Research Bridge or SEED (RBS) Awards
Research Bridge or Seed (RBS) Grants are intended to enable research that seeds funding of extramural sponsored programs or that bridges a gap in extramural support.
- The RBS program is open to full-time tenured/tenure track faculty across all NAU colleges.
- Faculty members working under active start-up packages are not eligible to apply (as PIs or co-PIs).
- No more than one RBS grant may be awarded to a faculty member in a 12-month period (as PI or co-PI).
- Professors of Practice are eligible to apply to this program.
- Research Track faculty are also eligible to be PIs on proposals to this program if they have a tenured faculty co-investigator substantively involved as a partner in the proposal and can demonstrate available, non-committed effort in the proposal.
Funding detail Accordion Closed
RBS applicants may request up to $20,000.
Funds are awarded for a 12-month period.
Examples of allowable* uses of RBS funds include:
- Compensation for student assistants (hired as Student Workers) paid hourly wages
- Purchase of specific project supplies
- Travel costs associated with fieldwork or data collection
- Costs associated with collecting or analyzing data, including outside consultants
- Faculty summer salary is allowable, but the total requested amount is limited to $5,000 per application
*All expenditures must be in accordance with NAU financial and purchasing policies and guidelines.
The RBS mechanism does not fund:
- Curriculum development
- Buy-out of teaching
- Professional memberships or journal subscriptions
- General-purpose computers, tablets, or other electronic devices
- Travel in pursuit of extramural funding, or to workshops and conferences
- Student tuition, fees, or health insurance
Mechanism of award Accordion Closed
Purchases of goods and services (including payroll expenses) in support of RBS projects will be made through the awardee’s department business office. The department business officer will subsequently submit a transfer request to the RBS Program Coordinator, who will arrange to reimburse the department for the RBS expense.
Regulatory assurances and compliance Accordion Closed
Projects involving the use of human subjects, vertebrate animals, biohazardous materials/recombinant DNA, or radioactive materials/X-rays must be reviewed by the appropriate review committee or board to ensure compliance with federal regulations and with guidelines established in the NAU Faculty Handbook.
Projects involving the use of export controlled material/technology, hazardous chemicals or field work may also require training and/or review. For forms or more information, see Environmental Health and Safety.
If you need assistance with any assurance and compliance issues, contact the Office of the Vice President for Research at firstname.lastname@example.org. Awards cannot be activated until all necessary regulatory compliance approvals have been received.
When to apply Accordion Closed
Applications for RBS grants will be considered once per year. Submissions are due December 15 at 12 p.m. (n00n) with the award beginning February 1.
How to apply Accordion Closed
RBS Application Guidelines
Applications for RBS funding must be submitted electronically. The Face Pages (Sections I-V), Narrative (Section V), and Additional Documentation (Section VI) should be combined into one PDF document and emailed to email@example.com.
The PDF document must be saved as follows: RBSYEAR_Last name of applicant_First name of applicant, e.g., RBS2017_Smith_John
The Subject of the e-mail must read as follows: RBSYEAR Last name of applicant, First name of applicant, e.g., RBS2017 Smith, John
Selection criteria Accordion Closed
Priority will be given to meritorious proposals that articulate the most clear and strong plan for work that will seed follow-on funding from an external source (or that bridges a gap in extramural funding). Preference may also be given to proposals involving interdisciplinary research.
It is essential that all proposals contain a specific plan for work and a detailed plan for obtaining follow-on external funding. Proposals should summarize results from any previous NAU intramural grant support.
It is expected that a proposal for external support will be submitted within one year of completion of the RBS award, evidence of the potential for which must be described in the proposal.