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Fiscal Year 2023 – Request for Proposal

Submission Deadline:

5:00pm, April 29, 2022

Posted Date: February 11, 2022


FIPE Applicants: Apply here  FIPE Awardees: Submit report 


Sponsoring Unit: Office of International Initiatives (OII)

To facilitate its internationalization outcomes and contribute to other goals of the university’s strategic plan, Georgia State is committed to leveraging its international partnerships to expand its research and career development goals. To support the readiness of faculty and graduates in 21st century innovation and research, Georgia State is prioritizing its international seed grant investments in career development and training.

To this end, OII is providing seed funds for FY 2023 to support leveraging external funding for international research projects especially those that support student training.

Please keep in mind that only one proposal may be submitted per Principal Investigator (P.I.) or team.

PROPOSAL AND REPORTING DEADLINES:

FIPE Grant Deadline: 5:00pm, April 29, 2022 (The application form deactivates, and submissions will not be accepted after this time. Also, incomplete proposals, and proposals not meeting the eligibility requirements or proposal guidelines, will not be considered.)

Funding Notification: July 15, 2022

Progress Report Due Date: 11:59pm, January 15, 2023

Final Report Due Date: 11:59pm, June 15, 2023

INQUIRIES ABOUT THIS RFP MAY BE DIRECTED TO EITHER

Ms. Anna Tapfer
Program Coordinator, International Partnerships & Agreements
atapfer@gsu.edu or ext. 3-2552; OR
Ms. Kike Ehigiator
Director, International Partnerships & Agreements
kehigiator@gsu.edu or ext. 3-2532

Please click on a tab below for more information.

FIPE Grant to Leverage External Funding
Individual awards up to $10,000

Through its FIPE Grant to Leverage External Funding, faculty may leverage relationships, existing research and programs, and other supplementary funding opportunities to seek larger external funds ($500,000 and above). Interested faculty may collaborate with peers at Georgia State and beyond to write and submit proposals to funding agencies that support international research and highlights Georgia State’s research, teaching, and service strengths and capabilities. Training grants that include undergraduate and graduate students are strongly encouraged.

FACULTY SUPPORT:

  1. Grant opportunities may be obtained from Pivot Proquest (Curated List for International grants) IPA Customized Grants List, and SciVal. Support to identify and explore grants and potential collaborators may be accessed by signing up for a “Mapping Mondays” Session with the International Partnerships and Agreements (IPA) staff in OII.
  2. Interested applicants from all campuses may attend the following online FIPE Grant Writing Workshops on either: Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 3-4:30pm, Monday, March 7, 2022 from 10-11:30am, or Thursday, March 17, 2022 from 12:30-2:00pm. Please RSVP through Eventbrite.

For reference, view the February/March, 2022 Workshop PowerPoint presentation.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must:

  1. Be classified as full-time, tenured Georgia State faculty;
  2. Be experienced in writing large grants (Please refer to the FAQs for more information);
  3. Be part of a multi-disciplinary or interdisciplinary team; and
  4. Have submitted all outstanding reports due to OII from prior FIPE funding cycles.

Awards will be granted on a competitive basis of up to $10,000 each. Successful proposals will meet the following submission guidelines and review / selection criteria.

PROPOSAL AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

To be considered for funding, the lead faculty Principal Investigator (P.I.) must submit:

  1. A 1500 word-count (max.) proposal that includes:
    • 500 word-count (max.) draft abstract of the grant proposal for an identified external funder including a summary description of the proposed international activity and alignment to funder objectives, participants, the amount expected to be leveraged and expected submission date;
    • A 500-1000 word-count discussion of:
      • The international team’s (Georgia State and international partner) expertise and contributions towards securing the grant. While all proposals must have an international focus, they should elaborate any relevant local and national linkages to the proposal’s goals and objectives. Discussion should elaborate on prior grant experience, individual as well as team strengths, and contributions to the proposed project/activities;
      • Discussion of other complementary external partnerships (in and out-of-country) and their advantage to the grant application and to Georgia State; and
      • A discussion of success indicators and expected outcomes (see Logic Model Template) for the externally-funded research / project including how these will contribute to strategic and internationalization objectives at Georgia State. Competitive submissions will include plans for integrating outcomes of the proposed activities to enhance teaching, learning, service and research.

