Preliminary proposals will be accepted by invitation only,
based on review of the two-page concept
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):
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Approach and Methodology: In 1-2 slides, describe the approach
and methodology that will be used to achieve the vision and goals;
- 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.
- Institutional Fit (1 slide): Describe the institutional
fit of the proposed community.
- 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.