About Sponsored Programs
The Sponsored Programs division of the Board of Regents administers State and federal programs that provide funds and other resources to Louisiana’s post-secondary education community and interacts extensively with institutions and governmental agencies on issues related to post-secondary research and educational enhancement. The principal activity of Sponsored Programs is centered around the Board of Regents Support Fund (BoRSF) and its major related initiative, the Louisiana Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (LA EPSCoR).
Louisiana EPSCoR’s Pfund Program solicits seed-grant research proposals from the State’s tenured and tenure-track science and engineering (S&E) faculty members seeking funding to demonstrate an innovative or novel concept that can result in attracting federal funds. Designed to stimulate and support science and engineering faculty in their exploration of novel research, the Pfund program provides opportunities for both tenured and tenure-track faculty. Untenured tenure-track faculty can use the seed funding made available by this program to sharpen their research focus and develop cutting-edge techniques, while Tenured faculty can use award funds to demonstrate an innovative or novel concept and become more competitive by investigating new areas that require a shift in their current research direction. The ultimate goal of the Pfund program is to enable faculty to submit more competitive federal proposals, particularly to NSF.
Proposals to the FY 2013-14 Pfund competition were due September 25, 2013. In total, 119 applications were submitted requesting $1,188,431. All proposals are assessed by out-of-state reviewers, who will evaluate the merit of each proposal based in part on the potential of the investigator to enhance competitiveness for federal funds. Results of the competition will be announced late in 2013, with funded projects expected to start January 1, 2014.