How does the program work?

Stage 1 provides up to $20K for team formation, research planning, and initial experiments.

Example costs supported

  • Planning sessions
  • Workshops
  • Speaker series
  • Student and postdoc stipends
  • Materials, supplies, and services

Stage 2 provides $75K to support research toward a proof of concept.

Example costs supported            

  • Team expansion
  • Student and postdoc stipends 
  • Materials, services, and supplies
  • Innovation training
  • Informal Science Education training

 Stage 3 provides $125K to accelerate work toward or commensurate with an external funding opportunity.

Example costs supported

  • Team expansion
  • Student and postdoc stipends
  • Leveraged funding opportunities, cost share
  • Innovation training
  • Informal Science Education training
  • Proposal writing support

 

When to submit?

Stage 1 proposals must be submitted by July 15.  The College will consider proposals annually.  Funds will be awarded for a project start date of September 15. Funds must be expended within nine months beyond start date.

Stage 2and Stage 3 proposals must be submitted by April 15.  The College will consider proposals annually. Teams may choose to skip Stage 1, if the collaboration and proposal are sufficiently developed to support a Stage 2 project. Only successful Stage 2 projects are eligible for Stage 3 funding. Funds will be awarded for Stage 2 and Stage 3 project start dates of July 1.  Funds must be expended within 12 months beyond start date.         

Proposal Guidelines and Reporting

All COS faculty and research associates are eligible to submit a proposal.  The PI must hold a tenured or tenure-track appointment in the College. At least two COS Departments must be represented in an application. Applicants may be supported in only one Stage 1, Stage 2, or Stage 3 project at any time.

The Stage 1 proposal is a single page, and it must include 

  • Vision addressing transformative potential
  • Project Plan
  • Budget
  • Source of cost sharing
  • A 2-page biographical sketch for each co-applicant should be appended after the proposal

 The Stage 2 proposal is 3 pages, and it must include 

  • Vision and goals
  • Development potential
  • Prior and supporting results
  • Project Plan
  • Budget and budget narrative
  • Source of cost sharing
  • 2-page biographical sketch for each co-applicant appended after the proposal

 The Stage 3 proposal is 6 pages, and it must include

  • Vision and goals
  • Plan for engagement and extramural funding
  • Prior and supporting results
  • Project Plan
  • Budget and budget narrative
  • Source of cost sharing
  • 2-page biographical sketch for each co-applicant appended after the proposal

 Applications that do not meet the proposal guidelines will be returned to the applicants without review.

Reporting requirements and due dates

Stage 2 and Stage 3 proposals will be considered reports for Stage 1 and Stage 2 projects, respectively.  Stage 2 and Stage 3 projects must submit a one-page interim report to the College of Science on January 15, immediately following the project start date.  Terminal Stage 1 projects must submit a final report on May 15 immediately following the project start date.  

Proposal review criteria

SciRIS supports transformative research.  Such research involves ideas, discoveries, or tools that radically change our understanding of an important existing scientific or educational practice or leads to the creation of a new paradigm or field of science or education. 

  • How original is the proposed idea? Does the research challenge current understanding? What is the transformative potential of the proposed work?  Does the research open pathways to new frontiers of science?
  • What is the potential of the work to advance knowledge both within a discipline and across disciplines?
  • Is the plan sound? Are resources aligned with proposed work and outcomes?
  • Is the team integrated and poised to succeed?
  • What is the benefit to society?
  • What are the plans for extramural funding? 
Cost sharing

Cost sharing is not required, but it is encouraged, especially as projects move to later stages.

Examples of potential cost sharing include the following:

  • Department support for travel and students
  • Uncommitted 201 and start-up funds 
  • University venture development funds
  • Seed grant from Oregon Signature Research Center
  • Seed grant from other colleges or Research Office
  • NSF EAGER grant or similar award from federal agency or foundation
  • Aligned OSU Foundation gift 
  • New, aligned grant or contract from industry

 

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