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30th
May

Call for proposals: 2013 Research Trust Fund grant opportunities

Requests for Proposals, Research Trust Fund

The Division of Science and Research seeks proposals from eligible state colleges and universities for the Research Trust Fund STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Program. Up to two awards of $100,000 may be awarded to qualifying higher education institutions that submit winning proposals.

The Research Trust Fund (RTF) for state colleges and universities is intended to provide funds to build the STEM research capacity of eligible institutions. The Division of Science and Research of the W.Va. Higher Education Policy Commission will provide RTF awards specifically targeted toward recruiting scholars and enhancing the research environment on state college and university campuses. The purpose of an RTF award is to provide support for lasting improvements in an institution’s research capacity and to build toward increasing the institution’s role in technology-based economic development. Institutional RTF plans submitted in response to this request for propsals must focus on building core research strengths needed to develop efforts for the successful pursuit of significant regional opportunities in science and engineering that also have economic development potential.

Eligible research enhancement activities under this proposal include:

Faculty: New STEM faculty positions and associated expenses for those positions, including start-up costs, salaries,benefits, travel and other professional expenses permitted by university policy;

Salary Supplements: Existing faculty positions that exhibit meritorious achievement and scholarship in STEM fields. Under a faculty retention plan, salaries, benefits, travel and other professional expenses as permitted by university policy are allowed;

Start-up Support: Packages of support used to attract and recruit outstanding STEM faculty. Start-ups should be limited to supplies, instruments, laboratory renovations and support, and student assistantships as may be required to initiate a high-caliber research program;

High-end Instrumentation: RTF funds may be used to purchase instrumentation to be used by faculty researchers and students. Instrumentation to be purchased with these funds should be beyond the reach of other state grant programs or normal institutional budgets;

Stipend Support for Students: Stipends for outstanding STEM undergraduate and graduate students at regionally competitive rates. Stipend support should primarily be used to attract excellent undergraduate and graduate students but may also be used to raise the stipends of current STEM students;

Scientific Literature and Digital Resources: To acknowledge the importance of researchers’ access to appropriate digital resources and relevant scholarly journals, publications and literature, as well as the positive correlation between this access and research quality and productivity, institutions may propose to allocate funds for library materials in STEM fields.

Carefully read and follow the attached  Research Trust Fund Proposal 2013 Program Announcement/Request for Proposals. Proposals must be received by December 21, 2012.

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26th
January

Officials recognize more than $300,000 in state-funded research grants

EPSCoR, NSF Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) 2010-2015, Press Releases, Research Trust Fund

January 26, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) today recognized faculty members at institutions across West Virginia who were awarded more than $300,000 in scientific research grants over the past year. The ceremony was held at the State Culture Center, in conjunction with Undergraduate Research Day at the State Capitol.

Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, the Commission’s Interim Chancellor Paul Hill, and the Division of Science and Research’s Director of Research Programs Jan Taylor presented awards from West Virginia’s Research Challenge Fund and Research Trust Fund, commonly known as “Bucks for Brains.” Also speaking at the event were Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp and West Virginia University President James P. Clements.

“Our institutions of higher education continue to develop scientific studies and research that benefit the nation with new knowledge while providing educational and economic development opportunities to our citizens,” said Secretary Goodwin. “I strongly support these institutions in their efforts to make West Virginia and the nation a better place in which to live.”  

Today’s recognition included the third round of awards which were made possible by interest earned on the Research Trust Fund; Instrumentation Grants funded by scientific equipment for advanced undergraduate laboratories; Innovation Grants for creative improvements in scientific equipment and facilities, curriculum, classroom instruction, or delivery; and Mini Grants for faculty to prepare research proposals.

“These awards and the opportunities they provide are made possible by the forward-thinking leadership of our Governor and the Legislature,” Hill said. “Supporting an innovative climate at our institutions is the best way to grow research competitiveness and create new opportunities across the state.”

Undergraduate Research Day is an annual event held at the State Capitol to showcase research projects conducted by students from across the state. Sponsors include the Commission’s Division of Science and Research, the Council on Undergraduate Research, the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium, and the West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE). The Division of Science and Research administers state- and federal-level scientific research grants in West Virginia. For more information, visit www.wvresearch.org.

Awards

Research Incubator Grant: This award is for research at a primarily undergraduate institution or a community and technical college.

