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Frequently Asked Questions:

General CRC Programs FAQs:

Below is a list of program abbreviations and their application cycles:

  • AHPEG: Arts & Humanities Program Enhancement Grants
  • COFRS: Committee on Faculty Research Support
  • DRP: Distinguished Research Professor
  • DSA: Developing Scholar Award
  • DUS: Distinguished University Scholar
  • EIEG: Equipment and Infrastructure Enhancement Grant
  • FAT: Funding Agency Travel
  • FYAP: First Year Assistant Professor
  • MDS: Multidisciplinary Support
  • PG: Planning Grants
  • SGP: Small Grant Program
  • AHPEG: Fall
  • COFRS: Fall
  • DRP: Spring
  • DSA: Spring
  • DUS: Spring
  • EIEG: Fall and Spring
  • FAT: Rolling Admission
  • FYAP: Fall
  • MDS: Fall
  • PG: Fall and Spring
  • SGP: Fall and Spring
  1. Participation is open to all FSU faculty who are eligible to apply for external support according to the Investigator Eligibility Policy.  Requests for exceptions to the eligibility policy should be submitted by email to the Vice President for Research with supporting rationale provided by the Department Chair, Dean, or equivalent official prior to the proposal deadline.
  2. Visiting professors, whose only reason for being labeled "visiting" is the expectation that they shortly will attain permanent residency status, are eligible to apply for these awards.
  3. Generally, PIs will not be awarded more than one CRC grant during a fiscal (academic) year.  Exceptions:  Eligible applicants who have received awards from other CRC programs during this academic year remain eligible to request funding for the Funding Agency Travel (FAT) and the Equipment and Infrastructure Enhancement Grant (EIEG) programs.  Those faculty who are eligible to apply for the First Year Assistant Professor program this year (AY 2016–2017, for summer 2017 funding as a FYAP) may also apply for a Planning Grant in the same academic year.
  4. Only one application from a PI may be submitted to any given CRC program per competition round.

Yes.  Generally, PIs will not be awarded more than one CRC grant during an academic year. Therefore, you will have to choose which grant you would like to receive.  However, there are exceptions in the following cases:

  1. During the year that an applicant is eligible to apply for the First Year Assistant Professor grant, that faculty member may also apply:
    •  As a PI for a Planning Grant (Planning Grant only)
    •  As a Co-PI for other CRC grants, such as a Multidisciplinary Support Grant.
  2. Eligible applicants who have received awards from other CRC programs during this academic year remain eligible to request funding the Funding Agency Travel (FAT) and the Equipment and Infrastructure Enhancement Grant (EIEG) programs.

There is a hiatus period for each grant with the exception of FYAP (eligible applicants apply within their first year as a full-time Assistant Professor at FSU), FAT (two awards may be granted per PI per fiscal year), and EIEG (one application may be submitted from a PI per competition round; however, this investigator may be listed as a Co-PI on additional proposals).  Principal Investigators (PI) that have received awards in the fiscal years listed below are ineligible to request funding for the same program during FY 2016 – 2017.

Program 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016
AHPEG  
COFRS
MDS  
PG  
SGP  

FYAP award recipients are required to attend the FYAP Grants Workshop on Thursday, May 11, 2017, and deliver a poster presentation of their research project the following year.  Failure to fulfill the requirements described in this section will render the recipient ineligible for future CRC funding.

It is expected that all awardees will only spend funds as their approved budget dictates. However, if a situation arises where a revision is necessary, changes to the originally funded budget must be approved by the CRC before any changes occur.

To request consideration of a revised budget, a Budget & Amendment Request Form must be submitted via the No Cost Extension and Budget Amendment Submission page along with a statement of justification for the requested changes.  An example of a completed Budget Amendment form is available here.

A Budget Amendment request may not be submitted after the fact, and all budget amendment requests must be submitted no less than thirty days prior to the award expiration date.

Faculty who currently hold a named or endowed professorship may be nominated for this recognition.  If the named or endowed professorship is funded through an FSU Foundation account, but did not reach the level of an endowed chair, then the faculty member is eligible. Faculty already holding an endowed chair - the Robert O. Lawton Award or Daisy Parker Flory Award, for example - or previously awarded the Distinguished Professor Award are not eligible.

No cost extensions require the prior approval of the CRC.  Any request and justification for a no cost extension should be submitted to the No Cost Extension and Budget Amendment Submission page no less than thirty days prior to the award expiration date.  The CRC will consider your request and will advise you of the outcome electronically.  It is possible that the CRC may need to discuss this request with your Department Chair or Dean before rendering a decision.

  • CRC grant funds can only be used to support research and creative activity.
  • The CRC will support a stipend for a student hired on a grant: stipend only.
  • CRC grants do not support tuition or matriculation fees in its awards.
  • The CRC approved the project budget as submitted with the proposal.  Budget deviations greater than 10% per budget line item (cumulatively) require the prior written approval of the CRC.  Budget revisions should be requested via a Budget Amendment Form.  The Budget Amendment form, which can be downloaded from the Forms Portal, must be electronically signed by the PI and submitted to the CRC No Cost Extension and Budget Amendment Submission page.  An example of a completed Budget Amendment form is available here.  If the budget revision is approved by the CRC, the OMNI Project Budget will be modified to reflect the newly-approved categorical amounts.  Budget amendment requests must be approved before any changes can occur.  You may not submit an amendment request after the fact, and all budget amendment requests must be submitted no less than thirty days prior to the award expiration date.
  • The CRC approved the scope of work as submitted with the proposal.  The written approval of the CRC is required prior to implementing any change to the scope of work.  Actions likely to be considered a change of scope include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Change in the goals or specific aims approved at the time of the award
    • Any change from the approved use of animals or human subjects
    • Shifting the emphasis of the research from one area or another
    • Transferring the performance of substantive programmatic work to a third party by contract or any other means.
  • Budget or scope of work violations may result in loss of CRC funding eligibility for multiple years.
  • No cost extensions require the prior approval of the CRC.  Any request and justification for a no cost extension should be submitted to the No Cost Extension and Budget Amendment Submission page no less than thirty days prior to the award expiration date.  The CRC will consider your request and will advise you of the outcome electronically.  It is possible that the CRC may need to discuss this request with your Department Chair or Dean before rendering a decision.

