Research enhancement grants

Submission deadline for deans

Monday, Mar. 9, 2020 at 5 p.m.


Questions concerning the submission of proposals should be directed to Ahmad Itani, associate vice president for research,  at or (775) 327-2363.

Request for proposals

This is a solicitation for proposals from academic faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno for grants through the Research Enhancement Grants (REG) program to be awarded in winter/spring with a 12-month performance period. The purpose of the REG program is to provide funding for activities that will lead to external funding for research. Please note that this RFP is seeking applications from faculty members who plan to resubmit a proposal that was submitted to, but not funded by a federal agency (NSF/NIH/NEH/DOD/DOE/DOT/etc.).

Deliverables: A resubmission of the improved proposal to the federal agency.

Proposals will be reviewed by University faculty and Research & Innovation on the basis of merit and significance of the proposed work and potential for the University investment to lead to increased extramural funding. Funding through the REG program will be available to successful applicants beginning July. 1, 2020.

If awarded, please plan to present at the annual Research & Innovation showcase poster session in the spring semester.

Guidelines for proposal preparation

  • Proposals are limited to three pages (content, your response(s) to reviewers’ comments, and an abbreviated budget*). In addition to the three-page proposal please include a page for
    • References
    • Cover page (please download and use our template)
    • Two-page bio-sketch (the NSF/NIH format should be followed unless another federal agency is being targeted that uses a different format)
    • Funding agency reviewers’ comments
    • Panel summary
  • For NIH submissions only a first resubmissions will be accepted.
  • Please complete the online form below and include the required documentation outlined above.
  • Each proposal will be forwarded through the Dean of the Principal Investigator’s (PI) college. Please contact your Dean’s office for your internal submission deadline.
  • Budgets should be brief (please see the example below) but clear and justified.
  • REG proposals that include specific and necessary research activities needed in order to respond to federal agency feedback (e.g. collection of additional pilot data; re-analyses of existing data, etc.) are especially appropriate for this funding mechanism. The primary purpose of these funds is not merely to incentivize faculty time and effort in grant writing—that is an expectation in most faculty role statements.
  • Include an explanation of how funds provided by the University will lead to an increased probability of acceptance and thus to increased extramural funding for research at the University. Please be specific.

In addition to recommendations by Deans and reviewers, other criteria that will be used by this office to evaluate REG program proposals for funding include:

  • Resubmission of the proposal to the agency must occur during the one-year period of the funded REG program award.
  • Total funding available in this cycle is $50,000. It is anticipated that two to three awards will be made.
  • Conservative budgets will improve competitiveness, but are negotiable. Funding requests should not exceed $20,000. Please include fringe benefits on all salaries. Do not include any F&A costs.
  • Matching funds from your department/college/external sources are not necessary. However, matching funds will be necessary if your needs exceed $20,000.
  • Equipment is not an allowable expense unless it is supported by cost share from the department or college.
  • Faculty receiving awards must commit to submitting proposals to external funding agencies, and to have the proposals reviewed by an external review company before submission to the external funding agency.
  • PI’s demonstrated success in submission of proposals, and winning awards from external funding agencies.

Deans are requested to rank and forward proposals from their units through an online form by 5 p.m., Monday, Mar. 9, 2020.

Deans will be emailed all of the proposal information and attachments each time a proposal is submitted by a faculty member in their college/school.

Reporting requirements

If awarded, please plan to present at the annual Research & Innovation showcase poster session in the spring semester.

*Example of an abbreviated budget

$XX for faculty salary and fringe; $XY for technical salary and fringe; $YY for student salary and fringe; $ZZ for supplies and consumables. Total: $XYZ

Proposal Submission