Research Communications

1804 Fund seeks proposal ideas by March 15 


Over the past 30 years, more than 500 research, graduate studies and undergraduate education initiatives at Ohio University have received $14 million in support through the 1804 Fund.

Established by the Ohio University Foundation, the 1804 Fund supports the university’s commitment to maintaining and enhancing a learning-centered community. The fund promotes collaboration among units and focuses its support through two fund categories:

The undergraduate learning category supports projects that promote curricular innovations, programs and activities that enhance the undergraduate educational experience. Collaborative projects that focus on innovations in technology for learning, teaching excellence and writing excellence receive preference.

The faculty research and graduate studies category promotes research and scholarly activities and innovations in graduate education. Examples include purchases of instrumentation, hiring specialized personnel and curricular proposals that foster innovations in graduate programs through demonstration or pilot projects.

Faculty and staff can apply for 1804 Fund awards each spring. Applicants must first discuss their ideas for funding requests with their respective chairs/directors and deans, and then must meet with either David Descutner, dean of University College (undergraduate proposals), or Rathindra Bose, vice president for research (faculty research and graduate studies proposals). Some proposals may include both areas of focus. The discussions are designed to assist in the refinement of proposal ideas and to identify issues that should be addressed prior to final proposal submission. Preliminary discussions must take place by March 15, and proposals are due April 15. Final decisions about funding are made by the Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees in July annually.

Faculty Research and Graduate Studies
Research, scholarly activities, and innovations in graduate education.  Guidelines are distributed at preliminary discussions with the VP prior to March 15. Awards are announced in August. Contact: Contact: Cristina Milligan, (740) 593-0370, milligan@ohio.edu.

Undergraduate Learning
Curricular innovations, programs and activities that enhance the undergraduate educational experience. Forms and guidelines are distributed at preliminary discussions with the Dean prior to March 15. Awards are announced in August. Contact: Dean, University College, (740) 593-1935, descutne@ohio.edu.