All grant applications are due by 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time on February 11, 2016. In order to ensure fairness in the process, late applications will not be accepted and incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
No, these grants are funded by the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI), a program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The NAKFI program is 100% funded by a grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation.
Proposals can focus on entirely new ideas that were not part of the seed group discussions but were sparked as the result of a meeting someone new through the conference experience. For example, you may have met someone outside of your seed idea group on the bus from the Hyatt to the Beckman Center, sketched out a new idea, spoke following the conference, and developed an idea related to art-science collaborations. Proposals to support these types of projects are encouraged, as well! Some seed idea groups will not submit a proposal, others will include the entire team, and yet others will submit several proposals with different team members (and others who were not at the conference) on each.
No, proposals that focus on new ideas or collaborations generated as part of the conference experience are equally exciting, valuable, and eligible for funding as ideas that stem from seed idea groups. Below are two examples of scopes of work outside of a seed idea group. These are just two examples and are not inclusive of the types of proposals that are eligible for submission.
Two attendees meet at the airport or on the plane, initiated a conversation, and developed a grant proposal.† This is in the spirit of NAKFI because the idea and collaboration were generated as a result of oneís participation in the NAKFI experience.†
A group of attendees schedule follow-up conference calls to pursue ideas that were sparked at the conference outside of the seed idea groups, and for which there was little time to further develop them at the conference.† They then submit a proposal based on these ideas
No, the project can include conference attendees from your seed idea group, conference attendees outside of your seed idea group and/or creative practitioners, researchers or colleagues who did not attend the conference as either co-PIís or additional personnel.
There is no general rule for this. If mutually exclusive (by design or happenstance), the proposals will be judged on individual merit. If intentionally dependent, each proposal should reference the other.
There is no limit on the number of grant proposals or grant awards in which an individual can participate. If someone is a PI on a grant, s/he should select the top two projects in which theyíre interested in working on. Co-PIs can be less selective, i.e., appear on several grants.
Yes, NAKFI allows both graduate students and post docs to apply for grants and serve as the PI. Please check your university/institutionís policy on PI status. If you are ineligible per your university/institutionís policies please email email@example.com for additional information.
Members of the Art and Science, Engineering, Medicine Frontier Collaborations Steering Committee review and select the grants. In no particular order or weighted value, proposals will be judged based on: innovativeness, interdisciplinary and cross-professional collaboration, ideas/collaborations that were sparked as the result of the conference experience, and student involvement.† Proposals will be judged on these criteria, as well as their potential impact (societal, cultural, scientific, and educational), riskiness (considered good in this context), and overall merit.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org , and a NAKFI staff member will respond to your inquiry within one business day. Please keep this response time in mind when submitting questions close to the grant deadline, as late applications will not be accepted.
Overhead is calculated at 20% of the total grant budget. The highest award currently allowed is $100,000, so the overhead would be calculated as 20% of $100,000, or $20,000; with the budget demonstrating $80,000 in direct expenses and up to $20,000 in overhead. NAKFI recognizes that some institutions calculate overhead differently. Overhead must be calculated as described in these guidelines for the purposes of this grant application.
Subcontracts should be accounted for in the corresponding budget line item along with the main institutionís budget items. Please use the description box to indicate how much money in each line item is going to each institution involved in the project. Below is a sample budget with subcontracts.
Sample Budget with Subcontracts:
Year 1 $
Year 2 $
Total (Enter Year 1 + Year 2)
PostDocs. Year 1: 6500 for Institution A 5K for Institution B; Year 2: 5K for institution A and 3500 for Institution B
Fringe benefits for post docs. Year 1: 2240 for Institution A, 1760 for Institution B; Year 2: 1180 for Institution A, 820 for Institution B
2K for Institution A; 2K for Institution B per year to travel to each otherís labs
12K in year 1 for Institution A and 5000 in year 2 for Institution B
Various lab, studio or exhibit supplies. Year 1: 2000 for Institution A, 1500 for Institution B; Year 2: 1000 for Institution A, 1500 for Institution B
Publish in two journals
Other Direct Costs
Indirect Expenses (not to exceed 20% of requested grant amount, including tuition and indirect expenses associated with subcontracts.)
6K Indirect expenses from Institution A; 1.5K Indirect expenses from Institution B per year
Approval is not required until the grant is funded. However, since changes to the grant agreement will not be accepted, please show the agreement to your institution prior to submitting a proposal.† Please do not submit a proposal if your institution is unable to accept the agreement as written.
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