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Support for Faculty
Participation in professional meetings
The Ecology Center tries to provide partial support for travel to regional or national professional meetings in which you are presenting a paper or poster (for which you are the first or sole author). Application for this travel is best made by email to the Director, Nancy Huntly, at (firstname.lastname@example.org). This email should include the name and dates of the meeting, the title of your presentation, and authorship, and your estimated costs to attend the meeting. Please also provide an estimate of other sources of support you have to participate in the meeting. Support will depend on availability of funds, the nature of the meeting, and other meetings in the current year for which the Ecology Center is supporting you. Occasionally, the Ecology Center may contribute to international meeting participation.
Ecology Center Policy on Cost Center Use and Indirect Costs
The Ecology Center and Deans of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Science have agreed to the following policy on use of the Ecology Center as a cost center and disposition of returned indirect costs (F&A).
Any faculty associate of the Ecology Center has a free choice of having grants and contracts administered by the Ecology Center or to use other cost centers. The following provisions would apply:
1. The research involved must be ecological in nature.
2. Of the 30% indirect costs returned to the Center:
--- 40% will be returned to the PI’s department with the clear understanding these funds are to be used by the PI at his/her discretion. The PI’s share can be kept in the Ecology Center if the Department Head so designates. (A separate account would be set-up for the PI’s use.)
--- 20% would be returned to his/her department to defray costs associated with having the grant/contract in that department
--- 40% would remain in the Center for discretionary spending
3. If the Ecology Center is required to supply matching funds on a grant or contract being administered by the Center, the EC will recover the cost of the match from indirect cost returns before passing on funds to the department (and P.I.).
4. All grants and contracts administered by the EC will have the availability of the Center accounting and clerical services.
5. If a PI leaves his/her employment at USU, the F&A return account of the PI will no longer accrue returned F&A funds from any grants still in force, but the department will continue to receive its share. If the PI has completed his/her association with USU, any funds remaining in the returned F&A account of the PI will be turned over to the PI’s department for its discretionary use. This does not apply to faculty who retire at USU, providing the IDC account funds are spent on professionally related activities. If the departed PI continues with an adjunct USU position, such as to help USU graduate students finish their degrees, the PI can use unexpended funds in this account. However, these funds must be expended for research support purposes of the USU-related research.
Investing in new ecological research initiatives
The Ecology Center will entertain proposals from faculty associates for financial assistance in developing new research endeavors. It takes much time and effort to develop competitive proposals and new initiatives and the Ecology Center seeks to facilitate this development. Potential forms of financial assistance the Ecology Center will consider are:
--one-time contributions to summer salary
--funds to secure some relief from teaching, providing your department head is in agreement
--travel support for collaborators from other institutions to come to Logan for proposal development with a faculty associate
--support of workshops that can lead to new research initiatives
--travel support to the faculty member to collaborate in proposal development at other institutions, LTER sites, etc.
If you are interested in applying for such assistance, please contact Nancy Huntly by personal visit, email (email@example.com) or phone (x2555) and we can discuss your ideas. This would be followed by a short written proposal to the Center. Priority will be given to ideas that will lead to potentially fruitful proposal development for new research funding (especially for competitive grants and contracts), collaborative ventures with co-PI’s from USU or other institutions, and interdisciplinary efforts. The main thrust of the work must be ecological in nature.