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Goal Four: Outcome 1

Increase UNO’s sponsored programs funding and percent of faculty listed as PI or Co-PI.

 
Measure

Number of proposals submitted; percentage of faculty with external awards

 
Target

5% increase in submitted proposals per fiscal year; 5% increase in funding received per fiscal year; 1% increase in percentage of faculty with external awards per fiscal year

 
Tasks

Task
Lead Responsibility
Timeline
A) Push funding opportunities to campus:
1. Weekly funding ops
2. PI profiles in funding database
Vice President for Research and Economic Development 1. Funding opportunities sent to campus weekly

2. PI profiles updates each fall semester
B) Proposal Development Support
1. Train PI's and support staff in colleges
2. Reports to Deans regarding grant proposals and awards
3. Sample grants for review
4. Research Council input on ORSP operations
5. Seed money for external funding
6. Travel grants to meet program managers
Vice President for Research and Economic Development

1. Monthly meetings during academic semesters

2. Quarterly reports to Deans regarding grant proposals and awards

3. Provide new examples of funded proposals as requested or post 4-5 new ones each fiscal year

4. Monthly Research Council meetings during academic semesters

5. Annual Internal Grant Program

6. Annual travel grants for researchers to visit program managers

C) Provide incentives to expand revenue generation via externally funded projects Vice President for Research and Economic Development 1. Quarterly reports to Deans and Directors of Board of Regents Approved Centers and Institutes return of indirect

2. Annual prizes for researchers
D) Award Management Support
1. Train support staff in colleges
2. Provide professional development opportunities and training materials to manage awards for business managers and PI's
3. Funding and opportunities for undergraduate research
4. Funding and opportunities for graduate student research
Vice President for Research and Economic Development 1. Monthly campus meetings regarding grant proposals and award management for business managers and/or faculty

2. Add to existing training materials as need arises; continual

3. Paid and unpaid undergraduate student opportunities (PURSUE, Mentor Match, UL Academic Summit)

4. 1 for 3 program for Doctoral and Master's level students

 
Findings

  1. Push Funding – On Target
    1. Comprehensive funding opportunities sent to campus and posted on website in weeks the list serve is active; individual opportunities distributed as appropriate
    2. Listing of current faculty used to create grant profiles for new faculty; campus workshop September 27, 2016 on using Funding Databases (how to set up or edit PI profile, search for funding opportunities, and have funding opportunities automatically emailed to you)
  2. Proposal Development Support – On Target
    1. Monthly meetings for PI’s and support staff during academic semester; created new website to post meetings, topics and locations (http://www.uno.edu/orsp/events.aspx); toolbox in SharePoint with comprehensive training documents
    2. Quarterly reports to Deans – proposals and awards for the quarter; November 2016 met with each Dean to review first report and request feedback to improve
    3. Fiscal year 2017 – 5 new sample grants from different agencies available
    4. Monthly Research Council meetings during academic semester – schedule and minutes available on Research Council website
    5. Seed Money - updated annual Internal Grant Program with input from Research Council to make the program more viable; Training workshop on March 22, 2017; Proposals due April 7, 2017
      1. Updated annual Internal Grant Program with input from Research Council to make the program more viable; Training workshop on March 22, 2017; Proposals due April 7, 2017
    6. Annual Travel Grants
      1. Promoting Board of Regents travel grant for Assistant Professors and ORSP travel grant for senior PI’s; i.e. included in March 22 workshop, promote in meetings, post on website
  3. Incentives to expand revenue generation via externally funding projects – On Target
    1. Quarterly reports on recovered indirect to Deans
      1. Continued 10% return of indirect to college
      2. FY16 started 5% return of indirect to PI
      3. FY17 started 10% return of indirect to PI
    2. Quarterly reports on recovered indirect to Directors of Board of Regents approved Centers and Institutes – Continued 25% return of indirect
    3. Annual Prizes for researchers
      1. In process of updating prizes to provide more opportunities across discipline

