AFRL/DAGSI Challenge Grant
One of DAGSI’s major objectives is to support economic growth and development in Ohio. To encourage university-industry partnership, DAGSI has added a challenge grant to the AFRL/DAGSI Ohio Student-Faculty Research Fellowship program
Any AFRL/DAGSI project team that gets an Ohio company interested and involved in the work as a collaborative partner willing to invest money may receive up to $20,000 in matching funds from DAGSI (based on a one-to-one match). DAGSI funding will go to the project team through the university.
Examples of how the DAGSI challenge grant may be used include:
- Support for an additional student on the project (the student must be enrolled at a DAGSI partner institution)
- Special equipment vital to the project
- Travel or publication expenses
- Support for the AFRL/DAGSI faculty and/or student awardees to work in company facilities
- Challenge grants may go to a new project or to a renewed project with at least 6 months remaining in the project year.
- The company—at least the branch or division the team will be working with--must be located in Ohio.
- If the challenge grant is used to fund additional students, they must be MS or Ph.D. level. US citizenship is not required if the additional student(s) do not work at AFRL.
- Only one challenge grant may be awarded per project.
- The maximum award is $20,000. Challenge grants do not renew for additional funding if and when the project is renewed for a second or third year.
AFRL/DAGSI teams seeking a challenge grant should submit the following to the DAGSI office:
- Proposal – The proposal should be an industry/university/government collaboration plan that augments the research plan already submitted to DAGSI. The proposal should be concise, no more than 3 pages of text. The plan should include a proposed budget for the grant money from both DAGSI and the company involved. The plan also should include a statement about the potential economic impact of the project to the company and to the state of Ohio.
- Commitment letter from the company – The letter should confirm the company’s participation, identify a key co-investigator at the company, outline the plan of interaction with the university, and document the industry cost share. If relevant, an industry-university agreement on intellectual property should be included. The letter should be signed by a principal of the company.
- AFRL acknowledgement – A brief, signed statement that the AFRL sponsor is aware of and supports the industry involvement should be included in the package.
- DAGSI requests company approval that DAGSI may feature the collaboration as a success story for university/industry collaboration.
- A company principal should submit a letter to the DAGSI Board at the close of the project, summarizing the value and benefits of the collaboration.
- The university team should submit a short (5 pages maximum) summary of the work and results to DAGSI at the close of the project.
Please contact the DAGSI office with any questions.