- Board Approval of BoRSF Funding Recommendations
- Reminder: Deadline Date for Receipt of Requests to Amend Contracts and/or Revise Budgets for all BoRSF Contracts
- FY 2015-16 BoRSF Reports and Funding Recommendations Released
- Supervised Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) Q&A
- Supervised Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE)
- EPSCoR Newsletter: Coastal Research Buoyed by Waves of Sustainable Funding
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).
Support Fund recommendations for funding for the FY 2015-16 competitions have been released on the Sponsored Programs website and will be brought to the Board of Regents at its April 27, 2016 meeting. Across the Enhancement and R&D subprograms, 144 proposals have been identified by external reviewers as Priority I projects and recommended for funding with FY 2015-16 monies: 77 Research & Development projects, and 67 Enhancement proposals. In addition, five Endowed Chairs requests will be matched with FY 2015-16 BoRSF funds. Finally, 24 Graduate Fellowships projects were recommended for funding with first-year monies allocated from FY 2015-16 and FY 2016-17, including 20 Traditional GF and four BoR/SREB fellowships. As many Priority I proposals as possible will be funded with available Support Fund monies.
Funding recommendations forwarded to the Board in April are the result of rigorous peer reviews and a highly competitive process. This year Support Fund competitive programs received 431 proposals: 220 in R&D, 169 in Enhancement, 8 in Endowed Chairs, and 34 in Graduate Fellows. The staff has hosted 15 final review panels both in Baton Rouge and via offsite conferencing. Panel members read both proposals and program guidelines, and used established rubrics and evaluation criteria to score, rate and rank proposals. To ensure the objectivity of the review process, all panels were comprised of out-of-state experts: faculty, administrators, and other professionals with experience in and detailed knowledge of the disciplines, subject areas and types of activities for which funding was requested.