The Research Enhancement Grant (REG) supports seed-funding science faculty at Kentucky’s primarily undergraduate institutions. Awards are intended to help faculty start exploring interesting research ideas that would be competitive as a future proposal submitted directly to the National Science Foundation (NSF). Submitting a follow-on research proposal directly to NSF is required of all REG awardees.
Maximum request is $25,000 of direct costs. Institutional indirect costs can be added.
Some examples of requested budget items include: research materials and supplies, student participant support and summer support for off-contract faculty time committed to the proposed research. Other research-enabling financial requests may be proposed within REG applications if sufficiently justified and appropriate.
REG applications are not accepted from the University of Kentucky or the University of Louisville.
RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH (RCR) TRAINING:
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Our NSF sponsor requires that, ‘‘each institution that applies for financial assistance from the Foundation for science and engineering research or education describe in its grant proposal a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed research project.” Please be advised that if awarded, a certification of completion of RCR training for all of the aforementioned participants, consistent with the sub-awarded institution’s policies, will need to be provided to KY NSF EPSCoR (firstname.lastname@example.org) before a subcontracted award can be fully executed.
Proposal Application Requirements:
(1) Provide a statement certifying that a RCR training plan for the applying organization is in place. If the applying organization does not have a RCR training plan in place, a statement certifying they will create and implement a RCR training plan in the event they are awarded should be provided. (Training plans are not required to be included in proposals but institutions are advised that they are subject to review, upon request.)
(2) An institution must designate one or more persons to oversee compliance with the RCR training requirement. Identify these designees by name and provide their contact information.