Under the strong leadership of Dr. Tom Klei, Boyd Professor of Parasitology and Veterinary Science, LSU and A&M College spearheads the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network (LBRN), a collaborative statewide project funded by the National Institutes of Health. In place since 2001 and involving 27 participating campuses, the LBRN generates statewide impact in biomedical research and education. In the previous award (2009-14), NIH provided in excess of $15 million, with a Board of Regents Support Fund match of $1.148 million, for a rate of return of $13.39 for every Support Fund dollar invested; the new award, more than $18 million during 2015-20, will return an impressive $16.16 for each Support Fund dollar matched. The grant will continue to facilitate growth of biomedical research activities throughout the State by enhancing inter-institutional communication, collaboration, and the development of biomedical manpower and infrastructure resources.
At its May 27, 2015 meeting, the Board of Regents gave final approval for the subprogram and policy for the new BoRSF Endowed: Two-Year Student Workforce Scholarships subprogram. This competitive subprogram, available for new funding in FY 2015-16, provides Support Fund match for non-State contributions to establish permanent endowments for scholarships at two-year campuses in workforce areas related to four-and five-star Louisiana jobs. The Workforce Scholarships subprogram replaces the BoRSF’s Enhancement Subprogram for Two-Year Institutions.
The FY 2015 consultants’ report, with funding recommendations, for the Louisiana Systemic Initiatives Program (LaSIP) is now available here.
Typically the Board of Regents receives a considerable number of requests from principal investigators of projects who need to: 1) extend the termination date of their contracts to fulfill the goals of their projects; and/or 2) revise their budgets. The Office of Sponsored Programs attempts to cooperate in these types of requests if sufficient and appropriate rationales have been provided in writing, if they are in accordance with contractual stipulations, and if all documentation arrives in our office by April 30, 2015. We ask that the institution’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs please distribute this information to all affected PIs.
In order to be considered, contract amendment and budgetary revision requests must be:
1. Approved by the appropriate university/college officials, in accordance with contract provisions, prior to transmission to the Board of Regents;
2. Submitted separately from required reports;
3. Received in the Board of Regents’ office at least 60 days prior to the termination date of the original contract, or the most recent amendment to the contract, whichever is appropriate, i.e., no later than April 30, 2015, for projects that terminate on June 30, 2015.
Contractual provisions permit certain budgetary revisions without Board approval; however, Board notification is required. See your contract for further information.
Adherence to these procedures should facilitate the Board’s consideration of these types of requests, ease complications associated with payment procedures (if any are involved), and generally serve to streamline record-keeping.
If you have any questions concerning this memorandum, please call Mr. Bryan R. Jones, Enhancement Program Manager; Ms. Zenovia Simmons, Research and Development Program Manager; Ms. Carrie Robison, Associate Commissioner for Sponsored Programs Administration for questions regarding ATLAS, or me at (225) 342-4253. Thank you for your cooperation.
Complete list of FY 2014-15 Consultant reports.
Before reviewing reports, see the memo for the lists of rank orders recommended for which funds are anticipated to be available. Board action on consultants’ reports and recommendations is scheduled for April 22, 2015. Potential contracts for projects approved for funding by the Board will be released via LOGAN to affected institutions by Monday, April 27.
- Memo (Recommendations of Rank Orders to be Funded)
- Endowed Chairs
- Industrial Ties Research Subprogram (ITRS)
- Research Competitiveness Subprogram (RCS)
- Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars (ATLAS)
- Undergraduate Enhancement Subprogram
- Traditional Enhancement Subprogram:
- Enhancement Subprogram for Two-Year Institutions
- Graduate Fellows and Graduate Fellows for Teachers
- Board of Regents/Southern Regional Education Board Graduate Fellowships to Promote Diversity (SREB)
- BoRSF Summary of Priority One Funding Recommendations, FY 2014-15