Proposal Development Grant

Faculty Development Grant Intent to Request Release Time 

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies is accepting applications for the Purdue Calumet Proposal Development Grant for Fall 2014. This grant is designed to support Purdue Calumet faculty members in writing high quality proposals in pursuit of externally funded grants. Specific guidelines for this grant are as follow.


The Office of Research and Graduate Studies provides up to $2,500 per award to be used in one of two ways:

  1. 0.25 FTE time release for the awardee during the fall semester of 2014. Approval from the applicant’s department head or dean must be submitted with the application (approval form attached).
  2. Proposal development costs for travel, equipment, supplies or student stipends.  A budget justification is required.


Applicants must be full-time tenured/tenure-track faculty members at Purdue Calumet. 

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is April 14, 2014. All application materials must be compiled as a single document (preferably in pdf format) and electronically submitted to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies at

Post-Award Requirements:

Awardees, without exception, must be committed to the following three (3) requirements.

  1. Submit a full grant proposal to an external funding agency during the period of November 15, 2014 to June 30, 2015.  Faculty members who cannot submit a proposal to an external agency by the June 2015 deadline should consider applying for the Spring 2015 Award which will be announced in the fall semester of 2014.
  2. Attend monthly meetings to be held during the fall semester of 2014. Monthly meetings with awardees will sustain an environment of formal review of draft proposals, and offer opportunities to meet with experienced peers who have successfully developed external grant proposals.
  3. Present the scholarly work resulting from the award at Faculty Research and Scholarship Day in 2014.

Application Guidelines:

An application must include the following information about the proposed Scholarly Work (minimum font size 11pt., Times New Roman, 1” margins). Note that Scholarly Work may include, but is not limited to, a scientific project, creative art work, or a manuscript for publication. Reviewers will have general expertise, but may not have expertise in the applicant’s particular subject matter. Therefore, applicants should write for a general audience.  Following is the required proposal format.:

Page 1: Cover Page

  1. Name and Rank of the Applicant
  2. Department and College
  3. Name of the external funding agency that the grant proposal will be submitted to
  4. Link to the funding agency’s RFP to which the applicant will respond and the agency’s submission deadline
  5. Total amount of funding to be requested from the funding agency

Page 2:  Proposal Summary

  1. Goals/Needs/Objectives/Specific Aims/Significance of the Scholarly Work
  2. Methodology, Intellectual Merit, and Broader Impact of the Scholarly Work
  3. References Relevant to the Scholarly Work

Page 3:  Justification and Prior Work

  1. Justification of the Scholarly Work based on the need, expertise, or experience
  2. Brief description of the applicant’s prior activities related to the proposed Scholarly Work
  3. List of the applicant’s scholarly work in the last 3 years that is related to the proposed work
  4. List of Purdue Research Foundation (PRF) or PUC internal grant awards received in the past
  5. List of funding agencies that this grant proposal has been previously submitted to

Page 4:  Timeline for Proposal Preparation and Budget Justification

  1. Timeline for proposal preparation: The final outcome of an award must be a high quality proposal to be submitted to an external funding agency and meeting the requirements set forth in the funding agency’s solicitation.
  2. Budget justification: If 0.25 FTE time release is requested, an approval from the applicant’s department head or dean is required. If the requested time release is greater than the award amount ($2,500), the awardee’s department or school is responsible for supporting the balance.

Page 5: One-page CV of the applicant 

Evaluation Criteria:

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:


  • Quality of the proposal based on the following ————————————–           60% clearly articulated goals, needs, objectives, specific aims, and significance of the Scholarly Work methodology and timeline are feasible and aligned with the objectives of the Scholarly Work intellectual merit, and broader impact
  • Justification of the Scholarly Work is sound and feasible —————————-          20%
  • Evidence of prior work toward the grant proposal ————————————-        10%
  • Scholarly work in the area of the proposed Scholarly Work ————————-         10%
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not received similar awards in the last two years.

Preference will be given to proposals that attract indirect cost recovery.