IUP President Mike Driscoll has awarded $877,000 from the university’s Strategic Initiative Fund to eleven projects proposed by faculty and management.
Nine of the eleven will receive one-time funding, but two will be funded permanently beginning with the next fiscal year. Nineteen proposals worth $1.36 million were submitted for final consideration. The Strategic Initiative Fund had $1.18 million at its disposal.
The two permanent proposals are both for $175,916 and would involve creation of faculty positions. One would create an Energy Research Cluster and the other would create a Veterans Reintergration Center.
The other proposals in line for one-time funding are:
- $100,000 for website assistance for all undergrad and graduate programs.
- $100,000 for a state-of-the-art image analysis facility
- $98,143 for an O.B. birthing simulation lab.
- $90,000 for increasing federal grant awards
- $74,880 for engaging and educating shale gas partners
- $22,250 for additional solicitation projects in annual giving
- $16,000 for video production to show at alumni gatherings
- $15,675 for Phonathon Room enhancements
- $8,000 for alumni solicitation travel to three cities.
Driscoll says he has reserved $205,000 for four other proposals that must be further developed before they can be funded, and he adds that projects that did not get funded may be brought back for consideration in the future.