FAQ

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Purpose

Q. What is the purpose of the Collaborative Research Grant Program?

A. The program has two main objectives:

  1. Support the completion of a 12-month inter-institutional project, and
  2. Support the development and submission of proposals for external funding of research from competitive granting agencies both domestic and international (e.g., NSF, NIH, DOE, World Bank, NATO, UNESCO, etc.) and industry. Upon completion of the 12-month project, the principal investigators must present evidence that they are seeking continued funding from another source. If the PIs have a funded project and plan to apply for additional funding, they will be required to provide an interim progress report as part of the application process.

Eligibility

Q: I am a researcher for an agency of The Texas A&M University System. Am I eligible to apply for CONACYT?

A: You must be a tenured or tenured-track faculty member at Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University at Galveston, or Texas A&M University at Qatar to be eligible. If you are a faculty member at an A&M System university or agency, you must have a dual appointment at Texas A&M.

Letters of Intent

Q: Do both PIs (A&M and Mexican) have to submit a letter of intent?

A: No, only one letter of intent is required.

Q: Do both PIs (A&M and Mexican) have to sign the letter of intent?

A: No, only one letter of intent is required. Electronic submissions without signatures are acceptable.

Q: If our letter of intent is approved, do both PIs have to complete the application?

A: No, only one electronic application is required using the online application system at eproposal.tamu.edu. Both PIs can work on the proposal online and submit.

Q: Will letters of intent submitted after the deadline be allowed?

A: No, the stated deadline is firm for letters of intent.

Q. Does the letter of intent have to specify the industry partner/end user?

A. Yes.

Q. What is SNI?

A. Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (SNI) of Mexico.

Q. Who should be the industry partner/end user?

A. Almost any entity other than another institution of higher education. This can include private industry, non-profit agencies, government agencies, etc.

Letters of Support

Q. Who should write the Texas A&M letter of support?

A. Someone such as a department head, college dean or others who are familiar with the PI, his/her work, and the proposed project.

Q. Is a letter of support from Texas A&M required?

A. Letters of support from Texas A&M are not required, only optional. The proposal is electronically routed and 'signed' at the department and college level so there is a built-in approval process on the Texas A&M side. A separate support letter from Texas A&M would add value to your proposal package if it were specifically committing matching funds or in-kind support for your research project, or some other unique aspect that was not covered in your proposal or other support letters.

Q. If we received letters of support in Spanish, can we provide an English translation rather than requesting another letter?

A. Yes.

Proposal Submission

Q. How do I complete the proposal since I am going out of town for a month?

A. Proposals are submitted and routed electronically using the online application system at eproposal.tamu.edu. If you will be traveling, take a laptop with Internet connection, use a computer at your destination, or have your co-PI complete the application.

Q. Does my proposal need to be submitted by the deadline, or does it have to be completed and routed for signatures by the deadline?

A. The full proposal must be submitted, routed electronically for appropriate signatures, and received by the proposal deadline.

Q. How long does the electronic routing take?

A. The electronic routing is very fast if the signers and/or alternate signers are available and have access to a computer with Internet access. It can be done within minutes. It is recommended that the Texas A&M PI contact the department and college to let them know that the proposal will be coming. Once the proposal is submitted, the designated signer at the department will receive an automated email from the online application system letting them know that they have a proposal to review/approve. Once approved at the department level, the same thing happens at the college level.

Priority Areas

Q: Are the priority areas the only ones funded?

A: No, sometimes other relevant topics are funded.

Q. Which category does my research fit?

A. Discuss the research and tie to one or more of the seven priority areas.

Budget/Salary

Q. Who does "budget contact" refer to at Texas A&M?

A. "Budget contact" is the center or department bookkeeper. If awarded the grant, funds will be transferred to the PI's home department to manage for the duration of the grant.

Q. Does the budget have to be evenly split between Texas A&M and Mexico?

A. No, but it should reflect a true collaboration between the partners.

Q. Are the funds provided for this grant considered state or local funds at Texas A&M?

A. Local funds.

Q: How much salary can I include?

A: No salary is allowed for the PIs, undergraduate students or postdoctoral students. Funding is allowed, however, for graduate students.

No-Cost Extension

Q. Can I request a no-cost extension on my grant?

A. Yes. The no-cost extension form should be completed, signed and returned to the Division of Research (see form for instructions).