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Ralph W. and Grace M. Showalter Research Trust

2021-22 Annual Schedule

  • The target for release of the annual program announcement to the academic units is early September.
  • Pre-proposals selected and sent by the colleges will be due in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships (EVPRP), by 5:00 pm on October 25, 2021. College processes and due dates will be specified in a communication from each college.
  • An Internal Selection Committee will screen all college-selected pre-proposals to select a subset for development into full proposals.
  • Based on this selection, full proposals will be solicited in December.
  • Full proposal submissions are due to the EVPRP by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, February 2, 2022. Any update in due date/time will be specified in the letters soliciting full proposals.
  • Full proposals will be reviewed and ranked by the Internal Selection Committee, and selected proposals will be sent to Showalter Trust Selection Committee for final award decisions.
  • Announcement of final award decisions should occur in late May or early 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. Use of funds is limited to the Purdue University, West Lafayette campus, but collaborators or advisors need not hold a position at Purdue and academic collaborators can be of any rank. While there is no blanket prohibition against receiving a second Showalter grant, a proposal seeking a second grant may be subordinated to an equally-compelling proposal submitted by an applicant who has never received a Showalter grant. If a person has received two Showalter grants, it is extremely unlikely that a third grant would be made to that same person.


The Ralph W. and Grace M. Showalter Trust grants program was established in 1975 to support research in the priority areas of:

  • Environmental research, including air and water pollution research
  • 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 in the area of medical and biophysical instrumentation, including the analysis of large data sets

The benefactor’s will prohibits the use of funds to support research in psychiatry, sociology, or social studies.

Review Process and Priorities

The Showalter Research Trust Internal Selection Committee reviews and selects the most meritorious pre-proposals for development into full proposals and provides a ranked list of invited and reviewed full proposals to the external Showalter Selection Committee. The internal selection committee is appointed on an annual basis and will include representatives of college-level units that submitted Showalter pre-proposals.

Priority is given to projects that have a high potential to compete for or leverage federal funding and to create programs with a life span longer than the Showalter award. Interdisciplinary proposals that establish new research relationships and/or new research directions are welcome, but it is not necessary to submit a collaborative project or involve an established investigator. Nevertheless, collaboration or consultation is encouraged and may be essential for some projects. For example, a project that proposes a near-term medical outcome benefits from the counsel or collaboration of a clinical expert or practitioner if the PI cannot supply that expertise.

PLEASE NOTE: Although the Trust identifies broad areas of research as priority areas, the external Showalter Selection Committee assigns higher priority to projects that present clear and unequivocal paths to improvements for humans and humankind. Please discuss your potential project with your associate dean for research if you are unsure about the implications of this advice.

Pre-Proposal Submission Procedures

Pre-proposals must be submitted by an Associate Dean for Research or comparable college-level official. Faculty should consult their Associate Dean for Research or Department/School Head for college-specific pre-proposal deadlines. A maximum of six ranked pre-proposals may be submitted by a college-level unit to the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships by 5:00 pm on October 25, 2021. Pre-proposals should be e-mailed to

Guidelines for preparation of the body of the Pre-proposal:

  • Use the pre-proposal application template
  • Single-spaced, not to exceed two (2) pages in length
  • One-inch margins on all sides
  • Font: Arial 11

In addition, the following are required, but not included in the 2-page limit:

  • References
  • Standard NIH Biosketch, including completed and current support for the PI and Co-PIs
  • Outline budget and brief justification (please do not involve pre-award services)
    • Salary and Wages
    • Supplies and Expenses
    • Travel (should be minimal and tied to the project)
    • Capital Equipment (not encouraged; requires 75% matching funds)
  • Other (specify)

Full Proposal Submission Procedures

Full proposals should be submitted through the PI’s assigned SPS pre-award unit to the application link in InfoReady (provided within the invitation to submit) by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, February 2, 2022.
Full proposal applications must use one-inch margins and Arial 11 font size and must include the following components 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 (click here for Budget Form)
  • Budget Justification (one-page limit)
  • Standard NIH Biosketch, including completed and current support for each PI and Co-PI
  • Scientific Proposal (double-spaced, not to exceed 12 pages):
    • Specific Aims
    • Significance
    • Research Plan (can include preliminary data)
    • Future Directions
    • Cited Literature (can be single-spaced)
  • Appendices (limited to 5 pages, not including cover page)
    • Cover page that lists and briefly describes the documents included (required)
    • A brief one-page status report for applicants who have received any previous Showalter support as a PI or co-PI (required)
    • A letter from the Department/School Head that indicates support for the proposal and for the development of the research career of the faculty member (required)
    • If the applicant is a Research Assistant Professor and is working under the mentorship of a senior investigator, an additional letter from the senior investigator should be included 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

Budget Instructions (Full Proposals Only)

The budget is limited to $75,000 total costs, including indirect costs calculated at 20% of total direct costs. The default project period is thirteen months: July 1, 2022 – July 31, 2023 (Click here for Budget Form).

  • Personnel
    • Faculty: the sum of salary support for all faculty personnel is limited to one month of effort budgeted on grant funds during the default project period. Any combination of academic year and summer salary support is acceptable as long as the combined sum for all faculty support does not exceed one month.
    • Post-doctoral, graduate and undergraduate student salary support is allowed in accordance with university policy
  • Supplies
    • 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 external Showalter Selection Committee 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 total direct costs; total cost not to exceed $75,000

Reporting Requirements

A progress report is required for all funded projects and is due approximately at the end of the default project period. The report should be submitted electronically to ( by the date specified in the award letter. The annual report will be provided to the external Showalter Selection Committee and should be appropriate for their review.

The report should be single-spaced, not exceed 3 pages, use one-inch margins and Arial 11 font size. A template will be provided when the report is requested.

Project expenditures will be reviewed relative to the approved budget. Changes in personnel or redistribution of funds between budget categories may require prior approval through standard university processes. Further instruction on appropriate changes in project scope and spending practices will be provided with a notice of award.

For any project granted a No Cost Extension, an updated, final report is required and must be submitted one month following the project end date following the same guidelines as above.

Approximately 3½ and 5½ years after the end of the project, PIs will be asked to complete a survey on the outcomes of the Showalter project and career status.


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