CONTACT: DAVID SKORTON
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Oct. 2, 2001
UI temporarily suspends internal research funding programs
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for
Research has temporarily suspended a number of internal funding programs due
to uncertainty about potential budget cuts in the current fiscal year.
Skorton, vice president for research, has told faculty not to submit proposals
for funding from six programs that provide seed money for projects. Frequently,
this seed money makes the difference in the ability for these projects to
compete for grant money from external sources. In one case, the money makes
it possible for the university to involve more undergraduates directly in
"We're trying to maintain as much flexibility as possible while budget
uncertainties are being resolved," Skorton said. "We don't want
our faculty to spend a great deal of time preparing proposals for funds that
might not be available come spring."
The suspended programs are:
Suspending these programs will allow the university to hold about $1.1 million
until this year's budget picture becomes clearer. Skorton said the final decision
about these programs as well as the Arts and Humanities Initiative, for which
faculty apply in the spring, will be made following legislative action on Gov.
Vilsack's recommended budget cuts for this fiscal year.
- Central Investment Fund for Research Enhancement (CIFRE)
- Collaborative Interdisciplinary Projects
- Iowa Informatics Initiative
- Iowa Research Experiences for Undergraduates
- Social Sciences Initiative
- Biosciences Initiative Pilot Grant Program
He urged faculty who have projects that might already compete well for external
funding to contact his staff for assistance in redirecting their proposals
to appropriate Federal or other agencies.
Skorton said his hope is that this suspension will be temporary since these
programs are crucial for funding faculty scholarly and creative activities
as well as for developing the types of high-quality research programs that
compete successfully for external funding.