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 $50,000 is available for this funding cycle. An electronic .pdf of the mini-grant application is due around February each year.
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: 4-6
Mid-career/Senior Investigator Award
Investigator should be post-tenure or mid-senior research scientist who has received significant independent external funding and demonstrated program of research. A pre-tenure faculty member that has received significant funding could fall into this category.
Maximum amount: $7,000
Anticipated number of awards: 1-2
Guidelines for Developing an Application
- Applications should include: signed coversheet (see separate attachment); brief narrative (3-page max which includes the references); detailed budget; 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.
- A coherent plan describing strategies you will use to develop the targeted external grant application and integration of the pilot data/information collected using these CHHS grant funds. This could include a mentoring plan or other review mechanisms to obtain feedback while you are developing the targeted external grant application.
- The narrative (single spaced, 12 point type, 1-inch margins) should address:
- 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 agencies’ 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 #3 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 1-6070 (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 soon after Research Committee review.
Final Report Requirement
The annual report should be submitted to the CHHS Associate Dean for Research by June 30, 2020. If an extension is needed, it should be requested prior to March 1, 2020. This report should indicate whether the external grant has been submitted and if not, the report should indicate 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.
For Mini-Grant Program Application Cover Sheet and selection criteria information, please contact Stephanie Ouren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
2018-2019 CHHS Mini-Grant Recipients
Aga Burzynska, Department of Human Development and Family Studies
Neural mechanisms and lifestyle modifiers of white matter aging: a longitudinal study using multimodal quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Kaigang Li, Department of Health and Exercise Science
Building Partnerships to Promote Firefighters’ Cardiovascular Health: Preparation for Federal Emergency Management Agency Grant Application
Nedha Lodha, Department of Health and Exercise Science
Motor Impairments in Transient Ischemic Attack: Markers of Impending Stroke
Tiffany Weir, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Indiscriminant MS/MS Phytochemical Substructure (IMPS) as a Novel Methodology to Assess Fruit and Vegetable Intake
Leah Scolere and Katie Knowles, Department of Design and Merchandising
Redesigning Retail in the Era of Digital Platforms and the Experience Economy
Brett Fling, Department of Health and Exercise Science
Changes in gait coordination that accompany healthy aging