Current Solicitation

FALL 2014

Proposal Deadline: Monday, October 20, 2014 by 5:00 PM

Award Announcement: Approximately December, 2014

**Review Criteria Update: Proposals will be evaluated on their alignment with the Three Signature Areas of Distinction in the OSU Research Agenda and specifically, how the proposed work aligns with the three main Research Thrusts, as listed in the OSU Research Agenda.

Future Projected Deadlines:

Spring 2015 Solicitation - Deadline: Approximately January 2015


Funds from the General Research Fund (GRF) are awarded to faculty for research that is not otherwise supported by organized or directed programs. The intent of the GRF is to enable faculty to carry out scholarly, creative work that should lead to the pursuit of other funding sources, or promote the development of scholarly activities. Projects funded through the GRF could include: pilot research, emergency funding, emerging research opportunities, new research field or new research field for investigator, developing research laboratories, or centrally-shared research resources.


Faculty with the rank of instructor and above are eligible to serve as Principal Investigator (PI). The Research Office does not restrict Research Associates from serving as PI; however, some colleges do. Therefore, approval by the dean of the unit must be received prior to submission of a proposal to the program. Faculty with courtesy appointments may serve as Co-Investigator (Co-I) only.

The Research Council is interested in supporting new faculty. However, new faculty with uncommitted Research Office start-up funds are not eligible for consideration as PI or Co-I.

PIs and Co-Is may receive an award from the GRF program only one time in a 24-month period as the PI. PIs and Co-Is that have received GRF funding as the PI in Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013 or Spring 2014 are NOT eligible to apply. PIs and Co-Is who apply after the 24-month period are only eligible if the required final report(s) from the previous Research Office, Incentive Programs (GRF, RERF, or FRT) award(s) has been submitted. (see Other Requirements)

Award Information

Anticipated Funding Amount: $60,000

Estimated Number of Awards: 6

Maximum award is $10,000.

Applicants will be notified via email of award decisions. 

If a faculty member submits two proposals simultaneously, as PI on one proposal and Co-I on another, and both proposals are ranked high enough for funding, then only the proposal with that faculty member as Co-I would receive funding, so as not to disadvantage other investigators.

Matching Funds

None required for this program.

Use of Funds

Budget Items ELIGIBLE for support

  • Student hourly wages (Graduate students are required to submit a statement that this work is not a part of a thesis.)
  • Salaries/wages for research support personnel (e.g., technicians, postdocs, clerical)
  • Travel to conduct research or visit libraries/archives
  • Laboratory animal care
  • Equipment
  • Supplies
  • Services

Budget Items NOT ELIGIBLE for support

  • Investigator salaries
  • Faculty release time
  • Graduate assistantships
  • Graduate tuition
  • Bridging funds
  • Travel to meetings/conferences (includes related fees, lodging and travel expenses)
  • Expenses related to curriculum development, administration, instruction or training

Research Compliance Requirements (if applicable)

If the proposal would involve active engagement of activities requiring compliance oversight, it is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator to obtain approval from the appropriate compliance committee(s) prior to the initiation of the research project. Please allow sufficient time for the review and approval process which could take up to ten weeks.

Application Procedure

The GRF application form is available in MS Word format. If you are unable to access this form, contact the Research Office, Incentive Programs at (541) 737-8390 to request a paper copy. Please allow one week for delivery.

Incomplete proposals or proposals NOT following the guidelines and format instructions (including spacing, font size, margins and page limits) will not be considered for funding.

  1. Complete all sections of the application form.
    • Complete items 1-6 within the space provided.
  2. Attach the following supporting documentation for a complete proposal packet (written for a general audience of reviewers from a variety of disciplines, avoiding jargon and unexplained acronyms).
    • Item 7, limit 200 words to provide the information requested (double-spaced, 12 pt. font, 1 inch margins).
    • Item 8, limit five pages to provide the information requested (double-spaced, 12 pt. font, 1 inch margins).
    • Items 9 and 10, use the layout format provided when detailing major budget categories. Itemize and justify the requested budget (limit one page).
    • Item 11, limit 200 words to provide the information requested (double-spaced, 12 pt. font, 1 inch margins).
    • Items 12 and 13.
    • Item 14, biosketch (limit two pages for PI and for each Co-I - single-spaced, 12 pt. font, 1 inch margins).
    • Item 15, "letters of endorsement" from individuals (non Co-Is) who are in unique positions to comment on the merit of the proposal (optional).
    • Item 16, Regulatory Compliance
  3. Obtain signatures from the Principal Investigator, Department Head/Chair and College Dean (required on the original paper copy).
  4. Submit the complete proposal packet.
    • Email the complete PDF with supporting documentation (no signatures required) to by the deadline date.
    • Print one original paper copy of the complete proposal packetwith required signatures and deliver to the Research Office, Incentive Programs, A312 Kerr Administration Building by 5:00 PM on the deadline date.


