Presidential funding helps launch new internal funding programs to advance innovative early-stage research and instrumentation

Presidential funding helps launch new internal funding programs to advance innovative early-stage research and instrumentation

11/16/2016

The Office of the Vice President for Research has launched two new internal funding programs to advance cutting-edge research. A seed grant program will support new directions in early-stage research and an instrumentation cost-sharing program will help build Iowa State’s research infrastructure.

“Solutions to the grand challenges facing our society will require ambitious, brand-new interdisciplinary lines of research.  These funding programs will support our faculty as they take on innovative, high-risk, high-reward research that will help Iowa State lead emerging areas of study,” said President Steven Leath, who provided funding to support the new programs.

Vice President for Research Sarah Nusser noted that President Leath’s investments target areas critical to acquiring external funding and growing Iowa State’s research.

“Funding agencies place a high premium on interdisciplinary research proposals that show strong preliminary work,” she said. “These new programs increase Iowa State faculty’s capacity to build teams, explore transformational research ideas, and grow our shared instrumentation resources, all of which are essential to expanding our scholarly excellence and external research support.”

Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants

The Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grant Program will offer awards to support the initial stages of new interdisciplinary research that has strong potential to attract external funding. Funding is provided by President Leath and a gift from Mary G. Miller to create an endowment honoring her mother, Mary N. Miller.

Tenure-eligible faculty, senior lecturers, and senior clinicians at all stages of their career can apply for the 2-year, $30,000-$50,000 per-year awards. Eligible early-stage research activities can take many forms, but some examples include collecting pilot research data, organizing research workshops, and travel to build partnerships with other research organizations.

More information on the program and an application is available online. Applications are due on January 9, 2017.  In future years, applications will be due at the end of October and mid-March.

Presidential Cost-Sharing Research Instrumentation Funding

The Presidential Cost-Sharing Research Instrumentation Funding Program (COSRIF) will offer up to $100,000 in cost-share to help purchase new research instruments, expand capabilities of existing equipment, or develop new instrumentation.  

COSRIF targets the acquisition of instrumentation that falls outside the cost range of federal major instrumentational grants or is not permitted for purchase in typical individual federal research proposals. The instrumentation must be available for use to investigators from across campus.

More information on COSRIF and an application is available online. Application are due on January 9, 2017.  In future years, applications will be due at the end of October and mid-March.

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