The Strategic Equipment Investment Program (SEIP) is a new program being 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 in enhancing a team’s capabilities and competitiveness 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 competitiveness in securing external funding.
Proposal teams must be led by a tenured or tenure-track faculty member. Research faculty and permanent professional/technical staff may also serve as co-PIs on proposal teams. The maximum total SEIP budget for FY 2021 is $150,000 with the maximum of $50K budgeted for each proposal. Funding received from the SEIP may not be used to renovate facilities or for infrastructure enhancements. Although not required, financial commitments from a proposing team’s parent units will be a favorable consideration and how these units’ funds will be used should be clearly articulated, e.g., infrastructure renovations and/or assisting with the purchase the equipment.
Written proposals shall not exceed two pages (single spaced, 12-point font, Times Roman) and will be evaluated by a selected team of OU peer reviewers. The written proposal should include:
As mentioned above, there will be a total of $150K available for all selected proposals, with a maximum budget of $50K for each proposal. 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.
Proposals should be submitted as one pdf file using the following submission portal.
If you have any questions, you may reach out to Sr. Associate VP John Antonio (firstname.lastname@example.org) who serves as the point of contact for the SEIP.