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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS


UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH TO RETAIN AND GRADUATE STUDENTS IN STEAM
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture & Mathematics)

TMCF is pleased to release this Request for Proposals (RFP) for its Undergraduate Research in STEAM project. Supported by the Department of Defense Research and Engineering/Air Force Office of Scientific Research, TMCF will award five (5) $25,000 awards.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

In 2012, TMCF received funding from the Department of Defense Research and Engineering/Air Force Office of Scientific Research (DoD AFOSR) to assist TMCF member-schools in addressing issues relating to undergraduate degree completion in STEAM fields. In partnership with the DoD AFOSR, TMCF will award five (5) $25,000 research grants to selected faculty who engage undergraduate students in scientific research. This project will compliment TMCF’s comprehensive Consortium for Undergraduate STEM Success (CUSTEMS) project.

The grant period will commence June 1, 2013 and will conclude October 31, 2013.

When students participate in undergraduate research, their confidence increases and they develop expectations of earning a Ph.D. The data collected from this project will be disseminated in an effort to increase the undergraduate research capacity at TMCF member-schools. The ability to track the experiences of undergraduate students who engage in research will allow departments, colleges, and universities to make adjustments and monitor for improvement. The information will help institutions make decisions regarding programmatic offerings and formulate funding requests.

The deadline to submit proposals is 5 pm EST April 30, 2013.

PURPOSE/ OBJECTIVE

The purpose of the funded project is to determine the types of undergraduate research experiences that lead to student retention and graduation in STEAM fields, including the characteristics of students who pursue undergraduate research coupled with the research exposure they receive.

Grant resources will be used to (1) provide research opportunities to undergraduate STEM students; (2) document the research process (i.e., student selection, training, mentoring and laboratory work); and (3) design tools to track participating students’ matriculation from their research experience through graduation.

EXPECTIONS

To be eligible for this award, applicants must:
  • Be a current member of TMCF’s member-school network 
  • Designate a faculty or staff member to serve as principal investigator for the project 
  • Demonstrate institutional capacity for undergraduate scientific research 

Selection CriteriaProposals should answer the following questions: 

  • Why do you feel a program of this nature will be valuable to your institution and students? 
  • What are previous successes managing an education program where participation was voluntary? 
  • Describe the experience of the person who will serve as the principal investigator. 

GUIDELINES

Proposals, along with any attachments and documentation requested should be scanned into one document when forwarding the electronic version. The proposal should include the following:
  • Title Page 
  • Abstract 
  • Research Questions 
  • Significance of Research 
  • Literature Review 
  • Methodology 
  • Implementation Plan/Timeline 
  • Dissemination Plan (i.e., poster presentations, journal publications) 
  • Vitae or Resume of Principal Investigator 
  • Detailed Budget 

BUDGET GUIDELINES

  1. Itemized Budget - Please attach an itemized budget of the estimated costs associated with completing the proposed evaluation design and implementation strategy. 
  2. Budget Narrative - Please include a narrative describing the itemized budget items.

TIMELINE
  • April 5, 2013 – Release of RFP 
  • April 30, 2013 – Proposal Submission Deadline 
  • May 10, 2013 – Award Notifications 
  • June 1, 2013 – October 31, 2013 – Grant Period 
  • August 1, 2013 – Progress Report Due 
  • November 15, 2013 – Final Report Due 

ADMINISTRATION

  1. TMCF reserves the right to amend or cancel the RFP process at any time, and that all applicants will be notified of such changes. 
  2. TMCF reserves the right to require any applicant to make an oral presentation to clarify the proposal. 
  3. TMCF will not assume any of the proposal preparation costs.
QUESTIONS & SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Please direct all questions and inquiries regarding this Request for Proposal to Dr. Misha Lesley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Proposals along with all attachments and documentation requested should be scanned into one document when forwarding the electronic version.

Please submit proposals electronically to:
Dr. Misha Lesley
Vice President of Programs
e: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

To download the RFP, please click here.

The deadline to submit proposals is 5 pm EST April 30, 2013.



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