Faculty Research

2016 Early Career Development Program (2016-ECDP)

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The Southern Plains Transportation Center (SPTC) will competitively award up to two Early Career Development Program (ECDP) projects to teams from the Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater and the University of Oklahoma (OU) in Norman to solicit and develop new research opportunities to advance the transportation systems in the state and the nation. Topics strongly related to the objectives and goals of the SPTC and of ODOT are especially encouraged (see http://www.sptc.org for details). The goal of this program is to provide seed funding to promote collaboration between tenure-track faculty members at OSU and OU. This funding should allow these groups to share their expertise with the goal of obtaining additional funding, publishing joint papers, and cross training students. The selected ECDP projects are expected to promote new multi-campus collaborations. Each award will be up to $20,000 (plus 26% IDC), to be used from July 1, 2016 to June 31, 2017.

The requirements to compete for the funds are as follows:

  1. The Principal Investigators (PIs) must be tenure-track faculty at the two campuses at the time of application.
  2. Two proposals will be funded at $20,000 each, with 50% of the funds going to each school. Each proposal must have PIs from both campuses.
  3. It is encouraged that proposals contain some match from each campus so that institutional support/buy-in will enhance the program.
  4. The proposal length should be limited to three pages, with single spacing and 12-point fonts (Times New Roman or equivalent). The first half of the proposal should provide information on the participants (PIs) from the two campuses, a clear outline of the topic, how they plan to collaborate on the topic, and the scope of work. The second half should discuss how the funds will be used as leverage to obtain funding from other sources, and outline how the ECDP funds will be spent. The proposal must include institutional budget as well as the total budget on the OST-R form (see attached blank). The budget forms are separate and do not count within the three pages noted above. Proposals will be reviewed by SPTC leaders from OU and OSU. The review criteria include: technical merit and organization, team and nature of collaboration, budget (appropriateness, leverage), evidence of attracting external funds, and enhancement of scholarship. These reviews, along with ODOT’s input and consideration of SPTC’s strategic direction, will be used in making funding decisions.
  5. The proposals will be transportation related with a strong relevance to the SPTC mission and highlight a strong future collaboration between OU and OSU.
  6. PIs will have their own campus cost accounts. Subcontracts will be executed by OU Office of Research Services to set-up these accounts.
  7. The funds can be used for travel to conferences and meetings, materials & supplies, student support, and no more than $5,000 in faculty salary per campus/project (inclusive of fringe benefits). No tuition remission is allowed on this program. Travel has to be pre-approved by the Technical Director, even if it is in the budget.
  8. A joint presentation between the OSU and OU collaborators is required at an SPTC event in Oklahoma, such as the Oklahoma Transportation Research Day. If this presentation is held in Oklahoma, then SPTC will provide mileage and registration fees from the SPTC’s central funds. Written permission of SPTC Director will be required before the trip. The PIs from both campuses must submit a single final report of 3 to 5 pages in length for each funded project. The final report should focus on results such as proposals submitted and/or submissions planned; papers submitted and/or submissions planned. The PIs are required to provide quarterly e-mail reports (between 300 to 500 words) to the SPTC Director and respective campus Associate Directors on the progress of the projects.
  9. Timeline: the deadline for proposal submission is Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 5:00 p.m.; the expected announcement of awards is Wednesday, June 1, 2016. A proposal submitted under this program must be submitted electronically to SPTC (sptc@ou.edu) after institutional routing and include a cover letter the Office of Research Services or equivalent, endorsing the submission. No late submission is accepted.
  10. Any PI or Co-PI who received an award under the “2015 Early Career Development Program (2015-ECDP)” is eligible to apply for the “2016 Early Career Development Program (2016-ECDP).” However, he/she must include a summary of achievements, thus far (see Item 8 on content).
  11. Although SPTC expects to have enough funds to support two projects from this competition, the actual number of proposals funded will depend on the proposal quality and availability of funds.