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    Funding Opportunities & Proposal Development

    Building Research Teams
    It is increasingly likely that most researchers will find themselves asked to participate on or lead a research team at some point in their careers (L. Bennett et al). Team collaborations of scientists from different fields are the key to solving critical research problems—and funders know it!  Moreover, because funding trends are more supportive of research teams as opposed to individual grants, researchers need a basic understanding of how to form or join a science team. Here are resources to help you learn more about research teams:

    Collaboration & Team Science: A Field Guide

    Dean Betts & Professors Ayman and Segre: Building Research Teams
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    Dean Christine Himes: Building Research Teams
    watch on youtube

    The Academic Executive Brief

    The “science of team science” (SCITS) is a new and emerging field of research, as academics and proposal developers study what environments and dynamics create successful research teams.  Here are resources on SCITS:

    The Science of Team Science Listserv

    The Collaboration Success Wizard

    Annual International Science of Team Science (SciTS)
    IIT Research Day
    IIT Research Day is held annually during the spring semester. This campuswide event is held by the Office of Research and is open to students in all disciplines. Research Day includes a Student Poster Competition with both Graduate and Undergraduate categories. Three winners are selected from each track.  Each multidiscipline unit is invited to submit three posters per discipline, and single discipline units may submit four posters (For example: BChS may submit a total of six posters, ideally three from Bio and three from Chem; ECE may submit six, ideally three from Computer Engineering and 3 from Electrical Engineering; Applied Math and Computer Science may submit 4 posters each).  Each unit may decide how it selects the posters it will submit to the competition. The Sigma Xi Lecture is held after the poster competition and includes a guest lecturer, the announcing of the Sigma Xi winners and the research day poster competition winners.

    2014 and 2015 IIT Research Day Poster Competition Winners


    1st Place

    2nd Place

    3rd Place


    Yusra Sarhan (BME)

    Ritika Dhawan (BME)

    Georgi Hristove (MMAE)


    Martin Detrois (MMAE)

    Javid Mahmoudzadeh (MMAE)

    Qing Li (FdSN)



    Cecillie Tassone (BME)

    Haocheng Bian (AM)

    Eda Gjergo (AM)


    David Nieto Simavilla (ChBE)

    Xiao Huang (ECE)

    Martin Detrois (MMAE)

    View photos from 2015 IIT Research Day

    2015 Sigma Xi Winners




    Patrick Corrigan

    Senior Faculty


    Adam Hock

    Junior Faculty


    Liad Wagman

    Junior Faculty


    Chris Pelliccione

    Student (Ph. D.)


    Watch the 2015 IIT Research Day Sigma Xi Lecture by Mike Pellin

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    Mike Pellin is an Argonne Distinguished Fellow from the Department of Physical Sciences and Engineering at Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Pellin's lecture discusses how new and more capable materials are a key component of any strategy to ease the energy crisis and energy generation effects on our planet's weather. Nowhere is the need for improved material properties more evident than in nuclear electricity generation. Of the limited available base load options, nuclear is as attractive as a proven, carbon-free, dispatchable option. Although in the United States the nuclear power industry  has a remarkable record for safe and reliable operation, events such as the recent failure of a power plant in Fukishima, Japan demonstrate the need for material improvements that can make reactors passively safe.

    Past Winners 

    Click here for more information on Sigma Xi/IIT Awards for Excellence in University Research

    Funding Opportunities

    Internal Funding

    External Funding

    Fellowships and Scholarships

    Did you know? Becoming a reviewer of research proposal applications is one of the best way to learn what funders are looking for!  Use these links to learn more about becoming a grant reviewer:



    NSF's Merit Review Process:
    Workshops and Panel Discussions on Fund Searching, Proposal Writing & Building Research Teams
    Fund Searching Workshop
    What: Fund Seeking Workshop. Whether your field is science, humanities, technology, or law... one certainty is this: To be most efficient and effective at securing research funds, it is critical to be aware of the latest funding opportunities useful to your program.
    When: TBD
    Where: TBD
    Who: This workshop is intended for IIT faculty and staff.
    What: You will use an individual computer to learn how to search for research funding opportunities. We will try some strategies to get you set up to receive tailored funding alerts on an ongoing basis.

    Sign up
    To reserve a spot, email Mariam Othman at The room accommodates 20 participants; walk-ins welcome as space permits. There is no fee for these workshops, which are provided as a service of the IIT Office of Research.

    Crafting a Strong Research Proposal Workshop
    What: Learn how to craft a strong research proposal.
    When: TBD
    Where: TBD
    Who: This workshop is intended for IIT faculty and staff.
    Why: Proposal writing is not at all like academic writing. Researchers must use a variety of techniques to ensure a proposal has the best chance of being read, scoring high, and getting funded. In this workshop you will learn ways to create a strong proposal while avoiding common pitfalls. The workshop will also include information on how to make sure a proposal is truly "cutting edge." This means knowing how to show all the references and citations that prove you have a solid grasp of your field. A Galvin Librarian will present an overview of the resources that can help you prove your case.
    Sign up To reserve a spot, email Mariam Othman at The room accommodates 20 participants; walk-ins welcome as space permits. There is no fee for these workshops, which are provided as a service of the IIT Office of Research.

