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Faculty Research Support Program

The Faculty Research Support Program is designed to assist tenured and tenure track faculty at Ohio University in carrying out their research, scholarship, and creative activities.

This year's program allocation is $20,000. Once the account is exhausted, no additional funding will be provided for a given fiscal year. Requests will not be rolled over to the next fiscal year. Please refer to the rules below to determine what are allowable and unallowable costs. Given the modest amount of funds available, it is likely the fund will become exhausted. Thus, the program works on a first come first served basis.

Eligible Recipients

Tenured or tenure track faculty at Ohio University are automatically eligible to apply.  Research Scientists who do not hold a tenure track appointment must request special permission for consideration.

Emeritus faculty must provide a letter from their home department attesting to the fact that they are research active and that their work will contribute to the mission of the department.

To be eligible, applicant may not have external funds available to support associated costs for publication and related travel. When the external funding agency limits the amount that can be spent, the Faculty Research Support Program can supplement the difference.


Eligible Expenses

This program funds the following categories: publications, subventions, on-campus conference registration fees, emergency equipment repair, and travel for the purpose of meeting with potential sponsors or negotiating a research grant or contract.

This program does not fund faculty salary, student stipends, conference travel of any type, grant matching funds, computers and accessories, bridge funds between grants, or equipment.

Publication and Subvention Charges  are limited to $600 per faculty member per year and are limited to one author per paper. If the author works for or is a student of a faculty member, then the faculty member will make the request and his/her allotment will be charged.

When making a request for a publication, the applicant must give the Journal name, the title and a list of all authors. The $600 limit is a total for a year and may be used for more than one publication.

Travel is limited to $1,500 per year per faculty. Those traveling to secure research funding must submit a funding proposal within one year and indicate the ORSP assigned Proposal Number for continued eligibility in the program. Conference travel support is not available through this program.

Emergency Equipment Repair is limited to $1,000 per incident per year.  Submit a brief description of the equipment and the necessary repairs with your request.

On-Campus conference registration fees are limited to $1,000 per faculty member per year.  Submit a travel budget with your request.

Application Process

Request funding through LEO: click here

Requestor: Tenured or tenure track faculty

Request Category:

  • Publications – $600
    • Author
    • Publisher
    • Title of Publication
    • Estimated date of submission
  • Subventions – $600
    • Author
    • Publisher
    • Title of Publication
    • Estimated date of submission
  • On-campus conferences – $1,000
    • Attendee
    • Conference Host
    • Conference Location
    • Conference Dates
  • Emergency equipment repair – $1,000
    • Type of Equipment
    • Description of repair
  • Travel – $1,500
    • Traveler
    • Purpose
    • Location
    • Dates

If funds are available and ORSP has verified eligibility, you will receive an email securing funds for the current fiscal year.  Please note that requests do not carry-forward to the next fiscal year. If you are unable to use the reserved funds during the fiscal year, you will need to submit a new request after June 30 th.

Reimbursement Process

This is a reimbursement program.  ORSP will not pay a vendor directly or transfer funds to an account in advance.  It is the faculty recipient responsibility to process the expense for the approved activity through the department.  Once the charge has been incurred, email a copy of the paid invoice and the OU internal (non-restricted) account number where the original expense was incurred to ORSP@ohio.edu.  ORSP will then process a transfer of funds request to this account.  NOTE: If P-card is used, post the expense to a department account prior to requesting reimbursement from the FRSP.  The FRSP will not directly pay P-card expenses.