Fund Details


The University of Delaware (UD) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) invited researchers from both institutions to attend a daylong workshop on Tuesday, November 21, 2019. Participants had an opportunity to give a lightening talk and brainstorm about research directions in the breakout sessions. Keynote talks and Lightening Talk slides can be found here:  The workshop focus was on five areas of significant research synergy between the two institutions:
·  Quantum Science
·  3D Manufacturing/ Materials
·  AI/ Data Science
·  Polymer Lifecycle
·  Interface Science

The outcome of this workshop has led to this RFP for the second round of seed grants to be jointly funded by ANL and UD.  See RFP within for exemplar topics. 

Application Deadlines:
This program requires a two-step application process with Letters of Intent due on December 20, 2019 and full proposals due on February 7, 2020 by 5 pm.


This call is open to ANL researchers and UD faculty only, and every proposal must include at least one PI from each institution.  This proposal must show how scientists from both institutions will collaborate.  All proposals will be reviewed by technical experts from both institutions and followed by a second round of review by a joint ANL-UD committee and we anticipate funding TWO (2) proposals in this round.

Application Information:

Award Amounts:
Each institution will fund its corresponding two teams.
UD budgets should be for maximum $50k in direct costs per year.  Please do not include facilities and administrative costs in the budget.  Proposals do NOT need to be inputted into PeopleSoft or routed via UD webform.
ANL budgets should be for maximum $75K per year for two years (additional $25K is to offset overhead costs for ANL PIs). PIs should follow the same instructions for an LDRD Swift project.

Submission Requirements:
LOI (December 20, 2019):  A letter of intent (LOI) is required as a first step. It should include a title, a list of collaborators from both institutions (if known) or if you are seeking collaborators please indicate that as well, and one paragraph summary of the project idea. The LOI is designed to achieve two objectives. One, if you don’t have any collaborator(s) from the other institution, then we will do utmost to circulate your LOI to appropriate folks to encourage collaboration partnership. For UD faculty, these will be internally reviewed/circulated at ANL and vice-versa i.e. ANL LOIs will be reviewed and handled by the UD Research Office (RO). Second, it will allow us to identify reviewers for the full proposals in advance.
Please submit the LOI to by the due date. UD RO will respond no later than January 13, 2020 regarding your request seeking collaborators.

Full Proposals:  Joint collaborative proposals should be submitted at this site.
Submission Deadline February 7, 2020
·  Proposals should NOT be submitted through ANL
·  Required submission materials are attached and may be found in the online application
·  Each proposal should be uploaded as a single PDF file
·  If you have questions or issues regarding submission please email: (302-831-7088)

Evaluation Process:

We will follow a two-stage evaluation process. The first round of reviews will be performed by technical experts drawn from UD and ANL. The second round of reviews will be done jointly by research leadership drawn from UD (Research Deans, RO) and ANL that will look at technical evaluation and alignment with UD and ANL research priorities.

Award Announcement:
Award Announcements are anticipated by March 8, 2020.

Rubric for Evaluation:
  The following rubric will be used for evaluation.
·  Intellectual Merit (30%)
·  Strength of proposed collaboration and match with UD-ANL priorities and strengths (30%)
·  Likelihood of technical success in two years (20%)
·  Probability of attracting external funding (20%)

Award Requirements and Reporting Obligations

·  Successful proposals will be asked to complete UD and ANL administrative documents
·  Successful proposal teams will also be invited to visit ANL at the start of the seed grants to kick off projects (Dates to be determined)

Start Date:
Awards may start as early as April 1, 2020

Full Proposal Formatting

1.  4 pages maximum (including the ANL and UD budgets)
2.  1.0” margins
3.  11 point Arial font
4.  Proposal Template may be found in the application

Begin Accepting Applications Date:
Deadline Date (EST Time Zone):
2/07/2020 11:45 PM