David J. Boethel | 4/19/2005 10:29:15 PM
The LSU AgCenter recently received research grants totaling nearly $1.4 million from the Louisiana Board of Regents.
Awards for 2004 included $440,000 in the Regents’ Industrial Ties Program, $549,000 in the Enhancement Program and $392,000 in the Research Competitiveness Program.
The grants are funded by the Louisiana Education Quality Trust Fund, which received approximately $540 million from the oil and gas settlement. The Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund receives 75 percent of the interest from the trust fund and that money is divided between the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Board of Regents.
"We’re pleased the LSU AgCenter has fared so well under these competitive conditions," said Dr. David Boethel, LSU AgCenter vice chancellor and director of research. "We feel we’ve done exceedingly well considering the number of our faculty who submitted proposals. Our rate of success was among the highest of the campuses in the LSU System."
From 1987 through 2003, the Board of Regents awarded the LSU AgCenter more than $5.6 million in enhancement grants and more than $6.3 million in research and development grants.
The LSU AgCenter grants for 2004 included nearly $472,000 for sugarcane research, nearly $106,000 for forest products research and nearly $127,000 in food science research.
Research competitiveness funding, directed to new faculty, was awarded to researchers studying value-added processing for the rice industry, Louisiana watersheds, Formosan subterranean termites and families and parenting.
The Board of Regents supports several programs. The research competitiveness program funds basic research from investigators who are at the threshold of becoming competitive for federal funds. It is intended to help them enhance their competitive status and garner federal research money for Louisiana.
The industrial ties program "funds applied research with significant near-term potential for development and diversification of Louisiana’s economy." It requires that proposals have support from industry or out-of-state public agencies and that the research will result in establishing new businesses or enhancing established businesses in Louisiana.
The enhancement program focuses on enhancing "the infrastructure of academic, research or agricultural departments or units and to promote economic development."
The affect of a proposed project on the enhancement of departments and units – and on the state's economy – may be subtle, indirect and delayed, or pronounced, direct and immediate.
The Board of Regents gives special consideration to projects that pursue opportunities not otherwise available, those that will be funded in part by an external agency or will have a broad impact on the infrastructure of departments and units.