The process driving the Research Incentive Opportunity (RIO) was created with your most precious commodity in mind… your time.
RIO seeks to change the culture of waiting for a formal call for applications before seeking feedback from funders on faculty research projects. COERO staff will support eligible COE faculty as they (1) develop a work plan to operationalize their research idea, and (2) craft a concept paper targeting a specific external funder. Based on funder feedback, faculty will then (3) prepare and submit a full proposal.
When RIO (depicted in the graphic at right) was presented at the National Organization of Research Development Professionals 2017 Conference in May, attendees from universities across the country – including the Duke University School of Medicine, Indiana University, UCLA, and University of Virginia – called it “brilliant” and wondered why they had not come up with something similar.
The RIO work plan/concept paper process provides incentives to College of Education tenured and tenure-track faculty seeking external funding for research projects totaling at least $50,000 or $100,000 in direct costs, as determined by the principal investigator’s previous external awards. Eligible PIs and their co-PIs will receive payroll stipends as follows:
- Proposals with direct costs totaling $50,000 - $99,999 – Eligible PIs and their co-PIs will share a $750 payroll stipend upon completing a work plan and an additional $750 upon submission of a concept paper to a targeted funder.
- Proposals with direct costs totaling at least $100,000 – Eligible PIs will receive the $750 payroll stipends – and up to three co-PIs will each receive $250 – upon completing the work plan and again upon submitting the concept paper.
For specific information on eligibility requirements and deadlines, download the document below.