Provost's Investment Fund Fall 2019 Recipients

To: All Faculty and Staff
From: Liesl Folks, Ph.D., MBA Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Subject: Provost's Investment Fund Fall 2019 Recipients
Date: Dec 05, 2019

I am writing to share the outcomes for the Fall 2019 Provost's Investment Fund round. We received 86 proposals in this round, including at least one from every college, requesting approximately $12.5 million in funds. The review team consisting of diverse faculty and staff reviewed and ranked all the proposals, with the result that the following 12 proposals will be funded, for $1.6 million over 3 years. My hearty congratulations to the awardees, and thanks to all those who made submissions.

Among the lead investigators on the 12 proposals awarded, based on self-identification data we have on race, ethnicity and gender, we have: 58% are led by males and 42% are led by females; 4 Hispanic; 1 American Indian or Alaska Native; 0 Asian; 1 Black or African American; 0 Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; 6 White. (I regret that I don't have the demographic data for the full teams!)

Here's the full list of colleges, amounts and projects:

Honors College
Honors College Environmental Grand Challenge Project at Biosphere 2: Preparing Tomorrow's Disruptive Problem Solvers

College of Engineering
Development of Master of Engineering in Robotics

College of Nursing
Complex Adaptive Competency Lab

College of Medicine – Tucson
Development of a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Medicine

College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture
Strategic Investment in Computer Lab for 4IR Readiness

College of Science (CoS) / Research, Innovation, Impact (RII)
Building Equity and Capacity for Undergraduate Research and Improved Student Retention

College of Engineering
Modernization of the San Xavier Mining Laboratory

Honors College
Honors College Big Ideas, Grand Challenges Lecture and Debate Series

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
New Master's Program in Bilingual Journalism, Cultural Competence and Innovation

James E. Rogers College of Law
Graduate Certficate in Aging Law and Privacy; Graduate Certificate in Health Information Privacy and Data Security

College of Applied Sciences and Technology
Building Cyber Security for Bluetooth Networks, Industrial Controls Systems (ICS), and Critical Infrastructure

Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
Development of One Health Undergraduate Program with a Global Reach

Funded projects are required to submit annual reports at the end of each fiscal year. The reports may be shared with Provost Leadership Team, Provost's Council, Deans' Council, President's Senior Leadership Team, and will be included in our PIF Annual Report.

Note that the next round of PIF funding is now open for submissions. For more information, please visit

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