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Research Incentive Opportunity (RIO)

RIO Poster

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.