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Office of Faculty Research

Office of Faculty Research


The mission of the Office of Faculty Research (OFR) is to engage the research talents of faculty, promote high quality research and scholarship, and substantially contribute to the research output of Tarleton State University. Our fundamental goal is to pursue greater effectiveness in creating and maintaining a culture of research while promoting a sustainable research program. We are committed to serve as an institutional resource for research services and the acquisition of external funding, and to provide coordination for sponsored projects while ensuring compliance with federal, state, and institutional requirements and policies.

The OFR is committed to faculty research and scholarly engagement within any discipline and provides resources to support faculty research resource development. Engaging faculty in such effort increases institutional research program productivity, enhances the likelihood of faculty publication, and extends institutional resources. The OFR’s primary role includes: informing faculty about potential funding opportunities, building research capacity through training, facilitating collaborative efforts across institutions and agencies, assistance with grant development, proofing and formatting services, internal review routing, sponsored activity budget development, pre-award technical review, online proposal submission processing, and management of the sponsored project development process. Publishing scholarly works closes the loop for any research efforts. Our office encourages all faculty to seek assistance when considering external funding support and assistance with publications.

The Executive Director is assisted by a contingent of qualified staff including a Grants Specialist, a Technical Writer, and an Administrative Assistant. Our office is housed in the Faculty Commons area of the Dick Smith Library. The OFR works collaboratively with academic departments, colleges, Academic Affairs, Business Services, Risk and Safety Management, Campus Compliance and Ethics Committee, the Office of Student Research and Creative Activities, and the Office of Sponsored Projects. The Executive Director reports to the Associate Vice President for Academic Research and Grants.

Grant Services:
Faculty can access the expertise and skills of the OFR staff at any time. Our knowledge spans funding agency/organization culture, investment priorities, proposal evaluation criteria, proposal submission processes, sponsored project compliance requirements, institutional and external partnership review, contract assessment, budget compliance, and post-award reporting ensure competitive submissions.

The OFR can help individual faculty, faculty groups, and collaborators access external funding for research, program development, outreach or community service activities, equipment acquisition, and professional development. Our office assists through the development of conceptual frameworks, facilitating meetings, and shepherding application packages through internal review, and ensuring timely and competitive submissions.

Manuscript Services:
Publication outlets for scholarly products are countless and publication styles vary by discipline. The first step towards successful publication is ensuring that your submission is error-free while meeting the authorship requirements established by the targeted publication. The OFR offers faculty assistance with the technical side of your manuscript such as checking punctuation, grammar, proofing, and ensuring that your work meets required style guidelines.

Current Funding Opportunities

National Endowment for the Arts

The NEA's Office of Research & Analysis will make awards to support research that investigates the value and/or impact of the arts, either as individual components within the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life. The Arts Endowment’s support of a project may start on May 1, 2014, or any time thereafter.

National Science Foundation - Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Growing out of scientific computation and the explosion in production of digital and observational data, Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering is clearly emerging as a distinct intellectual and technological discipline lying at the interface of mathematics, statistics, computational science, core sciences and engineering disciplines. CDS&E, broadly interpreted, now affects virtually every area of science and technology, revolutionizing the way science and engineering are done. The Division of Mathematical Sciences and the Office of Cyberinfrastructure of the National Science Foundation recognize the importance of research in CDS&E and envision that the mathematical and statistical research communities will play a leading role in the future development of this emerging science. In partnership with the Office of Cyberinfrastructure, the CDS&E program in DMS supports fundamental research at the core of this emerging discipline. It supports broadly innovative, ambitious and transformative research that will lead to significant advancement in CDS&E. The emphasis will be on mathematical, statistical, computational, and algorithmic developments, as well as their applications in advancing modern cyberinfrastructure and scientific discovery.

National Science Foundation - Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences

The Geospace Section of the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, to ensure the health and vitality of solar and space sciences on university teaching faculties, is pleased to offer awards for the creation of new tenure-track faculty positions within the intellectual disciplines which comprise the space sciences. The aim of these awards is to integrate research topics in solar and space physics into basic physics, astronomy, electrical engineering, geoscience, meteorology, computer science, and applied mathematics programs, and to develop space physics graduate programs capable of training the next generation of leaders in this field. Space Science is interdisciplinary in nature and the Faculty Development in the Space Sciences awardees will be expected to establish partnerships within the university community.