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Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF)
**Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria Updated September 2014.
Current Solicitation: FALL 2014
Preference to equipment that provides new or significantly expanded capabilities.
Award Announcement: Approximately February 2015
Future Projected Deadlines:
Spring 2015 Solicitation - Deadline: Approximately March 2015
Preference to replacing obsolete or heavily worn equipment.
Research Equipment Reserve Funds (RERF) may be used to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve equipment directly used for research. The equipment may be inventoried capital equipment (technically defined as =>$5,000 per unit), or fabricated capitalized equipment.
Faculty members 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.
For proposals listing multiple users who are not Co-Is, the PI must obtain a signed acknowledgement from the individuals listed that they have agreed to be so recognized and certifying that they do have a legitimate need for the equipment being sought in the proposal.
The Research Office will now accept a maximum of three proposals from any college, provided that at least one of the three proposals lists Co-Is from multiple colleges. Individual colleges can select their own criteria for how they vet their proposals. However, if more than two (or three if one or more are multi-college) proposals are received, they will be returned to the Associate Dean of Research for further vetting. Proposals returned for further vetting will be given only a very narrow window for that process, so it is strongly recommended that applicants work with and through their Associate Deans to obtain prior approval for their submissions.
PIs and Co-Is may receive an award from the RERF program only one time in a 24-month period as the PI. PIs and Co-Is that have received RERF 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 for Fall 2014: $450,000
Award amounts vary, but cannot exceed $100,000 (matching requirements vary).
Applicants will be notified via email of award decisions.
The Research Council will generally not recommend proposals for funding for equipment if the total acquisition costs are less than $10,000. For equipment requests with total acquisition costs of between $10,001 and $40,000, a minimum match of 20% of the total acquisition costs from departmental, college or external sponsor funds is required. For equipment with acquisition costs between $40,001 and $75,000, investigators must demonstrate a minimum match of 25%; for acquisitions between $75,001 and $100,000, the requesters must provide a minimum of 32%; and for acquisitions in excess of $100,000, proposers must contribute a minimum of 40% to the acquisition.
The program will now cap Research Office RERF awards at $100,000. Total acquisition costs for equipment includes the price of the equipment, plus any shipping and installation IF those items are listed on the original invoice. Building modifications, training, and maintenance agreements beyond any standard warranty period are not covered by the RERF or the matching funds offered in the proposal.
Grant funds contracted through DOE National Laboratories and some types of EPA Cooperative Agreements may not be used as matching funds. These organizations retain ownership of equipment purchased with their funds, even if their investment is only a minor contribution to the overall purchase price.
New Capabilities vs. Replacing Obsolete Equipment
Beginning in academic year 2014-2015, the Fall academic quarter call for RERF proposals will give preference to the funding of equipment that provides new or significantly expanded capabilities. The Spring quarter call will give preference to replacing obsolete or heavily worn equipment. For both Fall and Spring quarters, preference will continue to be given to equipment requests that serve the needs of multiple investigators.
The Research Office will accept one resubmittal of a proposal. The proposal will be deemed a resubmittal if the PI requests a comparable piece of equipment, or if the request for a comparable piece of equipment comes from the same academic unit (i.e., changing the listed PI on an RERF proposal will not, in and of itself, be sufficient to have it deemed as a new proposal). Resubmitted proposals must be accompanied by a letter, not to exceed one (1) page, explaining how the reviewers’ comments from the previous submission have been addressed. For resubmittals not accepted for funding, the proposers may submit, as a new application, a request for the equipment one year after the last rejection.
Use of Funds
The following provides common examples of eligible and ineligible items based on recent proposals submitted to this program:
Budget items ELIGIBLE for support
Budget items NOT ELIGIBLE for support
The Research Office, Incentive Programs reviews all proposals for eligibility. Those requests that qualify are reviewed by two non-Research Council reviewers (possibly including individuals suggested by the PI) and one Faculty Senate Research Council member. 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 evaluation criteria. The Vice President for Research will make all final award decisions based on the recommendations and available funds.
Proposals will be reviewed both by knowledgeable colleagues and by members of the Research Council. Reviewerswill be asked to provide a summary recommendation for each proposal consisting of:
In addition, reviewers will be asked to evaluate proposals based on the following criteria:
The RERF 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 hard copy. Please allow one week for delivery.
Complete all sections of the application form and follow submission instructions on the application form.
Print one original paper copy of the complete proposal packet with required signatures (including signatures authorizing matching funds) and deliver to the Research Office, Incentive Programs, A312 Kerr Administration Building by 5:00 PM on the deadline date.
Incomplete proposals or proposals NOT following the guidelines (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 at the Research Office, Incentive Programs, A312 Kerr Administration Building, by 5:00 PM on the deadline indicated at the top of this page.
Award recipients (PIs and Co-Is) are required to submit a final report within six months of equipment procurement / repair / construction.
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 email@example.com.
This final report will be posted on the Research Office web site and will be archived such that future applicants and awardees will be able to access it as a source of reference.
For More Information
Contact Debbie Delmore, Research Office, Incentive Programs at: | firstname.lastname@example.org | (541) 737-8390