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Communities of Excellence:

Preliminary Proposal Presentation (Invitation Only)

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Preliminary proposals will be accepted by invitation only, based on review of the two-page concept paper.

Preliminary proposals will consist of presentations to the university’s leadership team.  This presentation should provide a brief overview of the project and should include sufficient information to allow assessment of the main ideas and approaches, how it is appropriate as a Community of Excellence, and which  Realizing UB 2020 theme or themes the community will address while identifying and impacting Grand Challenge(s) and pushing the boundaries of human understanding.  Ample time (25 minute presentations, 35 minutes for questions) will be given for this group to ask questions of the presenters, and to clarify any aspect of the community proposal.  It is intended that this will be a discussion.  Subsequent to all presentations, selected teams will be invited to submit full proposals.

Preliminary proposal presentations must include the following items (up to a maximum of 11 slides):

  1. Title (1 Slide):
    • Title of the proposed Community of Excellence
    • Names, departmental/school or college affiliation of lead faculty, and theRealizing UB 2020 theme or themes the Community will address.
  2. Project Summary (2 slides): The project summary may not be more than two slides in length and will consist of two parts:
    • (Slide 1): Provide a succinct summary that clearly demonstrates how the proposed community would relate to the Realizing UB 2020 themes, and if appropriate, how they will merge existing strategic strengths or other university strengths, entities or resources into the communities; and
    • (Slide 2): Describe the broader impacts of the proposed community, including the potential long-term impact on our research, learning outcomes and public service missions while addressing global challenges through enduring scholarship, creative activities, and intellectual innovation.
  3. Project Description (Up to 7 slides): The project description of the preliminary proposal presentation is limited to seven slides and will include the following five sections:
    • Vision and Goals:  In approximately one slide, describe the vision and specific goals of the proposed community, and how the community will integrate research, student learning and engagement with the ultimate goal of advancing scholarship and creative activities;
    • Approach and Methodology: In 1-2 slides, describe the approach and methodology that will be used to achieve the vision and goals; and
    • Scientific/Creative Merit, Scholarly Activities and Impact: In 1-2 slides, describe how the synergy of experts from different disciplines in the proposed community will achieve significant advancement in scholarship, student learning and engagement that will have a strong potential for long-term impact on the global challenges being addressed through the community.
    • Statement of Resource Needs: In one slide, broadly list resource needs (summary format).  Resources can include hires, student support, visiting scholar support, facilities/equipment, space, or other needs as proposed by the community.
    • Metrics/Definition of Success: In one slide, identify how success and impact will be measured.
  4. Institutional Fit (1 slide): Describe the institutional fit of the proposed community.
  5. Handout: List of all participating faculty, their departmental affiliations, and their expertise.

Presentations will be scheduled for the week of October 20, 2014.  A copy of the presentation and handouts will be due to the Provost by October 13, 2014.  If requested, the VPRED will review draft presentations and provide feedback to Communities if the draft is received by the OVPRED no later than October 1, 2014.