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CVM Internal Funding Policy

The CVM currently has three funding programs. They are: ILHAC (~$173,000), CVM Seed Grants Program ($140,000), and USDA Formula Funds (~$48,000). The goal is to use the funds to enhance the research productivity of our college. The following changes are now in effect:

  1. Eligibility. The PI must be a faculty member or research scientist (P37 or higher) with a regular appointment in the College of Veterinary Medicine. However, faculty members in other colleges, graduate students, post-docs, or any other qualified researcher are permitted and encouraged to serve as a Co-PI or a collaborator. Although an individual may be an investigator on up to two proposals to one program, an individual can serve as PI on only one. Thus, the same individual may be a PI on one and a co-investigator on one proposal or a co-investigator on two and a PI on none. This policy will apply to all intramural funding programs in the college.
  2. Review Procedure. Each proposal will be reviewed by two reviewers, who will be requested to provide written evaluations of the assigned proposals according to the review criteria. The reviewers are requested to attend the panel meeting to discuss and rank each proposal. The panel meeting is currently needed for USDA Formula Funds and CVM Seed Grants proposals.
  3. Review Criteria Used by Reviewers.

    Significance. Does this study address an important problem that is relevant to the funding program?

    Approach. Are the conceptual or clinical framework, design, methods, and analyses adequately developed, well reasoned, and appropriate to the aims of the project? Does the project have a reasonable chance to succeed?

    Innovation. Is the project original and innovative? For example: Does it challenge existing paradigms or clinical practice, or address an innovative hypothesis or critical barrier to progress in the field? Does the project develop or use novel concepts, approaches, methods, tools, or technologies?

    Investigators. Are the investigators appropriately trained and well suited to carry out this work? Is the work proposed appropriate to the experience level of the principal investigator and other researchers? Is the project of high risk and is there enough justification for pursuing the risk?

    Potential for External Funding. Does the project have the potential for external funding? Is the plan for seeking extramural funds clearly described?

    Evidence of Progress (continuing projects only). Has satisfactory progress been made in the previous year? Have efforts been made for seeking extramural funding? If not, is the delay justified?
  4. ILHAC. This program is funded through the Iowa Livestock Health Advisory Council and is intended to address the priority areas determined by the council. The CVM Research Advisory Committee reviews ILHAC proposals for scientific merit, but does not establish their relative ranking among the proposals.  Final decision on funding is made by the ILHAC board.
  5. Transparency. All funded projects will be posted on the CVM website. This will increase the transparency of the funding process and it will help to track the fund use. If you have any questions please contact the college's Office of Research and Graduate Studies.