Resilience and Recovery Grant Program

 
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The University of Notre Dame announces a grant program to assist faculty in recovery, restart, and reestablishment of research and teaching programs that have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligibility
Preferential Set-Asides
Eligible and Ineligible Expenses
Evaluation
Submission
Due Date
FAQ

Eligibility

All regular faculty (tenured/tenure-track, research, teaching, library, professor of the practice, advising, clinical) are eligible. Submissions may involve collaborations, but the total award available does not change, and a given faculty member may participate in only one successful submission. We will consider four different types of requests:

  1. Rapid cycle grants of up to $2,000. Decisions on these grants will be made very quickly.
  2. Small grants for teaching or research of up to $10,000.
  3. Large grants for research-related needs of up to $35,000.
  4. Request for course release (starting with Fall 2021 courses).

Budgets will be evaluated for consistency with proposed effort and needs.

Resilience and Recovery Grant Budget Template

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Preferential Set-Asides

This call for proposals is widely inclusive, but some funding is specifically reserved for applications with any of the following characteristics:

  • Pre-promotion assistant professor faculty needs
  • Funding to cover losses (especially where it is clear that no sponsors will cover such losses)
  • Bridge funding (including personnel costs) to assist the return to normal operations
  • Cases where Notre Dame faculty might be disproportionately impacted relative to peers at other institutions

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Eligible and Ineligible Expenses

Grant funds can be used to cover expenses related to research or teaching resilience and recovery efforts in accordance with standard allowable expenses such as personnel, supplies, printing costs, professional development (e.g., participating in a workshop, training, or conference), etc. Grant funds may not be used for faculty academic year or summer support, personal expenses, or establishment of new programs. If you have questions about what expenses are eligible, please contact the associate dean for research in the college/school.

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Evaluation

Proposals must be approved by department chairs and deans. Decisions on course releases are made by the relevant dean and department chair. All other proposals will be evaluated by a representative panel of reviewers from across the University.

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Submission

Proposals can be submitted using the Google form for the Resilience and Recovery Grant Program:

Submit a Proposal

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Due Date

Rolling, with the first set of applications considered starting December 14, 2020.

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FAQ

  1. How much funding is available for the Resilience and Recovery Grant (RR Grant) Program?
    No budget limit has been set for this program. We hope to be able to find the funds necessary to meet all of the urgent situations where faculty research and teaching programs have been significantly affected by the pandemic where no other sources are available to assist recovery. We do not expect that there will be funds available for needs beyond compelling cases with demonstrated impacts that have no alternative means for funding recovery.
  2. The call for proposals does not mention a deadline for application. How long will applications be considered?
    We expect to continue accepting applications through the spring semester in order to give faculty members an opportunity to assess impacts, plan their recovery efforts, and explore whether other recovery funding is available. We will give notice that this opportunity is closing when we feel that the impacts of the pandemic have run their course.
  3. If I’m not a pre-tenure faculty member, am I still eligible?
    All regular faculty, including senior faculty and non-tenure-track faculty, are eligible. Pre-tenure faculty members are one of the four preferential categories.
  4. Am I expected to use start-up or discretionary funds before requesting Resilience and Recovery Grant Program funds?
    Yes, where it is possible, we expect faculty members will utilize discretionary accounts and start-up funds in order to preserve the RR Grant funds for the most urgent situations. If you have questions about prioritizing discretionary and start-up funds versus RR grants, please check with your associate dean.
  5. Will “non-beneficial” costs to federally funded programs (e.g., idled graduate student stipends) be covered by the sponsor? If not, will the RR Grant Program cover such costs?
    We are still hopeful that federal sponsors will cover the non-beneficial costs in their grants and contracts either through supplements or through stimulus funding. If federal sponsors notify us that they are not able to cover these costs, we will develop a separate program to assist faculty with this type of recovery. For the RR Grant Program, please do not apply for a grant for situations where there is the potential for recovery funding from sponsors.
  6. The pandemic has forced me to pivot to a new approach. Pivoting in this way has a cost. Can I apply for a Resilience and Recovery Grant for this situation?
    We consider a situation where a faculty member has been forced to pivot to continue to pursue an existing line of research to be a desirable recovery strategy and eligible for grant funds. However, entirely new research programs will not be funded.
  7. How soon will I find out whether my proposal has been funded?
    Notification turnaround time will vary depending on the fund of interest. Rapid response applicants will receive an answer within two weeks. We hope to be able to process other grant applications within a few weeks.
  8. If I am turned down for a grant may I apply for a different grant?
    Faculty members are eligible to receive one grant from this program. If a faculty member is turned down for a grant, she or he may submit a different grant application.
  9. If I was not affected significantly by the pandemic, should I apply anyway?
    No. We anticipate that the urgent needs where faculty have been significantly affected in a material way will stretch the University budgets in the current period of fiscal austerity.
  10. If an application filed by a PI has other faculty collaborating in minor roles, are these other faculty able to apply separately for resilience funding?
    The call for proposals states ”a given faculty member may participate in only one successful submission.” While we do not want to discourage collaborations, we have envisioned that the grant funding would be primarily to a single faculty member. Applicants should explain how funding would address individual needs.
  11. What process is used to secure the approval of the chair of the department and dean?
    Please inform the chair and dean of your submission. The office handling the submissions will check with the chair (or chair’s designee) and dean (or dean’s designee) to confirm their approval.
  12. Research conducted on the impacts of COVID-19 on productivity has shown that female scholars and scholars of color have been disproportionately burdened, with evidence also of a slowing of research progress linked to family responsibilities and personal circumstances. How will the RR Grant Program help?
    The RR Grant Program is intended to offer financial assistance for faculty whose work has been impacted by COVID-19 in these ways as well as others. Please describe how you have been impacted as part of your application. Please note that the University is also offering assistance for such impact through additional mechanisms.

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