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AHPEG Program: Request for Proposals

The Arts & Humanities Program Enhancement Grant (AHPEG) is designed to facilitate and enhance the productivity of FSU researchers and artists by supporting the creation, production, and dissemination of arts and humanities research and creative activity at any stage of development, including initial or mid-stage project development, presentation or performance, and final publication. AHPEG grants are intended to fund projects that:

  • will lead to the submission of at least one external proposal for additional funding within one year of the acceptance of this award; this is a requirement for early-and mid-stage projects. Final-stage projects must document prior external funding support and/or external co-funding.
  • can be done only with additional support. Fully-funded projects are not suitable. 
  • will increase the national and international recognition and stature of FSU.

In addition, the AHPEG program encourages:

  • projects that involve interdisciplinary components and foster connections across the campus;
  • projects dealing with transformative ideas and concepts that may have long-term impacts on their respective discipline(s);
  • projects that include components that bring creative and research results to the FSU campus, such as performances or exhibitions (for the arts), or symposia, speakers, or other equivalent results (for the humanities); such components should be made as accessible as possible to members of the FSU community.
  • projects that build longer-term enhancements to arts and humanities work on the FSU campus.
  • The AHPEG program provides funding up to $20,000. (Requests for smaller amounts suitable to smaller projects are appropriate.)
  • The CRC has a high regard for cost sharing, future possibilities for leverage, multi-disciplinary and multi-departmental collaboration within FSU, and innovative uses of proposed technology.
  • Project-related travel is allowed, including travel for the purpose of developing or presenting research and creative products, and including costs of bringing speakers or artists to the FSU campus as part of a project, is allowed; however, travel is restricted to necessary and direct support of the proposed project. Any travel included in the proposal must be accompanied by a detailed description stating the dates and locations of the travel, transportation and lodging estimates, and justification for the necessity of the trip and its relation to the larger project goals. Funding for student travel is not permitted on CRC grants. 
  • **NOTE FOR 2020/2021:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of Florida has imposed certain restrictions and guidelines which affect research and creative activities. Impacts include, but are not limited to, work involving travel (both in-state and out-of-state), in-person interactions or interventions, and at-risk populations. If a proposal includes restricted activities, PIs should provide information about how the project will proceed if relevant restrictions remain or increase.

    PLEASE NOTE: Proposals that include a funding request for restricted activities will receive a lower funding priority.**
  • Equipment purchases, including computers and computing equipment, are not allowed on this grant. 
  • The CRC will support a stipend for a student hired on an AHPEG grant; AHPEG grants do not support tuition or matriculation fees.
  • AHPEG grants do not support faculty salary.
  • AHPEG grants are not intended to be used for book subvention expenses.
  • Participation is open to all full-time, active-status FSU faculty in the arts and humanities who are eligible to apply for CRC funding.  
  • 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 this award.  Full-time, active status must be achieved by the award date in order to receive funding.
  • Two-year hiatus: For example, Principal Investigators (PI) and Co-Investigators (Co-PIs) who received AHPEG funding in the academic year 2018 – 2019 are not eligible for consideration for the 2019 – 2020 nor the 2020 – 2021 competition.
  • PIs with well-recognized, well-funded research or creative activity on the proposal topic are discouraged from submitting a proposal to this program.
  • It is the applicant's responsibility to plan, direct, and execute the proposed project.  Each application must indicate a single PI as the primary contact person.
  • Generally, PIs will not be awarded more than one CRC grant during an academic year.  Eligible applicants who have received an award from a CRC program during this academic year remain eligible to request funding from the Funding Agency Travel (FAT) grant and the Equipment and Infrastructure Enhancement Grant (EIEG) programs.
  • Only one proposal per PI or Co-PI may be submitted to the AHPEG program per competition round; a Co-PI may not submit an application as a PI within the same competition round.
  • Students and post-docs are not eligible to be a PI or Co-PI on CRC grants.
  • No more than 5 Co-PIs may be included on each proposal (LIMIT: 1 PI + 5 Co-PIs = 6 "named" personnel per proposal).
  • FAMU-appointed Engineering faculty members are eligible to apply for funding from the CRC.
  • Pre-Review Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2020 @ 4:59 pm*
  • Proposal Deadline: Thursday, February 11, 2021 @ 4:59 pm
  • Award Notification: Late March 2021
  • Award Period Begins: ~ May 1, 2021

*NOTE: If you would like your proposal to be reviewed for technical errors, you must submit it through the CRC portal by the Pre-review Deadline date shown above.  The CRC Program Manager will review your proposal for document inclusion, budget allowability and accuracy, and adherence to program guidelines.  Please note the following:

