Advancing Local Leadership, Innovation and Networks (ALL-IN) Advice, Tips & Reminders for Full Research Proposals

For any questions, email info@iced-eval.org and basis@ucdavis.edu
DEADLINE: 30 AUGUST 2020
11:59 PM USA Eastern Standard Time
SUBMIT FULL PROPOSAL VIA:  https://mrr.piestar-rfx.com/opportunities 

QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION

20 August 2020, 4 PM EAT

We are inviting you all to the Question and Answer Session on August 20th. This question and answer session will be conducted via Zoom. A link will be sent out prior to the call, via email, to all applicants. The call will be recorded and the questions and answered will be transcribed into a document. Both the recording and the transcription will be shared shortly after the session. All those developing full proposal will be required to join the session

KEY COMPONENTS OF RESEARCH PROPOSAL NARRATIVE

The two underlying key components of research proposal narratives that are essential for successful proposals are:

  • presentations of the problem and compelling justifications of the need for research, and;
  • clear and logical description and discussion of the practical ways in which the proposed research will be conducted and how the data will be analyzed.

For many successful proposals in the past, research proposal narratives have included discussions of the following:

  • Clear Description of Problem Under Research or Intervention Being Researched/Evaluated
  • Clearly Identified Research Questions and/or Objectives of Research
  • Research Approach and Methodology
  • Outcomes of Interest
  • Policy Relevance of the Research
  • Anticipated Outputs and outcome
  • Anticipated Impacts

LINKS TO EXAMPLES OF STRONG RESEARCH PROPOSALS

To help give an idea of what a strong research proposal looks like, we provide here a couple links to successful research proposals that the MRR Innovation Lab has funded in the past.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: DOCUMENTATION

Outlined below is a brief review of the full proposal document requirements as described in original solicitation.

  • Proposal Narrative (PDF)
  • Budget (Excel spreadsheet)
    • Spreadsheet must show formulas, not just numbers put in); see original solicitation for guidance on what must be included and limitations related to the budget
    • If you are using a federally-negotiated NICRA rate for indirect cost recovery, please include documentation of this rate.
  • Combined CVs of PI and Collaborators (PDF)
  • Brief Letter of Commitment from US-University Affiliated Mentor
  • Brief letter of commitment from management of project/s or intervention/s being researched or evaluated

If you have any questions on the submission requirements, you can either ask at the scheduled Zoom Q&A session, or by emailing info@iced-eval.org and basis@ucdavis.edu.

CRITERIA FOR PROPOSAL REVIEW

The following criteria will be used to evaluate each research proposal. If you have any questions about the criteria or would like any clarification on any of the points, please send an email to info@iced-eval.org and basis@ucdavis.edu. We hope this will help you in approaching the different sections of your research proposal.

Criterion Possible Score
Technical Merit of Proposal[1] 30 Points
Broader Applicability and Synthesis in Broader Literature and Research on this Subject 10 Points
Anticipated Impacts on Capacity of Both the Researcher and Host Institution (and students, if applicable) 10 Points
Policy Integration and Outreach 20 Points
Contribution to Feed the Future Objectives and Initiatives 15 Points
Potential for Development Impact 15 Points

CONNECTING WITH MENTORS

We understand that many indicated in EOIs that they already have mentors, some indicated that they would like assistance getting connected to specific mentors and provided specific suggestions/requests and that others would like help identifying mentors and being connected to them. Please note that we have taken all of these into account and are working on moving forward accordingly now.

We will follow up with those who requested assistance connecting with mentors as soon as possible.

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