Dissertation Enhancement 2013-14
Dissertation Enhancement Funds FY2014
This plan is a part of one-time funds that were provided by the State Legislature to enhance PhD programs in STEM research fields.
STEM @ USU – At Utah State University, we define the STEM degrees as those encompassed in the colleges of Science, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Applied Sciences, Engineering, and Education. Though components of some degrees in some traditionally non-STEM colleges may focus on teaching STEM fundamentals, for our considerations we have remained focused on a college level distinction as noted above.
Proposals are due 5 PM, MDT, October 11, 2013.
This is a competitive funding opportunity for PhD students to obtain up to $12,000 to augment their dissertation research. This program, which is modeled after an existing NSF best practice, cannot serve as the primary source of funding (i.e., assistantship or stipend) for a dissertation, but instead should support a clearly defined activity that will enhance an existing body of research that comprises the core of the dissertation.
- Funding will improve the quality of dissertation research and should increase the number of publications that result from that research.
- By enhancing research funding, the program could also speed up the time to completion.
- This will create an opportunity for doctoral students to participate in a grant review process, a key experience in developing grant writing skills.
- This will provide graduate students with an opportunity to apply skills that they learned in the grant writing workshop (attending one of those workshops will give added consideration to the proposal).
Doctoral students are eligible to apply after they have:
- had their dissertation research proposal approved by their Graduate Advisory Committee, and
- achieved candidacy in their PhD program.
The student must submit to the Office of Research (Associate Dean Richard Inouye -- firstname.lastname@example.org) a proposal with the following sections:
- Cover Page: (template below)
- Project Summary: no more than one page describing the intellectual merit of the proposed activity.
- Project Description: no more than 7 single-spaced pages, including figures and tables, including a brief description of the overall dissertation project.
- Budget: one page, not to exceed $12,000 (template below). Salary may not be included for the advisor or the graduate student, however funds may be used to support research assistants. Funds may be used to pay for analyses or other costs at core research facilities (e.g., high performance computing, sequencing).
- Budget Justification: no more than two pages explaining the need for each budget item.
- Context for Improvement: no more than one page that explains how the proposed research will enhance the existing core of dissertation research, and why the proposed research can not be supported with research awards that support the advisor’s research.
- Data Management Plan: no more than one page that explains how samples and data will be managed and archived.
Upon submission the following review process will be conducted:
- An initial screening of each proposal will be carried out by the RGS Office to ensure that all proposal requirements have been met.
- Eligible proposals will be reviewed by a panel comprised of peers (graduate students), with an RGS Associate Dean appointed as the program manager and panel coordinator.
- Additional consideration in the review will be given to students that have completed the grantsmanship training seminar.
- Panels will provide to the RGS Office a brief written review of each proposal and recommendations regarding which proposals should be funded.
- Final decisions about which proposals will be funded will be made by the RGS Office.
- Anonymous reviews of each proposal will be provided to the student who submitted the proposal. ?
RPFs and applications for one-time funds are available here.