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TCU IS Application Process

  1. Submit Letter of Intent which provides your contact information and a short description of the project you intend to submit to by February 28, 2020.
  2. Complete application as described below.
  3. Prepare budget, following budget guidance below.
  4. Update CVs for all PIs and include with proposal.
  5. Submit all full proposal components via email to by Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 5pm.

Budget Guidance

Budgets may include

  • Postdocs for 9 or 12 month appointments, within one fiscal year.
  • Student researchers.
  • Consultants.
  • Travel justified to perform the proposed research.

TCU-IS budget is NOT intended for

  • Faculty or staff pay, including summer.
  • Long-term funding for any particular research project.
  • Travel for participation in conferences or professional meetings to present research results.

If IT related purchases or equipment is required, submit a quote from Instructional Services or Technology Resources.

PIs with existing start-up funds must include information about how those funds will be put to use for this project and/or why they are not sufficient for what is proposed.

Application Components

Note: There is no dictated format, other than the sections and information below.  PIs are encouraged to use the format of the external agency they have targeted for later submission.

Opening Section

For each PI: Name, Department, Highest Degree
Project Title
Project Period – June 1 to the following May 31 (12-month period)
Funding Request (total $ amount)
Non-technical abstract (200 words or less), suitable for publication with a non-technical readership
Human/animal subjects information (status of protocol(s) reviewed/approved)

Statement of significant potential (Tell how this project has the potential to increase productive scholarship, either through significant external funding or increase institutional reputation for scholarship)

Body of Proposal

The body of the proposal may follow the format of the funding agency targeted for external funding requests.


Include budget details and justification for each category of the request.
PIs are encouraged to submit the budget using the template available on the Sponsored Programs website.  Other formats are acceptable.

CV for each PI

Record of External Funding

Include submissions and awards for each PI.

Award Requirements

  • TCU IS funding should be acknowledged in any reports or productions resulting from the funded work.
  • Approvals from research compliance committees (IRB, IACUC, etc.) must be obtained before awarded funding will be released.
  • PIs whose projects receive a TCU IS award must carry out the project as proposed according to the awarded budget.  If changes in protocol, objectives, scope, or budget are required, prior approval must be obtained from the Director of Sponsored Programs.
  • If external funding for the project begins during the TCU IS project award period, the unspent TCU IS funding covering the same project expenses will be returned to the fund.
  • Awards will be made for 12 month periods.  Funds must be utilized by the date given in the award letter.  Awards will be issued with partial funding on June 1, 2020.  PI(s) must commit to giving a status report and presentation at the mid-point (6 month) and end (12 month) of the funding period.  Full funding will be made available contingent upon satisfactory progress as presented at the mid-point (6 month) presentation.
  • A final report on the project is due to the Director of Sponsored Programs within 60 days of the project completion or expiration of the funding award, whichever comes first.