RESEARCH STARTUP
SUPPORT

Attracting the Best and Brightest
Scientific Talent to Kentucky Universities

The Research Startup Support program provides funding to recruit new-hire faculty, or support recently hired research-active faculty who will submit proposals to the National Science Foundation.

Two paths to success.

The Research Startup Support program offers two unique program tracks. Recently hired, research-active faculty may apply for the Individual Research Startup Support (iRSS) program. Institutions looking to recruit new faculty may apply for the Organizational Research Startup Support (oRSS) program.

Individual Research Startup Support (iRSS)

iRSS supports recently-hired*, research-active, Kentucky science faculty at Kentucky’s primarily undergraduate institutions who will submit research proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Our two RSS program tracks, iRSS and 0RSS, share this common goal.  The two tracks differ only in who submits the application based on if the hire has already taken place.  IRSS applications are developed and submitted by the newly-hired faculty member.

 

iRSS applications typically request financial support for establishing/equipping research labs.  Applications can request up to two months of faculty salary support.  Other research-enabling financial requests may be proposed within an iRSS application if sufficiently justified and appropriate.

 

The maximum request is $50,000 of direct costs.  Institutional indirect costs can also be included with the request.

 

iRSS applications are not accepted from the University of Kentucky or the University of Louisville.

 

iRSS applications are accepted in June of 2017.

 

* Eligibility limited to Kentucky tenure-track faculty hired after April of 2016.

Organizational Research Startup Support (oRSS)

oRSS supports recruiting research-active, Kentucky science faculty at Kentucky’s primarily undergraduate institutions who will submit research proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Our two RSS program tracks, iRSS and oRSS, share this common goal.  The two tracks differ only in who submits the application based on if the hire has already taken place.  ORSS applications are submitted by an institutional representative who is coordinating a research science faculty search.

 

oRSS applications must be submitted by an appropriate Institutional Administrative Officer (IAO) at one of Kentucky’s regional postsecondary institutions.  An appropriate IAO is someone authorized to commit institutional resources that would complement the oRSS funds requested.  IAO examples would include Vice Presidents of Research, College Deans or Department Chairs.  oRSS applications should include a summary of institutional commitments planned for the new-hire faculty.

 

oRSS applications typically request financial support for establishing/equipping research labs.  Applications can request up to two months of faculty salary support.  Other research-enabling financial requests may be proposed within an ORSS application if sufficiently justified and appropriate.

 

Maximum request is $50,000 of direct costs.  Institutional indirect costs can be added.

 

oRSS applications are not accepted from the University of Kentucky or the University of Louisville.

 

oRSS applications can be submitted to KY NSF EPSCoR at any time.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the iRSS and oRSS program tracks?

IRSS supports recently-hired*, research-active, Kentucky science faculty at Kentucky’s primarily undergraduate institutions who will submit research proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Our two RSS program tracks, IRSS and ORSS, share this common goal.

The two tracks differ only in who submits the application based on if the hire has already taken place.  IRSS applications are developed and submitted by the newly-hired faculty member. ORSS applications are submitted by an institutional representative who is coordinating a research science faculty search.

How can an institution apply for the oRSS program track?

ORSS applications must be submitted by an appropriate Institutional Administrative Officer (IAO) at one of Kentucky’s regional postsecondary institutions.  An appropriate IAO is someone authorized to commit institutional resources that would complement the ORSS funds requested.  IAO examples would include Vice Presidents of Research, College Deans or Department Chairs.  ORSS applications should include a summary of institutional commitments planned for the new-hire faculty.

Are RSS applications accepted from the University of Kentucky or the University of Louisville?

No, RSS applications are not accepted from the University of Kentucky or the University of Louisville.

When are iRSS applications accepted?

iRSS applications are accepted in June of 2017.

When are oRSS applications accepted?

oRSS applications can be submitted to KY NSF EPSCoR at any time.

What is the maximum funding request for the RSS program?

The maximum request is $50,000 of direct costs.  Institutional indirect costs can also be included with the request.

How does Kentucky NSF EPSCoR define “recently hired” for iRSS applicants?

iRSS eligibility is limited to tenure-track faculty hired after April 2016.

What sort of activity does the RSS program support?

RSS applications typically request financial support for establishing/equipping research labs. Applications can request up to two months of faculty salary support. Other research-enabling financial requests may be proposed within an RSS application if sufficiently justified and appropriate.

RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH (RCR) TRAINING

RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH (RCR) TRAINING:

 

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Background:

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 (epscor@uky.edu) 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.

General Terms & Conditions

  • Applications to all EPSCoR programs can include requests for federally-negotiated institutional F&A/indirect costs. Maximum budget request amounts indicated apply to direct costs. F&A costs can be added to these direct cost maximums.
  • Submission of a future research proposal application to the National Science Foundation is an obligation of RSS awardees.
  • Funds cannot be awarded for time periods beyond 7/31/18.
  • Only one application per investigator per program per year is allowed.
  • All awardees and funded participants are obligated to provide reporting about the outcomes of their KY NSF EPSCoR-supported projects. More information regarding reporting obligations will be provided to awardees at a later date.
  • Each institution that applies for financial assistance from the KY NSF EPSCoR must have a formal institutional 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. KY NSF EPSCoR must receive verification and notification that participants on supported project have received appropriate training consistent with their established institutional policies.
  • Foreign travel can’t be proposed.
  • Any request for computers must receive approval from epscor@uky.edu prior to submission of the proposal, or the proposal will be returned without review.
  • Any proposal submitted to KY NSF EPSCoR and declined for funding can be modified and resubmitted the next year (program  cycle) but if declined more than once, can’t be submitted again.
  • Applications involving known student participants should provide proof of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training.

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