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Advanced Studies Announces New Doctoral Investment Grants
From: University Currents
Date: February 4, 2000

The Division of Research and Advanced Studies has created a new grant program designed to support and enhance doctoral programs at UC.

The "Doctoral Investment Awards" are an outgrowth of the Ohio Board of Regents Doctoral Funding Commission, which required that state universities use a portion of their doctoral subsidy to strengthen and support promising doctoral programs.

The exact amount of funding isn't finalized, but the request for proposals released by Howard Jackson, vice president for research and advanced studies, indicates that requests ranging from $100,000 to $1 million (for exceptional cases) will be considered.

"We think this is an exciting opportunity to support the university's strategy to maintain and build its reputation as a leading research university," said Jackson.

UC recently moved into the Top 50 nationwide in a National Science Foundation ranking of research and development expenditures. Robert Frank, associate vice president for research, emphasized that the grants could support doctoral programs in the humanities, arts and interdisciplinary programs as well as in the hard sciences.

Frank also encouraged the development of proposals by junior faculty. "Tenure is not the relevant issue," said Frank. "It's the quality of the proposal and the area's potential for significant national and international impact that is important."

Individual departments can select up to two proposals for further consideration. College deans will rank those proposals and submit them to the Division of Research and Advanced Studies. A faculty advisory committee of distinguished UC scholars will review the proposals and provide advice to the vice president for research and the two provosts who will make the final funding decisions.

Funding for four to eight proposals is anticipated. The awards represent up to a five-year commitment for support. The funding can cover a number of areas, including: faculty lines, faculty start-up packages, postdoctoral or research assistant professorships, new or upgraded research equipment, enhanced stipends for doctoral students and matching funds for external grant proposals.

The complete request for proposals is available for download at http://www.research.uc.edu under "Doctoral Investment Awards."