What is Sustainable Urbanism as defined by the FASF grant?
Proposals are welcomed that investigate the urban core in the United States or globally. This includes the built environment, segregation and other spatial practices; health, educational and economic disparities; how race and other identity categories such as gender and class are operative; policing and other legal issues; and economic development. Proposals are welcome that investigate the root causes of these issues; that recommend solutions; and that consider meaning and issues of representation and documentation.

Who can act as a PI on a grant?
All Washington University faculty including adjunct faculty may serve as a principal investigator and submit proposals.

What happens should a PI no longer be able to serve as a PI for a grant?
Should the PI require a change in status due to long or short term absence or change in status with the university, the PI should prepare a transition plan and submit that to the FASF Steering Committee for review. The plan should include recommendations for a new or temporary PI, the expected term of service coincident with the grant, and acknowledgment that the proposed PI has agreed to the terms and responsibilities outlined in the proposal. The Steering Committee will review the transition proposal and determine acceptability. Should the plan be deemed unacceptable, the committee may request an alternate transition plan, implement an administrative transition plan, or terminate the award. Given the nature of the grants, the committee will work to determine if the transition plan under consideration allows the grant to continue to operate in the spirit under which the original proposal was awarded.

Can a faculty member act as a PI for two different grants?
Yes –  a single Washington University faculty member including adjunct faculty member may serve as a principal investigator on more than one grant.

What is the role of the PI on the grant?
The PI serves as the principal liaison to the steering committee and the work proposed.  The PI assumes responsibility for supervising the undertaking of the work in the proposals and the adhering to the rules, guidelines, and stipulations of the grant award including providing a written report and deliverables at the end of the grant period. The PI will be responsible for maintaining an accounting of uses of funds provided under the award and any matching funds associated with the grant. Each award must have a Washington University Faculty member as the PI.  Additional investigators an co-PIs may be named, but the WU PI will be the principal liaison to the steering committee.

Can the same grant be submitted under more than one category? Is there a penalty for doing so?
No, the same grant cannot be submitted for review to more than one category

Can a student organization apply for grant funds?
No, a student organization cannot apply as  a PI on a FASF grant.  Every grant MUST have a Washington University P.I.

What are the grant award categories?
Proposals will be accepted in three major areas:

  1. Curriculum Development: Proposals in this area will request funding to support efforts such as the development of curriculum for new or existing courses, the creation of text book chapters of instructional materials to assist with the pedagogical mission of the university in targeted areas, etc. Principal investigators are asked to seek the support of their school dean for curriculum development proposals prior to submission. Proposals from Arts & Sciences should seek support from their department / program chair and the school dean. Proposals from the medical school should seek support from Alison Whelan, Senior Associate Dean for Education.
  2. Research: Proposals in this area will request funding to support research efforts that touch upon the root causes of recent events in our region. These efforts may include the early development of pilot projects that serve as seed opportunities for larger grant pursuits. Though seeking additional funding beyond the seed grant is not a requirement, opportunities to leverage the seed investment beyond the grant period will be favorably considered.
  3. Academic Residencies: Proposals in this area will request funding to support residencies by visiting scholars to do research pertaining to Ferguson and/or sustainable urbanism.  Residencies will be fixed-term, for either continuous or intermittent periods.  The residency may include public lectures or seminars by the visiting scholars to increase the immediate impact on the entire community of their residency.
    Grant proposals for residencies should clearly outline:
    – the mechanism for public impact;
    – why local scholars/experts cannot have the same impact;
    – the key partners/organizations/communities with which the scholar will interact in St.  Louis;
    – how the residency will influence the scholar’s short-term and/or long-term research and work
    Principal investigators are asked to seek the support of their school dean for academic residencies proposals prior to submission. Proposals from Arts & Sciences should seek support from their department / program chair and the school dean. Proposals from the medical school should seek support from Alison Whelan, Senior Associate Dean for Education.

Can a PI ask for both and undergraduate and graduate student on a grant? Can a grant request more than one student?
Yes

Can undergraduate and graduate students who are not currently enrolled students at Washington University be considered for an internship on a FASF grant?
No; only undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at Washington University can be considered or nominated to work on as an intern on a FASF grant.

