Overview

The Regent Scholar Grant program provides one-time grants to individual faculty or to campus programs that undertake undergraduate research projects having potential to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and talent development. Programs may have an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as well as pursuits in academic disciplines, including arts, humanities, or professional studies. The 2018-2019 program will provide three awards of up to $50,000 each and successful projects must be completed on or before August 31, 2020.

Background

The Regent Scholar Grant program was formally introduced in 2014 and provided grants through two annual fiscal cycles in 2015 and 2016. The program was designed to stimulate faculty-student collaborative research primarily at the comprehensive campuses in the UW System. Through a highly competitive process, Regent Scholar Grants provided summer funding support for faculty to engage in research with undergraduate students, ultimately benefiting both. Early in 2015, five initial awardees were selected from a field of 32 entrants from across the UW System and were recognized as “Regent Scholars.” In 2016, an additional three Regent Scholars were recognized.

Program Budget

The Regent Scholar Grant program has been reinstated for 2018-2019 and will provide three awards of up to $50,000 each. See the RFP at the link on this page for full details. All UW System campuses are eligible to apply. Regent Scholar Grants will be available for faculty, along with undergraduate students and other collaborative partners, for programs supporting entrepreneurial ideas and innovative projects that have potential to lead to job creation and economic development, and to foster entrepreneurship. A maximum or two entries per campus may be nominated this program cycle. Deadline for applications is 5 p.m., November 28, 2018.

Submission Process

To be considered for funding, a proposal must complete all the application requirements outlined below. Selection committee members will evaluate each grant proposal and score it using a possible total of 100 points. Possible point totals for each application section are described below. Grants will be awarded based upon cumulative point totals.

To be considered, applicants must submit the following required documents using the online submission form:

  1. Cover Page. Please use the blank form provided at the link on this page. The signed Cover Page should be submitted as a PDF document.
  1. Structured Template for Proposal Narrative containing the following sections, with the Structured Template submitted as a Word document and using the blank form provided at the link on this page):
    1. Abstract. Maximum length: One page, double-spaced, 12-point font.
    2. Description of the project and its innovativeness (*see grant description in RFP) (35 points). Maximum length: Three pages, double-spaced, 12-point font.
      • Nature of the research
      • Innovative aspects/intellectual property
      • Entrepreneurial aspects/start-up potential
      • New technologies/product development
    3. Project significance and impact (*see grant description in RFP) (30 points). Maximum length: Three pages, double-spaced, 12-point font.
      • Job creation or retention, workforce development
      • Student undergraduate research opportunities/involvement
      • Other collaborators/sponsors
      • Businesses
      • Organizations/agencies/economic development
    4. Roles and responsibilities of faculty investigator, students and collaborators, if any. (20 points). Maximum length: One page, double-spaced, 12-point font.
    5. Budget Narrative (15 points). Maximum length: One page, double-spaced, 12-point font.
    6. Scientific References. Maximum length: One page, single-spaced, 12-point font.
  1. Budget Spreadsheet. The Budget Spreadsheet should be submitted as an Excel document using the blank form provided at the link on this page.
  1. Appendix. Applicants are requested to use this section to upload a combined PDF document containing the primary faculty investigators CV, if submitted, any letters of reference from individuals within the business community and/or letters of commitment from collaborators.

More Information & Application Materials

Submission Deadline: November 28, 2018

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Points of contact

Questions regarding this program should be directed to David Brukardt at dbrukardt@uwsa.edu.  UW System has partnered with WiSys to facilitate the proposal submission for this program, so please direct any technical questions regarding the forms/submission process to Jennifer Cook at jennifer@wisys.org.