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$20 Million Fund Supports Research

June 2, 2006

Aaron Martin

In a sign of renewed commitment to research, Tulane University established a $20 million fund to help its researchers advance projects that were interrupted as a result of Hurricane Katrina, as well as to support new initiatives. The Research Enhancement Fund, announced to faculty and research staff in late April, will award the first phase of $10 million by June 30.


Expanding collaboration in research across Tulane's schools
and colleges is one of the goals of the new Research
Enhancement Fund.

"Our objective is to encourage research, scholarship and creative endeavors across all disciplines by providing funding resources as a catalyst," said Laura Levy, associate senior vice president for research.

She added that a further objective is to expand the already growing interest in collaborations among the schools and colleges of Tulane. 

In the first phase of funding, awards will reimburse a portion of researchers' projected losses from Katrina during the last four months of 2005.

The second $10 million phase will promote new initiatives through June 2008. The latter funding can be used for salaries to support technical staff or students in training, supplies and materials, equipment or travel related to data collection or presentations at scholarly conferences. 

The second-phase funding is divided into two programs. One is to support projects with budgets up to $25,000. The other program is to provide seed money for larger projects up to $125,000 that demonstrate promise of attracting external competitive grants. 

"Investing in research is also investing in educational opportunities," said Levy. "We expect that, as a result of the funding, more graduate and undergraduate students will be afforded greater opportunities for participation in research activities." 

For award consideration, investigators are required to submit a proposal with goals, justifications, budgets and timelines. An internal committee composed of the several senior administrators of Tulane, with assistance from academic deans, will review the proposals. 

More information about fund distributions can be obtained from Levy's executive assistant, Roblynn Sliwinski.


Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000