SP1.6: Increase the Funds Available for New Faculty Start Up Support

This project seeks to identify funding and secure commitments for increased start-up packages to ensure Binghamton University attracts the caliber of faculty necessary to become a premier research university. This plan supplements faculty start-up funding through 2017-18. The Division of Research and the Division of Academic Affairs have committed an additional $125K/year for a total of $250K/year in new money and the Road Map Initiative provided $500K for 2013-14 for start-up support. Enhanced start-up packages attracted 18 research-active faculty members for AY13/14, six more than in AY12/13, at an average start-up package of $150,000. Searches for 24 faculty members in STEM areas have been authorized for 2014-15, with financial arrangements made by the divisions of research, academic affairs and administration.

Goals advanced under this project are:

  1. Increase Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Profile to that of a Premier Public University
  2. Enrich Collaborative Culture for Research, Scholarship and Creative Production

Indicators of success for these goals are:

Milestones completed since last progress report:

We have realized success with new 2013-14 hires who have submitted proposals to external sponsors and 2013-14 hires with external funding. Of the 51 faculty hires who started in 2013-2014, 20 have submitted a total of 78 proposals to external sponsors, requesting a total of $17,945,987. This has resulted in the funding of 17 awards that total $4,005,994. Over $3M of startup support was allocated to 18 new faculty. Since the 2013-14 fiscal year these faculty have expended approximately $2.1 million. Staff in sponsored continue to meet with faculty who have received startup funding to review the faculty’s expenditure plans, facilitate the procurement process and provide them with any support to effectively manage their startup resources. The grant and contract administrators also continue to meet with faculty who have received startup support for a review of funding opportunities.

Last Updated: 9/11/14