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
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.
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 Projects – Applications will be accepted three times a year: July 15, November 15, and April 1 for the project start date to coincide with the next semester boundary. A 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.
Submit a service request for any of the following via the platinum sheet.
Provide Proposal Support on the Technical Volume:
Including review and interpretation of solicitation guidelines, compliance criteria, and diversity requirements; preparation of Gantt charts, milestone tables, org charts, project management plans, and statements of work; review and editing of the technical narrative for clarity of argument, grammar and compliance with formatting requirements.
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 Julienne Krennrich with questions.
Proposal Support on the Budget Volume:
Including review of guidelines, all information required from subcontractors, solicitation specific application package documentation, Gold Sheet preparation and routing, CVs, current & pending support, collaborators & affiliations, data management and postdoc mentoring plans, and cost-share strategy.
- Provide proposal development support
- Provide technical editing and proposal layout
- Facilitate timely submission of proposals and subawards.
- Ensure that proposals and subawards follow all regulatory requirements
- Develop budget for proposals, including cost sharing; advise PI(s) regarding budget justifications
- Review application forms/docs for adherence to program specific requirements
- Coordinate with other groups and institutions for collaborative proposals
- Coordinate large-scale, multi-PI proposal development meetings and activities
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.
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
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