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K-State Today

October 1, 2021

Submission of FY 2022 strategic investment budget proposals

Submitted by Chuck Taber and Ethan Erickson

Dear colleagues, 

We are pleased to announce the call for proposals for funding from the strategic investment fund. As you know, the strategic investment fund is our mechanism for investing in key strategic priorities of the university. This year's process is especially exciting as we are allocating a portion of monies derived from federal COVID relief funding to augment the funding available in the strategic investment fund. As a result, we anticipate funding approximately $1.5 million in awards this request cycle. We believe this strategic utilization of our one-time funding will be a catalyst to jumpstart innovative and collaborative ventures across the university to enhance our instruction, research, service and engagement missions. 

Earlier this week, deans and vice presidents were notified of the fiscal year 2022 proposal process. Although all proposals are welcome, requests should support the mission of K-State (teaching, research, engagement and service) and/or Strategic Enrollment Management, or SEM, initiatives. This year, we are awarding grants in the following categories:

  • Collaborative and innovative research, engagement and service proposals.
  • SEM initiatives focused on increasing enrollment, student retention and student credit hour production.
  • Proposals generating multiunit operational innovation, excellence or efficiencies with emphasis on unit, campus or universitywide impact.

Proposals that demonstrate interdisciplinary collaboration and/or a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are also highly favored. The University Budget Planning Team will review the proposals and make award recommendations to the Core Executive Team. You can find the details of the proposal process online. Requests must be submitted by Nov. 30 for consideration.

It has taken much work to get us to this point and we wish to thank the members of the University Budget Planning Team, Budget Model Review Panel and Core Executive Team for their work throughout our ongoing journey to modernize our budgeting and business practices. 

Stay safe and be well.

Chuck Taber
Provost and executive vice president

Ethan Erickson,
Chief financial officer

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