For an application to be accepted for review, it MUST

    • Use RAC application forms that are available in Word. Use NIH format in Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype or Georgia typeface and a font size of 11 points or larger. A symbol font may be used to insert Greek letters or special characters; the font size requirement still applies. User at least 1/2 inch margins (top, bottom, left and right) for all pages. Application must be single spaced.
    • Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement
    • Letter of support from the Department Chair must include clear statement of departmental commitment regarding protected time for research and departmental funding for cost sharing of the proposed research
    • Include HRRC number/date for IRB approval for any project using Human Subjects
    • Include IACUC Approval/date for any project using vertebrate animals
    • Be submitted electronically to no later than the posted 5PM deadline (no exceptions)

For a re-submission to be accepted for review, it MUST

    • Resubmissions of revised RAC applications must include:
    • The complete original application (including budget and personnel sheets)
    • The revised grant with changes marked (How to Resubmit Your RAC Application)
    • Summary statements from previous application
    • Responses to the Reviewers’ comments
    • Updated COI forms and Letter(s) of support (because of date changes)
    • Be submitted electronically to no later than the posted 5PM deadline (no exceptions)

Note: Applications may be deemed "Administratively Disallowed" for not meeting the criteria presented on this website (i.e. late submission, disallowable budget items, ineligible PI, etc.) Notification of administrative disallowance will be made at the same time awards and denial notifications are made.

Use of Human Subjects

Applications will NOT be considered for review unless HRRC Human Research Review Committee (HRRC) approval has at minimum been applied for (duly noted on the application) at the time of submission. All RAC awards are for a twelve (12) month period as specified below. RAC awards will not be allocated until HRRC approval is granted and delays for approval will not be considered as extenuating circumstances in the event an extension is requested.

Use of Laboratory Animals

Proposals utilizing laboratory animals must have a completed Laboratory Animal Utilization form from the HSC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) prior to the initiation of the research. RAC proposals will NOT be considered for review until an IACUC approval has been applied for.

Fiscal Year Application Deadlines

Proposals must be received no later than 5PM on the proposal due date as specified below. Please submit electronic copy of proposal to Cassandra Misenar at

Electronic notification of application status will be made approximately three weeks after the submission date and one week prior to the funding begin date.

Proposal Due Date Funding Begin Date Funding End Date
February 1, 2020 March 1, 2020 February 28, 2021
June 7, 2020 July 1, 2020 June 30, 2021
October 4, 2020 November 1, 2020 October 31, 2021