FY20-21 Request for Pre-Proposals (RFP)


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FY20-21 Request for Project Pre-Proposals (RFP)

The USWBSI has changed the annual research plan and budget process for FY20-21, including major changes to the Request for Pre-Proposal (RFP).  The expectation is that these changes will lead to greater collaboration and communication, and more rapid attainment of the Initiative’s primary goal.

FY20-21 Research Categories (RC) FY20-21 Pre-Proposal Categories
  • Category 1:  Proposed Research Projects submitted to a Coordinated Projects (CP) - Barley, Durum, Hard Winter Wheat and VDHR Regional Nurseries
  • Category 2:  Proposed Research Projects submitted to the FHB Management's (MGMT) Integrated Management Coordinated Project (IM-CP); and
  • Category 3:  Individual Research Area (RA) Project Pre-Proposals - MGMT, FST, GDER and PBG


Quickstart - How to Get Started?

STEP 1: Download the "Executive Summary/QuickStart, Preface and Introduction" and the "RC Program Desciptions and Research Priorities" and read carefully before proceeding to Step 2.
STEP 2: Decide whether your proposed research falls into:
  • Category 1:  Coordinated Projects - Commodity-based and VDHR Uniform Scab Nurseies;
  • Category 2:  MGMT Coordinated Project - Integrated Management Studies; or
  • Category 3:  Individual Research Areas (MGMT, FST, GDER and PBG)
STEP 3: Download the appropriate category's instructions and forms (separate downloads).  You may download the entire document, but it is long and contains information that you do not need if you are submitting a pre-proposal in only one category.

NOTE:  No matter what the focus of your proposed research, it should address the FY20-21 Research Priorities/Objectives which are derived from the goals of the Action Plan.  Principal Investigators (PIs) should study the information contained in the RFP carefully prior to completing their proposed research projects/pre-proposals.

PIs are welcome and encouraged to interact with any of the Contacts for the Coordinated Projects and the Research Areas, or the USWBSI's Networking & Facilitation Office (NFO), to identify the appropriate area for their proposed work.

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Application Materials for the USWBSI FY20-21 Request for Project Pre-Proposals



Click on links below to select and download the appropriate instructions and forms.
FY20-21 RFP Items: Category 1:
Proposed Research Project (PRP) submitted to a Commodity based or VDHR related Coordinated Project (CP).
Category 2:
Proposed Research Project (PRP) submitted to MGMT's Integrated Management Coordinated Project (IM-CP).
Category 3:
Individual Research Area Pre-Proposal
Executive Summary/Quick Start, Preface and Introduction:
(READ THIS FIRST)
PDF
(pertains to all categories)
Complete FY20-21 RFP Application Kit: PDF
(bookmarked for easy navigating)
(includes instructions for all categories; forms must be downloaded seperately)
Important Dates and Deadline: PDF
(All Pre-Proposal Categories)
Program Descriptions and Research Priorities/Objectives: PDF
(bookmarked for easy navigating)
(Proposed research should address the FY20-21 Research Priorities/Objectives)
Action Plan: PDF
Instructions: PDF PDF PDF
Deadlines/List of Required Items: PDF PDF PDF
FY20-21 RFP Required Forms: Commodity-based CP - Proposed Research Project Forms (DOCX)
VDHR-Uniform Nursery CPs - Proposed Research Project Forms (DOCX)
Breeder Form (DOCX)
Current and Pending Support (CPS) Form (DOCX)
MGMT-CP - Proposed Research Project Forms (DOCX)
IM-CP Trial Summary Form (DOCX)
Current and Pending Support (CPS) Form (DOCX)
Pre-Proposal Forms (DOCX)
Current and Pending Support (CPS) Form (DOCX)
Special Forms: Cover Page - CP Proposed Research Project
(DOCX) - For use at institutional level of submission process.

Budget Justification forms for Multi-PI Projects (DOCX)
Budget Worksheet for Multi-PI Projects(XLSX)  (Form Updated:  9/3/19)

NOTE:  If there are more than 6 collaborating PIs, please contact the NFO (nfo@scabusa.org) in order to obtain a Multi-PI Budget Worksheet that will allow for more than 6 PIs.
Cover Page - MGMT-CP Proposed Research Project
(DOCX) - For use at institutional level of submission process.
Cover Page - Indivdiual RA Pre-Proposal
(DOCX) - For use at institutional level of submission process.

