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More information here: http://www.washington.edu/research/main.php?page=rrf
Note: The RRF is continuing to pilot a program with the UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS). If requested by the applicant, we will refer funded proposals with translational potential to ITHS for consideration for follow-on support services. For details about how to participate in this program, see http://www.washington.edu/research/main.php?page=rrfInstructions#description-of-research.
Unlike agency-funded grants, RRF grants are not awarded to supplement or continue existing successful research programs. The purpose of the Royalty Research Fund (RRF) is to advance new directions in research, particularly:
Proposals must demonstrate a high probability of generating important new creative activities or scholarly understandings, new scholarly materials or resources, significant data or information, or essential instrumentation resources that are likely to significantly advance the reputation of the university, lead to external funding, or lead to developing a new technology. (Note: RRF proposals must support faculty development; this fund is not intended to support independent research projects undertaken by graduate students and/or post-doctorates.)
Over the past three years, the success rate for RRF proposals has ranged from 22% to 31%, with an average of 26%.
Proposals should include well-justified budgets of less than $40,000.
We also continue to seek proposals for the Royalty Research Fund Scholar program to support faculty release time for one quarter in conjunction with support of a meritorious research proposal. RRF Scholar applicants must teach four or more "regular and substantial courses per year." Independent study and dissertation supervision are not included in these courses, as the intent is to release the faculty from the responsibility of classroom preparation time and in-class hours to concentrate on scholarly activities. While we expect most RRF Scholar proposals to come from the arts, humanities and social sciences, all qualifying faculty are eligible to apply. RRF Scholar proposals include funds for a teaching replacement, and may also include a modest budget for other project expenses.
All proposals will be peer reviewed through one of the three Royalty Research Fund Review Committees. The evaluators are faculty colleagues and therefore will not necessarily be specialists in the applicant’s subfield. Thought should be given, therefore, to crafting the proposal so that a wider audience may understand it. Although technical field-specific information will be expected, the major features of the proposal should also be accessible to non-specialists.
The Royalty Research Fund is made possible by income generated from royalties and licensing fees derived from intellectual property created by University faculty. No funds recovered through indirect costs are used for the RRF.
The RRF proposal submission and review process is electronic - all proposals must be submitted using SAGE (System to Administer Grants Electronically). Briefly, the RRF application consists of an eGC1 (electronic Grant and Contracts Form 1, created online in SAGE), the proposal documents, and the suggested reviewers memo. The proposal documents are gathered into a single PDF file and attached electronically to the eGC1. The completed application is then routed electronically to all of the individuals that need to approve the proposal (Chairs, Directors and Deans). It is then automatically routed to RRF staff who review the proposal for adherence to instructions/program rules. The suggested reviewers memo is submitted separately to a special email account; this completes the submission process.
In our ongoing efforts to improve service, the RRF program continues to evolve and there are changes to the rules and/or application instructions each round. Therefore, please advise your faculty and staff that it is essential that applicants thoroughly read and carefully follow all instructions each round. Proposals that do not adhere to the guidelines will be returned for immediate correction and resubmission if time permits; otherwise, they will not be considered eligible for funding. Additionally, it is the applicants’ responsibility to find out how much lead time is required by each unit which needs to approve their proposal, through the Dean’s level. We strongly encourage all applicants to monitor the progress of their application throughout the approval process. Applications not fully approved by the RRF deadline will not be accepted – NO EXCEPTIONS.
The RRF application instructions, including specific directions for completing the eGC1, are currently available at the Office of Research web site located at: http://www.washington.edu/research/?page=rrf
Please don’t hesitate to contact the RRF administrative staff if you have questions about the program; new applicants should contact Peter Wilsnack, email@example.com, (685-9316) and existing awardees should contact Barbara Thompson, firstname.lastname@example.org (616-9089). Questions about SAGE and the eGC1 should be directed to the SAGE help desk, email@example.com, (685-8335). Questions about the ITHS should be directed to Kathy Long, firstname.lastname@example.org, (616-9195).