Planning for the future with $2 million in research facilities improvements

The Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of the Vice President for University Operations Facilities Management have partnered to invest in research facilities on campus. This funding is in alignment with the first phase of the CSU Research and Scholarship Success Initiative (RSSI), to invest in future research growth and maintain success.

“We are excited to offer this opportunity as part of our efforts to renew research infrastructure that is so enabling to our mission of executing discoveries and innovations in support of society,” said Alan Rudolph, vice president for research. “We look forward to building new capabilities that will continue to unlock the creative passion of our faculty, student and staff researchers and scholars.”

The Request for Application (RFA) funding is focused on identifying critical research-related renovations, alterations, repairs and other facilities improvements that will grow future research opportunities. Through this program, one-time funds are awarded for direct infrastructural facilities improvements or renovation needs.

Opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Improvements to meet anticipated research growth
  • Growing future research in strategic areas of focus
  • Building research core or research center capacity
  • Providing for facility maintenance (e.g., mechanical and electrical improvements for research labs currently hindered by the spatial environment)
  • Renovating facilities to meet needs for new equipment installations
  • Meeting future regulatory requirements.

Program funding

Approximately $2 million is available through this RFA. The maximum request for a single application is $500,000, including all leveraged funding. While this RFA does not require cost-sharing, applications bringing additional departmental or college resources will be viewed favorably. Each application must include a detailed budget opinion from Facilities Management for the proposed project. Awards will be made in Fiscal Year 2017, and funds provided will be allocable through Fiscal Year 2018. Applications must be submitted to by April 1, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Review process

Applications will be evaluated in two stages. First, an ad-hoc review committee will select the top applications for further consideration. These top applicants will then be asked to present a five-minute overview of the proposed project to the selection committee in an open forum format. Following the presentations, the selection committee will provide a list of recommendations to the VPR and VPUO, who will make the final award decisions in May.

Open forum

To learn more about this opportunity, attend the Institutional Research Facilities Improvements RFA Open Forum, Monday, March 6, 12-1 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Room 322.