of awards: Maximum of 4
Guidelines for Developing an Application
- Applications should include: signed coversheet; brief narrative (3-page max which includes the references); detailed budget/budget narrative (1-page max); brief vita (3-page max); and copy of the face page or other identifiable information about the targeted RFP. No additional documents will be reviewed as part of the application.
- All applicants must identify a specific funding opportunity being sought using the CHHS seed funds to strengthen the external grant application. The expectation is that a grant application to an external agency/organization WILL BE SUBMITTED based on the seed funds obtained from CHHS. To be eligible for applying for future funds through the CHHS mini-grant program, awardees of CHHS mini-grant funds are required to submit an associated external grant proposal and inform the Associate Dean for Research that an external grant application as described in your proposal has been submitted.
- The narrative (single-spaced, 12 point type, 1-inch margins) should include:
- Title of project.
- Brief description of investigator/proposal fit to proposed mechanism.
- Specific funding opportunity being sought, including name of the organization (government agency and/or institute, industry, foundation, etc.), specific program funding opportunity, project officer or contact at agency, how your proposal idea fits the agency’s mission and guidelines of the competition, and how this topic fits within the priorities of your unit, college, and/or CSU.
- Coherent plan for developing the external grant proposal (see #2 above).
- Description of the idea being proposed to the external funding source and how mini-grant funds will be used to collect pilot data, etc. to improve the likelihood of successfully competing for this funding source. When completing the narrative, it is important to recognize that members of the CHHS Research Review Committee may not have expertise in the subject matter. It is the responsibility of the applicant to prepare a logical, understandable proposal, and to provide sufficient details for the review process.
- Brief timeline of tasks.
- Any needed references.
- The budget should include a brief justification of expenses. No tuition or indirect charges are allowed in the budget. Budget questions should be referred to Stephanie Ouren at (970) 491-6070 (email@example.com).
Applications should be delivered electronically in one pdf file to: Stephanie Ouren via email firstname.lastname@example.org. Paper applications will not be accepted.
For questions, please email or call Stephanie at (970) 491-6070.
- Members of the CHHS Research Committee (comprised of representatives from each department) will score the applications for scientific merit (degree to which the idea proposed will successfully compete for the desired funding source), clarity of application narrative (a coherent plan and timeline for using the funds to develop the needed idea, pilot data, coherent plan for preparing the external grant the CHHS funds will seed, etc.), and alignment of the application with the relevant funding guidelines and the articulated program of research agenda. The rating forms that the reviewers will be using to rate the submitted applications are attached to this RFA so you can prepare your CHHS mini-grant application accordingly. The CHHS Research Committee will then submit recommendations for funding to the College Executive Council.
- The College Executive Council will make the final determination of awardees, and notification will be made to applicants by April 30, 2021. Funds will be available July 1, 2021 and will need to be spent by June 30, 2022. On an as-needed basis, some funds may be made available prior to July 1, 2021.
Final Report Requirement
The annual report should be submitted to the CHHS Associate Dean for Research by June 30, 2022. If an extension is needed, it should be requested prior to March 1, 2022. This report should indicate whether the external grant has been submitted and if not, the report should indicate the anticipated submission date of the external grant. It is the responsibility of the CHHS mini-grant awardees to send notification Stephanie Ouren at email@example.com when the external grant application has been submitted. Until this notification is received by the Dean’s office, the awardee will be not eligible to apply for additional funds through the CHHS mini-grant program.
Mini-Grant Program Application Cover Sheet, Proposal Requirements, and Selection Criteria
For Mini-Grant Program Application Cover Sheet and selection criteria information, please download the document attached below.
2021-2022 CHHS Mini-Grant Recipients
Dae Seok Chai, Ph.D., School of Education
Mental and Behavioral Health of International Students in U.S. Higher Education: Mediation Effects of Cultural Adjustment and Engagement
Jen Currin-McCulloch, Ph.D., LSW., School of Social Work
Medical Aid in Dying: Perspectives of Terminally Ill Individuals and Their Caregivers
Kalpana Gupta, Ed.D., School of Education
Innovative Interventions for Advising Distance Students
2020-2021 CHHS Mini-Grant Recipients
Neha Lodha, Department of Health and Exercise Science
Behavioral biomarkers of driving deficits in older adults
Charlene Van Buiten, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
A Novel Approach to Celiac Disease: Attenuation of Pathogenesis by Sequestration of Gluten Proteins with Dietary Polyphenols
Jaclyn Stephens, Department of Occupational Therapy
Neural Markers of Static and Dynamic Balance Before and After Yoga in Adults with Brain Injury
Kristen Morris, Department of Design and Merchandising
Increasing participation in physical activity for persons with paralysis: A pilot study of product and environment-related barriers to full participation
2019-2020 CHHS Mini-Grant Recipients
Josie Broussard, Department of Health and Exercise Science
Countermeasures to circadian misalignment
Samantha Brown, School of Social Work
Understanding Regulatory Functioning in Parent-Child Dyads at Risk of Maltreatment: The Role of Sleep and Stress Physiology
Sarah Johnson, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Blueberries and Vascular Endothelial Function: Linking Endothelial Cell Protein Expression to Clinical Responses in Postmenopausal Women
Kaigang Li, Department of Health and Exercise Science
Understanding Weable Fitness Trackers and Self-Determination Theory Based Motivational Interviewing
Dan Lark, Department of Health and Exercise Science
Inter-organ Crosstalk in the Metabolic Syndrome: the Role of Integrin-linked Kinase
Yan Li, Department of Design and Merchandising
Using Biomass-derived Photoluminescent Nanoparticles to Improve the Performance of Agricultural Productions
Karyn Hamilton, Department of Health and Exercise Science
Re-tooling the TRACD Lab to Evaluate Proliferative Cells in Skeletal Muscle (Muscle Stem Cells) as a Mechanism of Healthy Muscle Aging