Research Tracks

A publication of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Baylor University

October 14, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: Submit final reports for internal grants

“My computer crashed!” “I got busy!” “I just forgot!”

My dog ate my homework

We’ve heard every excuse in the book.

Whatever the reason, we understand that sometimes life gets in the way and you forget to do something important. That’s why the OVPR is issuing a friendly reminder to all investigators who received internal grant funds for FY 2015 to please submit the required final reports.

Information provided in final reports helps the OVPR to measure the effectiveness of our internal grant programs, so it is essential that each investigator complete the report form at the conclusion of their project. Failure to submit a report may also render a faculty member ineligible for future funding from the OVPR until the report is complete.

If you have not submitted a final report for any FY 2015 internal grant, click here to download the final report form. Fill out the form and submit it via email to Blake_Thomas@Baylor.edu.  Not sure if you are missing reports?  Email Blake and he’ll let you know what reports are still outstanding.

[Above, CC Image courtesy of Girl.in.the.D on Flickr]

April 9, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: End of fiscal year deadlines for internal grants

FY 2015 ends on May 31, 2015.

As the end of the 2015 fiscal year draws closer, the OVPR would like to remind faculty members who are funded through internal grant programs that these grants are subject to the university’s end-of-year deadlines for expenditures.

Depending on the type of purchase and mechanism of payment (voucher, requisition, departmental purchasing card, etc.), different cut-off times apply to ensure the transactions are recorded in the correct fiscal year.

Investigators are responsible for adhering to the end-of-year deadlines and no exceptions or extensions can be made, so faculty are encouraged to process grant-related transactions as early as possible to avoid any problems that may result from last-minute purchasing.

Click here to view a full list of FY 2015 end-of-year deadlines on the university’s TRAX Help website.  Contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at 254-710-3817 with any questions.

August 4, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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OVPR announces new internal funding program for research equipment acquisition

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research has announced a new internal funding program designed to help established investigators purchase new or replacement equipment for use in their research.

Through the Research Equipment Acquisition Program (REAP), faculty members can apply for up to $35,000 in matching funds to help purchase equipment that will enhance and expand research capabilities on campus. The grants require investigators to provide one-to-one matching funds, allowing instrument acquisition up to a total price tag of $70,000.

Dr. Truell Hyde, Baylor’s vice provost for research, says the Research Equipment Acquisition Program (REAP) targets faculty who have a demonstrated record of success in attracting competitive external funding.

“With the REAP program, we want to help investigators retire aging equipment and replace it with new devices necessary for the continued success of an established research program,” said Hyde. “Obsolete equipment can place investigators at a disadvantage when applying for their next grant, so this program will help our most productive faculty acquire and replace equipment vital to their research.”

Click here to view the full program guidelines and application forms on the OVPR website. Contact your academic unit’s assigned OSP coordinator to begin the application process.