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Ashley University's Office of Research and Innovation, has established the Research and Innovation Program in partnership with collaborators and partners worldwide. This program is designed to assist Ashley's researchers in developing innovative interdisciplinary programs that have strong potential for significant future support from government agencies, corporations, industrial consortia or foundations. Encouraged are projects that align with Ashley's strategic research areas of health and well-being, energy and environment, safety and security, or advanced materials and advanced manufacturing. Proposals should be high risk/high gain and should describe how the project will result in new areas of research.

Applications must:

  • Emphasize and promote interdisciplinary research across multiple colleges; and
  • Develop research initiatives with high potential for significant external funding from government, corporate, and foundation partners. Be as specific as possible, including agency names, programs, dates and potential amounts.

Length of Projects and Activities Supported

The period of performance may range from one day (e.g. travel) to twelve months. Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Workshops on emerging multidisciplinary research areas;
  • Support of high-level seminar series to promote networking for innovative program formation;
  • Development of concepts and white papers for large scale centers, institutes, or cluster hires;
  • Travel to establish partnerships and to interact with program officers;
  • Identification and recruitment of partners (industrial, academic or governmental) in support of initiatives;
  • Support for release time,* travel, workshops, and other expenses associated with conceptualization and preparation of large grants (note: a distinction must be indicated between a request for RISF funding for release time and release time used as a source of matching funds);
  • Development of plans to promote industrial research collaborations;
  • Creation and support of resources such as websites, research collaboration sites, or other social networking tools to facilitate large scale research programs;
  • Collection of preliminary data needed for external proposal submission.


Ashley's faculty or PhD research professionals are eligible to apply.

Proposal Content

Research and Innovation Seed Funding Program grant applications are limited to five (5) pages and must include the following sections:

Cover Page including title of the project, principal investigator contact information, a list of other key personnel, duration of project, a 1,000 character synopsis of the proposed project, and a list of up to 5 key words. Use of the cover page template provided online is strongly encouraged. (1 page max)

Project Description specifically addressing how the proposed activities align with the goals of the international development program,, especially interdisciplinarity and potential for external funding. The description should include sufficient detail that reviewers can evaluate the appropriateness and feasibility of the proposed plans. (3 pages max)

Proposal Review and Selection

Proposals will undergo review based on the following:

  • Potential for future funding: The potential for follow-up funding for the project is high and clearly described;
  • Integration of multiple colleges and disciplines: Diversity in disciplines is contributory to the objectives of the project;
  • Potential for future funding;
  • Description and feasibility of the project: Goals and objectives are clearly defined and aligned with the specific purposes of the RISF program; project does not duplicate former efforts surrounding problem area; plan of work is clearly articulated and adequate to meet the goals of the project; the project is feasible;

Budget: Appropriate and justified budget includes at least a 25% match; and

Your proposal may be reviewed by colleagues outside of your discipline(s). Therefore in order to be ranked highly, your proposal must use language that can be understood by those lacking expertise in your area. Be sure to clearly state:

The problem or need you propose to address;

  • What is innovative about your proposal;
  • What (specifically) you propose to do;
  • Why you are the appropriate parties for the task and what each team member contributes to the project;
  • How your approach is cross-disciplinary;
  • What you expect as outcomes from this one year of work;
  • What the long-term implications are for the work; and
  • Which external funding agencies and specific opportunities are likely to fund your next proposal(s) based on results generated here.


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