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The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) offers up to $2,000 unrestricted grants to FIU faculty aimed at stimulating interdisciplinary, cross-college external research grant applications.

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  1. Awardees must submit at least one or more cross-college proposals to a funding agency within one year of receiving the ORED grant.
  2. Eligible faculty may apply by submitting a written request (not to exceed two pages) to Maureen Pelham, Director, Research Development, that outlines the proposed research topic, the names and departmental affiliations of participating faculty, potential agencies with interest in funding the interdisciplinary research project, and a budget.
  3. Each proposal should be signed by the chairs of the investigators’ departments.
  4. The funds may be used for any activities related to stimulating cross-college research: pilot data collection, meetings, travel, training, etc.
  5. Budget period is limited to a period of 12 months.
  6. In collaboration with deans, center directors, or chairs, ORED will award funds to assistant professors participating in the Faculty Mentoring Program
  7. Each awardee is expected to:
  • Identify one or more collaborators from other FIU colleges who agree to explore opportunities for cross-college research.
  • Meet regularly with collaborator(s) to share research ideas.
  • Attend quarterly meetings with ORED representatives to cross-fertilize ideas.
  • Submit one or more cross-college proposals to a funding agency within 12 months of notice of grant award.
  • At end of 12-month period, prepare one-page summary report that outlines activities (e.g., meetings, travel, training, etc.), identifies proposals submitted by the research group and their current status (i.e., pending decision, awarded, declined).

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Up to $2,000 unrestricted grant

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