Dow-MU STEM Partnership

2015 Request for Proposals – DOW-MU STEM Partnership

 The College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE) is seeking applications for funding from undergraduate students in any of the CITE Divisions (Weisberg Division of Computer Science, Weisberg Division of Engineering, and Division of Applied Science and Technology) to support undergraduate research. To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled in a CITE undergraduate program, and have an anticipated baccalaureate graduation date no earlier than May 2016.

Applicants must identify a faculty member who will agree to provide laboratory space and supervise the proposed research. Should the proposed research include any protocols that require Institutional Review Board approval, state or federal collection permits, or have any other special permitting or safety requirements, the faculty mentor will be responsible for obtaining the necessary approvals and permits, and providing the required training.

Funded projects should be completed by the end of the Fall 2015 semester, and students supported under this program are required to present their research at the 2016 Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol (URDC).  We strongly recommend that students start their research projects during the summer of 2015 in order to insure that the work is completed in time to present the project at URDC 2016.

Funding for this program is provided through a donation by The DOW Chemical Company.


Directions for Preparing Proposals

Proposal documents are limited to a total of five pages, single spaced, including narrative, figures, tables, references and budget.  All pages must be standard 8.5 x 11 inches, with no margin less than 0.75 inches.  The font used throughout (except where required for specialized formulae or symbols) must be Arial, Calibri, Cambria, or Times New Roman with a size of 11 point.  Each proposal must start with a descriptive title, followed by the name and contact information of the student researcher, and the name and contact information of the faculty mentor.  In addition to the five-page limit, each proposal must be accompanied by a letter of support on division letterhead from the faculty member who will supervise the research.  Faculty mentors must be tenured or tenure-track and hold an appointment in a CITE Division, the applicant must be enrolled as an undergraduate in a CITE program, and the proposed research must be in a CITE discipline.

Narrative.  The proposal narrative should be divided into three sections, Background, Experimental Approach, and Budget Narrative.  The Background section should explain why research in the proposed field is important and merits support.  This section should also briefly summarize previous work in the area of interest, with proper citations, and indicate how the proposed research will advance or resolve the state of knowledge in the field.  Include figures and/or tables as needed to complement the narrative.  Finally, the Background section should pose a clear scientific question (or questions) to be answered by the proposed research, or clearly state the hypothesis that is being tested.

The Experimental Approach section of the narrative should describe in detail the experimental design, the methods to be used in generating data, what type(s) and amount of data that will be generated, and the methods to be used to analyze the data.  It must be clear that the experiments described are well designed to answer the question (or questions), or test the hypothesis, posed in the Background section of the narrative.  Include figures and/or tables as needed to complement the descriptions of the experimental approach.

The Budget Narrative should provide the rationale for each budget line, and how it advances or disseminates the proposed research.  The maximum funding provided under this program will be $5,000.  Student researchers should include a research stipend of less than or equal to $4,000.  The remainder of the budget can be allocated to equipment, travel, or other direct costs (see the Budget Form attached).  Travel is restricted to participation in scientific meetings.  No matching funds are required.  However, cost sharing is encouraged with the understanding that any costs (real or in-kind) incurred above the $5,000 limit will be the responsibility of the faculty mentor, or his/her division or college.  A statement of authority to obligate matching funds will be required at the time of proposal submission.  Faculty stipends or salaries are not permitted.

Submission Information

This RFP and the accompanying budget form are available in electronic format at

Completed applications (including narrative, budget, and faculty support letter) are due in the College of Information Technology and Engineering (Gullickson Hall Room 112) or by electronic submission (send to ) no later than 5:00 PM on Monday, 13 April 2015.

 Awards will be announced no later than Monday, 27 April 2015.

Download 2015 RFP Budget Form in DOCX format or PDF format