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Special 2012-2013 Research Seed Program
Proposal Requirements

Your proposal must address each of the categories listed below. Be sure to clearly label each category within your proposal. You will be asked to upload your proposal at the bottom of the application. It should not exceed 15 pages, including figures. Proposal budgets cannot exceed 1 year and a $20,000 maximum award.

1. Introduction/Summary:
Summarize your project in one page or less. Important issues to address here and in the body of the proposal are why your topic is of interest to NASA and how this project will build infrastructure or lead to the development of a larger proposal effort to NASA or another government agency. Proposals that are specific in these plans will be rated more highly than those that indicate a general intent to take the next step. Please refer to the NASA website http://www.nasa.gov for more information on the goals and objectives of each NASA Mission Directorate.

2. Background:
Summarize current and previous research on the topic. Provide references of related work. Be aware that not all of the WSGC review panel members are likely to be experts in your area, so make sure you provide fundamental information on your topic.

3. Proposed Activities:
Describe your research objectives, methods and expected outcomes. Again, be sure to provide fundamental information on your research. Outline the student research experience plan, including how traditionally underrepresented students will be recruited and selected; how they will be mentored and their experiences planned; and how they will be tracked longitudinally at the conclusion of their experience.

4. Time Line:
Please provide dates of when you will start the project, when you will finish the project and any dates in between when specific/important steps of the work will be started or completed. You will be required to submit an Interim Report and a Final Report.  Research should start during Fall of 2014.

5. Budget:
For this year, all WSGC dollars for this proposal must be budgeted as student stipends. Provide a budget summary that breaks down these stipends into labor (people, hours, rates and total), travel and any other costs (with detail sufficient to be clear to the reviewers). Student travel to the WSGC Annual Space Conference is expected as part of the proposal and should be incorporated into their stipends.

No match is required for this proposal; however matching funds that demonstrate strong buy-in by the proposing institution will strengthen the proposal. Indicate any matching funds and the source (overhead, equipment, labor) with similar detail. Any institutional overhead must be applied as matching funds.  Call the WSGC Lead Office at (920) 465-2108 or the Associate Director for Research’s Office at (608) 785-8431 if you have any questions.

6. Previous Funding:
If you have received previous funding from the WSGC Research Infrastructure Program, you must demonstrate that your past research project has met the goals and objectives of our Research Infrastructure Program. You should provide specific information on how your research led to larger proposal submission(s), broader collaborations, etc. As this is a seed grant program, priority for funding will be given to those projects that can demonstrate strongest growth in Wisconsin’s aerospace infrastructure.  Also include the previous support from the WSGC Research Infrastructure Program (title, date, amount).

Contact Information:
For additional information contact Gubbi Sudhakaran, Associate Director for Research at gsudhakaran@uwlax.edu or (608) 785-8431.

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