Yes, but only if sustaining funds are already identified during and beyond the life of the GRIP project. (A center cannot be sustained on $300K per year for three years.) Creation of a new center or institute should not be the primary goal of a GRIP project. It should be formation of a transdisciplinary team on an exciting research project. A successful GRIP project may lead to the team then submitting one or more proposals for a large center-level grant from a federal agency or other funding source.
At least one of the selected GRIP projects will have goals that align with those in K-State’s Economic Prosperity Plan. But not all proposals are required to be aligned with the Plan, nor is it a requirement to connect the proposed research to economic development or economic impact. Where obvious or where beneficial to the strength of the proposal, however, such information can be included.
There is no requirement for the number of departments, colleges, campuses, or other units. However, a reasonable expectation for a ‘transdisciplinary’ team is that faculty come from more than one college.
At a minimum, the two-page pre-proposal must include a title, summary, and list of personnel and their contributions. Goals, milestones, metrics, target funding opportunities, potential partners, potential economic impact, other support that can be leveraged (e.g., existing funding or partnerships), and other supporting information can also be included. Please read the RFP carefully for more information about the GRIP goals.