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CALS Dean’s Enrichment Grants awardees announced

Dean Richard Linton of N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has announced the 2014 recipients of the Dean’s Enrichment Grants Program awards. Developed as part of CALS’ strategic planning process to help grow programs related to the current and future strategy of the College, the Dean’s Enrichment Grants Program is an internal request for proposals (RFP) to support people, programs and partnerships in the College. This year, the College was able to fund 22 projects.

“We were extremely pleased with the response to this new strategic initiative,” said Linton. “In total, 142 proposals were submitted from our CALS faculty. This tremendous response shows that there is strong interest in partnerships and interdisciplinary work.”

The 22 selected projects, and the investigator teams, are listed and described at this site. The graph shows each programmatic grant and equipment grant awardee and its RFP category, along with its funding from the CALS investment and any matching sponsor.

One of the primary focus areas of the project proposals is to support multidisciplinary teams and integrated missions. Multidisciplinary grants engage faculty members from different departments, colleges and/or units. Integrated grants must incorporate at least two of the land-grant missions (research, teaching and extension).

“I am especially excited about our developing partnerships with Virginia Tech and N.C. State’s College of Natural Resources,” said Linton, referring to six of the awarded projects. “There is great potential with these new partnerships.”

The Dean’s Enrichment Grants Program is a direct outcome of the seven-year roadmap of action items outlined in the College’s strategic plan, “Our Envisioned Future.”

Within the framework of the plan’s “Pillar 1” goal and strategy, the Enrichment Grants program is the on-time fulfillment of the proposed action to “establish internal competitive grants program for the College that fosters interdisciplinary, team-focused projects that are responsive to the needs of the strategic plan.”

The opportunity to receive an award from the program is open to tenure track and non-tenure track faculty, superintendents at research stations or field labs and Cooperative Extension specialists, with the grant administered by a CALS department faculty member.

“With such strong interest in this new program,” said Linton, “the future goal is to find alternative resources to fund additional projects in the coming years.” – Terri Leith