  1. 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 Pre-Review Deadline.  Until your proposal has all these approvals, it will not be considered ready for a technical review.
  2. If your proposal is submitted after the Pre-Review Deadline, there is no guarantee that it will be reviewed for errors prior to the Proposal Deadline.  Thus, choosing to submit after the Pre-Review Deadline leaves you at risk, as any technical errors, no matter how minor they may seem, will render your proposal disqualified.  However, if you meet the Pre-Review Deadline and make the required corrections, as per instructions, by the Proposal Deadline, your proposal will not be rejected on technical grounds.
  3. Your proposal's accuracy is ultimately your responsibility, and not that of the CRC.  The CRC will not make corrections, and revisions cannot be accepted after the deadline.
  • The proposal must be written in clear, concise language so that reviewers from any discipline will be able to understand; field-specific jargon and acronyms are discouraged unless they are plainly defined within the proposal text.
  • Proposals with incomplete required fields will not be able to submit until all required fields are completed; any fields left incomplete will result in the proposal being disqualified from competition.
  • Proposals that do not adhere to the RFP instructions will be ineligible for funding.
  • Go to Section H. Proposal Submission Process for instructions on how to apply.
  • The following sections must be completed in your proposal application:

-- PROPOSAL TRANSMITTAL --

For CRC submissions, this document is a part of the electronic submissions application.  All applicants will complete these sections directly within the CRC program application

Once the proposal 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 proposal 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 proposal deadline to electronically approve applications.  Submissions that lack the necessary approvals within the provided time will be disqualified and will not be reviewed.

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.

-- ABSTRACT --

This section is completed within the electronic CRC program application.  Your abstract cannot exceed 250 words.

-- CURRICULUM VITAE  (Word Doc) --

The CV form in the link above is the preferred form for this requirement.  If you choose to not use this specific form, your CV must contain the same information: Education from baccalaureate-level forward including Institution, Degree, Field of Study, and Completion Date; Previous Positions; Publications related to the proposal; and Research Support including completed and ongoing grants related to the proposal.  You may also include other data pertinent to the research or activity proposed.  Regardless of which form you use, the CV must be no longer than 2 pages at no less than 11 point font.  All CVs must be submitted in PDF format.

The PI must list the names and department affiliations of each Co-PI in the proposal text and provide a vitae which meets the same requirements stated above for each Co-PI.  To view CV examples, please click on the subject area that is closest to your field of research: Arts or Humanities.

No more than 5 Co-PIs may be included on each proposal (LIMIT: 1 PI + 5 Co-PIs = 6 "named" personnel per proposal).

-- PAST, CURRENT, & PENDING GRANTS --

This section is completed within the electronic CRC program application.  List all internal and external grants awarded to the PI and any Co-PIs in the past 5 years (including FYAP, EIEG, and Honorary awards), as well as pending external grant proposals.  Concurrent submission to other agencies will not cause prejudice in the review of your proposal.  If you have received previous CRC funding, explain in the comments section of the award the outcomes of that funding, including research and creative results, and any external awards won as a result.  Use of previous CRC funding is one factor in the evaluation of this proposal. Failure to include applicable CRC awards may result in proposal disqualification.

-- BUDGET --

This section is completed within the electronic CRC program application.  The maximum award amount is $20,000.  Use the tips below as a guide for your specific budget items:

  • Award funds may be used to support a stipend for a student hired on the proposed project, but may not be used to pay for student tuition or matriculation fees.  If awarded funds are used for a student stipend, the required fringe benefits and tax considerations must be included in the total requested amount, which cannot exceed $20,000.  Student travel cannot be funded by a CRC grant.
  • Fringe benefits rates are available here.
  • Equipment purchases, including computers and computing equipment, are not allowed on this grant.
  • Faculty salary is not allowed in this program.
  • Project-related travel is allowed; however, travel is restricted to necessary and direct support of the proposed project. Any travel included in the proposal must be accompanied by a detailed description stating the dates and locations of the travel, transportation and lodging estimates, and justification for the necessity of the trip. If awarded, any travel plan alterations must receive prior approval by the CRC before the travel occurs.
  • Funding for student travel is not permitted on CRC grants.
  • **NOTE FOR 2020/2021:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of Florida has imposed certain restrictions and guidelines which affect research and creative activities. Impacts include, but are not limited to, work involving travel (both in-state and out-of-state), in-person interactions or interventions, and at-risk populations. If a proposal includes restricted activities, PIs should provide information about how the project will proceed if relevant restrictions remain or increase.

