The Strategic Equipment Investment Program (SEIP) is administered by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships. Awards from the SEIP can be used to support the purchase of all types of equipment, ranging from scientific to creative arts. The SEIP provides funding on a competitive basis for the purchase of truly strategic equipment that will have significant impact on enhancing a team’s capabilities and competitiveness in research and/or creative activities at a national level. The expectation is that acquiring the proposed equipment will provide new opportunities for advancing the team’s ability to achieve new goals in terms of creativity, discovery, innovation, and securing external funding.
A proposal team must be led by a tenured or tenure-track faculty member. Research faculty and permanent professional/technical staff may serve as co-PIs on proposal teams. Funding received from the SEIP may not be used to renovate facilities or for infrastructure enhancements. Financial commitments from a proposing team’s parent units will be considered favorably. How these units’ funds will be used should be clearly articulated in the proposal, e.g., infrastructure renovations and/or assisting with the cost of the equipment.
Written proposals must not exceed two pages (single-spaced, 12-point font, Times or Times New Roman) and will be evaluated by a selected team of OU peer reviewers. The written proposal should include:
At least one equipment quote must be included with each submitted proposal. Financial commitments from your department, college, or research units will be considered as favorable, and this support should be articulated in the proposal.
We are planning two proposal solicitations for Fiscal Year 2023 — one in Fall 2022 and the other in Spring 2023. For each solicitation, we expect to be able to support about four SEIP proposals in the $50K range. Due to budget constraints, we do not anticipate being able to fund individual proposals in excess of $100K.
If you have any questions, you may reach out to OVPRP Senior Associate Vice President John Antonio (firstname.lastname@example.org) who serves as the point of contact for the SEIP.
Proposals should be submitted as one PDF file using the submission portal provided below.