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Competitive Enhancement Grant


The primary purpose of a CEG is to provide support for research that will improve opportunities for extramural grant funding by being responsive to grant reviewers' comments and suggestions. CEG support is for projects with a good potential for extramural funding if certain specific research is done. Usually this is evidenced by written evaluations from granting agencies which give a high but not funded ranking. Copies of these evaluations, together with the original grant application, must accompany the CEG application. If a granting agency does not normally provide a formal evaluation, but there is some evidence of positive feedback, a proposal for CEG will be accepted and reviewed internally. CEG funds may be used for equipment, supplies, travel necessary for the conduct of the research, partial support for assistants or release from teaching duties. Investigators, who are in need of funds until a new award is paid, may also apply. Grants are provided up to a maximum of $15,000, but not more than 20% of the direct cost of the proposal to the extramural funding agency exclusive of the PI's salary.  There is the expectation that the extramural funding agency provides full F&A (indirect costs) and the CEG proposal be submitted by the PI of the external grant.  Proposals must be received by the first day of the month (the first work day) in order to assign reviewers for that month's Research Advisory Council meeting. Applicants must submit four (4) copies of the complete application, which consists of: Pages 1 through 3, your Project Description, a letter from your Chair, along with your original grant application, and copies of the agency's evaluations. Do not send double-sided copies. Everything must be submitted to the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation, Room 202, Jouett Hall.


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