Expectations of a Concept Paper Submission
How to Submit a Concept Paper
Concept papers with all three items described above are due by 4:30pm on March 31. Submissions may be made by email attachment to ISU-UP@mail.indstate.edu (with signed routing form scanned and saved as a pdf; please hold on electronic submission until after 3/29, account being set up now) or hand delivered anytime before deadline to the Office of Sponsored Programs (Erickson 511). Confirmation of complete submission will be emailed to primary contact on routing form.
There are 3 Concept Paper review committees, a Faculty Senate appointed committee, the Dean’s Council, and the UP Committee. The Faculty Senate appointed committee includes 2 representatives from each college including the Library as well as 2 students appointed by the Student Government Association.
Each review committee will independently prepare formative feedback on each concept paper and a recommendation for (1) an invitation for full proposal submission, (2) consideration of merging with another concept paper(s) for a full proposal submission, or (3) decline for further consideration via the UP mechanism for funding. Members of the Faculty Senate appointed committee and the UP Committee will recuse themselves from evaluating any proposal for which they might have a conflict of interest.
Once the reviews are completed by the three committees, the Faculty Senate appointed committee and the Dean’s Council will forward their reports to the UP Committee. The UP Committee will prepare a cover letter summarizing the three sets of reviews and advance along with each committee’s report to the Provost and President. The Provost and President will announce the outcome on or about May 2. The formative feedback from each committee will be provided via singular email to the primary contact on the routing form.
All concept papers will be posted to the UP website by April 6. The intent is broad awareness of the ideas reflected in proposals and to further potential for collaboration.
The formative feedback of all three committees on each proposal will be posted publically on the UP website on or around May 9. The intent is both transparency of process and a mechanism for idea development/refinement both within and outside the framework of the UP initiative (i.e., authors of concept papers invited for full proposal submission can see the range of feedback provided and authors of concept papers not invited for full proposal submission can consider ways that their idea might be changed/refined for development in a different way and another source of support).
Recognizing that more good ideas may emerge from this process than can realistically be funded with UP resources, the UP Committee is collaborating with the ISU Foundation to ensure their awareness of all proposal submissions.
A planned Open Forum for the presentation of submissions will occur at the full proposal submission phase this fall and not at this time with concept papers.