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Internal Support and Seed Funding

Internal Support and Seed Funding

The University of Oklahoma provides several avenues for internal support and seed funding, both within the Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships (OVPRP) and across campus. The dropdown tabs include links to OVPRP supported programs, with program descriptions and links to program pages.  

The Big Idea Challenge (BIC)

The Big Idea Challenge is intended to incentivize the formation of transdisciplinary, convergent research teams focused on grand challenges, and will provide seed funding as a way to incubate ideas with the potential for future extramural support. The purpose of the program is to help nucleate teams and ideas and create opportunities for new and significant external funding—both public and private—that will position OU as a national and global leader in the selected areas. At the same time, it will chart new pathways to discoveries, innovations, and social and policy solutions, while training the next generation of future interdisciplinary talent. Program Information

 

Strategic Equipment Investment Program (SEIP)

The Strategic Equipment Investment Program awards 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. Program Information

 

Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA) Seed Grant Program

The Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts seed grant program is designed to enhance research and creative endeavors for faculty at OU. Recipients of this funding commit to developing their project to a stage of impactful publication or other forms of significant recognition for research and creative activity (such as performances, exhibits, digital media, and/or community-based research). SSHA recipients also commit to developing their project for major grant and fellowship applications within two years of the seed funding’s conclusion. Program Information

 

VPRP Match Program: Support of Postdoctoral Researchers to Stimulate Research and Creative Activities

Applications are now being accepted 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. Program Information

 

Significant Impact Research Grant Program

Applications are now being accepted for a new research stimulus program that will incentivize and support lead Principal Investigators in their efforts to prepare and submit large-scale or significant grant applications to a broad array of extramural funding agencies. The long-term benefits of successfully competing for such an external large-scale grant funding opportunity are expected to significantly advance OU's national reputation in one or more research or creative activity areas that align with the university's Lead On Strategic Plan. To incentivize lead PIs to step forward and spearhead such efforts, the OVPRP will provide funds to cover teaching release for the lead PI for one course in the semester of (or leading up to) the large-scale grant submission deadline. It is expected that release from teaching will allow the lead PI to devote the necessary time and effort in advance of the deadline to prepare a strong and highly competitive grant application. The OVPRP in conjunction with the Center of Faculty Excellence will work closely with the selected awardees in providing additional grant preparation and writing support. This program offers a rolling submission, effective Oct. 1, 2021. Program Information

Faculty Investment Program (FIP)

The Faculty Investment Program provides funding on a competitive basis to develop and expand the scholarly, i.e., research and creative, activities of Norman campus faculty, including faculty associated with Norman campus programs at OU-Tulsa. Program Information

Junior Faculty Fellowship Program (JFF)
The Junior Faculty Fellowship Program is designed to help new tenure-track faculty members establish their research/creative activity and make progress to tenure by providing support in areas critical to the development of their programs. The awards can be used as summer (June and July) stipends to enable faculty members to carry out full-time research and scholarly activity during that period. However, the awards are not limited to summer stipends, and faculty members are urged to utilize the awards to provide maximum benefit to their research programs. This might include supplies, equipment, personnel, and travel. Program Information

Other Research Council Information

Arts and Humanities Faculty Fellowship Program (AHFF)

The purpose of the AHFF program, administered by the Arts and Humanities Forum, is to support dynamic and innovative research and creative activity projects proposed by regular faculty in the arts, fine arts, and humanities by providing them the opportunity to focus on a scholarly and/or creative activity that significantly transforms the faculty member’s research program and makes notable contributions to the field. Program Information

Other Arts and Humanities Forum Support Programs

Research Publication Subvention Funding

The publication of faculty scholarship by academically respected presses, scholarly journals, and multimedia venues is among the most important and valuable contributions of a comprehensive research university. In some cases, following a rigorous peer review that recommends publication, subvention funding is required to meet the total costs of typesetting, printing, editing, translation, cover art, recording, mixing, and distribution, with costs typically ranging from $2,000-$6,000. Additionally, many publications require funding for page charges. More recently, open access publishing now encompasses journals, book chapters, and even monographs. Open access increases the visibility, readership, and impact of an author's works, democratizing access across all institutions, regardless of size or budget. Although access to users is free, the cost of such publication typically falls to the author or the associated institution in the form of fees and/or subsidies.

The Research Publication Subvention Funding program provides funding to help ensure that all peer-reviewed scholarly work produced at OU is formally published. The administration of this program is now within the University Libraries, as an addition to the existing open access program. For more information about program guidelines and the internal application process, contact Karen Rupp-Serrano at krs@ou.edu

The Faculty Travel Assistance Program (FTAP), operated by the Norman campus Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships, provides regular faculty (as defined in the Faculty Handbook Section 3.1.1) with funds to help defray the cost of domestic and international travel for professional meetings (e.g., to present a paper, organize and/or chair a session) or to support the development of new or expanded research programs (e.g., by visiting with potential collaborators, agency, or other funding organization officials, or to conduct research). The VPRP Office operates FTAP by providing funding directly to colleges. In this manner, colleges develop their own travel funding distribution process, thereby ensuring that the funds are used as effectively as possible based upon each college’s priorities and faculty needs.

 

Procedures for Applying

To request FTAP funds, faculty should contact their college administration to determine the specific submission requirements and the distribution process.

If you have any questions or need additional information concerning the program changes, contact Dianna Crissman at rc_vprfunding@ou.edu.

In addition to internal support through the OVPRP, there are several internal funding programs across campus that may help in supporting your research endeavors. Some other internal resources to consider are those offered through the Office of the Senior Vice President & Provost, the Faculty Senate, and your individual college.