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Guidance and technical assistance for Policy Initiative applicants

The Policy Initiative is structured differently than the other funding opportunities that CBCRP offers, so this page is a resource you can use if you need additional assistance preparing your application.

FRequently Asked Questions

Q. Will you provide indirect costs?

A. Yes, we will provide indirect costs. CBCRP will pay non-UC institutions the percent of their modified total direct costs at their existing federally agreed-upon rate. If the principal investigator is from any of the UC campuses, the indirect rate is capped at 25 percent.

Q. How many teams from an institution can apply?

A. We are not limiting the number of policy teams' applications per institution. However, all applications will be peer reviewed and you may want to keep that in mind when you apply. Multiple applications with the same scholars on them may not be the best strategy.

Q. Can we suggest or determine the topics to address as a policy team?

A. No, the policy teams will be asked to bid to do research on policy topics that have been nominated by CBCRP stakeholders throughout California and vetted through the Policy Research Advisory Group (PRAG). You can, however, submit policy questions for consideration by going to the policy call for topics page and answering a few short questions.

Q. If my team gets selected, does that mean I am guaranteed funds?

A. Being in the pool of policy teams does not guarantee funds, but the selected teams are the only ones that can bid on the topic projects.

Q. How long are the research projects the policy teams will bid on?

A. The research projects will vary in length but they are anticipated to go no more than six months, although we anticipate the projects could be less than that. The scope, timeline and total budget for the projects will depend on each individual topic.

Q. How much money is allocated for the policy topic projects?

A. The amount for each policy topic project may vary, but the total amount for the Initiative is capped at $150,000 annually.

 

Webinars

CBCRP offers web-based seminars (webinars). Join us for engaging discussions on getting started, navigating the application materials, and walking through the online submission process. The seminars will be archived, but you are encouraged to sign up and participate in the live session.

Upcoming webinars:

Webinars have been completed for the 2015 funding cycle.     

Archived workshop

Q. Will you provide indirect costs?

A. Yes, we will provide indirect costs. CBCRP will pay non-UC institutions the percent of their modified total direct costs at their existing federally agreed-upon rate. If the principal investigator is from any of the UC campuses, the indirect rate is capped at 25 percent.

Q. How many teams from one institution can apply?

A. We are not limiting the number of policy teams’ applications per institution.  However, all applications will be peer reviewed and you may want to keep that in mind when you apply.  Multiple applications with the same scholars on them may not be the best strategy.

Q. Can we suggest or determine the topics we wish to address as policy team?

A. No, the policy teams will be asked to bid to do research on policy topics that have been nominated by CBCRP stakeholders throughout California and vetted through the Policy Research Advisory Group (PRAG).  You can however submit policy questions for consideration by going to this link and answering a few short questions: http://www.cbcrp.org/priorities/sri/policy/call-for-topics.html.

Q. If my team gets selected; does that mean I am guaranteed funds?

A.  Being in the pool of policy teams does not guarantee funds but the selected teams are the only ones that can bid on the topic projects. 

Q. How long are the research projects the policy teams will bid on?

A. The research projects will vary in length but they are anticipated to go no more than 6 months, although we anticipate the projects could be less than that.  The scope, timeline and total budget for the projects will depend on each individual topic.

Q. How much money is allocated for the policy topic projects?

A. The amount for each policy topic project may vary but the total amount for the Initiative is capped at $150,000 annually.