OVPR Salomon Faculty Research Awards Fund Guidelines
2020-2021 Academic Year

Deadline: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 (5 p.m.)
Apply via: UFunds 
Award: Up to $15,000

Designed to recognize excellence in scholarship, the Richard B. Salomon Faculty Research Awards fund exceptional faculty research projects. From 1995 to 1999, the program was funded by the bequest of the late Richard B. Salomon, Chancellor of Brown University. Since 1999, the University has continued to fund this program.

Any Brown faculty member whose research is administered through Brown is eligible. Emeritus, adjunct, and visiting faculty, as well as postdocs, are not eligible to apply. Faculty who have received a Salomon grant in 2018 or later are not eligible to apply. A PI may not apply for both a Seed and a Salomon in the same year for the same project.

Amount and Duration of Awards
Grants of up to $15,000 are awarded for one year. The anticipated performance period is February 15, 2021 - June 30, 2022. These are meant as development grants and may not be renewed, but no-cost extensions may be granted with appropriate justification. Requests for extensions for awards given in 2021 must be submitted to OVPR by May 1, 2022. 

Criteria for Selection
The research project will be considered and evaluated by a committee of faculty reviewers who will make their award recommendations to the Vice President for Research. The final selection will be made based on the following criteria:

  • intrinsic merit of the work and potential impact of the proposed activity on the academic field of study

  • likelihood that the award will provide significant progress on a project that would not be possible without the funding

  • likelihood that the proposed work would be completed during the award period

Preference will be given to junior faculty who are in the process of building their research portfolio.

Budget Conditions
Award funds may be used to support reasonable and necessary costs of conducting research and scholarship. All expenditures under this program must be in accordance with University policies and procedures, including COVID-related restrictions. Please see Guidelines for the Use of Startup and Research Funds under COVID-19 in place at this time and monitor any subsequent University communications on this subject. Some, but not all, allowable expenses (subject to Brown’s guidelines and approval processes, if applicable, at the time of award) include: support for travel and supplies; postdoctoral candidate stipends; full or partial stipends for advanced graduate students who have completed their coursework; and research stipends for undergraduate research assistants (if undergraduate support is included, an explanation of why the Brown UTRA program cannot support the stipend must be included). Expenditures for faculty salaries (either summer or academic year), indirect costs,  or for graduate student tuition are not permitted. (The Graduate School will pay 100% tuition for PhD students supported by OVPR Research Seed funds in departments that report to the Dean of the Faculty. Tuition arrangements for BioMed graduate students supported by OVPR Research Seed funds need to be approved through the BioMed Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in advance of submitting a Seed application). If Salomon award results in the development of items eligible for patent or copyright, or the production of any books or works of art, the Brown University Patent and Invention Policy and Copyright Policy shall apply.

Reporting requirements
Within 60 days of the end of the approved award period, the recipient must provide OVPR with a final report. This report should outline the work accomplished as a result of the award, highlight the significant progress made on the project, summarize any publications, and describe any significant deviations from or extensions to the project described in the original proposal.

Procedure for Submitting Proposals
Proposals for funding should be submitted electronically via UFunds no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Selections are anticipated to be communicated by email to applicants on or about Monday, February 15  2021. 

Award Conditions
Funds will become available to faculty in February, 2021. The funds would be available for use until the end of June, 2022, unless an extension was requested and approved. (Please note that supplies/equipment/services purchased with these funds must be received by the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2022) in order for them to be charged against the account. Travel must also have been completed by that date.)  Funds not expended by the completion date will be returned to OVPR. Investigators selected for a Salomon award will be required to:

  • Obtain IRB, IACUC, and CIS data approval, as applicable, before funding can be expended. Investigators are encouraged to consider CIS Risk Levels for data and start the classification process of their data and intended plans for data storage as early as possible. See IRB FAQ for more information. 

  • Serve as a Salomon reviewer beginning in the year following the award. 

  • Complete a final report within one month of funding end.

Application Requirements
Full proposal: The online application is available through UFunds. The application includes the following components:

  1. PI name, title, and department.

  2. Proposal Title

  3. 250-word abstract describing the proposed research project, the research group or enterprise that will ultimately result from this initial effort, and an assessment of how Brown's position in the field will be advanced. (Please note that this abstract should contain non-confidential information, as abstracts of funded proposals will be posted on the OVPR website.) This will be entered (or copied and pasted) directly into UFunds.

  4.  Proposed research project (text, including footnotes, should not exceed three pages. Font should be Arial, at a size of 11 or larger. Margins, in all directions, must be at least 0.5”.). The proposal should summarize the relevant background literature and research that puts the project into the appropriate context and explains how it will significantly contribute to the faculty member’s scholarly field. The applicant should describe the project in terms that do not require reviewers to be experts in the sub-area of the proposed research. The description should include the goals of the research, the activities to be carried out to achieve those goals, and a timetable for completing these activities. Please note that the 3-page limit will be enforced; proposals over the limit will not be accepted. Proposal will be uploaded as one pdf file in UFunds. 

  5. A short (no more than two pages) list of references/bibliography may be appended. This will be uploaded as one pdf in UFunds. 

  6. A current curriculum vitae. This will be uploaded as one pdf in UFunds.

  7. As pertains to this research project, a list of the applicant’s other current and pending funding for external research support, as well as any current and pending funding for grants internal to the University. Please also note other available funds such as start up. This will be uploaded as a pdf in UFunds.

  8. A budget that itemizes general categories of expenses for which award funds will be used and a brief justification for these expenses, including the role of all personnel. Note that as these are internal funds, overhead costs are not allowed. All Salomon applicants must complete the provided Budget Worksheet and Justification and upload it to UFunds as part of the internal application materials.

  9. Salomon Program History (If Applicable). If this is a resubmission of a previously unfunded Salomon proposal, applicant may briefly address comments from prior review. If applicant has been previously funded through the OVPR Salomon program, please indicate year, outcome, and whether this is a new idea or continuation of an existing one. 

  10. To be submitted (through UFunds) under separate cover: A letter of endorsement from the applicant’s dean/chair discussing the proposal’s importance in terms of the selection criteria. In the event of multiple proposals from the same school/department, the dean/chair may be asked to rank the proposals. As part of the UFunds application process, applicant will be asked to enter the name of dean/chair (letter writer is referred to in UFunds as “Recommender”); request then will be sent automatically via UFunds to the dean/chair. Applicant should also reach out separately to dean/chair to discuss application. Note: Only one letter is allowed. In the event of multiple-PIs from different departments, the letter may be co-signed by each dean/chair.

Questions? Please contact: [email protected]