In addition to the proposal, applicants should submit the following:

2. A detailed budget and justification showing how FIPE and other funds will be used to implement the proposed project/activities. Please include all funding sources such as cost shares and external sources as applicable. Note: FIPE funds should not be used to cover administrative personnel costs and should be expended in the fiscal year of the award (Click here to access Budget Form template);
3. A completed Logic Model Template (Click here to access Logic Model Template);
4. Evidence of college or unit support (Click here to access the Dean’s Endorsement template);
5. A signed letter or email of support from an external partner. If an e-mail, the signature of the sender must include full name, organization, role, contact information and web address, if any; and
6. Short biographic summaries (Strictly 250 words or less) for all Georgia State and partner participants listed. This may include information on international experience and service.

Special Note to Applicants:

  • Only one proposal per P.I. or team may be submitted.
  • This seed grant should not be considered a travel grant only. While successful applicants may use the funds for travel, reports on the use of the funds must include outcomes that tie directly to the applicant’s stated programmatic goals and objectives.
  • Competitive proposals will demonstrate priority on research that foster student and career training as well as a demonstration of prior experience with or very strong knowledge of the funder.
  • This grant cannot supplement or contribute to faculty or staff salaries in any way.
  • This grant may not be used to hire Graduate Research Assistants unless they are participants in a training grant or if the proposed outcomes solely hinge on hiring GRAs. Exceptions will apply on a case-by-case basis.
  • This is a one-year term grant. However, if there is strong evidence supporting a request for continuance in the form of a written encouragement by funders to revise and resubmit a proposal, recipients of an FIPE Grant to Leverage External Funding may submit proposals for a no-cost extension of an awarded FIPE grant. These may be granted on a competitive basis and require an additional progress report submission from the previous fiscal year grant term.
  • Please click for a sample Leveraging External Funding Proposal and Budget.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE, REVIEW AND AWARD NOTIFICATION

The deadline for submitting a full proposal is 5:00pm on April 29, 2022. All supporting documents and necessary approvals must be received by this date and time for proposals to be considered. No exceptions.

Full proposals will be reviewed by an OII-led Review Committee using the Review/Selection Criteria below. Awards are expected to be announced no later than July 15, 2022.

REVIEW / SELECTION CRITERIA

Successful proposals will:

1. Adhere to the proposal and submission guidelines;
2. Articulate the grant objectives and establish the feasibility and timeline of funding within a year;
3. Demonstrate history and experience with partner(s) and/or funder (or comparable funders);
4. Articulate how FIPE and other funds will contribute to the success of the proposed project/activities; and
5. Articulate how outcomes will impact Georgia State’s internationalization and other strategic goals including teaching, research, learning, and service.

PROGRESS & FINAL REPORTS

To establish progress and university outcomes, FIPE Grant for External Funding recipients are required to submit progress and annual reports through the online FIPE portal. Links to the FIPE portal will be sent out with reminders before the report deadlines.

Progress Reports must provide initial outcomes, status of activities, including current and expected project/activities implementation, opportunities, and challenges. They may also include documentation such as confirmation of grant submission and/or Georgia State Office of Sponsored Program documentation and executed copies of partnership or research agreements.

Final Reports must confirm stated project/activities deliverables and outcomes. The report should be submitted at the end of the fiscal year in which the funds are awarded and should include:

  • How the funds were used (using the Expense Report Template);
  • An assessment of stated FIPE grant objectives and outcomes (return on investment);
  • Completion status of project/activities;
  • Documentation from funder(s) and Office of Sponsored Programs on corresponding amounts leveraged in external funding (upload notification);
  • Impact of award on teaching, research, learning, and service; and
  • Confirmation of new and expanded relationships / partnerships, including partner role(s).

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

I. GENERAL

1. What is the timeline of GSU's Fiscal Year?

July 1 - June 30

2. How many proposals are awarded annually?

It varies depending on the number of applicants and available funds.

3. Is it acceptable if outcomes occur after the FIPE year?

Yes, and this should be indicated in the Final Report and the International Partnerships and Agreements (IPA) unit would expect an update as outcomes materialize.

