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Research Foundation Grant Programs

Grants for Application Proof of Concept (GAP) Funding

The FSURF GAP program is designed to support enhancements of inventions or other original works that have been disclosed to FSU. It funds projects that FSU researchers and other interested parties agree will quickly improve the odds that current research results will lead to public availability of a new product or service.

Since July 1, 2005, the FSU Research Foundation has allocated up to $250,000 per year to provide grants under this program.

GAP projects should reach completion in a year or less. Funded tasks will be performed under the supervision of the proposing faculty member; but may include third party efforts within or outside the University. The Grants will be funded to meet agreed project objectives. Strong preference will be given to projects with regular internal checkpoints, external participation, and funding requirements below $50,000.

Eppes Professorships

The Eppes Professorship Program was created in 1999 in an effort to attract distinguished senior scholars to the University. The faculty members hired under the program are called Eppes Professors, honoring Francis Eppes, the grandson of President Thomas Jefferson, and an early mayor of Tallahassee who played a vital role in the founding of the first precursor to Florida State University. Each full-time Eppes Professor is provided with $40,000 annually in addition to regular faculty pay. These funds may be used for activities in support of scholarly endeavors, such as professional travel, stipends for graduate assistants or post-doctoral assistants, scientific equipment, materials used for research and creative activities and similar uses. There is also one faculty member funded with a half stipend of $20,000, and s/he is designated as holder of George Matthew Edgar Professorship. George Matthew Edgar was the first person designated as President of the West Florida Seminary, a predecessor of Florida State University. The Research Foundation is currently funding the following Eppes and George Matthew Edgar Professors:

Eppes Professors

  • Roy Baumeister (Psychology)
  • Robert Butler Jr. (English)
  • Suzanne Farrell (Dance)
  • Gerald Ferris (Psychology/Management)
  • Barbara Foorman (Teacher Education)
  • Laura Greene (Magnet Lab)
  • Max Gunzburger (Scientific Computing)
  • Leonard Lapointe (Communication Disorders)
  • David Larbalestier (Magnet Lab)
  • Charles Mcclure (Information)
  • Ellen Zwilich (Music)

Edgar Professors

  • Gary Taylor (English)

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