ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 13, 2006) -- The Graduate Education and Research Board (GERB) at Ohio University has announced two new requests for proposals for the Future Growth Fund and for the Graduate Program Enhancement Fund. Each competition will award up to $250,000 to Ohio University faculty as an investment in graduate education.
The Future Growth Fund's aim is to fund the development of new graduate and research initiatives that will generate new revenue for Ohio University.
"In addition to finding new program ideas, we also want to attract new audiences to our current programs," said Michael Mumper, associate provost of graduate studies at Ohio University and co-chair of the Graduate Education and Research Board.
The Graduate Program Enhancement Fund is slightly different than the Future Growth Fund in that it focuses on improving already existing graduate programs. The Future Growth Fund will make awards using one-time-only funds.
"We have very good graduate programs here at Ohio University, and the Graduate Program Enhancement Award will provide for the specific, strategic investment needed to make these programs nationally prominent," Mumper said. The Graduate Program Enhancement Awards will be made as new base funding.
Both awards are open to all Ohio University faculty on the Athens campus. Individual faculty members or groups of faculty may submit proposals. Regional campus faculty and College of Osteopathic Medicine faculty may only submit proposals if they are working on a collaboration with other Athens campus faculty members.
All submissions for both awards must explain the link between their proposals and Ohio University's academic plan, Vision OHIO, and the strategic plans of specific colleges within the university.
Proposals for both awards are due on Nov. 22 at noon to their appropriate colleges. At that time, the deans of the colleges will read and rank the proposals. They will then submit the proposals to GERB for final selections. Provost Kathy Krendl will announce the recipients for both awards on Jan. 15, 2007.
"These awards are a sign that the university is committed to making new investments in graduate education," Mumper said. "We are moving toward attaining excellence, finding new areas to develop and improving the quality of our existing programs."
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