Friday, October 21, 2016

University community invited to view Innovation Strategy letters of intent, join projects

Ohio University has accepted 31 letters of intent for Cycle 2 funding of the Innovation Strategy program. The institution has allocated up to $4.4 million for new innovative initiatives.

Four broad portfolios of topical areas are identified for potential investment, with support that can encompass the full spectrum of the university’s activities—including teaching and learning, research and scholarship, creative activity and the operational functions of the university.

“There continues to be a high degree of interest by our faculty and staff in cross-cutting, interdisciplinary collaboration, as demonstrated by the number of letters of intent we received,” said Joseph Shields, vice president for research and creative activity and dean of the Graduate College. “We received submissions from 172 team participants from 48 departments and programs, representing 12 colleges and administrative units.”

The university community can view the letters of intent at (An Ohio University ID and password is required.) The letters are listed by the name of the principal investigator (PI) and title of project. A spreadsheet that lists all submitted letters also is available at the site.

Teams who submitted letters are encouraged to look for synergies with other projects, as teams with common interests have the option of merging efforts for submission of pre-proposals.

Faculty, staff and students also are encouraged to review the letters, and, if interested, contact the existing teams to explore joining existing projects, Shields said.

All teams interested in submitting pre-proposals in January must first meet with a representative of the Research Division by Dec. 15. Teams must send meeting requests to

The Request for Proposals, a Frequently Asked Questions guide and other information can be found at the Innovation Strategy webpage.

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