2023 Good-to-Great Grant Recipients
Department of Biological Chemistry and Pharmacology (College of Medicine)
This new center will foster interdisciplinary connections and expand protein research across the university by serving as a hub for collaborative research at Ohio State. By housing state-of-the-art instrumentation and making protein purification and characterization accessible to all faculty, the center will extend the benefits of structural studies and biochemical characterization to a broader segment of the university’s research community, strengthening cross-disciplinary interactions.
Department of Food Science and Technology (College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences)
The grant will elevate and transform the department’s industry partnerships, classroom capabilities and research operations by developing the Food Innovation and Technology Transfer Laboratory (FITT Lab). Funding will strengthen the department’s extension and outreach, education and research programs by adding one faculty and two staff positions and updating infrastructure to be cutting-edge. Creating the FITT Lab, a teaching kitchen, and an entrepreneur training and support program will provide a central location and programming for students, businesses and entrepreneurs.
Department of Geography (College of Arts and Sciences) and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (College of Engineering)
Investment in a mobile weather radar unit will provide critical research and teaching infrastructure, including meteorology-related field research and as an experiential learning educational tool. The grant will also support funding for two new faculty members, strengthening partnerships between the two departments and across the university.
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures (College of Arts and Sciences)
The creation of this new center will build on the department’s strengths in the environmental humanities and have a far-reaching impact, enabling significant opportunities for research and teaching collaborations with other centers and programs at Ohio State. The grant will also enable the development of workshops, conferences, postdoc and graduate student recruitment grants, graduate student internships and library creation.
Moritz College of Law, Department of Computer Science and Engineering (College of Engineering), Institute for Cybersecurity and Digital Trust, and the Translational Data Analytics Institute
This initiative will create an impactful interdisciplinary program to bolster teaching, research and student training in the legal technology domain at Ohio State. By establishing the JusticeTech Fellowship and Capstone Program, Ohio State will ignite projects that promote ethical artificial intelligence applications in the legal system, evaluate the cybersecurity of legal technology tools and expand access to justice.
Department of Physics (College of Arts and Sciences)
This investment in faculty hiring will focus on two rising national priorities: advancing space station privatization and developing U.S. chip/semiconductor manufacturing technology expertise. Additionally, collaborations among new faculty and colleagues in mechanical and aerospace engineering and astronomy will connect research, build new connections and leverage resources.
Department of Political Science (College of Arts and Sciences)
Artificial intelligence is a critical topic for the future of social sciences, and this initiative will enhance graduate training through new coursework and interdisciplinary research projects at the intersection of social science and computer science. While adding new faculty with related expertise, the project will focus on the integration and enhancement of expertise and student learning across multiple units regarding the politics and social impact of artificial intelligence.
Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (College of Arts and Sciences)
Creating the FREE Center will enable the department to deepen and broaden its community engagement by sustaining collaborative interdisciplinary research and teaching partnerships among its core faculty, affiliated faculty, students and community partners. Additionally, the center will elevate the department’s distinction and mobilize faculty across Ohio State to be on the leading edge of community-engaged scholarship.
College of Public Health, Department of Anthropology (College of Arts and Sciences), Department of Sociology (College of Arts and Sciences)
This proposal establishes a community of scholars dedicated to convergence research and education on human health and environmental sustainability. HEALMOD will provide a thought space and education hub for faculty, research scientists, postdoctoral scholars, and undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in using quantitative frameworks to investigate pressing global problems while training the next-generation workforce.
Proposals should be submitted to Brad Harris (email@example.com), and are due by April 28, 2023.
The allowable budget is scaled to the size of the proposing unit(s). Small units can seek investments up to $250,000 annually over the course of a five-year period, with large units eligible for up to $500,000 annually over the course of a five-year period. Although there is some flexibility in dividing funds across fiscal years, the budget in a given fiscal year should generally not exceed 40% of the five-year allowed maximum. Units should propose investments believed to have the greatest impact. Proposals below the maximum allowed level are strongly encouraged.
There is no requirement that any of the proposed investments be used for faculty hiring. Allowable costs include, but are not limited to, faculty salary and startup funds, graduate student or postdoctoral support, staff hiring, equipment, facility upgrades, and activities to raise the unit’s national and international visibility. Questions about allowable costs should be directed to Brad Harris (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Review Process and Criteria
To be successful, a proposal should make a convincing case that the proposed investment will play a pivotal role in transforming the proposing unit, and that achieving this transformation will be of broad value to Ohio State and the communities it serves. While the investment should focus on scholarly and academic eminence, the proposal should also address student academic success, talent and culture, and service. Proposals will be evaluated against the following criteria:
- The activities are important to the academic mission of the university.
- The proposal builds on areas of existing strength and holds promise of substantial benefit and high, sustainable level of excellence.
- The activities will have impact beyond the proposing unit (e.g., advancing the university's goals of national and international recognition, interdisciplinary achievement, and outreach).
- Unit has plans to monitor progress and evaluate achievement of its goals.
- The proposal reflects the university's Shared Values and contributes to a larger social good beyond the university.
- Proposal demonstrates commitment of resources from the department and its college.
- The proposal fosters new internal and external collaborations or future funding opportunities.
Reviewers will also be asked to assess the value of the proposal relative to its cost.