In the first stage of the proposal process, teams are required to submit a two-page concept paper providing a brief description of the project, how it responds to a grand challenge facing mankind and/or pushes the boundaries of human understanding, and how it relates to the Realizing UB 2020 themes. This two page paper should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 30, 2014. The subject heading of the email should include a brief title of the concept and the name of the lead faculty member. This broad call for concepts is designed to capture our best ideas for identifying and addressing grand challenges while not burdening the process with a detailed development of the entire team or supporting structures. Thus, the prime focus of the concept paper is to clearly communicate why investment in the distinctive idea/ideas and approaches the team proposes will position UB as a leader in the topic area proposed.
Each concept paper must include the following:
These concepts will be reviewed to determine which ideas the campus will pursue. External and internal experts may be asked to comment on the importance of the proposed activity. Moreover, lead faculty will be asked that where similar strong concepts arise, they be combined during the preliminary proposal stage, i.e., team building may be required after best concepts are chosen. Up to 10-15 concepts will be invited for further consideration as a preliminary proposal.