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OVPR Offers Two New Programs to Help Researchers with Development and Submission of External Grant Proposals
By Pat DeLucia

The Office of the Vice President for Research announces two programs to assist with the development and submission of external grant proposals. Applications for the Proposal Support Program and Proposal Review Program are now available on Texas Tech University’s Competition Space website page. These programs are rolling: applications are accepted at any time during the fiscal year.

About the programs:

The purpose of the Proposal Support Program (PSP) is to assist faculty submitting extramural funding proposals by providing funds that match support from the faculty member’s department or college. Funds can be used for (1) general support for proposal submission, including pilot data collection and travel to support proposal development, and as (2) university matching funds when required by the agency. Those researchers who already have start-up funds will only be eligible for PSP awards for matching funds.

The purpose of the Proposal Review Program (PRP) is to provide faculty with feedback on a grant proposal that will improve the quality of the proposal before it is submitted to the funding agency. The PI’s research plan (project description) must be completed in order to qualify for these funds.

Specific information for Deans/Associate Deans for Research/Chairs:

The PSP matches college and/or departmental support, which must be in the form of discretionary, non-federal funds. Alternate funds that meet all university, department, and granting agency guidelines/requirements may be considered. The awarded individuals will directly bill against an OVPR FOP for the awarded portion. It is up to the college/department to determine the best procedure for expending college/department funds.

As part of the application process faculty will be asked to provide a letter of support from the college/department. There is no required format or template. The letter should include the PI name, proposal title, and amount pledged by the college/department along with the appropriate signature(s). *Department chair signature is required regardless of the source of matching funds.

Please share these opportunities colleagues within your colleges and departments. This is a great opportunity to increase the number and quality of proposals generated by Texas Tech each year. Any questions regarding the programs or Competition Space can be sent to proposals.vpr@ttu.edu.

Pat DeLucia is associate vice president for research, faculty affairs in the Office of the Vice President for Research and professor of psychological sciences