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- SURE Q&A for the 2017 RFA
- NASA EPSCoR Q&A for the FY2017 RFP
- Open Solicitations for NSF EPSCoR RII Program: Track 2 & Track 4
- Addendum to the NASA EPSCoR RFP
- NSF Community College Innovation Challenge
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).
Spotlight – BoRSF Restructuring
In light of dramatic declines in Support Fund earnings, totaling approximately 40% between 2008 and 2016, as well as changing circumstances in higher education in Louisiana, the Board of Regents undertook a review and restructuring of the constitutionally established Board of Regents Support Fund (BoRSF) in summer and fall of 2016. Campuses at all levels, higher education systems, and other stakeholders were provided with several opportunities to assist in shaping the Support Fund for the future through participation in meetings of the two advisory committees constituted in Board of Regents policy, as well as extensive circulation of concepts and drafts. In November 2016 the Board adopted a revised structure, available here, organized around current and prospective campus, system, and statewide strengths and needs, as well as individual campus roles, scopes, missions, and priorities. This structure will be phased in beginning in FY 2017-18.
The adopted restructuring plan explicitly aligns with the “Educate and Innovate” focus of the BoR Master Plan, and addresses in that framework the Fund’s twin goals of enhancing higher education and contributing to Louisiana’s economic development. Highlights of the restructuring plan include:
- Phase-out plan for existing grants and contracts, and funding consideration for endowment matching requests already in process;
- Alignment of BoRSF investments with campus roles, scopes, missions, and strategic priorities;
- Flexibility for Regents and campuses to define priorities on an ongoing basis and to adjust to changing priorities;
- Retention of both competitive grant and endowment matching opportunities;
- Opportunities for department- and unit-based holistic assessment of goals, opportunities, and related needs, rather than single-investigator grants across a large number of highly specialized programs;
- Increased support for research commercialization and industrial partnership activities; and
- Continued funding for student professional development, scholarships, and fellowships within priority departments and units.
Requests for Proposals and revised policies will be released as soon as possible in FY 2017-18, to allow campuses ample time for preparation for upcoming competitions.