Target (Annual gain or loss projected as a result of implementation): 5% increase in submitted proposals per fiscal year – Target metthrough January (13% increase in proposals January FY 16 to January FY 17)

5% increase in funding received per fiscal year – Target not metthrough January, but most proposals take more than three months to be reviewed; may not have meaningful data until FY 18 (2.02% increase in Non-Medicaid funding January FY 16 to January FY 17)

1% increase in percentage of faculty with external awards per fiscal year – Target not metthrough January, but most proposals take more than three months to be reviewed; may not have meaningful data until FY 18 (FY 16 was 17.13% through January 2017 is 15.03% for decrease of 2.09%)

 
Anticipated Next Steps

1. Continue to monitor targets throughout fiscal year

2. Meet with Deans, Research Council and others to determine steps necessary to meet goals
 

Goal Four: Outcome 2

Identify and support areas of research excellence and promise.

 
Measure

Number of proposals submitted and awards received for new faculty members with start up
 
 
Target

100% external funding participation within 5 years of starting at UNO for new faculty members receiving ORSP start up
 
Tasks

Task
Lead Responsibility
Timeline
Maintain active engagement with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Deans in the entire faculty recruitment and hiring process (Goal 3 of the Strategic Plan) to ensure that the faculty cohort develops in a manner that elevates the research portfolio of the institution.
  • Vice President for Research and Economic Development
  • Deans
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs
Annual report on external funding for new faculty members with startup

Annual data from prior hires used to determine amount of start-up available to new faculty hires
 
Findings

1. Annual report on external funding for new faculty members with startup
    a. 100% of new faculty receiving startup submitted proposals for external funding

2. Annual report on history of faculty and departments receiving startup; that information will be used by the Vice President for Research and Economic Development for startup decisions this fiscal year
    a. Updated process for requesting startup - new website and electronic form created (http://www.uno.edu/orsp/FundingOpportunities/Startup.aspx)
 
Anticipated Next Steps

1. Continue encouraging new faculty to apply for awards; track not only proposals but awards and set goals for percent of faculty with startup to not only submit proposals but have awards

2. Evaluate new process when data is available
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Goal Four: Outcome 3

Build internal and external collaborations with a focus on interdisciplinary or cross-cutting collaborations.

 
Measure

Participants from all colleges in Research Week and PURSUE; Number of proposals received for new Interdisciplinary Development Grant
 
Target

100% of colleges participate in Research Week and PURSUE and award 1-2 Interdisciplinary Development Grants each year.
 
Tasks

Task
Lead Responsibility
Timeline
Enhance research related communications and collaborations within the University, across disciplines, and with other institutions.
  • Vice President for Research and Economic Development
  • Marketing and Communications
  1. Monthly report/meeting with Marketing and Communications
  2. Annual reception
  3. Annual research week
  4. Annual undergraduate research symposium, mentor match and PURSUE
  5. Annual internal grant program set aside for interdisciplinary or cross-cutting collaborations
 
Findings

1. Monthly report of new awards, major updates and events provided to Marketing and Communications

         a. News articles highlighting research and scholarly activity are posted on UNO website/communications and are distributed to external agencies

2. Annual reception for all researchers on campus and which honors Graduate Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship recipients, Faculty Research Prize recipients, and undergraduate recipients of the PURSUE awards

3. First ever annual Research and Scholarly Activity Day will be held April 7, 2017; goal is to have week-long event next year

4. Annual undergraduate research symposium (InnovateUNO) was held in spring semester, 20 PURSUE awards were given and Mentor Match was continued

5. New Interdisciplinary Grant Development program created; federal grant proposal required as deliverable
 
Anticipated Next Steps

1. Continue promoting research and scholar success stories

2. Evaluate if annual reception should be stand-alone event or combined with other events

3. Evaluate first ever Research and Scholarly Activity Day

4. Evaluate if annual undergraduate research symposium should remain stand-alone or be combined with other events

5. Evaluate new Interdisciplinary Grant Development program

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