Welcome Step 1: Your Information Step 2: Budget Proposal Complete


RTI International is one of the world's leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice.

Since 2014, the RTI University Scholars Program has provided partial support for 29 distinguished academic researchers to spend scholarly leave time at RTI, actively collaborating with our experts. This year, the program is open to faculty from Duke University and the University of North Carolina's 16 university campuses.The ideal Scholar is a tenured or research-track faculty member at the Associate Professor level or higher with a commitment to collaboration and a strong research record in a field that aligns with RTI's practice areas and services and capabilities.

Key Dates for the 2020-2021 Application Cycle

16 October 2019 Call for Applications Released
9 January 2020 Expression of Interest Submission Deadline
24 February 2020 Notification to Applicants
30 March 2020 Full Proposal Submission Deadline
24 April 2020 Notification to Applicants

Full Proposal

If invited, full proposals must be submitted as one PDF document via this portal (see below) on or before 5.00 p.m. ET on 30 March 2020. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Full proposals must be organized as follows, and items 3-5 (below) consolidated into one PDF document that is uploaded via the RTI University Scholars Program Application Portal.

  1. Proposal Cover Page (online form): Step 1: Your Information. Included in this form should be:
    • The project title;
    • The proposed period of performance (start/end dates) and total months;
    • The applicant, university administrators, and RTI Collaborator(s)'s contact information;
    • The RTI practice area(s) and/or services and capabilities to which the project aligns;
    • A 200-word (maximum) synopsis of the proposed research project.
  2. Budget (online form): Step 2: Budget Proposal
    • The budget proposal should be developed in dialogue with the RTI Collaborator(s) and justifications for specific expenditures should be provided.
    • Note: RTI does not cover F&A costs. The RTI University Scholars Program will not cover the cost of graduate student stipends or tuition; however, students may participate in the RTI Internship Program.
  3. Project Description (up to 8 pages):
    • Identifies how the proposed research project aligns with RTI’s practice areas and/or services and capabilities, addresses an existing research gap, and advances scientific stature.
    • Clearly outlines the scope, objectives, and measurable deliverables to gauge success throughout the period of performance, as well as the potential for external funding and ongoing collaboration.
  4. Letter of Support from the RTI Collaborator(s): The letter should reflect enthusiastic endorsement of the applicant and project. It should describe the nature of the relationship (new or existing); identify the domain area and field contributions; and highlight the potential for scientific stature.
  5. CV (no limit on length)
    • Include experience securing funding as a PI.
    • If changes have not been made to CV since the EOI submission, no need to include in the full proposal.

Please read detailed instructions above before proceeding.

More Information

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Amy Vargas-Tonsi in the University Collaboration Office.

Amy Vargas-Tonsi, MIS
Project Operations Manager

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