Request for Proposal: NCURA Research Program

Proposal Deadline: March 31, 2017 at 5:00pm Eastern Time

Submission Address: Proposals should be emailed to NCURAResearchProgram@ncura.edu

Vision:  The NCURA Research Program has been created to provide opportunities for NCURA members, faculty, and staff to innovate and pursue excellence in developing and sustaining critical partnerships and include but are not limited to: supporting the data-driven needs of NCURA and the profession; identifying, developing and implementing innovative programs for research and education; and building resources for new partnership programs that support global efforts.  Proposed research activities should include the collection/acquisition of new data and/or in-depth analysis of previously existing data.

Topical areas can include but are not limited to: public policy issues and research administration; advancement of technology transfer in research administration and associated challenges and obstacles; analysis of research enterprise models both domestic and global (e.g., models and elements that support success rate of proposal submission and awards; operating budget, training programs, types of staff, incentives; efficacy and impact of education and training programs targeting staff and/or faculty; research enterprise strategic planning models).

Anticipated Funding Amount: Average award size may range from $8000-10,000. The number and size of the awards will depend on the number of proposals received and their relative scientific merit. 

Estimated Number of Awards:  Approximately three to six projects may be funded.

Funding Period: One year with an anticipated start date of June 1, 2017.

Lead Proposer (“Principal Investigator” or “PI”) Eligibility: The lead proposer must be from an institution with at least one NCURA member in good standing.  Preference will be given to meritorious proposals that include an NCURA member as an integral part of the research project team.  (Please contact info@ncura.edu for information on membership institutions.)

Proposal Sections:
NCURA RFP cover page

Section A: Purpose/Focus of the Project
Section B: Description of Problem or Needs Justification

Section C: Goals and Objectives
Section D: Design/Methods/Analysis

Section E: Broader Impacts
Section F: Dissemination Plan

Section G: Budget Justification
Section H: Appendix (abbreviated c.v. of PI, co-PI(s) and key personnel – limited to 4 pages per c.v.; letters of support; letters of collaboration)

Format: All proposals must be sent electronically as a single pdf file. The complete proposal packet must include the NCURA Cover Page, narrative, budget justification, and applicable appendices.

The narrative (Sections A-F) of the proposal is limited to 10 pages (note that the NCURA Cover Page and Sections G and H are excluded from the page limitation).  The proposal should be double-spaced, 11-point font with 1-inch margins.  Proposals should be paginated and numbered.

Submission: Proposals will require approval and submission in accordance with submitters’ institutional policies. Proposals should be emailed to NCURAResearchProgram@ncura.edu .

NCURA Research Concept FAQs:

Q1: When is the award start date?  Is the start date negotiable?
A1: The awards are anticipated to start in June 1, 2017.  The start date may be negotiable in extenuating circumstances and upon mutual agreement by both NCURA and the awardee’s institution.

Q2: Are travel costs for collaborative purposes allowed?
A2: Travel costs for meetings to collaborate or for research purposes are allowed.  Travel costs for conference attendance would not be allowed.

Q3: Will feedback be provided to proposal submitters who are not selected for awards?
A3: Yes; the proposal review team will provide review comments to proposal submitters who are not selected.

Review and Award Determination: Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by a board-appointed review panel comprised of NCURA members and subject matter experts. Funding decisions will be announced no later than May 1, 2017.

Award Terms and Conditions: Upon submission of proposal, award recipient agrees to NCURA Research Agreement Terms and Conditions.

Obligations of Award Recipients: Begin research on or after June 1, 2017 and complete research no later than May 31, 2018. 

Reporting Requirements: A six-month progress report must be submitted on or before December 1, 2017 (reporting on the period June 1, 2017 through November 30, 2017).  A final report is due within 60 days of close of award (on or before July 31, 2018).  The final report should include detailed accomplishments, completed data collection, analysis report, and copies of any submitted publication to scholarly journals and/or any external grant proposals developed or funded that are directly attributed to this funding.

PI(s) receiving funding are encouraged, if appropriate, to submit an article to the NCURA Research Management Review and participate in a digital video component for the NCURA website.  PI(s) are expected to present at NCURA national meeting(s) and submit a poster session upon request. Additional opportunities are available for publication in the NCURA Magazine.



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Purpose/Focus of Project: Purpose or focus of project is clearly explained and aligns closely with one of the NCURA vision in the RFP.


0-3 points


Purpose or focus is loosely defined and/or explained. OR, project is not clearly aligned with the NCURA vision in the RFP.


4-7 points


Purpose or focus is moderately defined or explained and is reasonably aligned with the NCURA vision in the RFP.


8-10 points


Purpose or focus of project is well defined, clearly explained and specifically aligned with the NCURA vision in the RFP.



Problem Description/Needs Justification: Project addresses an important problem or high need area within research administration.


0-3 points


Problem or needs justification is absent or not well explained.


4-7 points


Problem or needs justification is stated but does not clearly address the need for the research.


8-10 points


Problem or needs justification is clearly stated and explained. The project clearly addresses the need for the research.



Design/Methods/ Analysis: Conceptual framework, research design, methods and analysis are well developed and appropriate to the research questions.


0-3 points


Elements of research design/methods/analysis are missing or poorly explained.


4-7 points


Research design and methods appear appropriate to the project but lack some clarity in explanation.


8-10 points


Research design/methods/analysis are appropriate to the project and are very clearly explained.



Broader Impacts: Proposal explains the broader impacts of the research for the NCURA membership and the research administration profession.


0-3 points


Broader impacts are missing or unclear.


4-7 points


Broader impacts lack clarity or detail.


8-10 points


Broader impacts are well developed and explained in detail.



Dissemination Plan: Proposal explains a plan to dissemination research results.


0 points


Dissemination plan is missing, unclear, or lacks clarity.




1 point


Dissemination plan is well developed and explained in detail.