Travel, acceleration and planning grants

Travel, Acceleration and Planning Grants

New funding is being made available from the Office of the Vice President for Research to assist faculty in research planning and large grant development. The new Travel, Acceleration and Planning, or TAP, grants provide funding for:

  1. Travel to meet with agency or foundation personnel.
  2. Travel to meet with collaborators at other institutions for proposal development meetings.
  3. Support for potential co-investigators at other institutions to travel to K-State for proposal development meetings.
  4. Faculty and/or staff support for large center-level grant development.

The process for requesting TAP funds is designed to be simple and fast. The OVPR’s goal is to provide response to TAP funding requests within one week of receiving a properly filed request.

A faculty member can only receive one TAP-1 grant per academic year. TAP-2, 3, and 4 grants are evaluated on the basis of their merits, strategic value and potential for success. TAP-4 grants must be led by a faculty member who can demonstrate evidence of successful leadership of a large team pursuing center-level funding.

TAP-1 Travel Grant:

Funds are available for a faculty member to travel to meet with federal program directors, program managers, or other funding agency or foundation personnel.

Amount: $1,500

Staffing support opportunity: K-State federal relations staff member, if they are available and in DC at the time of the visit(s).

Procedure for requesting funds: Send an e-mail with “TAP-1 request” in the subject line to Abby Lear, executive director of operations and chief of staff, with the following information:

  1. Dates of travel (or anticipated window).
  2. Purpose of travel.
  3. Names and roles of individuals to be visited.
  4. Funding requested (maximum of $1,500).
  5. Staffing support requested (if available).

TAP-2 Travel Grant:

Funds are available for a faculty member to travel to another university for a proposal development meeting — in which K-State will be a partnering institution.

Amount: $1,500

Procedure for requesting funds: Send an e-mail with “TAP-2 request” in the subject line to Abby Lear, executive director of operations and chief of staff, with the following information:

  1. Dates of travel (or anticipated window).
  2. Purpose of travel.
  3. Name, title and department/center affiliations of host(s).
  4. Funding requested (maximum of $1,500).

TAP-3 Travel Grant for non-K-State faculty:

Funds are available to bring faculty members from other institutions to K-State for a proposal development meeting for a proposal to be led by K-State.

Amount: $5,000

Staffing support opportunity: Office of Research Development staff member.

Procedure for requesting funds: Send an e-mail with “TAP-3 request” in the subject line to Abby Lear, executive director of operations and chief of staff, with the following information:

  1. Dates of meeting at K-State (or anticipated window).
  2. Proposal topic and target agency/program.
  3. Names and roles of invited individuals.
  4. Funding requested (maximum of $5,000).
  5. Staffing support requested.

TAP-4 Large Proposal Development Grant:

Funds are available to assist a faculty member leading the development of a large center-level grant proposal. Funds can be used to buy out of teaching a class, support part of their salary, support a graduate student/post-doc/research associate, hire supporting staff (e.g., for graphic design, grant-writing, project management) and/or for travel.

Amount: $20,000 ($10,000 each from the OVPR and faculty member’s college).

Staffing support opportunity: Office of Research Development staff member.

Procedure for requesting funds: Send an e-mail with “TAP-4 request” in the subject line to Abby Lear, executive director of operations and chief of staff, with the following information:

  1. Proposal topic.
  2. Target agency/program and due date.
  3. Anticipated collaborating investigators and institutions.
  4. Funding requested (maximum of $20,000).
  5. Confirmation of dean’s support for matching funds (a separate email confirmation from the dean is required).
  6. Staffing support requested.

Questions? Contact Abby Lear, executive director of operations and chief of staff, OVPR .