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REP Submission Instructions (Stimulus and Convergence)

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

2017-2018 REP Submission Deadline: 12/15/2017

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is pleased to announce that the 2017-2018 Research Excellence Program is now open for submissions. This year, we will be using an online acceptance and review portal for the administration of the program. Please see below for submission instructions or click here to download a set of instructions that includes screenshot illustrations.

  1. Access our online portal at ifs.core.uconn.edu
  2. Login using your NetID. If you have not activated or have forgotten your NetID, you can retrieve it here.
  3. Under “Select Funding Program” click on “Research Excellent Program”
  4. Click the “submit proposal” button
  5. For Stimulus and Convergence grants, select the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Social Sciences category
  6. Enter the members of your team using the search bar. Select the role of each team member using the drop-down menu
  7. Enter the proposal’s title
  8. Upload a single PDF containing all of your proposal materials as described below, including the budget form
  9. Click “submit”


  • You will not receive a confirmation email. However, if the submission is successful, you will see your proposal listed when you log in to IFS

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.
    • PI(s): Name, title, department affiliation(s), email address(es), NetID(s)
    • Key Personnel: Co-I(s), department affiliation, role on project
    • Project title: Limit 200 characters
    • Funding Category Sought: Stimulus, Convergence Level 1, Convergence Level 2.
    • 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.
    • 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. References should be included as appropriate and do not need to be counted toward the page limit
    • Significance/Importance: Provide a clear and compelling rationale for why the proposed project matters. Indicate how the proposed project will advance knowledge, address an important scientific, 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.
    • Innovation/Novelty: Outline the ways in which this project’s proposed work is new/innovative in its approach, methods, or techniques in comparison to previous work in the field.
    • Feasibility, Resources, and Timeline: Describe the plan for carrying out the proposed activities, including research design, work plan, methodological approach, availability of necessary resources, and timeline for completion of tasks/milestones. If funding is requested for more than one year, provide a rationale and justification for the request.
    • 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.
    • Impact and Outcomes: Indicate the value or impact of the proposed project, once complete? How does the project reflect institutional, state, national, and/or global priorities? In what ways will the results of this work be transformative within its discipline and beyond? What broader societal benefits does it promise? What is your plan / mechanism for assessing the project’s success and evaluating outcomes? For Multi-PI, interdisciplinary proposals, indicate the external funding opportunity that will be targeted as a result of the REP.
    • Resubmissions: If the proposal is a resubmission from a previous internal or external grant competition, Summarize the feedback received and provide responses to reviewers’ comments. Indicate how and where the reviewers’ comments were addressed. Full text of reviewer comments must be included as an appendix if the project has been previously submitted to external sponsors.
  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. Please provide a justification for each budget item in the appropriate column in the spreadsheet. If additional space is needed, you may include a budget justification document as an appendix. 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 must have departmental research time available or describe how the time commitment needed for the project will be managed. Funding is for one year. Extension requests beyond a one-year period must receive approval from the Office of the Vice President for Research.
  4. 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.
  5. 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). Please include a list of past/current/pending support from all UConn sources (including start-up funds) and external sponsors.
  6. Appendices.  Past reviewer comments and extra budget justifications may be included as appendices. Additional information may be included when it is truly essential for adequate peer review of the proposal.