Quarterly Strategic Investment

As the University works to manage ongoing research operations and the return-to-work efforts during this unprecedented time, we have decided to suspend the Office of the Vice President for Research Quarterly Strategic Investments program indefinitely. However, we are interested in identifying gaps and needs in our research activities as these may help form our consideration for future investment programs. To provide comment or to ask questions, please contact Ellen Fisher, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Ellen.Fisher@colostate.edu.

The intent of the Quarterly Strategic Investment Process is to fund 6-8 awards against a funding pool of $100,000.  In each cycle, proposals are submitted representing the collaborative efforts of multiple PIs, projects, Departments, and Colleges.  The Quarterly funding opportunity is competitive and proposals are reviewed by an internal review committee within the OVPR.  The submissions present compelling cases for funding worthy of consideration.  As a result, narrowing the group to the top few for funding is difficult.

Dependent upon the quality of submissions and availability of funding, the OVPR has, on occasion, provided funding for a few additional proposals in a fiscal year. Total funding since inception is $1.68M.

Requests for funding will be accepted for a broad range of activities including:

Conferences/Workshops/Special Events support or sponsorship, Construction/Alteration/Renovation of research space, Center/Program/Research Program support, Access to Core/Specialized Facilities analytical services, Equipment/Infrastructure, International Research Activity support

The OVPR Quarterly does not accept requests for 1) curriculum development; 2) projects that are already in progress or have been completed; 3) seed funding for individual research projects (e.g. gathering preliminary data for single investigator proposals – team and/or interdisciplinary projects may be considered, but we recommend discussing the project with OVPR staff prior to submission.); or 4) graduate student projects (i.e. projects initiated by graduate students).

Requests for mandatory cost sharing will not be accepted through this process.  Please contact Pam Harrington for more information on submitting cost sharing requests


The next submission window, Q2 for FY20, opens on December 2, 2019 and closes on January 3, 2019.

For questions and further discussion, please contact Ellen Fisher Ellen.Fisher@colostate.edu
or Pam Harrington Pam.Harrington@colostate.edu in the Office of the Vice President for Research

FY17 FY16 FY15
Conferences & Workshops Symposia $42,050 $67,480 $74,564
Facility Renovation $5,027 $59,333 $158,152
Center, Program & Research Support $167,068 $68,127 $105,406
Equipment $141,974 $20,000 $165,656
Other $32,500 $225,032