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).
Support Fund recommendations for funding for the FY 2013-14 competitions have been released on the Sponsored Programs website and will be brought to the Board of Regents at its April 23, 2014 meeting. In total, 114 proposals have been identified by external reviewers as Priority I projects and recommended for funding. Among these are 49 Research & Development projects, and 67 Enhancement proposals. In addition, five Endowed Chairs requests will be matched with FY 2013-14 BoRSF funds. Finally, 15 Graduate Fellowships projects were recommended for funding with first-year monies allocated from FY 2014-15 and FY 2015-16. As many Priority I proposals as possible will be funded with available Support Fund monies.
Funding recommendations forwarded to the Board in April are the result of rigorous peer reviews and a highly competitive process. This year Support Fund competitive programs received 401 proposals: 199 in R&D, 155 in Enhancement, 8 in Endowed Chairs, and 39 in Graduate Fellows. The staff has hosted 13 final review panels both in Baton Rouge and via offsite conferencing. Panel members read both proposals and program guidelines, and used established rubrics and evaluation criteria to score, rate and rank proposals. To ensure the objectivity of the review process, all panels were comprised of out-of-state experts: faculty, administrators, and other professionals with experience in and detailed knowledge of the disciplines, subject areas and types of activities for which funding was requested.