Fall 2019 PIF Report

Fall 2019 PIF Report

On September 5th, 2019 the Office of the Provost issued a campus-wide call for proposals to the Provost Investment Fund (PIF). When the submission window closed on October 1st, 2019, we had received 86 proposals from campus colleagues, requesting approximately $12.5M in funds over a 3-year investment window. The review team consisting of Colin Blakely, Kim Patten, Gabe Quiroz, Jim Florian, Marilyn Taylor, and Nina Bates reviewed and ranked all the proposals. Based on evaluation criteria, and in the context of both anticipated campus budgets and investments also being made as part of the strategic plan implementation, the Office of the Provost will fund twelve (12) of the proposals submitted, representing approximately $1.6M over three years. These investments will launch or underpin proposals in ten (10) units across campus.

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


Honors College Biosphere2, Office of Instruction and Assessment Honors College Environmental Grand Challenge Project at Biosphere2: Preparing Tomorrow's Disruptive Problem Solvers John Pollard $170,000
College of Engineering   Development of Master of Engineering in Robotics Eniko Enikov $48,000
College of Nursing Eller Tech Core Complex Adaptive Competency Lab Steve Machtley $157,000
College of Medicine - Tucson   Development of a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Medicine Todd Vanderah $156,000
College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture   Strategic Investment in Computer Lab for 4IR Readiness Lucas Guthrie $75,000
College of Science (CoS) / Research, Innovation, Impact (RII) Student Engagement and Career Development, CALS, STEM Center Building Equity and Capacity for Undergraduate Research and Improved Student Retention Kimberly Sierra-Cajas $156,000
College of Engineering Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources Modernization of the San Xavier Mining Laboratory James Werner $174,000
Honors College   Honors College Big Ideas, Grand Challenges Lecture and Debate Series Karna Walter $40,000
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences   New Master's Program in Bilingual Journalism, Cultural Competence and Innovation Jessica Retis Rivas $164,000
College of Law   Graduate Certificate in Aging Law and Privacy; Graduate Certificate in Health Information Privacy and Data Security Tara Sklar $160,000
College of Applied Sciences and Technology   Building Cyber Security for Bluetooth Networks, Industrial Controls Systems (ICS), and Critical Infrastructure Paul Wagner $143,000
Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health


  Development of One Health Undergraduate Program with a Global Reach Aminata Kilungo $157,000
      TOTAL $1,600,000

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