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Ohio University Foundation announces 1804 Fund awards

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 10, 2005) -- The Ohio University Foundation has awarded $230,000 from the 1804 Fund to 14 new research and educational initiatives. Projects receiving awards during the 2005 funding cycle range from research on an ammonia fuel engine for automobiles to the acquisition of a Student Response System that will increase student engagement and academic performance in large lecture courses. Awards granted since the fund's inception total more than $13 million.

"Granting the 1804 Fund awards is a job that Foundation Board members truly enjoy," Board Chair Charlotte Coleman Eufinger said. "It's interesting and exciting to read the proposals, and it's also quite evident that the review committees take their jobs very seriously. The board was again impressed with the quality of the proposals. We unanimously voted to adopt the faculty review committees' recommendations and expressed the intention to work to increase the funds available for future 1804 Fund grants."

The 1804 Fund was endowed in 1979 by a visionary gift "to enhance the quality of university programs and life" through its support of faculty research and graduate studies as well as undergraduate learning.

"The 1804 Fund continues to have a profound impact on learning and research at Ohio University. I'm not aware of any other major university in America that has such a fund," Executive Director of the Ohio University Foundation Leonard Raley said. "Its influence is evident in the more than 500 projects and programs it's supported over the years. It's a shining example of the difference endowment dollars make in the life of the university."

This year, four proposals received a total of $128,000 in funding in the faculty research and graduate studies category, administered by the Office of the Vice President for Research. Projects that promote research and scholarly activities, multidisciplinary work and innovations in graduate education were selected. In this year's 1804 competition, Ohio University faculty and staff submitted 13 proposals requesting nearly $400,000 dollars.

The 1804 Fund made $102,000 in awards to 10 projects in the undergraduate learning category, administered by University College. Faculty and staff submitted 17 proposals in this category totaling more than $380,000. This 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 Foundation Board views the 1804 Fund grants as 'seed money' to foster new initiatives at critical times in the academic lives of some of our newest faculty," Eufinger said. "The grants also have allowed new programs such as the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, to grow and flourish. The results speak to the hard work, creativity and excellence of our faculty and students. The board appreciates that we can have a direct involvement in these new initiatives. The best part is hearing from our faculty and students a year or more after the award has been received and used. It inspires all of us to work harder for Ohio University."

A gift made more than a quarter of a century ago continues to influence the university's core mission of maintaining, strengthening, and enhancing a learning-centered community. Today, it's a university priority to grow The 1804 Fund endowment from $3.3 to $10 million. To make a gift in support of the Fund, contact The Ohio University Foundation at 1-800-592-FUND or e-mail giving@ohio.edu.

A link to a list of all 1804 Fund recipients for 2005 is below. Faculty and staff interested in applying for the 2006 award cycle must have a preliminary discussion with the Vice President for Research or Dean of University College by March 15. Proposals are due April 15. More information is available online at www.ohiou.edu/research/1804.html  or www.ohiou.edu/univcollege/fund/.  

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Media Contact: Director of Development Communication Jennifer Bowie, (740) 597-2987 or bowiej@ohio.edu

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