For CRC submissions, these documents are a part of the electronic submissions application. All applicants will complete these sections directly within the CRC program applicationOnce the application is submitted, the Directors, Chairs, and Deans of the PI and Co-PI(s) will be contacted automatically via email for approval of the submission.  Please provide sufficient time for electronic approvals prior to the program deadline.  It is advisable to check on the availability of those who are required to approve your application if you are intending to submit close to the deadline.  Directors, Chairs, and Deans have 24 hours after the award deadline to electronically approve applications.  Submissions that lack the necessary approvals within the provided time will not be accepted.

If you need assistance with completing any of these forms and want a staff member from your department to assist you, you can grant access to a staff member by adding a “proposal contact” to your application.

 

No.  The maximum amount for the FYAP program is $20,000, less fringe benefits.  Typically, FYAP funding is applied as support toward one PI's salary paid over multiple pay periods during the summer.

CRC Submissions FAQs:

Once departments, colleges, institutes and/or centers that will be involved in this project are selected, the CRC submission system will automatically note which Chairs and Deans will need to approve the application.  The system will not request your Chair's or Dean's contact information.

Once the application is submitted, the Directors, Chairs, and Deans of the PI and Co-PI(s) will be contacted automatically via email for approval of the submission.  Please provide sufficient time for electronic approvals prior to the program deadline.  It is advisable to check on the availability of those who are required to approve your application if you are intending to submit close to the deadline.  Directors, Chairs, and Deans have 24 hours after the award deadline to electronically approve applications.  Submissions that lack the necessary approvals within the provided time will not be accepted.

As long as all the departments, colleges, institutes, and/or centers that will be involved in this project are selected, the CRC submission system will automatically note which Chairs and Deans will need to approve the application.  The system will not request your Chair's or Dean's contact information.

If you received Research Compliance approval prior to the submission of your application, please attach the approval form in the Proposal Text appendix.

The appendix is considered a part of the Proposal Text, however, it does not count towards the maximum number of pages.  In the proposal section of the application, we expect applicants to submit one PDF document that will include your proposal, references, and appendix.

We strongly recommend that all applicants - PI and Co-PI(s) - notify their Directors/Chairs/Deans that their application was submitted and to watch for e-mails requesting their approvals.  Directors, Chairs, and Deans have 24 hours after the award deadline to electronically approve applications.  Submissions that lack the necessary approvals within the provided time will not be accepted.

  • In Progress:  All the required sections of the application are not complete, and the PI has not requested the required Director/Chair/Dean approvals.
  • Pending Approval:  The application is pending the required electronic approvals from the PI's and/or Co-PI(s)’s Director(s)/Chair(s)/Dean(s).
  • Pending Technical Review:  The application received all the required approvals and is now pending a technical review.
  • Technical Review – Revisions needed:  The CRC Coordinator performed an initial technical review on your application, and she found items that should be revisited prior to the program deadline.  The status of your application will not change until after the program deadline when the CRC Coordinator performs a final technical review prior to submitting approved applications for the CRC Committee to review.
  • Technical Review – Approved:  The application passed the initial technical review.
  • Technical Review – Disapproved:  The application did not pass the technical review conducted after the deadline and will not be reviewed by the CRC Committee.
  • Committee Review:  The application is currently under committee review.
  • Awarded:  The application was awarded.
  • Awarded Conditionally:  The application was awarded, but, prior to processing the award, the required research compliance approvals are needed.
  • Not Awarded:  The application was not awarded.

Yes.  You can continue to make changes to your application until that program’s deadline.

If you would like your proposal to be reviewed for technical errors, you may submit it seven days before the program deadline (i.e. by 4:59 pm on 'the date of the deadline minus 7') for a pre-review by the CRC Coordinator to ensure that it follows the program guidelines, the budget is accurate, required documents are incorporated, etc.  Please note the following:

  • In order for your proposal to count as having been submitted in time for this pre-review, your application must have the “Pending Technical Review” status, which means you have obtained all required Chair and Dean approvals prior to the opening of the seven day window.  Until your proposal has all these approvals, it will not be considered ready for a technical review.
  • If your proposal is submitted after the opening of the seven day window, there is no guarantee that it will be pre-reviewed.  Thus, choosing to submit after the opening of the seven day window leaves you at risk, as any technical errors, no matter how minor they may seem, will render your proposal ineligible.  However, if you meet the seven day pre-review deadline and make any required corrections, as per instructions, by the final program deadline, your proposal will not be rejected on technical grounds.
  • Your proposal's accuracy is your responsibility, and not that of the CRC.  The CRC will not make corrections, and revisions cannot be accepted after the deadline.

Contact Us

Grace C. Adkison
Council on Research and Creativity Coordinator

2022 Westcott North Annex
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1330
Ph: (850) 645-5751
Fax: (850) 645-0108
gadkison@fsu.edu