Initiative Overview

In the current round of funding, we are soliciting only proposals for high-impact cluster leaders. High-impact cluster leaders are defined as senior, tenured faculty leaders around whom the university can build a collaborative, and where appropriate interdisciplinary research and teaching interest. During their first semester at GSU, the high impact cluster leader will be expected to submit a follow-on cluster proposal for the hiring of three or more additional tenure-eligible faculty. The cluster leader and the follow-on faculty hires will be expected to build linkages to our existing strengths. The high-impact cluster leader and additional cluster hires will be expected to show high potential for nationally and/or internationally recognized significance and external funding in their area of focus. Continuing salary support of up to $175,000 will be provided for each high-impact cluster leader with the colleges, schools and/or centers supporting all start-up requirements. The follow-on clusters will be funded up to $300,000 to support salaries for the additional cluster hires. As is currently the case, salary support invested by the Provost’s office for any faculty who are hired under this program and who leave the university less than 5 years following hiring will return to the Provost for reallocation.

Successful 2CI proposals will provide compelling evidence that:

  • a clear opportunity to uniquely or creatively leverage current or new resources for high impact by building an interdisciplinary research focus that links our existing faculty and/or current research strengths in an innovative way that will gain recognition in an area of national and/or international significance.
  • a cluster focus, under the leadership of the individual hired, that fits within the university’s strategic priorities and plan and increases interdisciplinary collaboration and research.
  • subject matter that is of documented national and/or international significance with available external funding, particularly federal funding.
  • a number of specific individuals available who would have the scholarly status and leadership reputations in the proposed cluster area, along with clearly documentation of current and past history of funding/competitive fellowships, that there is an adequate pool of possible senior hires available to make this proposal viable.
  • the proposing unit having the administrative and academic leadership commitment in place for building the collaborative relationships between existing faculty and units and proposed new cluster leader/cluster into productive interdisciplinary teams that can ensure a collaborative and intellectually attractive environment for ongoing development.
  • a high likelihood of enhancing not only the university’s research portfolio, but its national and/or international reputation. The plan specifies measurable outcomes (candidate’s current, and future potential for, federally funded research grant funding, and/or national and international prestigious awards) and a specific time frame on which to evaluate the application’s progress and success, and evaluate its return on investment.