UAB Faculty Development Grant Program (FDGP)

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UAB Faculty Development Grant Program (FDGP)

Summary Information

The UAB Faculty Development Grant Program (FDGP) provides money for projects to enhance the effectiveness of UAB faculty members by providing funds for them to undertake new efforts for which resources are not otherwise available.

Faculty may submit applications in one of three categories: Creative Work, Scholarly Activity, and Basic and Translational Research.

FDGP applications are due by 12:00 noon, Wednesday, February 15, 2017 and can be uploaded starting December 15, 2016.

Sponsor(s):
Office of the Provost; Matching funds from UAB Departments, Centers, Schools, or Colleges.
Eligibility:

To be eligible, an applicant must have a full-time UAB faculty appointment AND must secure a minimum of 50% matching funds from their department, center, school, or college. Letters of support from the faculty member’s department chair and from his/her dean must be included with the application.

 

Strong preference will be given to junior faculty; however, senior faculty may apply as long as the proposed project represents a new/distinct creative, scholarly, or research direction that must be justified.

Details:
Purpose: The UAB Faculty Development Grant Program (FDGP) provides seed money for research, scholarly activity, and creative works designed to enhance the effectiveness of individual faculty members by providing funds to undertake new efforts for which money is not generally available. Successful FDGP projects would enable faculty to develop manuscripts, publications, presentations, grant applications, future research initiatives, creative works, scholarly activity, new skills, enhanced effectiveness as faculty, and/or greater peer recognition outside of UAB.
 
Application Categories:
The FDGP program funds applications in the three areas outlined below. While basic research, scholarly activity, and creative works are not mutually exclusive, applicants will submit their application to one of these options to optimize the review process:
 
Scholarly Activity (SA):  The SA option is designed to provide funding for projects in the humanities, social sciences, and other academic disciplines that are not considered as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines. Examples might include archival work, the preparation of book manuscripts, or other activity that would help the applicant progress toward faculty promotion and/or tenure.
 
Creative Works (CW):  The CW option is designed to provide funding for projects in the fine arts, including music, theatre, film, and the visual arts, etc. for the purpose of helping the applicant progress toward faculty promotion and/or tenure.
 
Basic and  Translational Research (BTR): The BTR option is designed to provide seed funding for basic science research projects that will lead to the development of new data-based publications, presentations at professional conferences, and future grant applications. The BTR option may be of special interest to faculty conducting biomedical research or research in STEM areas.
 
Eligibility: To be eligible for any FDGP award, faculty must secure matching funds from their department, division, center, and/or school. Applicant must be a UAB full‐time faculty member (appointment at the rank of Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor, on the non-tenure or tenure track). 
 
Applications from "Senior faculty" (Associate or Full Professor) will be accepted only if  the proposed project represents a new direction in research, creative work, or scholarly activity – a developmental path distinct from past experience. Applications from senior faculty will be screened to determine eligibility for full panel review (justification to be provided by the applicant).  Note: If you are senior faculty and are uncertain if your proposal constitutes a "new/distinct" direction, please contact Karen Gamble klgamble@uab.edu. Strong preference will be given to "junior faculty" (see FDGP definition below). Also see FAQs page for eligibility and funding rate examples. 
For BTR applications only: Strong preference will be given to faculty at the rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor without substantial funding (not awarded a grant of $100,000 [annual direct costs] or more, previously or currently-at the time of application) or is new to research (less than five years research experience and who has not received an R01 or equivalent funding). Junior faculty with current mentored awards (e.g., K01, K08, K23, or equivalent non-NIH mentored awards) are still eligible to apply for a BTR award. If the applicant is eligible yet not an independent faculty member, then he/she will be asked to specify, in the application narrative, how the proposed project will enhance or facilitate his/her progress towards independence.
Past FDGP awardees: Faculty are eligible to be awarded an FDGP grant once every 3 years. There must be 2 grant cycles before you are eligible to apply again. 
 
 
Award Amount(s):
Faculty must submit applications in one of the following total budget categories (which include matching funds): $500-$2,000, $2,001-$5,000, or $5,001-$10,000.
Contact Information:

For additional questions, please contact Aileen L. McElwain, Senate Office Associate by phone (205‐934‐6619) or by email (aileenmc@uab.edu) or Karen L. Gamble, Senate Resarch Committee Chair by phone (205-934-4663) or by email (klgamble@uab.edu).

 

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Important Dates

RFA Post:
12/22/2016
Application Due:
2/15/2017 12:00 PM
Review Date:
1/1/0001
Notification Date:
1/1/0001
Project Start:
1/1/0001

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