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Frequently Asked Questions
Newton Award for Transformative Ideas during the COVID-19 Pandemic


Q: How many proposals can I submit? Can I submit two proposals if one is part of a collaborative project and the other is a stand-alone project?
A: Only one proposal total can be submitted by an investigator. If a collaborative project is being proposed, two separate proposals must be submitted. Since this is a collaborative project, there can be some significant overlap between the two in describing the project, but each one should emphasize the individual contribution by the PI. We also recommend to emphasize the collaborative nature by two means:
a) insert a brief sentence at the start of the narrative that indicates the other contribution, e.g. "this project is a collaborative project with XXX from YYY".
b) make the titles similar, e.g. "title: part 1", "title: part II" ("title" being common between the two).
This will guarantee that the proposals reviews will be coordinated.

Q: I am a research associate or postdoctoral researcher. Am I eligible to apply?
A: Yes. This opportunity is open to affiliated researchers from degree-issuing institutions of higher education accredited in, and having a campus located in, the U.S., its territories and possessions.

Q: I am a researcher who is affiliated with a University Affiliated Research Center, Federally Funded Research and Development Center, government laboratory, or non-profit organization. Am I eligible to apply?
A: Researchers affiliated with University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) are eligible to apply. However, those at Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), government laboratories, and non-profits are not. Researchers with dual appointments that include affiliation with an institution of higher education are eligible to apply.

Q: I work at a university based outside the U.S., but my university is in some way partnered with a U.S. university. Am I eligible to apply?
A: No.

Q: Can I incorporate the use of existing archived or publicly available datasets in my proposed project?
A: Yes.

Q: I am interested in proposing an applied project or development of a tool that is directly related to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in some form. Is my proposal suited to this funding opportunity?
A: Only basic research is supported by this funding opportunity. As such, applied research directly related to COVID-19 will not be considered for funding.

Q: Will projects involving basic research questions in the medical sciences be considered for funding?
A: While completely new ideas from diverse disciplines will be considered, investigators are advised that basic research in the medical sciences is usually funded by the NIH, and as such proposals of this sort may not be considered DoD relevant.

Q: I am a researcher who is neither a citizen nor a permanent resident of the U.S. Am I eligible to apply?
A: Yes, if you are in a qualifying U.S. institution.

Q: This FOA does not allow for laboratory-based experimentation. Can I run experiments my home/place of residence?
A: New supporting data should be generated without the use of any experimentation or instrumentation, as the nation-wide closure of laboratories limits the ability of investigators to follow normal safety procedures set by their institutions, in accordance with federal and state regulations. Do not conduct experiments at home.

Q: Are cited references counted in the Program Scope page restrictions? If so, how can they be incorporated?
A: References are included in the Program Scope page restrictions, but can be included in any format including footnotes.

Q: Should Newton Award funds be put towards publication costs?
A: Yes. Dissemination of results through open publication is expected and should be provided for using Newton Award funds.

Q: Is tuition for graduate students or salaries for postdoctoral/research associates an allowable expense?
A: This activity is meant to enable individual investigators to independently carry out the proposed work. As such, budgeting for graduate students or other staff is not allowed.