Eminent Researcher Recruitment Program

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The CRCF Eminent Researcher Recruitment Program assists public institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth acquire or enhance research superiority in qualified technologies by supporting the recruitment of a top scholar to the faculty to that institution. Examples of how CRCF funds may be used include for start-up package support, supplies, equipment, or upgrades to the researcher's laboratory. Each application may seek and be funded up to $250,000.

Organizations may submit one (1) Eminent Research Recruitment LOI / application and receive one (1) award during this solicitation. For the purpose of this solicitation, a research center, school, department, institute, and/or other entity associated with a college, university, or other research facility is considered under the umbrella of that organization, and LOIs / applications received by any of the aforementioned entities will count toward the maximum submissions for that umbrella organization.

Refer to the Program Guidelines for complete eligibility criteria and program information. All materials for this program can be accessed through the Documents window on the right-hand side of the screen; click "View More Document" to see all materials available.

Qualified Applicants

Applicants for the Eminent Researcher Recruitment Program must be a:

  • Virginia public institution of higher education or its associated intellectual property foundation

Recruitment Scenarios

The following are acceptable recruitment scenarios:

  • Candidate identified: the university has identified the candidate to hire and intends to make a formal offer
  • Multiple candidates under consideration: the university has identified multiple candidates for recruitment who would strengthen the university in similar ways
  • Candidate profiled: the university has detailed the profile of the candidate to be recruited

Applying for CRCF Funding

Applicants seeking funding under the Eminent Researcher Recruitment Program must have submitted an online Letter of Intent (LOI) by November 10, 2016. Those whose LOIs were accepted were invited to submit an application by January 19, 2017. Late submissions are not accepted.


Questions? Contact crcf@cit.org.