Ralph W. and Grace M. Showalter Research Trust
- Annual announcement is sent to academic units and centers in early October.
- Pre-proposals are due in the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), from academic colleges/schools or centers, by late November.
- An Internal Selection Committee will meet and screen all pre-proposals.
- Full proposal requests will be sent to selected faculty in January.
- Full proposal submissions are due to the OVPR by mid-February.
- Full proposals will be sent to Showalter Trustees for final selection in April.
- Final award decisions are expected to be announced in June.
Eligibility is limited to tenure-track and research faculty on the West Lafayette campus who hold the rank of assistant professor at the time of application. Collaborators may be at all academic ranks. While there is no blanket prohibition against receiving a second Showalter grant, the fact that an applicant seeks a second grant is not irrelevant and it may be that the second proposal will be subordinated to an equally-compelling proposal submitted by an applicant who has never received a Showalter grant. However, if a person has received a second Showalter grant it is very unlikely that a third grant would be made to that same person.
The Ralph W. and Grace M. Showalter Trust was established in 1975 to support research in the areas of:
- Environmental research including air and water quality
- Research in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology
- Research in the area of disease prevention, diagnosis, progression, treatment and control
- Research in the area of new technologies for food production, preservation, distribution and safety
- Research the area of medical and biophysical instrumentation, including the analysis of large data sets
Also specified by the Showalter Trust is a directive that no funds may be used to finance research in psychiatry, sociology or social studies.
Showalter Research Trust Internal Selection Committee
The Showalter Trust Internal Selection Committee is appointed on an annual basis by the Vice President for Research. The committee is composed of senior faculty on the West Lafayette campus representing individual units who submitted Showalter Trust Research pre-proposals.
Pre-Proposal Submission Procedures
A maximum of six ranked pre-proposals should be submitted by individual colleges/schools/centers to the Office of the Vice President for Research by noon Monday, November 18, 2013.
Guidelines for Pre-proposal Applications:
- follow pre-proposal application template
- single spaced, not to exceed two (2) pages in length (including references)
- 0.5 inch margins on all sides
- font Arial 11
The following are required, but are not included in the 2 page limit:
- NIH Biosktech for the PIs and Co-PIs
- Current and Pending Support for the PI and Co-PIs in the following format:
- Role on Project: PI or co-PI
- Start and end dates
- Annual direct costs
- Outline Budget (does not need to be submitted through pre-award services)
- Salary and Wages
- Supplies and Expenses
- Capital equipment (requires 75% cost share)
- Other (specify)
Full Proposal Submission
Full proposals should be submitted through college/school-based SPS pre-award units to Kristi Stroud (firstname.lastname@example.org) by noon Monday, March 3, 2014. Full proposal applications must use one inch margins and Arial 11 font size and must include in the following in order and paginated consecutively:
- Cover Sheet (click here for template)
- Layman’s Summary/Abstract (double-spaced, not to exceed 1 page)
Clearly identify the problem, describe the general approach and the benefits anticipated from the results.
- Budget and one-page Budget Justification (Use PHS 398 form, Detailed Budget for Initial Budget Period Direct Costs Only)
- NIH Biosketch (including Other Support information) for each Principal Investigator and co-Principal Investigator
- Scientific Proposal (doubled-spaced, not to exceed 12 pages), which must include in the following order:
- Specific Aims
- Research Plan (can include preliminary data)
- Future Directions
- Cited Literature (can be single-spaced)
- Appendices (limited to 5 pages, not including a cover page that lists, and briefly describes the documents included)
- A brief one-page status report for applicants who have received any previous Showalter awards. (required)
- A Letter from the Department Chair that indicates support for the proposal and for the development of the research career of the faculty member. (required)
- If the applicant is an Assistant Research Professor and is working under the mentorship of a senior investigator, an additional letter from the senior investigator clarifying the level of independence of the applicant and the relationship of the proposal to the senior investigator’s research. (required)
- Letter(s) of support from key collaborators indicating their willingness to participate in the project, if applicable.
An annual report is required for all funded proposals. The report should be submitted electronically to Kristi Stroud at email@example.com one month following the end of the project period. The annual report is submitted to the Showalter Trustees. The report should be single spaced, not exceed 3 pages, use one inch margins and Arial 11 font size. The following template must be followed for the annual report:
- Project Title
- Principal Investigator(s): Name, Rank, Department, College/School
- Co-principal Investigator(s): Name, Rank, Department, College/School
- Project Period
- Project Overview
- Summary of Results
- Overall Impact
An additional report is required and must be submitted one month following the end date for projects granted No Cost Extensions, using the above format.
Showalter Trust Budget Instructions
The budget is limited to $75,000 total costs including indirect costs calculated at 20%. Use PHS 398 form.
- Faculty: salary support is limited to 10% compensated effort
- Post-doctoral and graduate student salary support is allowed in accordance with university policy
- List supplies in general categories and provide justification
- Animals: number and per diem rates should be stated and justified
- Human Subjects: provide details and justification sufficient for reviewers to make informed decisions
- Travel is allowed, but is carefully scrutinized by the Showalter Trustees who make final funding decisions
- Capital Equipment
Capital equipment requests must include a 75% cost share
- Facilities and Administrative Costs (F&A)
Calculated at 20% of direct costs; total cost not to exceed $75,000
Kristi Stroud, OVPR at firstname.lastname@example.org.