Project Mosaic provides limited financial support to increase the quantity, quality, and scope of interdisciplinary funded research by UNC Charlotte faculty. We also provide consultation services on proposal development, methodological framework of the project, as well as other technical advice such as data archiving and curation.
Social Science Seed Funding provided by Project Mosaic is designed to assist UNC Charlotte faculty in forming interdisciplinary research teams directed at pursuing external funding. The Flash Social Science Grants (FSSG) Program targets small funding requests that may be critically important in the early stages of the formation of a team, early stages of development of research ideas, or even in assembling a small pilot data set or conducting a small case study that can be used to suggest the usefulness of a concept to secure a larger external grant. FSSG will exclusively support proposals that are first and foremost contributions to knowledge in the social and behavioral sciences. All proposals must be situated at the intersection of two or more bodies of literature, which usually means that they are submitted by a team of researchers from two or more UNC Charlotte departments and/or colleges. Some team members may hail from traditions other than the social sciences (e.g., natural sciences, statistics, engineering, etc.). Although external collaborators may be included, our focus is on supporting ongoing UNC Charlotte teams or on developing new ones.
- FSSG proposals range from $500-$1,500.
- FSSG proposals should be short and may be submitted at any time during the year (no deadline).
- The Project Mosaic Director, relevant senior UNC Charlotte social scientists, and relevant college Associate Deans will review submitted proposals and typically provide a decision within 2-3 weeks.
- At least two PIs from two different departments, preferably two different colleges.
- At least one PI must have a track record of research and scholarship in social and behavioral sciences.
- Research projects must be collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and data-driven or data-centric
- New and ongoing research teams are welcome to apply.
- Support is for new, innovative research projects in social and behavioral sciences.
- All faculty eligible for UNC Charlotte Faculty Research Grants (http://research.uncc.edu/proposal-development/locating-funding/faculty-research-grants-program#Eligibility) are also eligible for FSSGs.
- Funds are allocated for a 6-month period maximum and a request for external funding must be submitted within 9 months of funding.
- Funding can be allocated to:
o Software, hardware, and data
o Field work
o Support for meetings among team members(including travel) or workshop attendance
o Graduate assistance
o Outside consultants
o Small pilot studies
- Partial awards are possible.
- Projects already externally funded or for which an external proposal is currently under review are not eligible.
- Projects that have already received internal funding (FRG, college grant, etc.) are not eligible.
- A researcher cannot be recipient of more than one FSSG per academic year.
- Continuation of an ongoing research project by the same researchers will not be supported.
- Expenditures that are not allowed:
o Expenditures generally made by departments and colleges (e.g., office supplies, travel to professional conferences, etc.)
o Faculty stipends
o Delivery of outreach programs or services
o Requests for funds for meals and snacks should be minimal
o Student projects (masters, dissertation research)
o Publication charges
Criteria for Review:
- New ideas at the intersection of two or more clearly identified bodies of literature or disciplines. Usually this entails a collaboration across departments and/or across colleges (interdisciplinary).
- Proposals that are more likely to be externally funded
- Size and scope of the overall proposal to be submitted for external funding
- Clarity of the objectives of the FSSG request and scientific contribution of the overall project
- Quality of the research design and detailed plan of activities
- Teams comprised of investigators who range in seniority and research experience
- Need for the FSSG to produce a proposal for external funding
- Proposals must make a clear contribution to social and behavioral sciences
Structure and Submission of Proposals:
Proposals must be submitted as one single PDF by email to Project Mosaic ProjectMosaic@uncc.edu. To complete your proposal submission, please follow the instructions provided below and download the proposal budget template from the Project Mosaic web site.
The proposal must be clear, readily legible, and conform to the following requirements:
- Font size of 12 points
- Double spaced
- 1-inch margins
To be considered for funding, the following must be included in your submission:
1. Cover Sheet (one page) The cover sheet contains the project name, abstract (200 words maximum), 3-5 descriptive keywords, PI and collaborator(s) name and contact information, total funds requested, and projected start and end dates, agency and program where proposal for external funding will be submitted, along with the submission deadline, and anticipated overall budget.
2. Project Description (not to exceed 750 words) The project description should address the following points:
a) Purpose, Significance, Planned Activities: Provide a clear and concise explanation of (i) rationale of this funding request, (ii) the proposed activities for which FSSG funding is requested, (iii) how these activities will enhance your ability to apply for external funding as a larger project.
b) Overall Project: Provide a clear and concise explanation of (i) the objectives of the overall project, (ii) the agency/ies, initiatives, and target date(s) to which you will apply, (iii) the significance and value of the overall project for which external funding will be sought to the social and behavioral sciences. Provide the key idea that motivates the work. Explain the core question or questions that the overall project seeks to address, and why these questions matter in social and behavioral sciences.
c) Research Team: Describe the qualifications, roles, and responsibilities of all research project team members, and what value collaboration adds to the project.
d) Work Plan and Timeline
3. Bibliography (no more than 5 references) Optional, supply only if needed
4. A one-page Biosketch (vita) for each participant which includes:
a) Education, including the dates when degrees were awarded;
b) Current employment status;
c) Three most relevant publications (to the current project);
d) Most relevant social science experience (including but not limited to software programs, methods known, and training)
e) Funding history. Supply a list of all proposals (both internal and external) prepared in the past three years. Indicate whether the proposal was funded, is pending or was not funded. Indicate for each whether it is UNC Charlotte-internal or external.
5. A Budget and Justification
Complete the form provided and supply a budget justification for the costs requested.
Project Reports and Credit:
Investigators are expected to provide a brief (one page) final report upon completing the project, including the activities conducted and progress towards the submission of a proposal for external funding. An update of this report should be submitted when the proposal is successfully submitted for external funding. Individuals having received an FSSG in a prior period, but who did not comply with the requirements (i.e., did not submit a final report, did not submit a grant proposal, etc.) must provide details documenting the reasons for non-compliance. The Director of Project Mosaic will be responsible for determining whether the justification for non-compliance permits the individual to be considered for a present or future FSSG.
External funding must be sought for the “overall project” for which seed funding was requested within the indicated time frame. It is expected that PIs will credit Project Mosaic at the time of submission and approval of the proposal through NORM.
If during the course of your project you find that you need to make changes to the project team, description, design, or budget, please send a note to the Project Mosaic Director, ProjectMosaic@uncc.edu with specific details of these changes.
Should you have any questions about this seed funding opportunity, please contact:
- Jean-Claude Thill, Director, Project Mosaic, Phone: (704) 687-5909, ProjectMosaic@uncc.edu.
– See more at: https://projectmosaic.uncc.edu/programsactivities/flash-social-science-grants#sthash.dcj3Hwks.dpuf