Do the PI and each Co-PI submit separate notices of intent/proposals for a single collaborative project?
No. One NoI/proposal is required for each project submitted for funding consideration. Each individual PI/Co-PI associated with that project does not need to submit an individual NoI or proposal. In the NoI module you can add Co-PIs and other personnel by selecting “Edit” for the personnel page (form 2) and clicking “Add New Personnel”. These personnel will be carried over into the proposal from the NoI submission.
In our ITRS proposal, we are using a service provider company for data acquisition. They are providing discounted service fee for our project and I was wondering if we can show the “discount” towards an in-kind cash match?
No. Match represents the institution’s tangible investment in the project, i.e., time, effort, or expenditures to support the work, and should not to include discount amounts provided through negotiations or an offer from a service provider.
I would like to make a change to my project title but LOGAN will not permit this. How can I make the necessary changes?
Title changes from NoI to proposal are not typical and should not be requested unless absolutely necessary. As noted in the RFPs, titles may change only slightly from NoI to proposal, and the substance/subject matter of the project may not change. If the proposal has not yet been submitted to BoR, you may request a change in writing through email@example.com; if the proposal has been submitted, no changes are possible. Staff will review each request and determine whether it is allowable within the RFP requirements. Any title change request must be submitted for consideration well in advance of submission deadlines to ensure sufficient time to process. Requests received within 48 hours of the deadline may not be processed in time for the final submission; no title change request will be considered within 24 hours of the submission deadline.
We have a faculty member who is planning to submit a P-o-C/P NOI and an ITRS NOI for this cycle but he has a no-cost extension for his current ITRS award that does not end until 06/30/2019. Can the faculty member still submit two NOIs in this cycle or is he limited to submitting just one?
Regarding the faculty member with an existing ITRS grant and plans to submit two NoIs in the current review cycle, this would be a violation of the RFP and is disallowed. The RFP specifically states “ . . . An eligible faculty member may serve as a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on a maximum of two ITRS, two P-o-C/P, or a combination of two projects at any one time . . .” Reference RFP section IV. A. which states “. . . All rules, regulations, and limitations in the RFP for ITRS and P-o-C/P research proposal . . . also hold true for notices of intent . . .”
I am a grant specialist in the Office of Sponsored Programs. I have a situation in which a faculty member is the PI on an active P-O-C/P award and is submitting an ITRS NOI as well as being listed as “Other Investigator” on another faculty member’s P-o-C/P NOI for this cycle. Is this allowed? Further clarification is needed on whether or not the faculty member can be listed as “Other Investigator” while also being lead PI on two other projects.
There is nothing in the RFP that strictly prohibits a faculty member from serving as an “Other Investigator” on another faculty member’s P-o-C/P proposal while serving as PI on an existing P-o-C/P grant and submitting an ITRS proposal as PI. Please note that reviewers in each program will pay particular attention to the situation as it relates to the PI’s time devoted to each project and his/her ability to achieve project goals, in addition to potential salary requests. This information would be documented in the PI’s History of Support, Current and Pending Support, and the proposed project budgets. Reference RFP section IV. A. which states “. . . All rules, regulations, and limitations in the RFP for ITRS and P-o-C/P research proposals . . . also hold true for notices of intent . . .”
The ITRS RFP states “. . . Only tenured, tenure-track or research professors employed on a full-time basis . . .” are eligible; however, the RCS RFP state “. . . Only tenured or tenure track faculty employed on a full-time basis . . .” are eligible. Is this a typo or the intent to have different eligibility criteria for the ITRS/P-o-C/P and RCS programs?
The goals and objectives varies among the R&D programs and therefore the eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria for the ITRS/P-o-C/P and RCS programs are correctly stated.
For the ITRS, if a National Laboratory provides match, does this satisfy “involve significant private sector of Federal Funding?
Funds from a National Laboratory may be pledged as an external match in ITRS, if these funds are obtained in accordance with the RFP and used for the specific purposes of the grant. The ITRS Final Panel is the ultimate authority to recommend to the Board what types and amounts of external funding constitute an acceptable match.
I plan to submit a proposal to the ITRS. What are the matching requirements for the industry sponsor?
Although there is no specific dollar amount (cash or in-kind) required for the private-sector match, the consultants view this pledged contribution as an indication of the industry partners interest/commitment to the project.
No. Please reference RFP Section III.B.1. ELIGIBLE FACULTY which state “. . . out-of-state scholars, . . . may serve as a consultant on applications . . . they may not be listed as principal, co-principal, or other (senior advisory faculty) investigators and must not be cited on the cover page of the proposal . . .”
I am currently a PI for an ITRS project. Part 1. Am I eligible to submit a second ITRS proposal as a PI. Part 2. Will the first ITRS award impact the decision on the second ITRS proposal?
Part 1. Yes. An eligible faculty member may serve as a principal or co-principal investigator on a maximum of two ITRS, two P-o-C/P, or a combination of two projects at any one time. Part 2. The out-of-state consultants will evaluate all information related to your proposal submission including current & pending support, history of support, etc., and make a determination whether or not your project should be funded.
A private sector company gave equipment to my institution after June 1, 2017, i.e., the date specified in the FY 2017-18 R&D ITRS and P-o-C/P RFP in which Grants, Awards, and “in-kind” contributions may be applied toward any matching commitments required during the contract term. Although the equipment is used in other areas of research on campus, it would also be used for my research (analysis/testing) for the company. Could the company serve as an industry partner for my project?
Though the company could serve as a partner, the fact that a company gave (donated) equipment to an institution does not constitute an industrial partnership or meet the goals of ITRS. An industry partnership must represent a true collaboration between the institution and the private sector. Proposals submitted to the ITRS must involve research, not just analysis/testing for a private company. Any equipment that represents an in-kind contribution must be used specifically for the ITRS project; otherwise, access to university equipment should be considered an Institutional Capability and Commitment. As stated in the RFP, the specific objective of the ITRS is to fund research proposals with significant near-term potential for development and diversification of Louisiana’s economic base. The ITRS is also a stimulus program. To be funded, proposal must provide evidence that the project will: (1) involve significant private-sector or Federal Funding or, at a minimum, develop a plan to greatly increase the likelihood of receiving Federal or private-sector funding in the near term; or (2) result potentially in the enhancement or establishment of a Louisiana business or industry which will attract significant revenue to the State. Finally, regardless of any commitment in year 1, as described here, the industry partner must formally pledge and honor, if funded, in-cash or in-kind matches specifically to the research project for all years for which BoRSF funding is requested.
My lab plans to partner with a start-up company, as well as with a 3rd party commercial partner. As a co-founder and minority equity stakeholder of the start-up company, will I be eligible for the ITRS program, as long as I disclose my financial interest?
Yes. Any investigator listed in the proposal who has any financial affiliation with a private-sector support must fully disclose this affiliation and provide a certified letter signed by the institution verifying that no significant conflict of interest exists. Failure to report this information may result in disqualification of the proposal.