The Research Grants Committee, through the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development(OVPRED), accepts proposals for RGC research grants each year from full-time tenured, tenured track, clinical and, clinical track UA faculty.  Starting in January 2015, the deadline for submissions will be 4:30 p.m. January 15 each year.

Also starting with the January 2015 submission cycle, the RGC will have three (3) funding Levels across the three (3) funding Areas.

As this program has undergone significant revision, additional changes, authorized by the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, may be necessary and will be communicated as quickly as possible on the RGC website. 

Additionally, note that the former RSP postdoctoral fellowship support program will be part of the 2015 RGC program (see call for Collaborative Level 2 award funding).

Funding Levels:

Level 1 – Standard RGC Project (up to $6000 awards): A maximum of $6,000 may be requested from the OVPRED with a recommended 1:1 match from the applicant’s college/school for a total budget of no more than $6,000 and a maximum award period of two (2) years.
Level 2 – RGC Collaborative Project (between $50,000 and $150,000 awards): Between $25,000 and $75,000 may be requested from the OVPRED with a recommended 1:1 match (or greater) from the applicants’ colleges/schools/departments for a total budget at or above $50,000 and a maximum award period of three (3) years. Level 2 applications must include participating faculty from at least two colleges/schools working on a new research program or scholarly initiative.
Level 3 – RGC Equipment Grant (between $25,000 and $100,000 awards): Between $25,000 and $100,000 may be requested from the OVPRED with a recommended 1:1 match (or greater) from the applicants’ colleges/schools/departments for a total budget at or above $50,000 and an award period of one (1) year. Level 3 applications must include participating faculty from at least two colleges/schools that demonstrate the need for the requested equipment.

Former grant recipients are ineligble (as either PI or co-PI) for the same or lower level for three (3) years following the expiration of either a Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 award. RGC grants awarded prior to 2015 (i.e., 2014 and before) are the equivalent of a Level 1 (Standard RGC Project) award.

RGC Areas:
The Area selected should be determined by the proposed research or project, which may be different than the faculty member’s appointment.

Area A- Physical and Biological Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering
Area B- Social and Behavioral Sciences
Area C- Arts and Humanities

Important details about the RGC Areas and Levels of funding are provided in the RGC Instructional Manual and should be reviewed carefully prior to beginning the application process.  Please see the link to the RGC Manual below.

RGC Application, Award and Final Report Procedures
Details of the procedures, priorities and restrictions used by the Research Grants Committee in awarding research funds are detailed in the RGC Instructional Manual. Upon receipt of an award, the successful applicant must sign and return the RGC Award Recipient Conditions to the Office for Sponsored Programs. 

RGC Funding Priorities
As research funds are limited, the RGC has found it necessary and desirable to separate tenure/clinical track and tenured faculty in the review and award process for Level 1 proposals.

In a spirit of support and collegiality, the RGC will give highest priority to Level 1 proposals with PIs from tenure track or clinical track faculty who are not currently funded by external (non-UA) awards and will award funding to those proposals deemed meritorious.

The second highest priority for Level 1 awards (and the highest for Level 2) is for tenure track or clinical track faculty with significant research funding unrelated to the research proposed in the RGC application.

The third priority for Level 1 awards is for tenured/clinical faculty with established records of productivity, who are currently unfunded and proposing to restart their funding or exploring a new direction for their research. Faculty should explain within the text of the proposal why the project for which they are requesting funds is needed to continue research in a previously funded area or how the proposal represents a new direction within the overall theme of their research area and how they envision future development of this new direction.

The highest priority for Level 3 proposals will be the demonstrated need for the requested instrumentation and the proven track records of the faculty applicants.

For more information, please contact Angie Shotts at 348-8070, ashotts@research.ua.edu.