OVPR Internal Funding Programs

OVPR 2017 Internal Funding Programs

Targeted Funding Program

Proposals are invited for internal funding to support multidisciplinary projects that demonstrate potential to expand on existing strengths or develop new innovative research related to strategic areas of emphasis for Temple University. This year, the targeted funding program will support a university wide Brain Research Initiative.

The aim of this initiative is to enhance Temple University’s competitiveness to leverage funding related to the brain from federal funding agencies with a specific focus on the National Institutes for Health, National Science Foundation and Department of Defense divisions. This initiative will prioritize funding for interdisciplinary and/or multi-college efforts that have the potential to advance the university’s contribution to the understanding of the human brain. The specific foci that are encouraged for this call for proposals are: cognition; learning and the brain; neuroscience; mapping brain activity and modeling the brain; neurotechnologies; health conditions of Alzheimer’s, stroke, multiple sclerosis, depression and psychiatric disorders, traumatic brain injury and other brain disorders and conditions; and ethics associated with brain research. Other topics that have the potential to leverage significant external research funding are also welcome.

Criteria that will be used to identify projects for funding include:

  • Scholarly merit and quality of the overall study design
  • Proven research track record of the investigators related to this topic
  • Feasibility of the project to deliver outcomes within the timeline projected
  • Quality of the strategy proposed to seek research funding, including its alignment to the outcomes
  • anticipated from the funding provided
  • Appropriateness of budget to the support the scale and timeline of the project
  • A well developed strategy for the protection of intellectual property (IP) derived from this work
  • and the pursuit of a commercialization strategy related to the anticipated IP
  • Availability of facilities and infrastructure available to conduct the research.

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Bridge Funding Program

Bridge funding provides financial support for existing research programs for which external funding sources are expended. The funding needs to support the continuation of the operations of a lab or program in order to avoid ending the program while external support is being reviewed or pursued. Bridge funding must be used in a strategic and coordinated way to maintain project/lab momentum while assuring effective use of limited resources. The program funds may be used to retain key personnel, the performance of limited laboratory or other research activity to permit the accumulation of new data essential to renew a source of external funding, or to prevent major disruptions in the continuation of research activities that would negatively impact the ability to secure continuation funding from external sponsors. It is expected that all discretionary monies available to an investigator will be expended before using funding provided through this program. Learn more

Seed Funding Program

Seed funding affords an opportunity for special projects with the aim of fostering the engagement of multidisciplinary teams to establish linkages towards attaining external funding. This program is open to all disciplines, with prioritization given to projects that have the potential to position the researcher or research team to be competitive for external funding or to bring high impact to Temple University through the proposed work. Learn more