Interdisciplinary Research (IDR) Origination Awards

Overview
    The IDR Origination Awards foster new interdisciplinary research projects at BYU that lead to future external funding. Research proposals should rely on collaborative partnerships across department and colleges. These partnerships should emerge from shared research interests and be developed in light of external funding opportunities, institutional strengths, and academic priorities.
The proposal should:

    • Create strong potential for external funding following the IDR award
    • Build or strengthen interdisciplinary research partnerships
    • Demonstrate the potential to produce significant impacts
    • Have a clearly articulated problem statement
    • Identify measurements of success and achievable milestones

Eligibility
    Teams consisting of tenure-track faculty with members from at least 3 different departments from two or more colleges at BYU.

Scope of Award and Use of Funds
    Each team can propose up to $60K per year for two years with the funds distributed across multiple colleges. IDR Origination Awards must be used to support interdisciplinary research that leads to proposal(s) for external funding. Funds may be used for allowable costs consistent with university rules for travel, equipment, supplies, contractual services, and core/shared user facility use. Funds also may be used for salary to support the project efforts of graduate and undergraduate students and/or technical personnel under the supervision of project investigators, where data collection is required as a part of the effort to enhance competitiveness. Funds may NOT be used to replace current funding from another source; for renovation, remodeling, or alteration of research laboratories or core/shared facilities; for instructional release/course buyout. Recipients are expected to actively pursue external funding and submit a proposal for external funding by the end of the award.

Number of Awards
    It is expected that 3 awards will be made each year, as funding and proposal quality permit.

Proposal Components
    • Cover page (title, team, abstract, summary of plans for external funding; 1 page)
    • Project narrative (up to 5 pages, including Expected Outcomes)
    • Budget and budget narrative (up to 1 page)
    • References (limited to sources cited)
    • Plans for external funding (up to 1 page)
    • Biographical sketches (up to 2 pages for each faculty member)
    • Current and pending support (no page limit; list all funding- not just funding related to your project- with title, source, and amount)
    Click here for cover page tempate and detailed instructions

Submission
    Using the Letter of Intent form, submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) by December 7, 2018. PI’s department chair should provide a Statement of Endorsement (short acknowledgement that the chair supports the project). Research Development will hold a seminar on December 18 to review criteria for preparing and submitting proposals with the faculty who submitted their LOI on December 7th. The deadline for full proposal submission is 5:00 p.m. January 25, 2019. Award notification will take place by March 15th, 2019 and project funding can begin between April 2nd and July 31st. Please send your application in one PDF document. Use Times New Roman font in 11 point, single spaced with 1″ margins. Send proposals to RDadmin@byu.edu. Use the subject line “Application for IDR Origination Award.”

Review Process
    Research Development will perform a compliance review of proposals. Several rounds of technical reviews will then be conducted by members of the University Research Council (Research Associate Deans). After the reviews, funding recommendations will be made to the AAVP-Research.
Reporting
    • Selected awardees will present brief oral reports at the research networking event (usually held during the Annual University Conference week).
    • Written reports are due three months after the end of the grant. The final report should describe external proposal(s) and their status, and other research outcomes (publications, student mentoring activities, and other results of note).