Proposal Requirements

Phase 1: Letter of Interest (500 words max).  Provide an overview of the selected area of focus, aims, significance, and the special opportunities. In addition to the overview, please provide 1) a listing of the units and key faculty members who will be heavily involved in the proposal and searches (max 1 page), 2) suggested budget from 2CI funds and budget from other units (max 1 page), and 3) signatures indicating the approval and support of all involved deans.

All Letters of Interest are due January 31st, 2014.  Letters of Interest should be sent to Dr. Robin Morris, Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation.  They will be reviewed by the Provost’s Office based on their relationship to the Strategic Plan and strategic initiatives, 2CI funding requested and level of committed cost-sharing by units, other resources requirements for proposal success, and proposal leadership.  Dr. Morris will notify proposers of a decision no later than February 14th.  Those projects that are approved should then proceed to submission of full proposals.

 Phase 2: Full Proposals for Accepted Letters of Interest (Due March 14th, 2014)

Abstract (300 words): Specify the area of strength, its national significance, and the special opportunities being addressed by the proposal.  Include the faculty member who will be the point-of-contact for the proposal.

Proposal (2000 Words): The proposal should address the following:

1. How will this proposal significantly and rapidly escalate Georgia State University as a recognized leader in scholarship and research in the area chosen?

2. What evidence is there of a clear opportunity to uniquely or creatively leverage current or new resources for high impact in an innovative way that will gain recognition nationally and/or internationally?

3. What evidence is there that the cluster focus fits within the university’s strategic priorities and plan and increases interdisciplinary collaboration and research?

4. What evidence is there that the subject matter is one of documented national and/or international significance with available external funding, particularly federal funding?

5. What evidence is there that there are individuals available who would have the scholarly status, leadership, along with clear documentation of current and past history of funding/competitive fellowships, in the proposed cluster area that GSU could attract? What evidence is there that there is an adequate pool of possible senior hires available to make this proposal viable?

6. What evidence is there that the proposing unit has the administrative and academic leadership commitment in place for building the proposed new cluster leader/cluster into productive interdisciplinary teams that can ensure a collaborative and intellectually attractive environment for ongoing development?

7. The plan specifies measurable outcomes (i.e., current and future potential for federally funded research grant funding, and/or national and international prestigious awards) and a specific time frame on which to evaluate the proposal’s progress and success, and evaluate its return on investment?


Team (1 page): List the administrators, key faculty and/or research staff, and their units, who actively collaborated on the proposal and are invested in its success.  Identify the proposal ‘chair’ whom will be the point of contact and provide leadership for all cluster related administration and searches.

Hiring Plan (1 page): Provide a timeline and search strategy for the proposed hire. Who will be the members of the search committee and how will they be chosen?  How will the search committee operate when multiple units are involved?

Budget Plan (1 page):  Provide estimates of the starting salary for all requested hires (cluster leader hire/cluster members) and the proportion of each salary being request from the 2CI funds, and the proportion from non-2CI funds.  Identify the amounts and planned sources of non-2CI funds that will be necessary to support the proposed salaries for these hires.  The unit(s) involved must also provide documentation of their agreement to provide competitive start-up support, space, staffing, equipment, etc., as needed for such hires.