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. During this transition to the new funding levels, faculty with an active RGC award may submit (as PI or co-PI) a Level 2 or 3 proposal. The requirement that a final report must be submitted prior to the submission of a new application will be waived, temporarily, for faculty with open RGC awards (2013 and 2014) to allow those who were not aware of the pending changes to participate in the new funding level opportunities.

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 $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. Ideally, junior faculty members will be included on research teams.
Level 3 – RGC Equipment Grant: 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. Ideally, junior faculty members will be represented among participating faculty on applications.

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.

Only one proposal, as PI or co-PI, will be considered for funding per investigator during any proposal submission period.

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 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. 

 

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