Welcome to the Division of Research at the College of Natural Science and Mathematics (CNSM).
What we do
CNSM Division of Research (CDR) supports and promotes disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, and scholarly activities by providing the infrastructure facilities, resources, and administrative support required to be competitive, and to build strong and sustainable programs in established and emerging areas of research.
We serve a diverse constituency including:
- Faculty who have a formal appointment with CDR (meet us).
- Researchers who use CDR for proposal and grant management (meet us).
We have a uniquely advantageous niche in research to capitalize on: our land, sea and space grant heritage; our naturally inspiring outdoor environment that provides a natural laboratory for research and training; our strategic geographic location that makes us the only Arctic University in the US; and our strong partnerships with the local communities within the State of Alaska.
CNSM Division of Research provides:
- assistance for professional grant proposal preparation (including budgets) through UAFs office of proposal development (OPD),
- grant management (including travel and purchase support) for externally funded grants,
- research and affiliate faculty appointment with the Division, and negotiated workload release as applicable, and
- financial return to the principal investigator in the form of pre-determined percentage return of the indirect cost recovery (ICR) that we receive for administering the grant.
History and Facts
- The research division was established in 2001 by David Woodall, and was then called the Engineering, Science and Technology Experiment Station (ESTES).
- The Directors for ESTES / CDR have included Larry Duffy, Paul Layer, John Craven, and Anupma Prakash (current).
- The Director reports to CNSM Dean.
- We are a modest operation. In a typical fiscal year we submit about 40 proposals and receive about a dozen external awards amounting close to $1.5M. At any given time we administer ~45 grants (including foundation grants) worth more than $11M.
- In the last few years we have seen a gradual increase in the number of proposals submitted and awarded, though the ICR return has actually decreased from ~$370K to ~$290K, as many of the grants to CNSM are lower ICR education grants.