Impact Multiplier Grants

Connecting the University to the Coastal Bend Community and Beyond

The Office of Community Outreach seeks to develop and support a community of practice within TAMU-CC that’s focused on being impactful by leaving a legacy in the community. As a part of that effort, Outreach offers Impact Multiplier Grants (IMG) to foster and facilitate community engagement using existing TAMU-CC talent, knowledge and resources to create a positive impact on the community.

Broader Impacts are about creating societal benefits beyond teaching our students and adding to academic knowledge. Often it takes only small additional acts of direct community engagement to multiply societal impact and to create a ripple effect that improves lives.

Impact Multiplier Grants aim to realize this potential and to amplify TAMU-CC’s impact on the local, regional, national, or global community.

Request for Proposals

The Office of Community Outreach is calling for IMG proposals from faculty and staff. The purpose of these grants is to create or multiply immediate and long-term societal benefits, also known as Broader Impacts.  Each spring and fall one or more grants up to $2,500 will be considered for funding. Awarded grants should have a timeline of completion within the calendar year after the award.

Dates

Application Deadline

01/16/2018

Award Notification

02/06/2018

 

Broader Impacts are the driving concept behind IMG.  Broader Impacts are an important part of all grant proposals and are highly encouraged across all disciplines. They should be included whenever possible in any grant, program, or activity.   

IMG proposals can be a standalone project, a proof of concept for a larger program, or an extension of an existing program's Broader Impacts.

IMG applications will be evaluated on how well TAMU-CC research, knowledge, and activities will be disseminated and applied outside of the University to address economic and social issues. Awarded Impact Multiplier Grants will use research discoveries, educational processes, and institutional activities to create Broader Impacts.

Broader Impacts achieve societally relevant outcomes that go beyond the expected outcomes of academic merit and university student education. Such outcomes include, but are not limited to:

  • Enhanced engagement or interaction between TAMUCC and the Community
  • Full participation of women, persons with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities in all professional fields
  • Improved education and educator development at any level
  • Increased public literacy and public engagement with education, culture, science and technology
  • Improved health and well-being of individuals in our community (local, regional, national, or global)
  • Environmental conservation and restoration
  • Increased partnerships between academia, industry, and others
  • Enhanced infrastructure for research and education

Strong proposals will have a good potential for long-term changes that will continue beyond the initially funded activities. Think about and describe in your application any way that the activities will improve quality of life for anyone affected even if indirectly.

There are resources on this site to help you better understand Broader Impacts. If you have further questions or need assistance implementing or writing about Broader Impacts for this grant application or any other, please contact us through our web form, or contact Joe Miller at phone extension 5967, or email: Joseph.Miller@tamucc.edu




FAQ's

How is the Impact Multiplier Grant funded?

Who is on the selection committee?

Do I have to submit my proposal through the TAMU Sponsored Research Services (SRS) pre-award process?

Do I have to have a commitment from a community partner before I submit my application?

How much money can I request?

If I am awarded, how will I receive the money?

How can the Impact Multiplier Grant funds be used?

Can I submit more than one proposal?

Can I make changes to my proposal after submitting?

If I do not get a grant can I submit the proposal again?

What if my proposal takes longer than a year?

Who do I contact if I have more questions?


How is the Impact Multiplier Grant funded?

The TAMU-CC Office of Community Outreach programs provide funding for Impact Multiplier Grants.

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Who is on the selection committee?

Representatives from Community Outreach, Institutional Advancement, the Center for Faculty Excellence, Student Engagement and Success, and Staff Council make up the selection committee for the Impact Multiplier Grant.

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Do I have to submit my proposal through the TAMU Sponsored Research Services (SRS) pre-award process?

No. Use only the online application. If the program application has special requirements, these will be discussed before a grant is awarded.

Do I have to have a commitment from a community partner before I submit my application?

No, do not secure a commitment from a community partner until you are awarded a grant. In your application, provide the name(s) of potential partners. When discussing the project with potential partners during the application phase, make it clear that this is a tentative proposal that is subject to approval.

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How much money can I request?

Proposals should request as close to the exact amount needed to complete the project up to $2500.00.

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If I get the grant, how will I receive the money?

Award funds will be deposited into a University departmental account. All related University purchasing and accounting rules will apply.

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How can the Impact Multiplier Grant funds be used?

Award funds may be used for direct program expenses. In general, funds may not be used for cash prizes, gift cards, salary increases, direct payments to individuals (consultant fees), bonuses, meals for meetings, office equipment, etc. Exceptions that are essential to a strong program proposal may be considered.  All related University purchasing rules and policies will apply.

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Can I submit more than one proposal?

Yes you can submit more than one disctict proposals. If you need to modify or edit a submitted proposal see the FAq on edits below.

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Can I make changes to my proposal after submitting?

Yes. If your proposal requires modifications or edits, please take the following steps:

  1. Reply to your submittal notification email and request that your submission be removed from the system.
  2. Submit a new proposal application form with your edits.

If you wish to rescind your proposal, please reply to your submittal notification email and tell us that you would like to rescind your proposal.

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If I do not get a grant can I submit the proposal again?

Yes. The Office of Community Outreach will provide feedback on applications.   A proposal can be resubmitted for consideration during the next award cycle.

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  How long do I have to complete the terms of the grant if I am awarded?

Proposals should include the intended date of completion.  The expectation is that it will be completed in one calendar year from the award date.

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Who do I contact if I have more questions?

Joseph Miller

Joe Miller Director of Community Outreach 
Phone: 361-825-5967
Fax: 361-825-2384
Email:  Joseph.Miller@tamucc.edu







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