  • $50,000 to Yi ‘Charlie’ Chen, Alderson-Broaddus College, for his project, “Nanochemoprevention as a novel approach for cancer control.”

2012 Innovation Grants: These awards are used for creative improvements to scientific equipment and facilities, curriculum, classroom instruction or delivery.

  • $30,294 to Kourosh Sedghisigarchi, WVU Institute of Technology, for his project, “SMART GRID Education Package (Course and Laboratory) Development at WVU Institute of Technology.”
  • $40,000 to Edward Wovcho for his project, “Enhancing the Chemistry Program at West Virginia Wesleyan College with Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry.”

2012 Instrumentation Grants:  These awards fund scientific equipment for advanced undergraduate laboratories.

  • $15,911 to Kim Bjorgo-Thorne of West Virginia Wesleyan College for “Student Achievement through Scientific Data Collection via Integration of Remote Data Collection Technology across the Curriculum.”
  • $20,000 to Timothy Corrigan of Concord University for “Atomic Force Microscope for Undergraduate Teaching and Research.”
  • $18,234 to Dan DiLella of Shepherd University for “Upgrade of HPLC and Electrochemical Capabilities.”
  • $8,658 to Gary Morris of Glenville State College for “Improving Undergraduate Biochemistry Education with a NanoDrop Spectrophotometer.”
  • $19,755 to Carol Plautz of Shepherd University for “Request for a Multimode Microplate Reader.”

Mini Grants ($5,000 each): These awards aid faculty members in the preparation of research or research equipment proposals for submission to external agencies or foundations.

  • Gary E. Schultz, Jr., Marshall University
  • K. Subramani, West Virginia University
  • Sarah Umphress, West Virginia University Institute of Technology
  • Bin Wang, Marshall University

Research Trust Fund Awards

  • $100,000 to West Virginia State University for acquisition of a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer. This award is distributed as a result of interest earned on the Research Trust Fund, or “Bucks for Brains.”

 

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4th
November

Grants to Institutions for Research Infrastructure

EPSCoR, grant opportunities, NSF Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) 2006-2009, NSF Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) 2010-2015, Research Infrastructure Improvement, Research Trust Fund

Eminent Scholars Recruitment and Enhancement Program

This program built research infrastructure at West Virginia University and Marshall University primarily funding salaries and startup packages for nationally competitive researchers in targeted specialties. The program allowed the universities to hire 11 scholars with demonstrated research competitiveness, supported research infrastructure and provided graduate fellowships.

 

 

 


 

West Virginia Research Trust Fund

This program allowed West Virginia University and Marshall University to double private gifts that support expansions to research faculty and infrastructure in key areas linked to economic development, health care and job growth. This “Bucks for Brains” fund supports research in energy, biotechnology, biomedical, identification technology, material science and engineering and environmental science. Private gifts were matched dollar-for-dollar.

Eligibility:  West Virginia University and Marshall University were eligible. The state’s other public four-year institutions of higher education, as well as the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, were eligible to apply—by responding to specific requests for proposals—for matching grants supported by the interest earned on the trust fund.

For more information about the West Virginia Research Trust Fund, click here.

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3rd
November

West Virginia Research Trust Fund

Research Trust Fund

Also known as Bucks for Brains, the Research Trust Fund is an endowment that allows Marshall University and West Virginia University to double private gifts that support expansions to research faculty and infrastructure in key areas linked to economic development, health care and job growth. This program supports research in energy, biotechnology, biomedical, identification technology, material science and engineering and environmental science. Private gifts are matched dollar-for-dollar.

The endowment was created by the West Virginia Legislature in 2008 with an investment of $50 million in surplus revenue.

While the endowed funds are established at WVU and MU, the state’s other public four-year higher education institutions and the School of Osteopathic Medicine are eligible to respond to specific requests for proposals for matching grants supported by  interest earned on the trust fund.

The Research Trust Fund is not to be confused with the Research Challenge Fund, which was established by the Legislature in 2002 and is funded by dedicated revenues from certain video lottery proceeds.

As of January 2013, both Marshall University and West Virginia University had achieved donations to match their Bucks for Brains allotment of $15 million and $35 million respectively.

Specific items related to the Research Trust Fund are linked below:

Research Trust Fund: A Good Investment for West Virginia

Requests for Proposals:

Reports to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability (LOCEA):

‘Bucks for Brains’ in the recent news:

 

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