About Sponsored Programs
The Sponsored Programs division of the Board of Regents administers State and federal programs that provide funds and other resources to Louisiana’s post-secondary education community and interacts extensively with institutions and governmental agencies on issues related to post-secondary research and educational enhancement. The principal activity of Sponsored Programs is centered around the Board of Regents Support Fund (BoRSF) and its major related initiative, the Louisiana Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (LA EPSCoR).
The Board of Regents Support Fund’s 2013-14 competition is underway, with proposals received during October and November across three programs and nine subprograms. The Board has received a large crop of proposals, including 199 in Research & Development (Research Competitiveness, Industrial Ties, and Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars), 137 in Enhancement (Traditional, Undergraduate, and Two-Year), and 40 in Graduate Fellows (Traditional, Graduate Fellowships for Teachers, and BoR/SREB Graduate Fellowships to Promote Diversity). In total, the proposals request approximately $30.6 million in first-year funds, more than four times the $7.3 million projected in the FY 2013-14 Plan and Budget to be available for these competitive programs. Review panels have been selected and are already reading proposals. These panels will meet via teleconference and in Baton Rouge over the coming months, to develop funding recommendations for the Board of Regents by mid-spring. Panel reports, which include funding recommendations and individual proposal assessments, will be posted on the Sponsored Programs website (http://web.laregents.org) in early April, and taken to the Board for action at its April 2014 meeting.