The Offices of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Research (EVPR) are pleased to issue this call for proposals for the 2015 GT-FIRE program. Whereas the focus of the program remains on the funding of high-risk, transformative ideas in research and/or education, there is an increased emphasis on challenging recently tenured faculty to lead new collaborative efforts in these areas.
Fund for Transformative Research and Education
Funds may be requested for high-risk, potentially transformative, innovative ideas in research or education. A significant element of this program supports feasibility studies for this type of work. Funding decisions will be made with a heavy emphasis on innovation and transformative potential.
Research Proposals – including Recently Tenured PI Provision
Transformative, collaborative proposals describing new research directions are sought. FIRE is not intended to provide “bridge funding” for ongoing programs where previous funding has expired, but rather it is designed to seed new, collaborative programs. A new facet this year is a request for innovative collaborative proposals led by recently tenured PIs (within 5 years of tenure, or those tenured in July 2011-2014). Recently tenured PIs are encouraged to take on research leadership roles, building collaborative teams to take on new research directions. Some funding is explicitly reserved for such proposals. Such PIs should self-identify in their application as being recently tenured.
Of particular interest in education are novel ways of increasing student- faculty interaction in the classroom, as well as projects with the end goal of nurturing innovation/creativity in our students. [CWJ1]
Proposals that link research and education in innovative ways are also encouraged. All proposals will be reviewed by a committee comprised of GT faculty members.
- Investigators can be PI on only one proposal but may serve as co-PIs or team members on up to two other proposals.
- Research Scientists are not eligible to serve as PI on proposals in the Research category; however they are eligible to serve as PI on proposals in the Education category.
- Single investigators or teams may apply for up to a maximum of $40,000 in funding for up to two years.
- Faculty salary support is not encouraged, but will be considered under exceptional circumstances.
- There are no indirect costs but tuition remission must be included where appropriate.
- The deadline for requests is February 27, 2015 for a July 1, 2015 start date.
GT Fire Proposal Submission
All PIs planning to submit a proposal, must submit a Letter of Intent by February 13, 2015.
All GT-FIRE Proposals must be submitted by February 27, 2015. These two-page maximum funding requests must include the following information:
- Proposal category (specify research or education)
- Proposed transformative idea and its potential impact
- A specific sustainability plan subsequent to the end of the GT-FIRE funding
- Potential significance of the proposed research or educational idea being explored and measure(s) of success
- Two-page CV of the PI and team members (not included in page count)
- A budget (also not included in page count)
Please direct any questions to Susan Roche at 404-894-8802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on this and other GT-FIRE programs, please visit http://research.gatech.edu/faculty-and-staff-resources/funding-opportunities/evpr-office-annual-program..