Published May 2, 2013
Ten proposals from across the university examining such topics as “human capital,” “big data” and economic justice have been awarded funding for 2012-13 from the “E Fund,” a competitive program created by President Satish K. Tripathi to spur collaborative initiatives that will expand the institution’s impact and enhance the student educational experience.
The E Fund—“E” stands for excellence—is supported by new revenue generated from NYSUNY 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s historic higher education bill.
The 10 projects that are being funded emerged from a pool of 27 submissions from faculty representing a variety of disciplines and programs. The proposals first were assessed by a committee of 12 senior faculty members; Provost Charles Zukoski then evaluated the proposals before reviewing them with Tripathi. Zukoski and Tripathi together made the final decision on which projects to fund.
The funded projects range from an innovative degree program and supporting research center in computational and data-enabled sciences and engineering, to scholarly and instructional activities concerning “human capital,” to an examination of best practices and innovations in veterans care.
“The range of imaginative ideas contained in these proposals speaks to the aspirations of our campus,” Zukoski said in an email to the campus community. “Implementation of these proposals, enabled by the E funding mechanisms, will enhance the excellence that is UB.”
These funded initiatives are projected to lead to the hiring of 44 new faculty and 10 staff members, with an anticipated growth in sponsored research by as much as $20 million per year within five years, Zukoski said.
“This represents a commitment to grow excellence in research, education and engagement, and builds on the promised NYSUNY 2020 funding,” he said. “At full implementation, we anticipate spending $7.6 million per year to support these initiatives from a combination of central and unit funds.”
The 10 projects receiving funding in the second round of the five-year program are:
For more details about the individual projects, visit the Office of the Provost’s website.