Budget Justification forms for Multi-PI Projects (DOCX)
Multi-PI Budget Worksheet (XLSX)  (Form Updated:  9/3/19)

NOTE:  If there are more than 6 collaborating PIs, please contact the NFO (nfo@scabusa.org) in order to obtain a Multi-PI Budget Worksheet that will allow for more than 6 PIs.
Summary of Review Process: PDF PDF PDF
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): PDF
File Formats: PDF:  Adobe Acrobat
DOCX:  Microsoft Word (2013 or higher)
XLSX:  Microsoft Excel (2013 or higher)

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Submission of Pre-Proposals and Supporting Documents via
the Electronic Pre-Proposal Submission (EPS) System

The instructions for completing pre-proposals for electronic submission are included in the FY20-21 RFP Application.  Please review the instructions before starting the Pre-Registration Process.

The electronic submission of pre-proposals begins with the ´Pre-Registration Process´ that requires the completion of two web-based forms.  Information from these two form will be used to setup Pre-proposal and PI-based accounts.  Pre-registration begins on Monday, July 29, 2019 and must be completed no later than August 31, 2019.  The Electronic Pre-Proposal Submission (EPS) system will open on August 7.  Starting August 7, information needed for accessing the EPS System will be distributed to PIs within 48 business hours after completing the ´Pre-Registration Process´ (i.e. both steps).  However, PIs who are ONLY submitting to a Coordinated Project (CP) will not be granted access to the EPS System until after they have received confirmation that their submitted LOI has been accepted into the CP.
NOTE:  The USWBSI does not require signatures by the Authorized Organizational Representatives (AORs) on pre-proposals, so only PIs and Co-PIs will be granted access to the EPS system.

An overview of the submission process for each RFP category is summarized in the table below:

Steps: Category 1:  PRP submitted to a Coordinated Project Category 2:  PRP submitted to MGMT IM Coordinated Project Category 3:  Individual Pre-Proposals
Step 1: Complete Pre-Registration Process  (2-step process)

NOTE:  You should not complete this step until after the Chair of the CP Committee has responded to your Letter of Intent.
Complete Pre-Registration Process  (2-step process)

NOTE:  You should not complete this step until after the Coordinator of the MGMT IM-CP has responded to your Letter of Intent.
Complete Pre-Registration Process  (2-step process)
Step 2: Log into EPS System Log into EPS System Log into EPS System
Step 3: Upload Curriculum Vitae/Publication List Upload Curriculum Vitae/Publication List Upload File 1:  Body of Pre-Proposal
Step 4: Upload Current and Pending Support Form (Done) Upload Current and Pending Support Form (Done) Upload File 2:  Curriculum Vitae/Publication List
Step 5:   Upload File 3:  Current and Pending Support Form
Step 6:   Click the 'Pre-Proposal: Final Submit' button.
Step 7:   Click the 'YES CLOSE' button to confirm desire to submit. (Done)

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IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES:
July 12th: Deadline for submission of Letter of Intent - Commodity-based, VDHR-Uniform Nursery, and MGMT IM-CP (Categories 1 and 2)
July 29th: Pre-Registration Process begins.
August 1st: EPS System opens for submission of FY20-21 Pre-Proposals and Supporting Documents.
August 12th: CP Chairs respond to PIs regarding submitted LOIs (Categories 1 and 2)
August 19th: IM-CP Coordinator distributes protocols for IM-CP studies (Category 2)
August 30th: Pre-Registration Process ends.
September 16th: Category 1 and 2 - PIs submit e-version of Proposed Research Projects to CP Chair/Coordinator and the NFO.
Category 1 and 2 - PIs upload CV/Pubs List and CPS form to EPS System.
Category 3 - PIs submit Research Area Individual Pre-Proposal(s) and supporting documents via EPS System.
October 18th: NFO receives final Coordinated Project Pre-Proposals from Chairs/Coordinators (Categories 1 and 2).


Questions/Contact Us:

If you have any questions regarding the FY20-21 RFP Application or the pre-proposal process, please contact the U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative's Networking and Facilitation Office (NFO) by phone at 517-353-0201 or e-mail at nfo@scabusa.org.

USWBSI-NFO
ATTN: Sue Canty
Plant and Soil Sciences Building
1066 Bogues St., RM 584C
East Lansing, MI 48824

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