Should I develop my grant budget based on the expectation of receiving matched funding or based on the FASF base limit of $7,500?
The budget should be based on a maximum award of $7,500.  The proposal should indicate that they seek matching funds and provide an addendum budget up to $15,000.

How should I address budget concerns if I believe that my proposal is eligible for matching funds from the Institute of Public Health?
Proposals that address a problem related to some aspect of public health may qualify for a matching grant (matched 1:1) from the Institute for Public Health. Principal investigators seeking matching funds from the Institute for Public Health should contact Victoria Anwuri, Associate Director, Institute of Public Health, or call 314-747-9206, in advance of grant submission to determine if the proposal is a good fit for these matching funds. Should it be determined that this is a good fit for IPH, complete the appropriate fields in the application form and then you should included in your budget the amount of the Institute of Public Health match request.

How should I address budget concerns if I believe that my proposal is eligible for matching funds from the Institute of University Libraries?
Proposals that meaningfully incorporate the University libraries may qualify for a matching grant (matched 1:1) from the Olin Library. Principal investigators seeking matching funds from Olin Library should contact Rudolph Clay, Head of Library Diversity Initiatives & Outreach or Melissa Vetter, Head of Research Services, in advance of grant submission to determine if the proposal is a good fit for library matching funds. Should it be determined that this is a good fit for University libraries, complete the appropriate fields in the application form and then you should included in your budget the amount of the University Library match request.

How should I address budget concerns if I believe that my proposal is eligible for matching funds from the Institute of University Olin School of Business?
Proposals that address a problem related to business or economic development may qualify for a matching grant (matched 2:1) from the Olin School of Business.  Principal investigators seeking matching fund from Olin School of Business should contact Todd Milbourn, Professor of Finance, in advance of grant submission to determine if the proposal is a good fit for Olin School of Business matching funds. Should it be determined that this is a good fit for University libraries, complete the appropriate fields in the application form and then you should included in your budget the amount of the Olin Business School match request.

How will I know if my grant has received matching funds from IPH /Libraries /Olin Business School?
You will be notified at the time of the award if matching funds are included and the amount of the match.

Are there any restrictions as to the use of grant funds?
Grants are subject to University rules and guidelines.

Can grant funds be used to pay salaries?
Grant funds are generally not expected to cover salary compensation; however, this is not prohibited under the terms of the grant.  As a rule of thumb, salary and compensation should be kept to less than 20% of the award amount.

What is the process for interested professional, graduate and undergraduate students applying for an internship position?
Funded grants will be announce and posted on November 14, 2015. Approved grants that have requested a call for interns will be posted on the website.  Interested students will have two weeks to submit applications to work with funded grants. Applications will be forwarded directly to faculty principal investigators for selection. Student internships will be announced by December, 12.

What is the length of time for these internship positions?
Internships may last for the tenure of the grant

When will the FASF grants funds be awarded?
All FASF grants funds are expected to be disbursed to approved grants no later June 20th 2016

When will approved funding be disbursed?
Approved funds will be disbursed within 5 business days  to the department and fund number specified following the receipt of all finalized grant documents and agreement

When will I need to have expended all my grant funds?
All disbursed FASF must be expended as per the agreed upon dates on the final approved grant document and no later  than June 30, 2017.

When will reporting and deliverables on the grant be due?
A one page final report shall be submitted for all funded proposals within 45 days of the conclusion of the grant. The report should include a clear statement of accomplishments on the basis of the funding, and a paragraph on future enhancements to the funding process. It should also include a description of the planned deliverable, in a tangible format, and an expected time frame for its submission. Potential deliverables include, e.g., papers; book chapters; revised or new syllabi; recordings; installations or exhibits; documentation of conferences, symposia, or residencies. Acknowledgement for funding shall be included in all publicity for funded proposals. [“This project was supported in part by the Washington University Ferguson Academic Seed Grant Program through the Offices of the Chancellor and Provost”]. It is anticipated that deliverables will be deposited in an archive, under development.

Principal investigators will write a 200-word blog or do a brief podcast interview for the voices.wustl.edu website. This deliverable has a variable date.