RIEEE Offering Grants to Multi-disciplinary Research Clusters

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 8:42am

RIEEE's CONducting ComplEResearch Together (CONCERT) Grants Available

Proposal Solicitation:  Enhancing Faculty Research Collaborations
Summary:  In an effort to encourage research collaborations and external support for faculty research at Appalachian State University, the RIEEE will make financial support available to new or existing multi-disciplinary research clusters.  Proposals must involve two or more academic disciplines and two or more of the following:

  1. Natural and Earth Systems
  2. Human Systems
  3. Economic Systems

Due Date:  November 2, 2015 
Anticipated Award Date:  November 16, 2015 
Available Funding:  Research clusters may be awarded up to $5,000 and up to five clusters may be supported in this solicitation.

Research Clusters:  Funding will support the activities of existing or new research clusters that are composed of faculty from various departments/disciplines within ASU  or at other collaborating institutions.  Support for the clusters is intended to enhance our understanding of the interrelationships among natural, human, and economic (including technical or built) systems and to enhance external funding support.   This initiative is intended to promote the RIEEE’s long term goals of:

  • enhancing the ability of our faculty to address local, regional, national ofinternational issues,
  • developing innovative solutions for preserving, protecting or restoring our natural environment, and
  • enhancing our human, economic and cultural wellbeing. 

Research clusters may be composed of faculty members as well as EPA administrative staff and others such as research professors and external collaborators.  Clusters should be multidisciplinary in nature. 

This solicitation reflects the structure of the RIEEE which includes the Southern Appalachian Environmental Research and Education Center (SAEREC), the Center for Economic Research and Policy Analysis (CERPA), and the Appalachian Energy Center (AEC).  Currently there are many research clusters within these Centers that address one or more of the above systems.  Faculty members are encouraged to build on existing research initiatives and extend the scope of their research to include faculty from other disciplines.    

Review Process and Eligibility Criteria:  Proposals will be reviewed for funding by members of the RIEEE Faculty Advisory Committee and RIEEE's Center Directors.  Review Criteria include:

  • Research focus that relates to the Appalachian State University strategic priorities;
  • Importance of the proposed activity to advancing research that examines the linkages between natural, human and economic systems;
  • Organization and composition of the research cluster;
  • Matching support is encouraged (departments, colleges, current grants, or other sources; and
  • Potential for external support (grants, contracts, or organizational collaborations).

Application Instructions:  The application should consist of the following:
1.  Cover Page (Include Title of Cluster, Applicant Names (including applicant E-Mail Addresses), Summary of proposed research collaboration, and Budget Request)
2.  Description of the cluster (3-page limit), including:

  • Scope of the cluster (including how it will examine the linkages between two of the following: natural, human, or economic systems);
  • Goals or aims of the cluster;
  • Significance of the cluster or proposed undertaking;
  • Potential for external financial support, student engagement, publications (including student thescs) and other outcomes;
  • For an existing cluster provide a description of accomplishments to date;
  • Budget  (provide a brief justification for the funds requested)

Formatting:    Font: minimum of 11 pt. Arial or Helvetica; single-spaced, maximum of 6 lines per inch; 1 inch margins left/right and top/bottom.

Note:  Funds may be used for such things as speaker(s), faculty course buy-out, student salary or a graduate assistantship, summer support for students and/or faculty, travel (faculty, staff or student), work with collaborating agencies, supplies, and equipment.  Expenditures must adhere to state and University policies.  Course buy-outs must have the approval of departmental chairs and college deans.  This initiative is supported in part by state appropriated funds which are subject to year end spending guidelines published by Business Affairs annually.  The source of a cluster’s funds and time restrictions for expenditures will be provided at the time of the award or shortly thereafter. 

Submit Proposals:  Via email to plummergj@appstate.edu in a single PDF document by October 20, 2015 at 11:59pm

For additional information contact: 

John C. Pine, Director, Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics (RIEEE);pinejc@appstate.edu

Jeff Ramsdell, Director, Appalachian Energy Center (AEC); ramsdellje@appstate.edu

Howie Neufeld, Director, Southern Appalachian Environmental Research and Education Center (SAEREC);  neufeldhs@appstate.edu

Todd Cherry, Director, Center for Economic Policy and Analysis (CERPA); cherrytl@appstate.edu

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Dr. Nicole Bennett
Interim Director, Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics
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