All application materials, electronic and original paper copy (including supporting documentation and all signatures), must be received in the Research Office, Incentive Programs, A312 Kerr Administration Building, by 5:00 PM on the deadline indicated at the top of this page.

Review Procedure

The Research Office, Incentive Programs reviews all proposals for eligibility. Those requests that qualify are given to the Research Council for competitive review and evaluation. The Research Council will provide a prioritized list of recommendations for funding to the Vice President for Research, based on the quality of the proposals as reflected in the review criteria. The Vice President for Research will make award decisions based on recommendations and available funds.

Review Criteria

The Research Council is composed of faculty members appointed by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee who represent the diversity of the University's research enterprise. Proposals that describe the science and equipment needs to this general audience of reviewers from a variety of disciplines, providing clear explanations of the purpose, importance and methodologies of the proposed topic, and avoiding the use of jargon and unexplained acronyms, will fare better than those written to reviewers from a highly focused discipline perspective.

The Research Council evaluates each proposal using the following criteria: (Not in order of importance)

Scholarly Merit

  • Does the proposal provide a compelling argument for the research?
  • Will the proposed work significantly expand or diversify the investigator's artistic or scholarly base?
  • Does the proposed project represent a significant contribution to the investigator's field of study? If so, how?
  • Does the proposal have the potential to significantly affect areas outside of the investigator's field?
  • Is there a probability of publication or public dissemination?
  • Who is the audience for the proposed work, and why will they value it?

Nature of Proposal

  • Does the proposal provide a clear statement of overall project objectives?
  • Are the proposed methodologies appropriate and accurate?
  • Does the proposal provide clear and specific budget information? (for example, price quotes for specific models or quotes for repair)
  • What is the likelihood of definitive results and conclusions?
  • Is the text of the proposal well-written?
  • Is the requested personal data well-prepared?


  • Will the project lead to further scholarly activity?
  • Does it improve chances for funding from existing sources?
  • Does the project offer opportunities for funding from new sources?
  • Does it allow researchers to change directions towards work that is likely to be funded?
  • Does the project help build research networks with potential industrial clients?

Alignment with the Three Signature Areas of Distinction in the OSU Research Agenda and specifically, how the proposed work aligns with the three main Research Thrusts, as listed in the OSU Research Agenda.


  • If the PI has received previous funding from the Research Office, Incentive Programs (GRF, RERF, or FRT) have all required reports been appropriately completed? (see Other Requirements)

Other Considerations

  • Is the investigator a new faculty member, or faculty trying to make a significant shift in their research focus?
  • Does the proposed work have real-world significance?
  • Is there a need for personal encouragement?
  • Does the investigator's college/department have limited research support?
  • Does the project have local relevance?
  • Is the project designed to help the investigator network more broadly within their field?
  • Are there contributions from other sources?
  • Is the timeline and budget proposed feasible?


Final Report Requirements

Award recipients (PIs and Co-Is) are required to submit a final report 18 months after initiation of the project.

This final report will be posted on the Research Office website and will be archived such that future applicants and awardees will be able to access it as a source of reference.

Award recipients (PIs and Co-Is) who fail to submit the required final report will be ineligible to receive future funding from the Research Office, Incentive Programs.

The final report should contain the following information:

  1. Header: including Proposal Title/Instrument, PI, Co-Is, Department, College, Award Information (type, date of award, amount of award).
  2. A brief summary of the hypothesis or goals and the scholarly work/activities performed using the GRF support.
  3. A brief summary of any additional scholarly activities the GRF funding made possible for the investigator(s).
  4. How and/or on what were the GRF funds expended?
  5. List all external funding requests (i.e. proposals) that have been developed and submitted as a result of the GRF Funding.

Submit the final report electronically to Debbie Delmore, Research Office, Incentive Programs at

For More Information

Contact Debbie Delmore, Research Office, Incentive Programs at: | | (541) 737-8390