Research Proposal: Urban Stormwater Runoff Management, Water quality monitoring, Sustainable Urban Agriculture, and Urban Sustainability

Submission Requirements: Proposals must be submitted electronically in the Microsoft Word via blackboard.  Must include a completed Budget Breakdown Form

Funding Limit: The maximum amount of funds requested cannot exceed $100,000.00

Project time: April 1, 2020 to March 30, 2021

Focus area: Any research proposal that addresses issues related to Urban Stormwater Runoff Management, Water quality monitoring, Sustainable Urban Agriculture, and Urban Sustainability.

Page Limit: Between 5 and 10 pages, single line space with 12 New Roman Type font. References, budget breakdown and budget justification are not included in 10 pages limit.

Research Proposal Template/FORMAT

  • Project Title:
  • Principal Investigator:
    • Name and Affiliation:
    • Telephone number:
    • Facsimile number:
    • E-mail address:
  • Introduction ( at least Half page)
  • Problem statement/justification (at least 1 page)
  • Objective of the study (at least Half page)
  • Hypothesis or research questions
  • Methodology (at least 1 page)
  • Expected Results and discussion (Expected outputs/results and how they will be disseminated and reporting times) (at least Half page)
  • Time Frame (provide activity by activity, in the format of GANTT)
  • Intellectual and broader impact of the proposed project (at least 1 page)
  • Budget breakdown and budget justification (Provide a budget break-down on an annual basis, by activity/line item).
  • References (APA format)

Evaluation Criteria: See attachment 2

GANTT Chart


ATTACHMENT 1

BUDGET BREAKDOWN

Proposed Start Date:Proposed Completion Date:
Project Number: (to be assigned by funder)
Project Title:
Principle Investigator (s):
Cost CategoryFederal
1. Salaries and wages:$
-Principal Investigator (s)               -Graduate student      -Undergraduate student 
 
 
 
Total salaries and wages$
2. Fringe benefits 
3. Supplies 
4. Equipment 
5. Services or consultants 
6. Travel 
7. Other direct costs 
8. Total direct costs 
9. Indirect costs on federal share 
10. Indirect costs on non- federal share: 
11. Total estimated cost$

ATTACHEMENT 2

Scoring Rubric: Research Proposal (modified from coedpages.uncc.edu)

Rubrics for student learning outcomes: Students are expected to meet Milestone 3 or above

Student Learning ObjectiveBenchmark 1Milestone 2Milestone 3Capstone 4
1. Gain coherence in their knowledge of different course works and activities in their discipline: Critically analyze peers work and solve problem on the group project Apply theories to practice in completing their capstone projectStudent did not connect knowledge of previous courses to critically analyze existing works to apply to the real-world solutionsStudent demonstrated some knowledge of previous courses to somewhat analyze existing works to apply to the real-world solutionsStudent demonstrated adequate knowledge of previous courses to reasonable analyze existing works to apply to the real-world solutions.Student demonstrated use of previous courses to critically analyze existing works to apply to the real-world solutions
  2. Review and analyze the latest research findings in the area of their specialization: Identify the research question and reflect on the significance of the findings Relate the application of the research findings to the area of their specialization Write a term paper on critical evaluation of the reviewed researchThe literature review is poorly written in all three criteria: Thesis, evidence & analysis, structure and style.The literature review is adequate in all three criteria: Thesis, evidence & analysis, structure and style.The literature review is good in all three criteria: Thesis, evidence & analysis, structure and style.The literature review is very good in all three criteria: Thesis, evidence & analysis, structure and style.
3. Develop interdisciplinary research project proposal for funding to demonstrate competence in applying theoretical knowledge on the practical application in their specialization: Write a funding project proposal that integrates knowledge and experience gained from students area of specialization Critically review the peers funding proposal reflect on how to strength it.  The research proposal is unacceptable as it did not critically review the exiting work and integrate knowledge with experience gained during his/her previous studiesThe research proposal needs major revision to be acceptable as it did not adequately review the exiting work and integrate knowledge with experience gained during his/her previous studiesThe research proposal is acceptable as it did critically review the exiting work and integrate knowledge with experience gained during his/her previous studiesThe research proposal is a target or publishable for funding as it critically reviewed the exiting work and integrate knowledge with experience gained during his/her previous studies
  4. Be able to compile a technical report of 65 pages or more in the format of graduate thesis.  Different sections of the technical report are not well integrated or poorly organized.Different sections of the technical report are not well integrated.Different sections of the technical report are well integrated. The forma followed the template.Student demonstrated proficiency in compiling technical report, integrating ideas as well as in providing person perspective
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