Proposal Initiative Fund


The purpose of the Proposal Initiative Fund (PIF) is to support projects with potential to lead to significant external funding. Normally, anyone who accepts a PIF grant will agree in writing to submit a proposal for external funding within 12 months of the end of the PIF grant. There are two types of PIF grants: Type A (maximum of $1,500) and Type B (maximum of $7,500). Applicants for Type A grants must demonstrate plans to apply for an external grant worth a total of at least $20,000 within one year of the end of the Type A grant. Applicants for Type B grants must demonstrate plans to apply for an external grant worth at least $50,000 per year within one year of the end of the Type B grant.

Upcoming Deadlines: The proposal must be hand-delivered to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs,1102 Blair Hall, by noon on May 7, 2014. The application materials can be found here.

2013-2014 Proposal Initiative Fund Committee and the College Represented

College of Arts and Humanities
Ed Wehrle History

College of Business and Applied Sciences
Peter Ping Liu School of Technology

College of Education and Professional Studies
Douglas Bower Education and Professional Studies

College of Sciences
Mark McGuire Chemistry

David Bell

Research and Sponsored Programs
Robert Chesnut

Mary Mattingly Recorder
Cathy Thomas Research and Sponsored Programs

July 2011 Proposal Initiative Fund Recipients

Mary Konkle Chemistry Metabolism of Organic Waste Contaminants by Bacterial Dioxygenases
Scott Meiners, Barbara Carlsward, Andrew Methven Biological Sciences
Functional approaches to understanding plant community dynamics
Michael Menze, Robert Colombo, Gary Bulla, Karen Gaines, Kai Hung, James Novak Biological Sciences Using Inquiry-based Learning Modules to Vertically Integrate Core Biological Concepts in the Biology Majors Curriculum

July 2013 Proposal Initiative Fund Recipient

Gopal Periyannan Chemistry Incorporation of Bacterial Transporter Proteins into Liposomes as a First Step Towards Solar Energy Conversion