Research Opportunity Fund (ROF)
The RPC is currently not accepting applications for the Research Opportunity Funding mechanism.
The main goal of the Research Opportunity Fund is to provide rapid funding for investigators in the School of Medicine for specific and urgent project needs.
The ROF is not a replacement for the PRF.
For this funding opportunity, investigators should focus on one of the three approved uses listed below, and describe how funding this request will improve the likelihood of extramural funding success.
ROF funds may be used for the following:
- To obtain final data for a biomedical research proposal to be submitted for extramural funding.
- To obtain data that will significantly increase the impact of a publication, thereby increasing likelihood of future funding.
- For the purchase of innovative instrumentation or technologies to be used by multiple investigators.
- ROF applications are accepted on the 10th of any month by 5 pm CST.
- Award decisions will be made no later than the 10th of the following month after the application was received.
If the 10th falls on a holiday or weekend, the deadline will be the next business day.
Applicants may request up to $20,000 for studies to be completed within a 1-year interval.
Budgets will be evaluated carefully. Items including equipment over $20,000 will be considered and should include justification of a unique need of the equipment that will serve multiple investigators.
Goals of the Program:
Funds for the ROF are provided by the Saint Louis University Research Institute. The Research Institute Goals, which are extended through this ROF initiative include:
- Achieve and sustain annual research expenditure growth that places SLU among the fastest growing universities.
- Establish eminence in strategic research priority areas
- Raise SLU’s profile and reputation as a world-class research university
- Recruit and retain eminent research leaders and invest in their work
- Increase federal, industry, and philanthropic funding for the research conducted at SLU
Application Submission and Review
- All applicable regulatory approvals (IRB and/or IACUC) must be approved, prior to issuing of award.
- The PI must use the awarded funds only for the approved studies.
- Awarded funds will be available to the PI for up to one (1) year and may not exceed available program funding.
- Investigators will be asked to complete a brief survey annually for 3 years after the ROF award expires, in order to assist in capturing the Return on Investment (ROI) (e.g., proposal submissions, award, publications, other outcomes, etc.) for this funding program.