    PLEASE NOTE: Proposals that include a funding request for restricted activities will receive a lower funding priority.**
  • AHPEG funds are not intended to be used for book subventions.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  CRC grants are awarded in part based on the appropriateness and feasibility of the proposed budgets.  Approved budgets must be followed as proposed/awarded, unless a budget amendment request is approved in advance by the chair of the CRC.  A variance of up to 10% in any category will be tolerated in the absence of a budget amendment, but any unapproved expenditures beyond this limit will result in the grant being frozen until the overage is refunded to the grant.  The same applies to any unapproved expenditures that fall outside a grant's budgetary categories.  In addition, no further CRC grant proposals will be accepted from applicants (as PI or Co-PI) on any grant that is out of budgetary compliance until the situation is rectified.

-- PROPOSAL TEXT (Word Doc) --

The Proposal Text cannot exceed 8 pages (not including References and Appendices).  If you do not have information to submit for a given section, enter None or N/A.  Only a PDF version of your proposal will be accepted. Below are the required sub-sections for the Proposal Text.

  1. Project / Issue and Goals:  Provide a summary of the research or creative activity proposed.
  2. Research Methods / Creative Activities:  Write a description of the proposed project, including scientific or creative objectives, data or materials to be used, methods of analysis or performance of the project. The proposal should be clearly understandable; avoid jargon.
  3. Significance of Intended Outcomes:  Describe the basis for the evaluation of results and/or conclusions and the importance or significance of the contribution of your project to the field.
  4. Anticipated External Funding:  It is expected that this support of research or creative activity will lead to your submission of proposals to external grant agencies, institutions, or other funding sources for further support of your proposed research or performance area. Describe how you plan to pursue additional external funding support. Provide information regarding the anticipated outside funding sources to support any follow-up activity, including, whenever possible, specific programs, amount of money available in those programs, and other pertinent details. Address the question of how this award will enhance prospects of external funding and plans for submitting proposals to agencies, foundations, etc. For final presentations, publications, exhibitions, or performances, address how previous external funding for the project has been used and how external co-funding for the final presentation, publication, exhibition, or performance will supplement AHPEG-requested funds.
  5. Schedule of Project Activities: Provide a statement indicating the amount of progress anticipated during the grant period and the intended schedule for completion of the plan (including start and completion dates), publication, performance, etc.
  6. Budget:  Provide a detailed and clear budget explanation. The information should mirror the items listed on your budget in the submission portal, but should be significantly more detailed. The description should be narrative in nature and should include quantifiable financial information. If you are including cost sharing/co-funding in your proposal, be sure to include the detailed budget description for that portion of the costs as well, and provide documentation (email of guarantee/support, award letter, etc.) in the Appendix.
  7. Departmental/College Support:  Describe any additional support the PI will receive from the department and/or college.  This special or non-routine support may include, but is not limited to, release time from teaching load, graduate student costs, rehearsal or performance space, lab space, and/or technical assistance.
  8. Professional Obligations:  List any professional obligations the PI has during the award period.
  9. List of Letters of Financial Support: 

    If any letters or documents will attest to financial support, they must be included in the Appendix and listed here.  Documents certifying to the agreement between a PI (or Co-PI) and any entity pledging cash, in-kind support, research, or other activity on behalf of the proposal must be documented.  Documentation may take any number of forms, including an internal (Department/College/PI SRAD) Letter of Commitment, email correspondence, a contract, or a letter of support on letterhead of a commercial entity proffering in-kind services in lieu of cash. 

    Documentation is required in such examples as symposium sponsorship, cash contributions by an academic department, research assistance by academic or non-academic personnel, or professional services by non-FSU entities.  In short, any person, department, business, or non-profit entity cited in the proposal as assisting the PI or Co-PI financially must provide a statement of their commitment to the proposed project.   

  10. Appendices & References:  Include a references list, if applicable. References, if any, will be placed in this section or, if extremely long and detailed, the CRC encourages the PI to create a website for reviewers to learn more about the project and to provide the link here. Include appendices as needed up to 8 pages total.  If your project has already received approvals for Human Subjects or Animal Subjects use, you may include your approval letters in this section as well.
  • Examples of successful proposals are available on ORD's Successful Proposal Database. Your FSU username and password will be required. 

