2017 Research & Engagement
- Up to four awards will be made with $75,000 maximum per award.
- The project time period will not exceed 24 months.
If you have questions about the submission process, please contact Kim Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-472-9287.
VisionRFI will be a locally, nationally and internationally recognized leader focused on increasing community capacity as well as the hope and confidence of rural people to address their challenges and opportunities, resulting in resilient and sustainable futures.
MissionThrough a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, the RFI mobilizes the diverse resources of the University of Nebraska and its partners to support rural communities and regions in building upon their unique strengths and assets to achieve their desired futures.
Core ValuesThe work commissioned and supported by RFI must be guided by the Institute’s core values:
- University faculty and staff as well as Nebraska community members and non-NU higher education faculty/staff are welcome to apply; however, either the Principal Investigator (PI) or a co-Principal Investigator (co-PI) must be affiliated with NU and take responsibility for administering the award funds.
- Collaboration with partners external to the University of Nebraska is strongly encouraged.
- An individual may serve as the PI for only one proposal but may serve as a (co-PI) on one or more proposals.
- Potential to result in contributions to and measurable outcomes consistent with RFI's vision and mission.
- Compatibility with RFI's core values, especially transdisciplinary, collaborative, innovative and bold considerations.
- Potential to increase competitiveness for future external funding that is consistent with the vision and mission of RFI.
- Matching funds are not required but may increase the likelihood a proposal will be selected for funding.
- Recipients are expected to participate in a working group composed of the RFI Research & Engagement award recipients. It is anticipated this group will meet at least once per academic year to share ‘best practices’ and lessons learned around innovative and creative processes and strategies unique to the research and engagement work undertaken.
- Recipients are expected to share their insights and findings at a variety of appropriate venues including conferences, such as the Rural Futures Conference, and in refereed publications. In addition, the PI is expected to work with both the RFI Director of Competitive Awards and the RFI Director of Communications on external communications opportunities (white papers, interviews, recorded presentation, lecture, webinar, etc.) to share project results/findings with the broader RFI audience.
- Recipients are expected to actively pursue external funding sources and submit a proposal for external funding within 24 months following the initial RFI award. Failure to do so may disqualify the applicant from future RFI funding competitions.
- A final report is required and due to the RFI no later than one month following the conclusion of the project.
- The project should be completed within 24 months. Extensions are discouraged and will only be considered for extreme circumstances (6 months maximum).
Funds may not be used for any of the following purposes:
- Indirect costs
- To replace current funding*;
- Remodeling, renovation or construction;
- Recruitment or start-up packages for new hires; and
- Items for purposes not exclusive to the project, such as desktop or laptop computers, printers, software and related accessories and general office supplies.
- Enter title page information using the online form
- Upload proposal information as a single PDF document
1. Title Page Information(Entered online and required for submission.)
- Project Title
- Total Request Amount ($)
- Principal Investigator (Name, Affiliation, Telephone & Email)
- Co-Principal Investigator(s) (Name, Affiliation, Telephone & Email)
- Other Partners (if applicable)
2. Resesarch & Engagement Proposal: Administrative Approval FormThe person who wigns this form should be the PI or co-PI from the University of Nebraska who will administer the award funds. Include his/her campus address as well as the PI or co-PI signature. It also requires signature of the appropriate campus administrator, verifying submission approval.
3. Abstract(1/2 page – abstract on separate page from project narrative) Summarize the purpose, importance, expected outcomes and key activities/milestones of the proposal.
4. Project NarrativeThe project narrative is limited to six single-spaced pages, using Times New Roman (or similar), 11-point font and one-inch margins. The project narrative should include the following:
- Context/Justification: Provide the background/rationale for the project, including why the topic/scope is critical to the future of rural areas, and its linkage to the RFI’s vision and mission. What is the underlying need, problem or opportunity that the proposal addresses? How does the project consider the triple bottom line of economic, social and environmental considerations?
- Ultimate Long-Term Impact (one sentence): If the objectives of this proposal are successfully completed, what could potentially be different ten years from now in rural areas of Nebraska and beyond?
- Project Objective(s): What specific objective(s) will be reached at the end of the grant period?
- Methodology and Time Line: Explain the methodology and associated time line of the methodological steps that will be undertaken to insure that the project objectives are met in a timely and successful fashion. Explicitly address how the tools, results, applications, findings, innovations or processes will be shared with both the academic and non-academic communities, including rural people and places.
- Partnerships: What new University partnerships will be established through this project with: (a) organizations, institutions and agencies external to NU, and (b) specific communities? What are the roles and responsibilities of each partner? What groundwork has already been laid and what else will be needed to insure that these partnerships function effectively? Will these partnerships be sustained beyond the award’s lifetime?
- Project Success: What does success look like and how will it be measured?
- Beyond the Project: If this project proposal is successful, what might be the next logical steps and subsequent opportunities, including other funding opportunities?
- Identifying and Managing Adversity: Obstacles and barriers are often encountered in the implementation and execution of new projects. What do you anticipate will be the most challenging aspect of executing your proposal and what are some steps that can be taken to minimize this challenge or are there alternative ways of moving the project forward if the obstacle is insurmountable?
5. Budget Table(s) and Budget JustificationBudget detail must be provided in the attached budget table(s) for Year One and, if applicable, Year Two. The budget tables (A2a and A2b) must be accompanied by a budget justification (no more than one page) which explains expenditures in each budget category. Budget lines for Year 1 and Year 2 may be combined in the budget justification narrative.
6. Biographical MaterialsProvide up to a two-page biographical sketch/vitae for each PI/co-PIs. Do not exceed two pages per person.
7. Letters of CommitmentIf the success of the proposal is linked to agencies, organizations or institutions external to the University of Nebraska, include letters of commitment from the relevant agencies, organizations or institutions. The letters should specify clearly what the role and nature of the commitment is. NOTE: these are NOT letters of support in which external stakeholders indicate their support for the proposal. The latter type of letter is not to be included.
- Transdisciplinary, collaborative, innovative and bold (20 points)
- The context/justification (15 points)
- Short-term considerations/meeting project objectives (20 points)
- Long-term considerations (10 points)
- Project administration (20 points)
- Budget considerations (15 points)