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Pilot Program for Partial Salary Funding of Full-Time Specialized Research Faculty

In an effort to address potential grant compliance issues and incentivize proposal writing, the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) will provide funding to cover 5% of current salary plus applicable fringe benefits for certain full-time specialized research faculty supported exclusively by external contract and/or grant funds to recognize their participation in proposal development and writing. To be eligible the Specialized Research Faculty must have a track record of and be actively engaged in proposal writing as a PI.

Eligibility for this program will be reviewed and confirmed by the OVPR.  For clarity the OVPR will provide funding only for the research activities defined in this notice.  Funding for other non-project related activities should be sought from departmental or other sources.  In no case should individuals engage in activities outside of their funded research if those additional activities would occur while being supported by an unrelated research contract or grant.

It is our intent that upon approval of an application, funding for the applicant could be made available for a period of up to 3 years contingent upon annual certification that the approved individuals are continually engaged in efforts to obtain extramural research funding.  All awards approved under this program will be made at the discretion of the OVPR.

The application form should be used for funding requests and should be submitted to the OVPR for consideration at least five weeks prior to the beginning of the fiscal year funds are needed.

If you have any questions, please contact Kerry Peluso at or 850-644-8664.

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