Funding Opportunities

Clifford B. Kinley Trust

Schedule

  • Annual announcement is sent to academic deans in early September.
  • Pre-proposals are due in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships (EVPRP), from the academic college/associate dean for research, by mid-October.
  • Full proposal invitations will be sent to selected faculty in mid-December.
  • Full proposal submissions are due mid-January.
  • Awardees will be notified the week before Spring Break.
  • Final reports are due to EVPRP two months following the project end date.

Background & Guidelines

The Clifford B. Kinley Trust was established in 1978 to fund research relating to human welfare and was activated in 1991 upon Mrs. Kinley's death. The competition is exclusive to the West Lafayette campus. The Kinley Trust competition is limited to faculty (tenure track/tenured, research) principal investigators (PIs). This endowment was established to fund research which uses a social science perspective to explore methods for improving the human condition.

    • project period: one year
    • maximum budget: $20,000 total costs

Review Criteria (Pre-Proposals and Full Proposals)

Successful proposals stand alone as independent projects (not a dependent component of a larger program), are grounded in theory, have a clear relationship to the literature, and sufficiently describe the methodology. Specific review criteria are as follows:

  • clarity of key concepts
  • theoretical significance
  • clear methodology
  • impact for improving the human condition.

For resubmissions:

  • a clear explanation of how the current proposal differs from the previous submission

Kinley Trust Selection Committee

The Kinley Trust Selection Committee is appointed by an Associate Vice President for Research and consists of Purdue faculty members: two-thirds from the basic sciences and one-third from social/behavioral sciences, as specified in the Trust.  Committee members serve a maximum of three years.


Pre-Proposal Process and Submission Requirements

Pre-proposals must be submitted by Associate Deans for Research. Faculty should consult their Associate Dean for Research for pre-proposal deadlines. Following the college/school review each college/school submits a ranked list and copies of the pre-proposals to the EVPRP (swilliso@purdue.edu) for distribution to the Kinley Trust Selection Committee. Ranking spreadsheet: click here. The 2014-15 deadline for submission is noon on Wednesday, October 15th.

Guidelines for Pre-proposal Applications

  • provide all information requested on the pre-proposal application template
  • single spaced
  • 0.5 inch margins on all sides
  • font no smaller than Times New Roman 11 or Arial 10
  • not to exceed one (1) page in length

Descriptions longer than one page or deviations from the above guidelines will be returned without review. References are not allowed.

Invitations to submit full-proposals will be sent to selected faculty mid-December.


Full-Proposal Submission Requirements

Full-proposals for Kinley Trust funding must be submitted through the appropriate Pre-award Center to swilliso@purdue.edu by noon on Wednesday, January 21st.

Guidelines for Full Proposal Applications

  • provide all information requested on the full proposal application template
  • double spaced
  • 0.5 inch margins on all sides
  • font no smaller than Times New Roman 11 or Arial 10
  • not to exceed ten (10) pages in length

Descriptions longer than ten pages or deviations from the above guidelines will be returned without review.


Kinley Trust Budget Instructions

Click here for the SPS budget form
The budget, which must include indirect costs calculated at 20% of direct costs (excluding capital equipment), should not exceed a total cost of $20,000. Budgets must be completed in accordance with the following:

1. Compensation

  • Faculty/Post-doctoral Support:
    The budget should identify by name (or To Be Named) faculty/post-doctoral staff, the percent of full-time University effort, and the amount of salary requested. Use of funds is limited to Purdue University. Requested funds for faculty support exceeding one month salary must be specifically justified.
  • Graduate Research Assistants:
    The budget should indicate the number of graduate research assistants to be employed on the project, the percent of full-time University effort each will devote to the project, and the amount of salary requested for each.
  • Undergraduate Student Support:
    The budget should identify the amount requested for undergraduate student support.
  • Graduate Student Fee Remission:
    Budget in accordance with University policy

2. Fringe Benefits:
Calculated in accordance with University policy

3. Supplies and Expenses:
The budget should identify major items of supplies and expense in accordance with the following:

  • Computer Services
  • Travel
  • Consultant Services
  • Other (please itemize)

4. Equipment:
Each item of permanent equipment must be separately identified along with its estimated cost. Equipment must meet Purdue's definition of capital equipment (http://www.purdue.edu/business/mas/pdf/QRCCapital.pdf) to qualify for exclusion from the indirect cost calculations. Capital equipment requests must be carefully justified and require a major cost share commitment form the college and/or department and must receive pre-approval from the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships. Questions should be directed to Sheryl Willison (swilliso@purdue.edu).


Project Funding Period

Kinley Trust grants are awarded to allow the project period to begin effective May 1 of each year and end June 30 of the following year. Final reports are due to the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships two months after the end of the award and should be sent electronically to Sheryl Willison (swilliso@purdue.edu).


Contact Us

Sheryl Willison at 49-49806 or via email at swilliso@purdue.edu