Please note -  The Faculty Release Time and General Research Fund programs have been replaced by the Small Grants and Large Program Development.  Please refer to those websites. 


The Faculty Release Time (FRT) program provides limited funding for individuals developing external grant proposals or who wish to further their scholarly activities. This program will be undergoing review in fiscal year 2017.


Faculty are only allowed one submission per solicitation.

Tenure-track faculty. Preference will be given to new or junior faculty, (hired in the last three years) and to applicants who describe incisive, innovative research with a strong likelihood of funding. Senior faculty are eligible, particularly if the proposal being developed represents a change in direction for the faculty member's research or scholarship. Applications must be signed by both the department chair or head and the college Dean prior to submittal. Allow adequate lead time for the orientation of the replacement instructor to minimize disruptions in the scheduling of classes.

Investigators may receive an award from the FRT program only one time in a 24-month period from the date of the award. Investigators who apply after the 24-month period are only eligible if the required final report(s) from the previous Research Office Incentive Programs (FRT, GRF, or RERF) award(s) has been submitted.

Award Information

Award amounts range between $3,500 and $6,000. If the cost of the replacement instructor is greater than $6,000, the department or college must bear the additional cost.

Applicants will be notified via email of award decisions.

Use of Funds

The Research Office will provide funds up to $6,000 to support the cost of a replacement instructor to cover one course, or similar responsibilities, normally presented by the applicant. Funds provided are based on the actual cost of the replacement's salary, not on the applicant's salary.

Research Compliance Requirements (if applicable)

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

Review Procedure

The Research Office reviews all materials and prepares summary data. Final funding and award decisions reside with the Vice President for Research.

Review Criteria

Proposals are reviewed based on quality, especially noting those that present clear concepts and specific research methods and how well they align with the three Signature Areas of Distinction in the OSU Research Agenda. "Advancing the Science of Sustainable Earth Ecosystems; Improving Human Health and Wellness; and Promoting Economic Growth and Social Progress" and specifically, how the proposed work aligns with the three main Research Thrusts, as listed in the OSU Research Agenda:

  • How do natural systems work and how can we live sustainably within them?
  • What factors and systems influence and promote health, wellness and long-term quality of life?
  • What fundamental understanding, discoveries and solutions are needed to advance economic and social well-being?

Proposals should be written for a general audience of reviewers from a variety of disciplines, avoiding jargon and unexplained acronyms.

Application Procedure

The FRT application form is available in MS Word format. If you are unable to access this form, contact the Incentive Programs Office at to request a paper copy. Please allow one week for delivery.

Complete all sections of the application form and follow the submission instructions on the application form.

Submit the complete PDF document electronically with supporting documentation (signatures required) to by the deadline date.

Incomplete proposals or proposals NOT following the guidelines and format instructions will NOT be considered for funding.


The complete PDF document (including supporting documentation and all signatures), must be submitted electronically to, by 5:00 PM on the deadline date.

Final Report Requirements

Award recipients are required to submit a final report at the end of term for which funds were awarded.

Award recipients who fail to submit the required final report will be ineligible to receive future funding from the Research Office Incentive Programs.

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. If there is a valid reason for not wanting the final report posted on the website, submit the justification (limit one page).

The final report should contain the following information:

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

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

For More Information

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