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.
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.
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