The Office of Research is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for the 2013-2014 Faculty
Research and Development (FRD) Program with funding made available through the State of
Ohio’s Research Incentive Program and/or internal funding. The Ohio Research Incentive
Program has three primary use provisions:
- enhance basic and applied research capabilities of Ohio universities;
- increase the level of federal and industrial research funding received by Ohio
- encourage research efforts that support the Third Frontier Program and economic
growth in Ohio.
Guidelines from the Ohio Board of Regents (OBOR) encourage that the institutional Research
Incentive funds will be invested in research infrastructure that provides direct support for the
Centers of Excellence and to further the goals of Ohio’s Third Frontier program.
This Call for Proposals describes the FRD Program guidelines and procedures for project
proposals submission. The Office of Research at Cleveland State University expects to invest
significant funds from its Research Incentive allocation and/or internal funding to support FRD
- Full time faculty members with tenure or tenure-track appointments at the time of
application are eligible to apply for FRD funding. Faculty members on professional
leave are also eligible; however, FRD funds cannot be used to augment professional
- Temporary, visiting, adjunct faculty, postdoctoral research associates or fellows are not
eligible, nor are faculty who are currently members of the University Research Council.
- Past FRD award recipients are eligible to apply if:
- It has been three years since the end date of their previous award;
- An external proposal was submitted based on the prior FRD award; and
- The results of the prior award were published.
- A faculty member can participate in only one FRD proposal as a PI or Co-PI.
FRD Award Terms and Conditions
- Acceptance of an FRD award signifies the recipient’s intent to continue as a regular
faculty member at CSU during the one-year duration of the grant and the faculty
member’s obligation to submit a proposal to an external funding agency within 24
months of award inception.
- The FRD award period is 12 months from the date of official notification and
authorization to expend, and it is fully expected that awardees will conform to the
timelines presented in the FRD submission. All unexpended grant funds at the end of
the award period will revert to the FRD fund. A one-time no-cost extension of no
longer than six months may be approved only in exceptional cases, and must be
requested no later than May 30, 2014. There is no guarantee that a request will be
approved. Consequently, it is in awardees’ best interests to avoid requesting an
extension and ensure that all funds are expended 12 months from the date of official
- All required certifications to include, but not exclusive to, Human or Animal Subjects,
Hazardous Materials use and the like must be provided to OSPR prior to beginning
- The Office of the Vice President for Research reserves the right to disseminate funded
proposals and to publish proposal abstracts. If the proposal contains confidential or
proprietary information, the applicant must indicate so on the Cover Page and mark
those sections in the proposal. Those sections will not be shared, distributed, or
released to the public.
- A final report must be sent via e-mail as a pdf-formatted attachment to
email@example.com AND firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 60 days after the
end date of the FRD award. The report should: (1) include a summary of major findings
and copies of all papers or publications resulting from FRD support, and (2) list of
sponsors to which a funding request either was submitted or will be in the near future.
Any publication resulting from the FRD must carry an acknowledgement that the project
was conducted with support from Cleveland State University’s Faculty Research
- Awards must be expended for the purposes as described in the proposal and in
accordance with the proposal budget and applicable University regulations and
procedures. If changes in the scope of work or budget are necessary, the Office of
Research should be contacted to request prior approval. All equipment purchased with
FRD funding becomes the sole property of the University and is assigned to the
awardee’s primary department.
Proposal Preparation Guidelines
- Cover Page - Available for download on Office of Research website; secure appropriate
- Abstract - One-page outline of research suitable for public reports; identify what area
of the Third Frontier or Ohio Center of Excellence this project is addressing and identify
potential internal/external collaborations.
- Project Description - Summarize, using language that can be understood by
non-specialists, your research question, theoretical foundations, existing literature,
empirical facets of the research (if applicable), and the significance of the eventual
project that the FRD grant will help to develop. Comment on the plan for potential
commercialization or economic impact of project outcomes. Be sure to distinguish
between the FRD-seeded research and the eventual project for which you will obtain
external funding. Excluding references, the description may be no more than five (5)
single-spaced pages with a minimum font size of 12 points.
- Budget and Justification – FRD grant awards are generally between $15,000 and
$25,000; one (1) page maximum.
- Plan for Obtaining External Funding (Appendix A) - Describe your plan for
obtaining external funds, including: a) what funding agency or industry you will
approach, and why; b) what contact you have already had with these agencies or
industrial partners, if any; c) when you expect to apply for funding; d) the expected
scale of the eventual project; and e) how the activities funded by the FRD grant will help
to attract further external support. List current or pending grant applications that are
related to the project, including funds requested or received from sources both internal
and external to Cleveland State University. The maximum length for Appendix A is one
(1) single-spaced page.
- Listing of External Proposals (Appendix B) - List all external proposals submitted in
the past five years and their status (no page limitation).
- Certification Letters (Appendix C) - This Appendix should contain certification letters
as required by FRD guidelines. For example, if released time is requested, the
application must include a letter from the Department Chair, co-signed by the Academic
Dean, which describes the teaching load policy in the academic unit, how that policy
impacts the applicant, and the replacement costs pertaining to the release-time
- Curriculum Vitae - Maximum two (2) page abbreviated curriculum vitae for each PI
FRD proposals will be reviewed and ranked by the University Research Council. The AY
2013-14 FRD Evaluation Form that will be used by the University Research Council is
The FRD program is not a small grant program. Grants will not be awarded to proposals that
request funding for a stand-alone project (that is, a project which is not intended to build
towards the development of a subsequent research proposal), which does not describe plans
for obtaining external funding, or that poorly justify their budget.
Allowable expenditures are direct costs normally applied during the conduct of sponsored
research, including salaries, consultant fees, equipment, well-justified domestic travel required
for the conduct of research, supplies, and other direct costs. The following points should be
- Faculty, student, and technician salaries (and associated fringe benefits) may be charged
to the FRD Program. Up to one month of faculty summer salary may be requested. If
release time for the academic year is requested, the budget must identify the part-time
faculty replacement cost (including fringe benefits) and a letter from the Chairperson of the
Department, co-signed by the Academic Dean must be submitted. If a graduate research
assistant stipend is requested, it will be necessary to provide documentation of other
source for tuition/fees.
- FRD funds cannot be used for international travel or for developing instructional materials
or for supporting work leading to any academic degree for the applicant. Tuition grants and
fees are not allowable under the FRD Program.
|March 08, 2013||Proposal submitted to the Dean for review and signature|
|March 22, 2013||One electronic PDF file of the proposal (with all its components,
including cover page with signatures) is due no later than
5:00pm, sent via e-mail as a single pdf-formatted attachment to
email@example.com AND firstname.lastname@example.org|
|April-May 2013||Recommendation by the University Research Council and
approval by the Vice President of Research|
|July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014||Research projects|
|September 1, 2014||Final report due to email@example.com AND firstname.lastname@example.org|
Questions concerning the 2013-2014 FRD Program should be addressed to Joy Yard,
687-9364, email@example.com, or Conor McLennan, 687-5171, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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