The Enhancement Program has three competitive components: Traditional Enhancement, Undergraduate Enhancement, and Enhancement for Two-Year Institutions. The goal of these subprograms is to improve the research and educational infrastructure at all Louisiana institutions and in all disciplines. An additional one-time subprogram, the Post-Katrina Support Fund Initiative, identified research and educational priorities for intensive support immediately following the hurricanes of 2005.
PROPOSALS DUE FOR FY 2014-15 COMPETITION IN ALL COMPETITIVE ENHANCEMENT SUBPROGRAMS: Friday, October 24, 2014
Traditional & Undergraduate Enhancement
Traditional and Undergraduate Enhancement are similar in structure and operation, both providing funds to develop the infrastructure of academic, research, or agricultural units and promote the State’s economic development. All institutions are eligible to compete in Traditional Enhancement, while the Undergraduate Enhancement component limits support to campuses with two or fewer doctoral degree programs. In both subprograms, a spectrum of enhancement activities, from equipment purchases to curricular redesign, are allowed and encouraged. Most disciplines are eligible on a rotating basis. Traditional Enhancement also encompasses a special Multidisciplinary component.
Enhancement for Two-Year Institutions
The Enhancement Subprogram for Two-Year Institutions has recently been created to meet the needs of Louisiana’s community college system. This subprogram shares the same objectives as Traditional and Undergraduate Enhancement, but is limited to two-year community colleges and does not have discipline eligibility rotations.
Post-Katrina Support Fund Initiative
The P-KSFI, comprised of Primarily Research and Primarily Education Subprograms, is a five-year program designed to support “towers of strength” in Louisiana STEM education and research. The goal of P-KSFI Primarily Research Subprogram (PRS) funding is to transform strong programs into federally funded centers of excellence and engines of economic development, while the Primarily Education Subprogram (PES) supports projects designed to improve undergraduate STEM education and training. Awards began in 2007, and the program concluded in 2012.
Contact Program Manager: Carrie Robison