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Contents of research proposal

from NSF DEB page [1]
Preliminary proposals should contain an overview of the proposed research with sufficient detail to allow assessment of the major ideas and approaches to be used. Preliminary proposals must include the following components.

   Cover Sheet: Select the program solicitation number from the pull-down list. The DEB Programs will automatically appear. Check the box indicated for the preliminary proposal. Entries on the Cover Sheet are limited to the Principal Investigator and a maximum of four co-Principal Investigators. Beginning Investigators (individuals who have not been a Principal Investigator [PI] or co-Principal Investigator [co-PI] on a Federally-funded award with the exception of doctoral dissertation, postdoctoral fellowship or research planning grants) must check the box for "Beginning Investigator" on the proposal Cover Sheet. For more FastLane instructions, see section V.D. below.
   Title of Proposed Project: Title should begin with the prefix:"Preliminary Proposal:..." and additional acronyms for Accomplishments Based Renewal "ABR:", or Research in Undergraduate Institutions "RUI:" if applicable.
   Project Summary (1 page): Provide an overview of the proposed research, addressing separately the intellectual merit and broader impacts. The summary should be written in the third person, informative to those working in the same or related field(s), and understandable to a scientifically or technically literate reader. Preliminary proposals that do not separately address both intellectual merit and broader impacts in the Project Summary will be returned without review.
   Project Description. Maximum 5 pages total, containing the two following sections:

from NSF page [2]
What makes a good proposal? "A good proposal stems from a good concept. The best proposals are those to which the reviewers respond, "Of course, I wish I had thought of that!"" "A good proposal begins with a clear idea of the goals and objectives of the project, for example, creating a course or curriculum, improving a laboratory by teaching new concepts directly, teaching new material to undergraduate faculty, or preparing future technicians or K-12 teachers in a more effective way."

"In addition, a good project begins with a sense of why it will be a significant improvement over current practice."

"Envision what improvements your project will make, and then ask yourself what activities and course(s) must be developed, what instruments will be needed, or what coalitions must be formed to make the desired improvements. Focusing first on the goals and objectives helps ensure that the activities are designed to reach those goals."

"After the goals and associated activities are well defined, consider what resources (e.g., people, time, equipment, technical support) will be necessary as part of the request to NSF. A better proposal is likely to result if the goals and activities are clear before resources are considered."

"Your project should be innovative within its context" and includes:

  • what the project hopes to accomplish;
  • if the project personnel have the necessary expertise to accomplish the goals and objectives;
  • the potential of the project to improve undergraduate education;
  • the national impact and cost effectiveness of the project; and
  • evaluation and dissemination plans.

from UGA page here

  • A Summary - best written after the following is written.
  • An Introduction giving a brief statement of why the area of study is important.
  • A brief explanation of the work previously done, emphasizing why it is inadequate.
  • An explanation of how the research you propose would advance knowledge beyond the condition in the previous item.
  • An explanation of the research you plan to do.
  • A statement of the specific hypothesis or hypotheses you will test.
  • An explanation of how your research will specifically disprove, or fail to disprove, the hypothesis or hypotheses.
  • A budget itemized to explain the need for the funding that you are requesting.
  • A justification of the budget to show that all the requests are reasonable.
  • A timetable to show how you plan to accomplish the work.
  • A bibliography of the references cited in the proposal.


Module Assignment Concentration Timing Indiv/Partner Evaluated by Re-submission as...
1 Lab certifications both in lab individual NK/AG not resubmitted
1 Online cloning lab and defense oral Stellar and in lab partners (NK/AG)/TA not resubmitted, but oral defense skills re-evaluated later
1 FACS data analysis and defense oral Stellar and in lab partners BE not resubmitted, but oral defense skills re-evaluated later
1 M1 ppt summary and notes written Stellar partners BE not resubmitted, but data presentation skills re-evaluated later
2 Slides for Oral Presentation both Stellar and outside of class meetings individually WAC submitted if oral presentation track
2 Oral Presentation oral lab hours individually NK/AG/WAC not resubmitted
2 Results and Discussion oral Stellar partners NK/AG some voluntary preview opportunities
2 Online b-gal and protein analysis labs oral Stellar and in lab partners TA not resubmitted
2 Full Research Article written Stellar individually NK not resubmitted
3 Written Research pre-proposal both in lecture partners AB resubmitted if oral communication track
3 Oral presentation of research proposal oral lab hours partners NK/AG/WAC not resubmitted
3 Written Research Proposal written Stellar partners NK/AG/WAC not resubmitted
all Pre-lab questions, student written N/A in lab individually TA re-submitted
all Lab notebooks N/A in lab individually TA re-submitted 2x
all reflections N/A online individually NK/AG could request comments from students to students

Module 1 Celebrations of Learning

Lab certifications

concentration % of final grade submit due individual/partner
Part 1 both
2
in lab M1D1: 9.11.12 or 9.12.12, open notes individual
Part 2 both
8
in lab M1D6: 10.2.12 or 10.3.12, open notes individual

Online cloning lab and defense

concentration % of final grade submit due individual/partner
oral communication
5
Stellar homework drop box slides due M1D6: 10.2.12, 11AM
defense for NK/AG in lab 10.2.12 or 10.3.12
individual

M1 ppt summary and notes

concentration % of final grade submit due individual/partner
written communication
10
Stellar homework drop box slides due M2D1: 10.11.12, 11AM partner

FACS data analysis and defense

concentration % of final grade submit due individual/partner
oral communication
5
Stellar homework drop box M2D1: 10.11.12, 11AM
defense during lab for BE 10.11.12 or 10.12.12
partner

Module 2 Celebrations of Learning

Slides for Oral Presentation

concentration % of final grade submit due individual/partner
both
10
Stellar homework drop box M2D3: 10.18.12 or 10.19.12, 1PM individual

Oral Presentation

concentration % of final grade submit due individual/partner
oral communication
10
Stellar homework drop box M2D5: 10.23.12 or 10.24.12, 1PM
or
M2D8: 11.6.12 or 11.7.12, 1PM
individual

Full Research Article

concentration % of final grade submit due individual/partner
written communication
25
Stellar homework drop box 11.12.12, 11:12AM individual

Results and Discussion sections

concentration % of final grade submit due individual/partner
oral communication
15
Stellar homework drop box 11.12.12, 11:12AM individual

Module 3 Celebrations of Learning

Written Research Pre-Proposal

concentration % of final grade submit due individual/partner
both
10
OWW page, printed and brought to class M3D4: 11.29.12, 11AM partner

Oral Presentation

concentration % of final grade submit due individual/partner
oral communication concentration
10
Stellar homework drop box M3D6: 12.06.12 or 12.07.12, 1PM partner

Written Research Proposal

concentration % of final grade submit due individual/partner
written communication concentration
10
Stellar homework drop box M3D6: 12.06.12 or 12.07.12, 1PM partner

All term, independent of concentration

5% Pre-lab Questions

You will be assigned a day to write three questions in advance of lab, submit these to the TA 24 hours in advance

10% Lab Notebooks

These will be reviewed by the TA once each module. You will be graded on a check minus (=75%), check (=85%), check plus (=95%) scale. The requirements for your notebooks are described here. The yellow sheets of your lab notebooks must be turned in to the TA by noon on 9.21.12 (module 1), 10.19.12 (module 2), 11.30.12 (module 3). They will be returned at the start of your next lab period.

5% Reflections