    Please note that some examples shown may include items that are no longer allowable under CRC Policies.  Please contact the CRC Program Manager for clarification or questions related to these proposals.
  • Research activities requiring compliance review and approvals (such as Human or Animal Subjects use, DNA/RNA use, Hazardous Materials, or Marine Lab facilities) require the completion and submission of forms to the appropriate FSU department or group.  You must seek and receive approval before such research is attempted and before any funds can be released, if awarded.  See Human Subjects, Animal Care and Use Committee, Environmental Health & Safety, or Research Compliance for other compliance requirements that may apply to your research or performance plan.
  • You may pre-apply for Human Subjects or Animal use approval prior to funding notifications.  While not required in advance, having prior approval will prevent delays in receiving grant funds, if awarded.
  • If you have already received approval for proposal-related certifications, you may include the approval paperwork in the Appendices of your Proposal Text.
  • Go to CRC Submissions Portal.
  • Login using your FSU username and password.
  • Start a new proposal by selecting one of the CRC programs listed under the apply tab.  Complete all the sections and upload each of the required elements. 
  • You will have the ability to submit/save your proposal elements and update/edit them until the posted Proposal Deadline for the program.
  • Proposals with incomplete required fields will not be able to submit for Chair/Dean approval until all required fields are completed.  Minor changes can still be made to the proposal after it has been submitted for Chair/ Dean approval.
  • 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 proposal deadline to electronically approve applications. Submissions that lack the necessary approvals within the provided time will be disqualified and will not be reviewed.
  • The AHPEG Review Subcommittee consists of selected Arts and Humanities faculty currently serving on the CRC.
  • Reviewers will use these review guidelines for scoring the proposal.  In addition, reviewers will take note of the proposals submitted by the PI as a result of previously-awarded CRC funds.
  • Each reviewer will provide “blind” electronic feedback, not just a numeric score, which will be shared with the PI and his/her Co-PIs, if applicable.  Reviewer identification will not be released to the PI.
  • The CRC makes final funding decisions based on the funding allocated to the program, the number of proposals received, and merit scores of each proposal.
  • If awarded, the PI and Department Chair/Director must sign the CRC Conditions of Award form and return it to the CRC Program Manager prior to award budget activation.  Any research compliance items must also be approved prior to award activation.
  • All necessary forms must be received by the Program Manager no later than 60 days following notice of award; failure to submit these documents in a timely manner may result in the withdrawal of the award.
  • CRC grant funds can only be used to support research and creative activity.
  • Equipment purchases, including computers and computing equipment, are not allowed on this grant.
  • This CRC grant may support a stipend for a student hired on a grant; matriculation and tuition fees cannot be paid for with AHPEG grant funds.
  • AHPEG grants do not support faculty salary.
  • Project-related travel is allowed; however, travel is restricted to necessary and direct support of the proposed project. Any travel included in the proposal must be accompanied by a detailed description stating the dates and locations of the travel, transportation and lodging estimates, and justification for the necessity of the trip. If awarded, any travel plan alterations must receive prior approval by the CRC before the travel occurs.
  • Funding for student travel is not permitted on CRC grants.
  • **NOTE FOR 2020/2021:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of Florida has imposed certain restrictions and guidelines which affect research and creative activities. Impacts include, but are not limited to, work involving travel (both in-state and out-of-state), in-person interactions or interventions, and at-risk populations. If a proposal includes restricted activities, PIs should provide information about how the project will proceed if relevant restrictions remain or increase.

    PLEASE NOTE: Proposals that include a funding request for restricted activities will receive a lower funding priority.**
  • 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 via 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 (limit 2 per award), 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 30 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; or
    • 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.
  • The CRC reserves the right to withdraw remaining funds from a project if unauthorized spending occurs, and may also require misspent funds to be repaid by the PI/Department.
  • No cost extensions (limit 1 per award) 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 30 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.
  • Faculty members who receive CRC funds during a sabbatical will be asked to repay those funds if they leave the university during the year following the award.

 

  • Grant account closeout will automatically occur within 60 days following the award period end date.
  • Time extensions require the prior approval of the CRC (limit 1 extension per award).  Any request and justification for a no-cost extension must be submitted through the Time Extension and Budget Amendment Submission page no less than 30 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. 
  • PIs who later find that they have funding from another source for similar or the same support are requested to decline acceptance of this AHPEG award so that funds can be redirected to provide support for other applicants who would otherwise go unfunded.
  • In the event that a PI leaves the University, involuntarily or voluntarily, prior to the end of the award period, the awardee’s Dean or Department Chair has the responsibility of notifying the CRC Program Manager and returning the award amount to the CRC.
  • Faculty members who receive CRC funds during a sabbatical will be asked to repay those funds if they leave the University during the year following the award.

Contact Us

Grace C. Adkison
Council on Research and Creativity Program Manager
 
2023 Westcott North Annex
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1330
Ph: (850) 645-5751
Fax: (850) 645-0108
gadkison@fsu.edu