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REP Submission Instructions (Stimulus and Convergence)

Proposal Package Components—Note: Applicants gather the following information / documents, labeled according to the structure below.  All parts of the application should be assembled into a single PDF file in this order.


  1. Project information.
    1. PI(s): Name, title, department affiliation(s), email address(es), NetID(s)
    2. Key Personnel: Co-I(s), department affiliation, role on project
    3. Project title: Limit 200 characters
    4. Funding Category Sought: Stimulus, Convergence Level 1, Convergence Level 2.
    5. Project Abstract (limit 300 words): Succinctly state the objectives, methods to be employed, and the significance of the proposed activity to the advancement of knowledge or pursuit of scholarly activity.
    6. Compliance: Indicate if your proposed project involves human subjects, vertebrate animals, or the use of recombinant DNA, biological agents, or toxins. Projects requiring IRB (Institutional Review Board)IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee), or IBC (Institutional Biosafety Committee) review, must have committee approval on or prior to the award date. For information on whether your project requires approval, please refer to the websites IRB (human subjects), IACUC (vertebrate animals), or IBC (recombinant DNA, biological agents, or toxins). If you already have approval, please include a copy of the approval letter in the appendices. If you are awaiting approval, indicate that approval is pending.
    7. Keywords: List keywords relevant to project
  2. Project Plan: The Project Plan should be 3-5 pages in length (12-pt font and 1” margins). The Project Plan should address each of the areas below in sufficient detail using the headings provided. Proposals should be written in straightforward language, keeping in mind that reviewers will possess general content knowledge but not necessarily specific expertise in the area of study. Proposals should avoid the use of technical or discipline-specific jargon. Acronyms that are not universally understood should be spelled out the first time they are used.
    1. Significance. Provide a clear and compelling rationale for the proposed project, scholarly activity, or creative work.  Indicate how the proposed project will advance knowledge, address an important scientific or scholarly problem, demonstrate intellectual significance, and/or benefit society in meaningful ways. If applicable, include hypotheses to be tested, specific goals/aims, and relevant background/information or preliminary data in support of the project.
    2. Impact and Outcomes. Indicate how the proposed project demonstrates innovation, creativity, or potentially transformative concepts or outcomes. How does the project reflect institutional, state, national, and/or global priorities? For Multi-PI, interdisciplinary proposals, indicate external funding opportunity that will be targeted as a result of the REP.
    3. Feasibility and Approach. Describe the plan for carrying out the proposed activities, including research design, work plan, methodological approach, availability of resources, and timeline for completion of tasks/milestones. Indicate a mechanism to assess success and evaluate outcomes. If funding is requested for more than one year, provide a rationale and justification for the request.
    4. Investigators/Collaborators. Describe how the PI and/or collaborators are well-suited to carry out the proposed project. For Multi-PI proposals, indicate how the project brings together individuals from different disciplines and how the collaboration will advance the proposed project. For single PI proposals, indicate how the proposed work enhances and/or advances the PI’s research/scholarship.
    5. Resubmissions. If the proposal is a resubmission, provide responses to reviewers’ comments. Indicate how and where the reviewers’ comments were addressed.
  3. Preliminary Budget: Please use the REP budget prep spreadsheet located here to construct your budget.  The spreadsheet is constructed to automatically compute some values based on the salary and effort percentages you input.  Fringe rates will automatically calculate for most salary types. Once award decisions are made, the budget will be finalized and routed through Sponsored Programs Services. Faculty salary support may not be charged to the award, but faculty (whether serving as PIs, Co-PIs, or key personnel) will be expected to contribute at least 5% effort in the form of cost share approved as part of the total project budget. The final budget must be approved prior to award allocation. Funding is for one year. Extension requests beyond a one-year period must receive approval from the Office of the Vice President for Research and the respective Deans.
  4. Existing/Pending Support
    1. Extramural Support: List information on extramural research proposal activities for all PIs for the last five years (pending, funded, not funded) using the headings listed below. If you have never applied for extramural funding, please indicate this.  If you are a Co-PI on a project, be sure to identify the PI and the total budget for the project period.
      • Title
      • PI and Co-PIs
      • Extramural Sponsor
      • Funding Period
      • Award Amount
      • Status (active, closed, pending, not funded)
    2. Intramural Support: List information on internal support all PIs have received from the University for the last five years using the format below. Intramural support is defined as support from all University of Connecticut sources, including start-up funds, internal grant programs (previous REP, SPARK), HCRAC Emergency and Bridge Funding Grants, Departmental Research Accounts, Centers and Institutes, Provost Academic Plan, etc. Be sure to include the outcome of the awards in terms of publications, subsequent extramural funding, etc. In addition, if you are Co-PI on a project, be sure to list the PI and total budget for the project.
      1. Start-Up Funds: Indicate when received, amount received, and amount remaining. If start-up funds remain, explain overlap with REP funding request.
      2. Other Intramural Support:
        • Project Title
        • PI and Co-PIs
        • Intramural Source
        • Funding Period
        • Award Amount
        • Status (active, closed, pending, not funded)
  5. Future Funding and/or Activities.  The applicant should specify where extramural grant proposals will be submitted and/or the high level disciplinary accomplishments that will result from this REP funding.
  6. NSF/NIH style CV for all PIs.  Include your most recent publications or publications most relevant to the work proposed (click here to find a tool to help create).
  7. Appendices.  Additional information (including bibliography/references) may be submitted only when it is truly essential for adequate peer review of the proposal. Appendices should be limited to a maximum of 5 pages.

Submission Instructions

REP grant proposals are submitted though the OVPR Internal Funding Program and not through Sponsored Program Services.

  • Please assemble all proposal materials into a single PDF document, with each section labeled and ordered as described above
  • Please name the document following this pattern: PI(s) Last Name_REP_Program.pdf.
    • For example: Mroz_REP_Convergence.pdf, OR pdf
    • If you have multiple PIs, include all last names: Mroz_Einstein_Salk_REP_Convergence.pdf
  • Send an email with the Subject Line “Research Excellence Program Proposal Submission” to research@uconn.edu
  • If you have any questions or difficulties, please contact Matt Mroz at research@uconn.edu or 860-486-6378