Engineering Research Institute

The Engineering Research Institute’s primary mission is to provide research-related services to College faculty to increase and diversify their research portfolios.

ERI staff focus on engaging with faculty in all Engineering departments to grow research areas of strength, develop compelling responses to funding opportunities, and increase the number of competitive submissions to new agencies and large programs.

When needed, ERI provides post-award project management support to ensure smooth execution of projects and research compliance, as well as appropriate engagement with Program Managers and Sponsors to position our faculty for follow-on funding.

Engineering Research Institute Services

Sponsored Funding Opportunity Exploration

www.engineering.iastate.edu/eriopps

Discover and disseminate federal and industry funding opportunities directly to faculty through the CoE website and subscription to weekly ERI Funding Opportunities Blog; match faculty research to open solicitations.

Research Development Support Programs

The College of Engineering is committed to helping our faculty increase and diversify the sources of their research funding. We offer the following research development support programs:

1.) Exploratory Research Program – Applications will be accepted two times a year: March 15 and September 15 for the project start date to coincide with the next semester boundary. Application instructions, including fillable cover page are available by clicking the links.  An Excel budget template for these projects is available here.

2.) Pursuit Development Funds – This program is focused on providing the resources needed to write compelling proposals. Opportunities for multi-investigator teams, new research directions, or large proposals are more likely to need the support provided by this program. Application deadline is the first business day of every month.

3.) Faculty Travel Program – This program supports meetings with sponsors, program officers, and collaborators for the purpose of establishing and expanding research funding. Applications are accepted any time, preferably 3 weeks in advance of the intended trip. Travel to a professional/scientific conference is not eligible.

4.) ACRI: Support for Developing Strategic Research Thrusts – In FY18, there will be no formal deadline for this program. Faculty interested in developing a proposal should contact Dr. Arun Somani.

Pre-award Services

A summary of pre-award services offered by ERI is available here. For standard projects, submit a platinum sheet to request support at least 7 business days prior to the sponsor’s deadline.

Complex projects are defined as including one or more of the following:

  1. Large funding level
  2. Multiple institutions (> 2)
  3. Challenging sponsor
  4. Cost Sharing is required

For complex projects, the platinum sheet should be submitted at least one month prior to the sponsor’s deadline.

Platinum sheets submitted after these deadlines will be evaluated; ERI support may be limited.

Proposal review requests should be received a minimum of two weeks prior to the submission deadline. Manuscripts must be provided no later than 5 business days prior to the deadline. This service may be requested via the Platinum sheet. Please contact Lori Jarmon with questions.

Post-award Project Management

At the request of PIs and the concurrence of Department Chairs / Center Directors, ERI will provide post-award support for complex projects. Projects that may qualify are large, have multiple sub-contracts, and significant reporting requirements.

Key Points:

Review award terms and conditions for compliance issues
Brief and alert PI on any unusual requirements in the grant/award
Review and revise (if necessary) initial award budget
Evaluate allowability of costs to ensure compliance with regulations related to sponsored projects
Keep PI informed and updated of regulatory changes/issues
Prepare and submit timely financial analysis/reports on each award
Monitor cost-sharing during the award
Monitor effort reporting
Sub recipient monitoring and reporting
Plan and perform timely close-out process, including extensions and completion of all final reports

Schedule and lead (if necessary) routine project meetings

Assist with the preparation and submission of technical reports

Interface with Sponsor on the PI’s behalf

Other Services

Produce the annual College research expenditure report for ASEE and the accompanying dashboard.

Provide non-routine research enhancement services such as conducting seminars, workshops, travel and conference/event coordination

Facilitate faculty research team building activities

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