JSA Initiatives Fund Program - FY2020 Call for Proposals

Proposals Due July 17, 2019

JSA is soliciting proposals for Initiatives Fund support for the FY2020 program. An Initiatives Fund Evaluation Committee will review eligible proposals that meet the criteria. The Committee will include Jefferson Lab Committee members, representation from Jefferson Lab and the JLab Users Organization, and external consultants as needed to ensure a fair and objective process. In addition to evaluating new proposals, the Committee will reassess the value of the programs requesting renewed support to ensure their on-going relevance and continuation. The Committee will make its recommendations for award to the JSA owners, SURA and PAE Applied Technologies, which provide the funds for the Initiatives Fund Program. The owners have final approval of all awards from the Initiatives Fund.

Who Can Submit Proposals
Members of the Jefferson Lab user community, Jefferson Lab researchers and staff, other individuals or groups who can make unique contributions to the Lab's research, development, education, and technology transfer missions. See current and past projects supported in the Initiatives Fund Program.

Evaluation Criteria
Request for funds for scientific projects or those of a technical or R&D nature will generally not be considered. The Evaluation Committee will not provide original scientific or technical review of proposals. Evaluation of proposals will be based generally on the following criteria.

  • Intellectual and/or outreach merits and/or potential impact on the Lab user community
  • Alignment with and significance to the goals and missions of the Lab
  • Degree of leveraged support and/or matching resources from other fund sources, including Lab funds
    • Proposals for support for meetings, workshops, and conferences should align with the overall interests and mission of the Lab and should be matched by other source(s)
    • For scientific meeting support, proposers should discuss availability of matching funds with the Lab Deputy Director for Science (Robert McKeown, bmck@jlab.org) prior to proposal submission.
  • Extent to which other means (federal, state, regional, local, or private) to gain the proposed support were considered
  • Proposed evaluation plan to measure success

Instructions to Proposers
Submittals should be made on the 2020 Proposal Form (download form), and may include letters of endorsement and other supporting information. A maximum of 10 additional pages may be appended to the proposal form.

  • Proposals should identify a Principal Investigator (PI). The PI is the responsible party with whom JSA will coordinate the award and administration of funds for approved projects.
  • Proposals that include leveraged support and/or matching resources should secure the authorization of the institutional authority providing the leveraged support and/or matching resources.
  • Proposals submitted by PI's who are Lab employees require the acknowledgement of the appropriate Associate Director.
  • Proposals submitted by users who hold a joint appointment at the Lab should identify the Lab division association.
  • Proposals from users that include equipment to be used at the Lab should have the review and authorization of the appropriate Lab Associate Director.
  • Proposals for renewals should include an assessment of prior year performance and success of project.
  • Budget proposals should include a statement of justification for the funds requested.
    • The JSA Initiatives Fund Program does not support salaries, salary-related expenses, or indirect expenses.
    • Provide sufficient detail to determine the categories of costs associated with the proposal.
    • Include information about the leveraged support and/or matching resources. Identify the source, type and amount of support from each institution. For in-kind support, provide estimate of value.
    • The total on the budget proposal should match the total funds requested on the proposal summary sheet.

Proposals are due no later than midnight July 17, 2019, via e-mail to the Jefferson Lab Committee at jlab_committee@sura.org.

Questions about Call for Proposals
Questions about this Call for Proposal may be submitted to Tea Jojua. JSA will make responses to general questions regarding this call for proposal available to all proposers.


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Updated June 3, 2019.