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Research Competitiveness Subprogram (RCS)
Objectives. The specific objective of the RCS is to solicit research proposals designed to build and strengthen the fundamental research base and competitiveness of Louisiana's universities. The proposed research must include fundamental (basic) research contributions rather than simply the application of existing knowledge.
Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards. Not available.
Monetary Limitations. No applicant may seek more than a total of $200,000 over a three-year period.
Eligible Faculty (PDs/PIs). Only those individuals affiliated with an eligible Louisiana institution of higher education may act as principal or co-principal investigators. Individuals who are not employed by an eligible Louisiana institution of higher education (e.g., out-of-state scholars, scientists, and/or engineers or employees of industry) may serve as consultants on applications; however, they may not be listed as principal or co-investigators and must not be cited on the cover page of the proposal.
The RCS is a stimulus program directed only toward those researchers who are at the threshold of becoming competitive on a consistent basis in the Federal R & D marketplace and who - with some assistance from the Support Fund to implement their plans to overcome whatever barriers they have identified which have stood in their way - clearly have a strong potential for enhancing their competitive status within a limited time span. For this reason, it is unlikely that researchers and/or research groups that are already established and heavily funded (unless they are moving into a new field of research and also fit the above criteria) would be highly competitive. Junior researchers at the threshold of becoming competitive will be given priority over senior researchers who are changing research fields.
Established researchers and/or research groups that are already competitive and heavily funded are strongly encouraged to participate in research proposals submitted to the RCS in an advisory capacity, but they shall not receive funding under this subprogram. Those individuals or groups that have no previous funding records, but who wish to submit a proposal, are strongly encouraged to join with researchers/research groups who do have a history of Federal basic research funding.
Applications from Non-Tenure-Track Faculty: Because the guiding principle governing the Support Fund programs is to support activities which will have a positive long-term impact on the State's economic and educational base, when other criteria are equal, those applications from investigators who have been hired by an institution to fill a tenure-track position are regarded by reviewers in a more favorable light than applications submitted by post-docs, research staff, or instructors. For this reason, faculty who hold parttime, research, or other non-tenure track faculty positions are strongly encouraged to provide evidence of their institution's long-term interest in their research efforts.
Number of PDs/PIs. An eligible faculty member may serve as a principal or co-principal investigator on no more than one RCS grant at any time.
Disciplines eligible every year (please note the change in division of biological sciences):
Eligible Activities. The Board's Policy for Administration further stipulates that "Both basic and applied research proposals that have the potential for contributing to the State's economic development will be considered." Potential applicants should be aware, however, that R & D program funds must be used for research. For example, proposals will not be considered that are designed only to: (1) keep museums and/or laboratories open; (2) add to collections; (3) fund conferences or workshops; (4) purchase instrumentation; (5) provide services; (6) provide money to support ongoing operating costs of existing or proposed programs, entities, or projects; or (7) support literature reviews and/or develop protocols.
Institutional limit. None
Costsharing/Matching Funds. Equipment requests only (limited)
Duration of the Project. No applicant may seek more than three years of support under the R & D subprograms.
RFP is availabe - download HERE.
Notice of Intent Instruction - on-line submission through LOGAN.