Faculty Investigators


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New Researcher Incentive Program 

Objective: CFAES recognizes that many new researchers have the interest and ability to develop innovative and robust research programs that can generate preliminary data needed to secure externally funded sponsored projects. The New Researcher Incentive Program aims to fund new, innovative research to generate that preliminary data.

Eligibility: Principal Investigators (PIs) must be untenured faculty, regular faculty, research faculty, professional practice faculty, research scientists, or postdoctoral researchers in an academic unit or program within CFAES or OARDC. PIs must also have been employed at OSU for less than six years and have PI status approval from the Office of Research. Adjunct or Emeritus faculty are not eligible.

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Immediate Needs Program

Objective: CFAES recognizes the high potential to address immediate needs areas that are critical to our stakeholders and society.  The Immediate Needs program provides funding for areas of new and applied research that directly support CFAES stakeholders and address critical needs. The program will also consider funding projects that provide researchers and teams the resources to learn or develop new techniques or approaches that will position CFAES to better serve stakeholders or make faculty more competitive for future funding opportunities. *Proposals must be submitted by a group (2 or more) of investigators. Investigators may be from the same academic unit, but not the same lab.

Eligibility: All CFAES researchers with Principal Investigator status are eligible to submit a proposal (except adjunct and emeritus faculty).

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Intellectual Property Accelerator Program

Objective: CFAES researchers are at the forefront of research that is instrumental in solving today’s most pressing agricultural and environmental challenges. For society to fully benefit from this research, these CFAES-created technologies must be developed into real-world products and applications. The objective of this competition is to address the development gap between early-stage research conducted at OSU and opportunities that are attractive for investment and readily licensable to startups or existing companies. Funds from this competition will be used to develop proof-of-concept work, data collection, and/or prototyping needed to advance technologies to the point that they are either ready to be licensed by a company upon completion of the project or determined to be unfeasible for commercialization. This research and testing can yield essential information that helps a product go from conceptualized to commercialized.

Eligibility: Before submitting a proposal for this competition, you must submit an invention disclosure form to the OSU Corportate Engagement Office through the Innovate IP Portal at least 30 days in advance of the proposal deadline. You should work with your Licensing Manager to ensure your technology has intellectual property protection in time for the submission deadline. Your Licensing Manager within the Corporate Engagement Office will be able to help initially assess commercialization viability of your technology. *All CFAES researchers with Principal Investigator status are eligible to submit a proposal (except adjunct and emeritus faculty.)

Proposals for Fiscal Year 2021 are due October 14, 2020. All proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date.

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    *Updated 9/24/20

    IGP Information
    Interested in learning more about the NEW CFAES Office for Research & Graduate Education Internal Grants Program (IGP)? The recorded session below will introduce you to the IGP competition categories, eligibility requirements, new submission portal, and application and review processes. The IGP FAQs document will also detail some commonly asked questions regarding the new program. 

    • View the Recorded Presentation from Monday, September 28
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