Programmatic Grant Program:
Biotechnology Curriculum Development, Faculty Workshops, and Facility Expansion

Proposal Guidelines

Please refer to the 2013 Programmatic Grant Program RFP (.pdf) for complete program eligibility and proposal review criteria as you draft your proposal!

Submit proposals using only the 2013 Programmatic Proposal Template (.doc).

Proposals not submitted on the required 2013 spring proposal template will not be accepted.  Text entries must be single-spaced type, use 11 point Arial or 12 point Times New Roman font, and use 0.75 inch margins.  Proposals not complying with style guidelines will not be accepted.

Complete proposals must be submitted following the directions on the Proposal Submission page.

Proposal Template Instructions

Checklist & Proposal Review Information - Principal Investigators (PIs) may use this page to provide CSUPERB with information regarding letters of support being submitted with their proposal.  CSUPERB will use this information to verify that these anticipated additional documents have been uploaded with your proposal.

PIs are also reminded to have Keywords relevant to their proposal ready for entry into the OARS system when their package is uploaded.  This is important to remember in the event someone other than the PI will be uploading the proposal.

PIs are provided with an opportunity to suggest reviewers from within the CSU who have expertise qualifying them to review their proposal.  CSUPERB may or may not have time to contact suggested reviewers upon receipt of the proposal.

Cover Page - Principal Investigators (PIs) who are tenured or tenure-track CSU faculty can apply for this program. Other CSU staff may be listed as co-PIs or key personnel. CSUPERB will consider only one proposal per PI or co-PI at a time to this grant program. Be careful to enter contact information accurately; CSUPERB will communicate with you about the status of your proposal by email.

Include the signed Cover Page with electronic proposal submission. You can do this by scanning the signed cover page and uploading it as a separate document. Limit 1 page.

Abstracts - A Project Objective and a Technical Abstract are required. Use only single-spaced text; project objective and abstract combined are limited to one page total.

These descriptions are meant to serve as succinct, accurate descriptions of the proposed work when separated from the rest of the application. The project objective and abstract are used to select reviewers. Do not include proprietary information. The Abstract will also be used for public information or program promotion, if funded. To help out the reviewers, be sure to mention whether the project is focused on the development of curriculum, workshops, teaching strategies, or shared facilities.

Project Description - Provide information about broad, long-term objectives, background and significance, specific aims, and the project plan. Proposed projects must address the three major tenets of scientific teaching (active learning, student diversity and assessment). Limit - 2 pages. References and Figures with captions may be on additional, separate pages with a limit of 1 page for each. Insert these pages immediately after the Project Description.

Student Impact of Proposed Project - Describe how first and second year CSU students will be engaged as a result of the proposed project. Limit - 1/2 page.

Dissemination Plan - Describe dissemination plan for materials or work developed- Outline a plan to publish, share or disseminate work online or share, remotely or otherwise, with CSU colleagues system-wide. Make sure to include dissemination activities in project timeline and budget. Limit - 1/2 page.

Key Milestones and Timeline - List the key milestones of your project and the projected timeline for accomplishing each milestone. Reviewers will consider this information to determine the feasibility of the proposed project based on the budget proposed. Limit 1 page.

Budget and Justification - Check the Budget Guidelines page for instructions and details. Limit 1 page.

Major Equipment, Shared Facilities and Other Resources Available to the Project - Clearly identify and describe all resources (e.g. shared and donated equipment, release time, space, personnel, supplies, and software) and attach letters of support, if available, to demonstrate project feasibility. Mention faculty or instructor time, available to proposed project, with special emphasis on what participating departments/units/colleges are contributing to the project. Provide details about institutional support and submit signed letters of support from department chairs, institute directors, or college deans demonstrating multi-campus agreements, institutional support and sustainability of the proposed project, if applicable. Limit – 1/2 page. Again, letters of support from participating departments, units and colleges should be appended at the end of the template document.

Past, Current and Pending Support - List all past, current and pending support relevant to the project proposed here. Include Title of Grant/Award/Support, Funding Source, Amount of Award, Duration of Funding, and indicate whether the aims of the project overlapped with or led to aims proposed here. Attach additional pages as necessary.

Short CVs for Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PIs - Include a short CV for the principal investigator and for each co-principal investigator. Each CV should list no more than 5 recent publications related to this project. Limit - 1 page per investigator.

Contact Information

For questions about this grant program contact either:

James Schmitt
Program Administrator, CSUPERB
(619) 594-5299

Susan Baxter
Executive Director, CSUPERB
(619) 594-2822