* Original deadline was 3/30. We have extended to 4/20.
These grant awards of up to $75,000 support the promising research and creative endeavors of our early career faculty with the goal of launching them on a path to a sustainable and rewarding academic career. We encourage applicants to propose a project that will help solidify their rising position within their field.
Applications from early-career faculty in any academic or professional discipline at the university are encouraged to apply.
Only one application per person, per year. Successful applicants will not be eligible for subsequent Catalyst Awards.
Faculty may request up to $75,000, with an award term of award term of one to two years. Support may be used for PI salary, to hire graduate students, postdoctoral fellows or technicians, equipment, travel, and/or consumables. Applicants must describe a credible plan to make substantial progress toward their aims with one year of funding. Include fringe on all salary funding requests.
2020 applicants will select a grant start date between 7/1/2020 and 12/31/2020.
2020 awards will be announced in June. It is expected that approximately 30 Catalyst Awards will be made this cycle. The 2020 RFA is the sixth annual cycle.
Applications will consist of five elements:
The review process will evaluate the academic potential of the applicant. The creativity and originality of the project and the academic impact of the work will also be considered. Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of distinguished faculty from across the institution.
Recipients will be part of a cohort and offered the chance for mentoring opportunities. In addition, there will be workshops and other training events throughout the year targeted to this cohort of awardees.
Recipients will submit final progress reports, including any completed work, reports of invention, and external funding applications/awards enabled by this funding. Recipients may also be asked to present their work at a Provost Research Symposium.