The Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships (OVPRP) invites applications for a new matching funds program to stimulate and enhance OU research and creative activity efforts through partial support of postdoctoral researchers on externally funded grants. For successful applicants, the OVPRP will provide 25% of the postdoctoral researcher's salary and fringe benefits for a one-year time period, provided that such a position was budgeted for in an external grant application that in FY22 (i) was awarded, (ii) is currently pending or (iii) is planned. The matching funds are expected to help drive enhanced project outcomes and potentially increase the number of postdocs at OU. The VPRP match is valid only if the external grant is awarded.
All regular, ranked renewable term, and research faculty on the OU Norman and Tulsa (Norman campus programs) campuses who are lead Principal Investigators (PIs) on external grants awarded or currently pending review in FY22 or lead PI on a planned external grant application that will include support of a full-time postdoc to be submitted within FY22 are eligible. PIs can submit more than one application for a postdoc match but no more than one VPRP match for one postdoc will be awarded.
The application packet should be prepared and submitted as a single PDF (11 point font or greater, 1-inch margins) and should include:
Submit application as a single PDF by November 5, 2021 to the submission portal.
Proposals will be evaluated by a team of selected internal faculty and administrators representing the broad research and creative activity areas at OU. Evaluation will be based on anticipated outcomes of the project, the importance of the postdoc for successful completion of the project, and potential impact of the VPRP matching funds on the overall outcomes of the project. Additional considerations will include the PI's track record of success in obtaining external sponsored research funds, anticipated opportunities for continued future work on the project, and prior history, if applicable, of mentoring postdocs.
We anticipate that this will be a recurring program in which the OVPRP will fund 5-10 applications per year (subject to funding availability).
If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Associate VPRP Ann West (firstname.lastname@example.org).