April 09, 2009

University Researchers Have Opportunity to Apply for Federal Stimulus Funding

As the United States tries to get back on track during an economic downturn, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) offers Case Western Reserve University researchers an opportunity to demonstrate how their projects can contribute to improving the economy.

The University wants to help researchers navigate the landscape of appropriate stimulus opportunities. To that end, the University has set up a Web site, which acts as a clearinghouse. The Web site, sponsored by the Offices of the Provost, Sponsored Research and Government Relations, includes links to important information, a comments section for faculty information exchange and discussion, and important dates for activities.

"We try to update the Web site daily about new funding opportunities, and we recommend that faculty and other interested parties check it regularly," said David Bell, vice president for government and community relations.

Bell said that the ARRA is a unique opportunity for Case Western Reserve researchers. Under the ARRA, major federal agencies are receiving very significant additional research dollars, which they are distributing through competitive grants for such purposes as construction/renovation of research facilities and the purchase of instrumentation (microscopes, imaging, etc.).

"This is an important opportunity for the University. We want to be able to leverage the premier research and programs at Case Western Reserve and work with the state and federal agencies that can have an impact in this region. Opportunities like energy, health, science, technology and renewables, should be considered. We're one of the top 60 research universities in America and the work done at this institution warrants this kind of resource. We believe that if proposals are reviewed as competitive awards, this should position the university and its faculty profile for funding" he explained.

Bell added that "the ARRA funding is being awarded, in part, based on the grantee's ability to demonstrate that a project will maintain or create jobs in America" and that projects originating from Case Western Reserve should demonstrate, not only good science, but also the ability to get people back to work via science, technology or construction projects. In addition to federal agencies, some ARRA funds are available through the State of Ohio.

So far, it appears that the University will be submitting proposals in several areas. The National Institutes of Health released a number of Requests for Application that are of interest to researchers here, and Bell said the Department of Energy, NASA, and the Department of Commerce, among other agencies, also will have competitive funding opportunities.

Researchers should be coordinating their project proposals through their respective schools or college. In situations where a limited number of submissions are permitted from a given institution, the Office of the Provost has established a process for determining which university projects will go forward.

Go online to http://ora.ra.case.edu/research/stimulus.cfm. If you have questions, contact Dave Bell at david.a.bell@case.edu for more information.

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, April 9, 2009 02:04 PM | News Topics: Administration, Collaborations/Partnerships, Energy, Environment, Provost Initiatives, Research, Technology, Technology Transfer, news

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