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
- 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.
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.
Please contact the DAGSI office with any questions.