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Modified ORU process opens for FY 2015

Funding proposals for Organized Research Units in Fiscal Year 2015 are now being accepted by the Office of Research & Engagement. The program has been newly modified to reflect changes in emphasis for the university’s research agenda.

The ORU funding program provides startup and continuing support for faculty groups organized to pursue specific research goals that will lead to substantial net increases in external funding.

Among the changes:

  • Support for existing ORUs that have received three or more years of support will be discontinued.
  • New opportunities, including those rising from “communities of scholars,” will be encouraged.
  • The peer review process will involve more domain expertise.
  • Greater requirements on seed funding impact will be required. ORU projects will be subject to a return-on-investment evaluation to change the emphasis on how ORU funding is used.

The ORU process requires (1) brief written reviews and proposals (continuation or new) and (2) invited public presentations on some proposals.

Key date: Friday, February 7, 2014, at close of business — submission of reviews and proposals