The College of Agricultural Sciences’ Office for Research and Graduate Education has a total of $50,000 available to sponsor co-funded equipment purchases this fiscal year to support research efforts.

Proposals for equipment based on the following principles will be entertained:

Co-funding of 1:1 is required. If units/faculty can overmatch, that will be considered as a positive factor should all other aspects of competing proposals be equal.

  • Impact on multiple faculty is required; tangible evidence that more than a single individual will use this equipment for research (including graduate education aspects) is mandatory.
  • This fund is not designed to leverage start-up packages. Preference will be given to positive impact on established faculty programs (which could certainly include new faculty).
  • Investment in equipment that would become part of university core facilities or college facilities (e.g., greenhouses, farms, etc.) will be considered; evidence of commitment from core directors is required.
  • No limit on equipment cost is implied beyond my $50K cap; I will consider small to large proposals.
  • Multi-unit collaboration is encouraged.
  • An individual faculty member can submit only one proposal as lead, but may partner on more than one submission.

Proposals should include:

  1. One page describing:
    1. faculty/programs/units that will benefit from the new equipment
    2. one paragraph justification for the new equipment
    3. details of the proposed cost-share
    4. brief description of logistics:
      - location and availability of equipment to researchers and students
      - alteration of existing facilities to accommodate the equipment
      - responsibility for maintenance, training, and operation
      - provisions for service agreements (if appropriate)
  2. A price quote for the equipment from the proposed supplier.

Submit as pdf file by close of business Friday, April 13 to Rachel Unger (runger@psu.edu).

Please note that selected proposals will require a purchase order to be prepared and shared with the Office for Research and Graduate Education in order for the funds to be transferred. All funds provided will be transferred to the CAS departmental general funds account.

Office for Research and Graduate Education

Address

217 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802

Office for Research and Graduate Education

Address

217 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802