4. What should I consider when working on my proposal?

Outcomes. The FIPE Grant seeks to foster relationships and funding that impact student, faculty, and staff international engagement at Georgia State.  Questions to ask include: Will my proposal foster the engagement and training of students and alums for a 21st century workplace? Will my proposal foster international and other strategic goals at the university? Will my proposal enhance GSU research outcomes?

5. What if my FIPE Grant proposal is not accepted?

You will receive reviewer feedback. Additional questions may be directed to Ms. Kike Ehigiator.

6. Why do I have to submit a Logic Model?

The Logic Model will contribute to reviewer's assessment of the potential success of each proposal.  See completed sample here.

II. COUNTRIES / PARTNERS

1. Can the proposal be with more than one country?

Yes, but it must be focused and deliberate. Additional countries do not guarantee the awarding of the FIPE Grant.

2. What does it mean to have experience with the external funder or type?

This means that we expect you to have had experience with the funder or a similar funder, either through previous grant applications or other activities. It does not mean that you must have received a previous grant from the funder.

3. Can I initiate a new relationship in order to apply for the FIPE grant?

No.  Applicants must have established relationships to apply. External funders consider and want to see evidence of existing collaboration.

III. PARTICIPANTS

1. May I bring faculty from abroad to Georgia State using the funding?

The aim of this funding is to support Georgia State faculty activities.

2. Must the P.I. be tenure-track?

All P.I.’s must be full-time Georgia State faculty.

3. Do Co-P.I.s need to register?

Only one P.I. registers, submits a proposal, and submits reports.

IV. BUDGET

1. What do you mean by "FIPE is not a travel grant"?

The grant may be used for travel, however we expect the outcomes to be more than reporting that you traveled. Examples of outcome statements that could follow travel are, "met with partner and funding agency on a joint funding application", "collected samples from country", "completed a pilot study to meet funder request", etc.

2. What do you mean by cost-share?

These are funds or a cost estimation of in-kind contributions from your College/Unit or partners towards a proposed project or activity. This may be intangible like classroom space or tangible like a computer. For intangible cost-share contributions, dollar estimates must be included in the budget calculationsNote: Cost-share is deducted from the total FIPE grant budget.

3. Would I need to show College/Unit cost-share if my requested dollar amount could be completely covered by the FIPE Grant?

Yes, some sort of support must be shown from your College/Unit.

4. Does College/Unit cost-share have to be money?

Cost-share may be non-monetary (like negotiated time) or other resources (i.e. computer).

5. What should the line items be in the budget?

This depends on the project, but it could be anything from supplies for a workshop to data collection or travel expenses to the country involved.

6. Where do I put my budget justification/narrative?

This should be in the proposal document (within the 1000 word-count document).

7. Would the P.I.s need to revise budgets to reflect amount awarded?

No, we would simply award the approved recommended amount post review.

V. ENDORSEMENT

1. What do I do about the Dean Endorsement Form if my Co-P.I. is in a different college?

Two forms can be signed and scanned into one PDF to upload under that category.

2. Who may write letters of support?

Letters or E-mails of Support may be written by listed partners (local, national or international) depending on your proposal.  These letters or emails should be written and endorsed by leadership of the listed partner(s) or collaborators.

VI. TECHNICAL INFORMATION

1. To update a document that I already submitted, what do I do?

You only need to log back in and re-upload the document on the Documents page of the FIPE application. That will override your previous version. You do not need to re-upload all documents. This is possible until the given application deadline.

2. If I have technical questions about the system, who should I contact?

Submit technical questions to ipagra@gsu.edu.

VII. AWARD

1. Once awarded, what information do I need to provide to transfer the funds?

Upon receipt of a notice of award, you must accept or decline the award. If the choice is to accept, you must notify and discuss the award with your Business Manager and establish relevant account information to share with IPA for disbursement. It is important to note that awards are “State funds” and will lapse at the end of the fiscal year.

2. What happens if I do not use all my funds?

Your final report should include information on your expenditure, using the Expense Report template. You are therefore expected to inform IPA and return any unused funds before the end of the fiscal year. Reminders will be sent by mid-late April.

3. How do I submit the Expense Report?

The Expense Report spreadsheet is located on the second tab of the original Budget Report submitted with your application. Please open the budget you submitted initially with your application and fill in the Expense Report tab. Submit the entire document with your final report by uploading it when prompted. Please do not separate the Budget Report and Expense Report tabs.