Who is eligible to participate?
Faculty in Bluenotes Community institutions are eligible to receive a faculty research grant. The principal investigator must be a full-time faculty member, while collaborators and co-investigators can be non-faculty (program administrators, Blue administrators etc.), in a Bluenotes Community academic institution.
Can proposals include multiple faculty?
Can multiple faculty from the same institution submit independent proposals?
Yes. Multiple faculty from the same institution are eligible to receive grants.
Can funding be used to pay indirect costs?
Yes. Up to 10% of the funding can be used to pay indirect costs. Please include this in your submitted budget proposal.
Is there any penalty if I exceed the page limit of 3 to 5 pages?
Yes. See the NOTE in the rubric.
Do I mention the Institutional Review Board (IRB)/Research Ethic Board (REB) status in the proposal?
Yes. Your research proposal must be in compliance with your institution’s IRB/REB requirements. Please make sure that your timeline in the application includes the time to take proper steps to get your institution’s IRB/REB approval, accordingly. See “II. Goals and Timeline” in the scoring rubric for research ethics board compliance.
How much will each faculty receive in grant money?
The final amount awarded per proposal is contingent upon the total number of accepted proposals. Each faculty grant award will be between $10,000 USD and $13,000 USD per proposal.
Are there any restrictions on the use of the grant funds?
Yes. The grant should be used both for the research proposed but also knowledge transfer from the research, according to the budget specified in your proposal. Please keep in mind that travel expenses must be budgeted by the grant recipient. Award money can be used to fund travel to the Bluenotes GLOBAL 2023 conference. Please note that conference registration fees for award recipients will be waived by Explorance and thus you don’t need to include them in your budget.
What are the requirements for receiving a grant?
Faculty awards are contingent upon the recipient providing a progress report of their research (by April 24, 2023), a presentation for inclusion in the 2023 conference program (by May 22, 2023), and attendance/presentation at the Bluenotes GLOBAL 2023 conference.
Must faculty use Blue to collect and analyze data?
Faculty are encouraged, but not required, to use data collected with Blue or BlueX within the proposal. Explorance is offering faculty a free BlueX survey account to collect data and a free BlueML (Blue Machine Learning) account to analyze comments, for this initiative. BlueX, Explorance’s survey solution for researchers, can be used for the data collection. More details about BlueX and BlueML are available at: https://explorance.com/products/bluex/ and https://explorance.com/products/blueml/.
To obtain a free BlueX or BlueML account for your faculty research initiative, please contact Yeona Jang (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Explorance.
Is this initiative available to faculty at institutions in North America only?
No. Proposals will be accepted for consideration from any institution in the Bluenotes Community, regardless of location.
Can corporate customers participate?
No. Submissions are limited to institutions of Higher Education.
Can faculty grant recipients from the past faculty research grants (in 2020, 2021 and/or 2022) apply for funding?
Yes. Faculty are encouraged to submit an application for the 2023 faculty research grant, including for the continuation of research presented at the Bluenotes GLOBAL 2020 VX, Bluenotes GLOBAL 2021 VX, or Bluenotes GLOBAL 2022.
When will grant funds be distributed by Explorance?
It is assumed that faculty will follow their internal institutional policy on research grant handling. Faculty will work directly with Explorance to have the funds distributed according to any applicable institutional process and policy governing grant awards in their own institutions.