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National Centers Planning Award

President Khator’s Research Preeminence: 50 in 5 initiative calls for a doubling of our national centers from the current five centers to ten centers over the next five years. Applying for a center grant is a major effort. In recognition of this effort, the Division of Research (DoR) is offering internal planning grants to prepare for a center grant application.

The funding is intended to provide up to 14 months of support to teams of researchers led by a UH faculty member to prepare for the submission of a proposal to a targeted funding opportunity. A list of current center opportunities is available here and will be updated regularly. If the opportunity is not listed, contact Dr. Claudia Neuhauser; cmneuhau@Central.UH.EDU to confirm eligibility. A Letter of Intent is required no later than two weeks prior of the submission of the planning grant proposal.

If the submission deadline is less than six months away from the date of the request for a planning grant, the proposal can still be accepted; however, it must include additional justification explaining the feasibility of preparing a strong submission within the time frame. If a team identifies a center opportunity not included in the list, they must contact the Office of the Associate Vice President for Research (Dr. Claudia Neuhauser; cmneuhau@Central.UH.EDU) prior to submission.

The DoR will accept submissions through September 30, 2020 or until the funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first. The Centers and Institutes Subcommittee of the Research and Scholarship Committee (RSC) in conjunction with the Committee on Academic Centers and Institutes (CACI) in the Office of the Provost will evaluate the proposals (typically within two weeks of submission) and make a recommendation to the VC/VP for Research. If a proposal is declined, a resubmission will not be considered until a minimum of three months from the date of the initial submission has passed. Resubmissions that are deemed substantially similar to a previous proposal by the hybrid RSC/CACI review committee will be returned without further review.