Internal Funding Sources

 

The College of Engineering strives to support faculty research at all levels, ranging from large-scale multidisciplinary efforts (Research Clusters) to high-risk single investigator ideas. The latter is made possible through the generosity of the Chevron Corporation and one of our distinguished graduates, Dr. Harry Longwell.

 

Chevron Innovative Research Fund (CIRS)

Chevron Corporation made a philanthropic commitment of $3,950,000 to the Chevron Innovative Research Support Fund (CIRS).  This fund is targeted at filling two particular gaps for LSU COE faculty in the funding lifecycle of an idea: early phase research and tech transfer.  The first, is the infancy of an idea, when it may be considered too risky or exploratory for successful submission on the national scene without pilot data or preliminary groundwork completed.   This provides the investigator an opportunity to “test drive” a new idea before formal submission for funding.  The second is the so-called “valley of death” in technology development, where research is too mature for basic research funding, but not yet ready for sponsorship in the early commercialization phase.

Preference will be given to proposals focused on the two signature research areas of the College, energy and infrastructure, broadly defined.

The current Request for Proposals can be found here.

 

Innovation in Engineering Research Fund (FIER)

The Longwell Family Foundation made a philanthropic commitment of $1,000,000 to the Innovation in Engineering Research Fund (FIER). This fund is targeted at filling two particular gaps for LSU COE faculty in the funding lifecycle of an idea: early phase research and tech transfer.  The first is the infancy of an idea when it may be considered too risky or exploratory for successful submission on the national scene without pilot data or preliminary groundwork completed.  This provides the investigator an opportunity to “test drive” a new idea before formal submission for funding.  The second is the so-called “valley of death” in technology development, where research is too mature for basic research funding, but not yet ready for sponsorship in the early commercialization phase.

While preference will be given to proposals focused on the two signature research areas of the College, energy and infrastructure, any proposals focused on technological innovation in these funding gaps will be considered.

The current Request for Proposals can be found here.

 

Research Cluster Initiative (RCI)

The College has launched the Research Cluster Initiative (RCI) and has designated a pool of funds to support faculty in attending key planning workshops and visiting sponsors on behalf of the College in preparation for developing large collaborative proposals. To expedite the request process, it is recommended that the interested faculty member coordinate with their department chair, Bonnie Pendergraft or Rick Koubek in preparation. Following that conversation, an approval decision will be provided within 72 hours of submitting the Special Initiative Research Travel Support request. Please submit your request via email to bpender@lsu.edu for processing.