Funding Opportunities from the Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund
Nicholls State University faculty members should direct questions about these programs to Debi Benoit. The Board of Regents has a very small staff and cannot handle individual questions from all higher education institutions statewide. If it is necessary to pose official questions to the Board, those should be directed through the Office of Research first. We have until Oct. 1 each year to pose official questions.
The Enhancement Program emphasizes improving the infrastructure of departments and units within colleges and universities, primarily through acquisition of research and instructional equipment, and promoting economic development. Any type of infrastructure improvement project is allowed, however, as long as the proposed project significantly improves the quality of instruction for students and/or enhances the department’s research area. Priority is given to proposals where there is potential for regional and/or national eminence, commensurate with the submitting institution’s degree offerings. The Board dedicates approximately 50 percent of the Support Fund appropriation to this program component.
Research Competitiveness Subprogram
In 1987 when the Support Fund became operational, as a result of its prior participation in the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), the Board was aware that Louisiana scientists and engineers ranked 42nd on a per capita basis in competing for federal research dollars.
The Research Competitiveness Subprogram (RCS), modeled after the NSF EPSCoR program, was designed to improve the competitiveness of Louisiana scientists and engineers for non-state support for basic research. Only the sciences and engineering fields, as defined by NSF, are eligible for funding under the RCS. Generally this program is targeted at early career, tenure-track faculty members who are building their research programs and who have not yet been successful in receiving federally-competitive funding.
Industrial Ties Research Subprogram
The Industrial Ties Research Subprogram (ITRS) is designed to promote new linkages between Louisiana universities in areas of research where strong potential exists for more immediate economic returns. Cost sharing on the part of participating Louisiana industries is a requirement for receiving Support Fund money under the ITRS.
Graduate Fellows Program
The Support Fund Graduate Fellows Program is designed to enhance Louisiana’s ability to retain and attract top quality students by offering financially and academically attractive stipends or fellowships to graduate students. The emphasis in the Graduate Fellows Program is on doctoral programs, although master’s programs critical to the state’s economic development are also eligible. The goal of the Graduate Fellows component is to elevate higher levels of performance in departments or units which have attained regional, national or international standards of eminence that have promoted economic development within the state.
Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars Program (ATLAS)
The Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars (ATLAS) program provides support for major scholarly and artistic productions with potential to have a broad impact on a regional and/or national level. These activities will contribute to the Support Fund’s comprehensive objective of strengthening the educational, artistic, and research bases of Louisiana institutions. The proposed activities should enable the applicant to seek publication and/or presentation of the supported work within a limited period of time. The primary focus of this program is on the scholarly and/or artistic merit of the proposed work. Applicants should describe their projects in terms of their necessity, importance, originality, and likelihood to have an impact on a broad academic and/or artistic community.