AMCA Research Fund FAQ
Q1. Are researchers at independent (private) institutions eligible to apply for AMCARF funding?
A1. Private or independent researchers may apply
Q2. Are small companies eligible to apply for AMCARF funding?
A2. Researchers at small companies may apply.
Q3. The RFP specifies that PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers may apply for AMCARF
funding; but are Master’s students eligible to apply?
A3. Master’s students may apply.
Q4. One of the stated priorities of the program is to encourage early career applicants. Does that mean
that more established researchers will receive lower priority, or that they simply need not apply?
A4. No, the AMCARF is interested to fund the best science regardless of where the PI is in his/her career.
All proposals will be scored on scientific merit and adherence to the format, research priorities, etc.,
described in Policies & Procedures and RFP. One of the potential benefits of the AMCARF is to provide a
funding opportunity for great ideas from relatively new researchers who may not yet have a catalog of
accomplishments, compelling preliminary data, or strong history of funding that would make it difficult
or impossible to compete with more established researchers in other funding programs.
Q5. As stated in the RFA that university indirect costs cannot be covered by the grant, but is this the case
for government administrative fees as well?
A5. Anything that would be taken away from AMCARF funding for covering any kind of overhead,
administrative fee, etc., should not be covered by AMCARF.
Q6. If our agency typically charges a federally negotiated administrative fee on grants, will this be
allowed by AMCARF or is it considered the same as ‘university overhead’ which is not allowed by
A6. Any kind of admin fee is not fundable by AMCARF. The small grant size we are capable of offering is
not a good fit with also having to pay overhead; it detracts from the AMCARF mission of funding small
Q7. Our project is initiated by a multi-organization team of early career researchers. To free them up to
put their limited time to the technical aspects of the project, we would like the PI to handle the
administrative and coordination role. Is this likely to affect the priority given to our proposal? Or is it
critical that one of the early career researchers be designated as the PI in order for our proposal to be
given higher priority for funding?
A7. It is an enriching experience, and an important one, for early career researchers to go through the
process of producing and managing a proposal. On the other hand, in this situation with a multiorganization team it might benefit the project to separate administrative from research efforts. The
project will be recognized as benefiting early career researchers as long as this is made clear in the
Q8. Is my agency, eligible to be considered a ‘qualified research institution’? Our agency is one of the
organizations involved in planning, mapping and conducting statewide public health vector surveillance.
We do not have any mosquito abatement districts.
A8. This agency is a qualified research institution, because the state does not have mosquito abatement
and the agency covers public health vector surveillance.
Q9. Should a second, separate budget form for a sub-award be filled out or should the entire budget be
combined into a single form?
A9. A separate budget form for sub-award is recommended, but include a notation in the main budget
for reviewers to look for the separate sub-award budget.
Q10. I would like to include a vehicle rental in my budget but there is not a field for that. I see fields for
gas and cab only. Could I change one of the existing fields that I am not using and make it for a vehicle
A10. A vehicle rental can be included as a separate field or in the field for gas/cab. This would be
considered general travel.
Q11. Can Latin American scientists apply for AMCA research funding?
A11. Yes, if they are based at an institution within the United States.
Q12. Does the research have to be conducted in the U.S.?
Q13. Does the 6 pages required under the RFP Body of Proposal have to be single space or doublespaced?
A13. it is up to the Principal Investigator (PI) whether single or double spaced – the objective with the
page limit was to make the process easier on both the PI and the reviewers (i.e., encouraging brevity
and clarity). To these ends I would recommend keeping the message in the main part of the proposal
clear and concise (served by double space); however, if the PI feels that more detail will better serve the
proposal, then go ahead and single space
Q14. Can the AMCARF grant be used for tuition assistance for a grad student?
A14. The stipend for a graduate student falls under "salary" on line 18 of the budget worksheet. The
AMCARF can’t directly pay tuition, but paying a grad student directly as a stipend provides funds that
the student can in turn use for whatever they need (such as tuition).
Q15. Does the equipment and supplies purchased for the AMCARF funds become the property of the
institution I am working at, or would I as the PI of the project be able to take the equipment with me to
my next job or position?
A15. We suggest the PI work this out on a case-by-case basis with their host institution representative
before submitting the proposal. There is a field on the proposal cover page for the institutional rep to
sign. Thus, the PI should specify agreed post-purchase ownership of equipment on the budget sheet,
and once both PI and the rep sign the cover page, they should both be protected.
Q16. Can you provide some clarity on the “NIH Biosketch Format” that is requested for the required
A16. The standard NIH biosketch may be found on Google with the search term, “OMB No. 0925-0002
(Rev. 11/16 Approved Through 10/31/2018)”. The “eRA Commons user name” may be left blank. The
section “Contributions to Science” is where the list of peer reviewed publications go, but you may also
list patents, books, or other kinds of scientific communication media.
Q17. Can AMCARF send funds directly to a collaborator to reduce administrative delays/costs of
otherwise sending the funds to me first and then me distributing to collaborator?
A17. Yes - this fits with our stated commitment in the Policies & Procedures to not fund overhead/admin
Q18. Can you give me feedback on my proposal? I want to improve it for resubmission next year.
A18. We do not have specific feedback regarding your proposal at this time; however, we may have
general comments on best practices for AMCARF proposals available to all applicants during the next
Q19. Is it possible to access successful pre-propsals and proposals from previous years? (In addition to the annual reports provided)
A19. Proposals are the intellectual property of the applicants and can't be shared with the general public.
Q20: What is a good point of contact for questions regarding AMCARF?
A120 Please email all questions to email@example.com