    Building Research Teams Panel Discussion
    What: Team collaborations of scientists from different fields are key to solving today’s research problems—and funders know it!  IIT’s new Fund Searching Services Team (“FSST!”) has teamed up with Professor Pat Corrigan, Psychology; Professor Tom Irving, Biology; Dean Harvey Kahalas, Business; and Professor and Associate Dean Vedran Mimica, Architecture, to present this panel discussion on “Building Research Teams.” Come learn about how scientific collaborations are launched and about working in research teams.
    When: TBD
    Where: TBD
    Who: This panel discussion is intended for IIT faculty members who seek grants, or individuals who need to understand how to form a research team, join a research team, or lead a research team.
    Why: Researchers need to learn the ins and outs of research team collaborations. “It is increasingly likely that most researchers will find themselves asked to participate on or lead a research team at some point in their careers.” (L. Bennett et al).  Moreover, because funding trends are ever more supportive of research teams as opposed to individual grants, a basic understanding of how to form or join a team science effort is essential.  Our esteemed panelists bring a wealth of experience on building and working in research teams.
    Sign up To reserve a spot, email Mariam Othman at Walk-ins welcome as space permits. For this panel discussion, your questions are welcome in advance. 

    There is no fee for this panel discussion, which is #3 in the fall workshop series on Proposal Development, brought to you by the Fund Searching Services Team (“FSST!”).

    BEFORE YOU ATTEND THE RESEARCH TEAMS PANEL DISCUSSION:  Make sure to view the October 2014 and April 2015 panel discussions on Research Teams.

    Writing a Proposal

    Copies of Funded Proposals
    We are often asked: “How can I get a copy of a proposal from IIT that was funded?" IIT faculty may follow these instructions to obtain a copy of a funded IIT proposal.

    Editorial and Writing Assistance
    ORCPD can review your project description and summary as an optional service upon request to ORCPD@IIT.EDU.  You should allow two weeks if possible; include a link to the sponsor’s RFA.  You can request a simple grammatical review or a more complex review.  We’re not engineers or scientists, but we will offer edits for you to consider regarding writing style, cohesiveness, and grantsmanship.

    Integrating the sponsor’s “goal language” into your narrative
    This is done by thoroughly reviewing the solicitation/program announcement for the proposal you are preparing, and then suggesting ways to integrate the sponsor’s language into your own. The intent is to ensure that your narrative and abstract fully address the specifics and requirements of the sponsor's program.
    Executive Summary
    This is the most read part of the proposal, so it must be well written. Tips for the executive summary.

    NSF Broader Impacts
    NSF proposals require that "Broader Impacts" be addressed. Here are some tips!

    Resubmitting Rejected Proposals
    Addressing reviewers' comments in your revised proposal. You can also get assistance with revising a proposal that has been submitted to one sponsor so that it will be well-received by a second or even a third sponsor.

    Institutional Templates
    Often a proposal must include certain "template" information so that the sponsor has sufficient information about IIT. These may be found on the OSRP site.

    Limited Submission Grants
    Please check IIT Today regarding internal deadlines for NSF Limited Submissions. A complete list of NSF limited submissions can be found here.

    Some sponsors have limits on the number of proposals that may be submitted from an organization. In these cases, an internal selection process is required to determine which proposals will go forward. When the number of abstracts received is more than the number of proposals allowed per the solicitation, an internal competition will be necessary.

    The process described below is the result of input from faculty and discussions between the associate deans, department chairs, deans of the various colleges and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. The purpose of this document is to outline the internal review process for limited submission proposals. The goal of this process is to ensure that proposals are reviewed in both a fair and competitive manner. This will also allow the Vice Provost for Research to select a pool of reviewers with the proper expertise to present a strong candidate or team to move forward.

    Overall Process
    The process for submitting and selecting proposals for limited submissions is a three-step process.

    1. PIs submit a three page abstract to Elizabeth Soto for consideration in the internal competition
    2. If necessary, Vice Provost for Research, or his or her, designee convenes an internal panel to review properly submitted abstracts
    3. If selected in the internal competition, the PI submits a full proposal to the sponsor

    The Office of Research Compliance and Proposal Development (ORCPD) will update and post the announcements on IIT Today.

    All submissions of abstracts and supporting documents are to be sent to All abstracts must be received by noon (CST) of the stated deadline date in order to be eligible.

    Review Panel
    The internal review panel may include the associate deans, department chairs, former chairs, center or institute directors or other faculty. Each participant in the review panel will have a faculty appointment or have had faculty experience. This panel will meet to discuss the relative merits of the abstract and to recommend the abstract(s) to be invited to submit. The goal of the review panel’s effort will be to identify the very best proposal(s) to send from the university to the funding agency. On rare occasions, the panel’s recommendations may not be accepted by the Vice Provost for Research based on University priorities or best interests. The panel will be notified of such changes should this occur.

    Researchers will submit an abstract following the guidelines listed below via email to the Office of  Research Compliance and Proposal Development (ORCPD). ORCPD will review the abstracts to make sure they meet internal deadlines and formatting requirements. Any abstracts which do not follow the template will be rejected. This format is required in order to assist the review panel in making an equitable, informed decision.

    Abstract Guidelines
    Abstracts should be no more than three (3) pages and follow the NSF guidelines for margins, spacing and fonts.

    All abstracts must contain the following:

    1. Sponsor & solicitation number (if known),
    2. PI and all personnel (including co-PIs, senior personnel, subcontractors, etc.) and their affiliation (any additional personnel not listed in the abstract will require prior approval by the Dean of the appropriate College before they can be added to the proposal)
    3. Full title of the proposal
    4. Start and end dates of grant period
    5. A detailed budget for the entire project. Budget template.
    6. If cost share is mandatory, supporting documentation from the appropriate source should be provided. If cost share is coming from internal sources, prior approval from the Dean of the appropriate College is required and should be attached to the abstract. The detailed budget for the cost share should be included on the budget template (tab b) above. Indirect costs are charged on cost share.
    7. If indirect cost rate limitations are imposed by the sponsor, prior approval from the Dean of the appropriate College is required.


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