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Published July 25, 2013

Announcement of 2012-13 Funded E Fund Proposals

After careful review and consideration, I am pleased to announce this year’s successful E Fund proposals which emerged from a pool of 27 submissions representing a variety of disciplines and innovative multidisciplinary programs across campus.

All proposals were evaluated by a distinguished group of 12 senior faculty members.  In addition, I conducted my own assessment of each proposal before reviewing with President Tripathi and determining together which initiatives to fund.  

In making these awards, the university is providing financial support to the College and many Schools and developing strength in areas of high priority consistent with our UB 2020 plan. This year’s E Fund will, in aggregate, hire a total of 44 new faculty and 10 staff with anticipated growth in sponsored research by as much as $20 million per year within five years.  This represents a commitment to grow excellence in research, education and engagement and builds on the promised NYSUNY 2020 funding. At full implementation, we anticipate spending $7.6 million per year to support these initiatives from a combination of central and unit funds. 

E Fund winners include innovative new degree programs as well as those that position UB as a national leader in higher education. They include the Institute for the Strategic Enhancement of Educational Diversity, a new university-wide organization created to provide funding and educational opportunities for underrepresented and disadvantaged students in post baccalaureate programs across the disciplinary spectrum. They include the UB Partnership for Excellence in Veteran Care—an examination of best practices and innovations in veteran care that also provides new opportunities for 10 students in Nursing and Social Work. The E Fund will also support innovative, transdisciplinary research in the growing field of “human capital,” enhancing scholarship and the opportunity for instructional opportunities.  

The range of imaginative ideas contained in these proposals speaks to the aspirations of our campus. Implementation of these proposals, enabled by the E funding mechanisms, will enhance the excellence that is UB.  I wish to thank all who participated in the creative engagement of this process and, in particular, our academic deans who have demonstrated strong support of these innovative programs.

In closing, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all members of the E Fund Review Committee for the significant time and effort put forth in reviewing the proposals. 

Charles F. Zukoski
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs