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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)
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.
None required for this program.
Budget Items ELIGIBLE for support
Budget Items NOT ELIGIBLE for support
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Nature of Proposal
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.
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:
Submit the final report electronically to Debbie Delmore, Research Office, Incentive Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Debbie Delmore, Research Office, Incentive Programs at: | email@example.com | (541) 737-8390