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 researcher to the faculty of that institution. Projects must be based upon sound scientific principles and present an opportunity for valid research, as well as offer significant potential for commercialization and economic benefits that accrue in the Commonwealth.
CRCF funds may be used for such purposes as start-up package support, such as a one-time supplement to the researcher's base salary and/or the salary for a researcher(s) accompanying him or her, or for supplies, equipment, instruments, or upgrades to the aforementioned researcher's laboratory.
Organizations may submit one (1) LOI / application for up to $250,000 and receive one (1) award. For the purposes 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, including the Guidelines, templates, and sample documents, can be accessed through the Documents window on the right-hand side of the screen; click "View More Documents" to see all materials available.
Applicants for the Eminent Researcher Recruitment Program must be a:
Virginia public or private institution of higher education or its associated intellectual property foundation that has sufficient technology transfer processes and other research capabilities in place to meet the needs of the researcher being recruited
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 submit an online Letter of Intent (LOI) by 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Tuesday, November 28, 2017; LOIs are not accepted after the deadline. An automatically-generated email will be sent to the applicant upon LOI submission confirming receipt. Once the LOI has been reviewed and approved by CRCF staff, applicants will receive directions via email on accessing and completing the application.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.