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Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Grant Program (SIRG)

Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Grant Program SIRG 2017-2018 Academic Year


Request for Proposals

Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Grant Program

General Information

Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Grant Program Grant (SIRG) Program is designed to promote interdisciplinary initiatives involving at least two departments and usually more than one college.  Awards will range from $10,000 to $25,000 and will provide summer stipends or assigned time for two to four PI’s/Co-PI’s per funded project.  Requests for overload support will not be considered, but requests for up to $5000 for supplies or travel to help collect essential pilot data will be considered.

We expect 3 to 6 proposals to be awarded for the 2017-2018 cycle.

Winners of funding from previous years will need to have their final report submitted, and provide and updated summary of outcomes, to be eligible for 2017-2018 SIRG funding.

Priority consideration will be given to proposals that are viewed as likely to result in major interdisciplinary contracts or grants that are consistent with our mission.  Partial funding of some proposals may be possible.  If there are not a sufficient number of high quality proposals in this round to justify the strategic allocation of all the available funds, some of the funds may be retained for future years.  

The funding in this round (SIRG 2017-2018), with a May 9 application deadline, will be for the summer of 2017 and/or the 2017-2018 academic year. 

Reviews will be done by a panel of faculty members and administrators who will make recommendations to the AVP Research. Final decisions will be made by the Provost or designee.

All Cal Poly Pomona members of Unit 3 - Faculty, Librarians, Coaches, and Counselors, are eligible to be team members for funding from this program.  However, the PI (team leader) must be a tenured or tenure-track faculty member.  

SIRG activities will include the writing of an interdisciplinary contract or grant proposal for an external agency.  Each PI/Co-PI can request up to $5000 to provide a summer stipend or up to 4 WTUs assigned time during the 2016/17 academic year.

Procedure for proposals: SIRG proposals must be submitted through the campus InfoReady Review site by 11:58 PM on May 9, 2017

Award announcements are expected by June 1.

Formatting Limitations: Submitted files must be in PDF format. The project narrative must be single-spaced in 12-pt Arial font with 1” margins.

The application must include:

The information requested at the website and

  1. Letter of Support from the Department Chair for each PI/CO-PI
  2. Letter of support from the Dean of the lead college
  3. A one page report of previous SIRG funding outcomes (if applicable), including title of project, names of all Co-PIs, external funding applied for, external funding pending or received. 
  4. Project Narrative (a maximum of five pages) written for an educated general audience.  The narrative should include the following information (use headings a through h as indicated)


  1. Title of project
  2. Project abstract – Limit 250 words
  3. A description of the interdisciplinary problem to be addressed, and your basic approach to the problem
  4. A brief description of how the proposed activity relates to one or more of the core values of Cal Poly Pomona.
  5. A brief summary of the expertise of the PI and each of the Co-PI’s, and their roles in the project
  6. A description of the agency or agencies that could be a source of external support for the project.  Be as specific as possible regarding the program and amounts of awards that are possible.  Correspondence with program chairs is encouraged and should be documented if possible in an appendix which should be uploaded.
  7. A budget, with the support for the PI/CoPI’s indicated for the Summer, Fall, Winter or Spring quarter, and, if necessary, funds for supplies or travel
  8. Objectives and measurable outcomes for activities planned, with a timeline.


  1. A bibliography of citations from the project narrative.  This does not count against the five page limit for the project narrative.
  2. Curriculum Vitae (maximum of two pages each) for the PI and for each Co-PI, demonstrating that the team as a whole has the qualifications necessary to compete for the external funding. The two page limit per PI/Co-PI does not include the required list of peer-reviewed publications and list of relevant current and previous contracts and grants.  The Curriculum Vitae will be used to help evaluate the potential of the PI/Co-PI team to compete successfully for grants and/or contracts from external funding sources.


Evaluative Criteria:

  • Outcomes from previous SIRG funding (when appropriate).
    • Clarity of the statement of a significant interdisciplinary question or problem to be addressed;
    • Organization and clarity of the written application;

Relevance of the proposed project to the core values of Cal Poly Pomona

  • Reasonableness of the proposed time line;
  • Reasonableness of the amounts of requested assigned time, and supplies or travel, to achieve the project objectives
  • Potential for submitting a competitive application for significant external funding.  Criteria will include:
    • Potential programmatic impact, creative contributions, or contributions to the basic and/or applied body of knowledge
    • Publication track record of the team and its relevance to the proposed grant application;
    • Clear definition of the role of each PI/Co-PI in the team;
    • Presence of pilot data, if necessary, to support the grant application;
    • Potential of obtaining external support for the proposed research (includes quality and relevance of the research/programmatic idea);
    • Availability of external support (funding) for research or program development in this interdisciplinary area;
    • Evidence of correspondence with program director(s) confirming the feasibility/suitability of proposal(s) for those program(s)
    • Likelihood of indirect cost recoveries resulting from external funding is one consideration


Required reports from funded projects

For successful proposals, a progress report will be due on December 12, 2017.  The final report, in the format of a full length proposal that was submitted, or is planned to be submitted to a particular funding agency, will be due on June 1, 2018.