Process & Timeline

Timeline for fifth and final round of 2CI funding

  • January 31, 2014: Letters of interest due.
  • February 14, 2014: Decisions related to Letters of Interest made.
  • March 14, 2014: Full Proposals due for those Letters of Interest accepted for Phase 2.
  • April 11, 2014: Faculty committee reviews completed.
  • May 9, 2014: Funding decisions made.


  1. Proposals are to be routed through the dean(s) or directors of the participating academic or research unit(s) and then to the Provost. If multiple colleges, schools and/ or centers are participating, one dean or director must be designated as the lead. Academic units can be the “lead unit” on no more than two proposals. All participating chairs, directors, and deans must endorse the proposal and clearly state their reasons for supporting the application in a cover letter. These chairs, directors and deans must also provide a clear statement that they will provide the necessary space, facilities, start-up, and staff needed to support the proposal’s success.
  2. In order to ensure broad faculty input, a university-wide faculty committee, appointed by and advisory to the Provost, will be appointed to review and comment on the proposals and provide written feedback to the Provost. Nominations for members to serve on the faculty review committee will be made by chairs of the University Senate Executive and Research Committees.
  3. Each dean and/or director will rank all proposals in which their units are the lead and provide a paragraph justifying for each ranking.
  4. The Provost, in consultation with the President, will use the proposal ratings and evaluations by deans and/or directors, and by the review committee to inform funding decisions. Proposals may be approved in full or with modifications.
  5. Upon 2CI proposal funding approval, a single search committee will be formed for each funded 2CI proposal to coordinate the recruiting of the high-impact cluster leader, and must include representation from all units involved in the proposal. The “lead dean or director” will be responsible for overseeing the search.
  6. All hiring will be conducted in accordance with the university’s faculty and staff hiring processes and equal opportunity policies. The “lead dean or director” in the approved proposal is responsible for obtaining approval from the Provost’s Office before extending any offer. Funding decisions are not official until the offer is approved by the Provost’s Office and accepted by the candidate.
  7. 2CI funding will be transferred as a base budget increase to the appropriate unit in the FY in which the faculty member is hired.
  8. Once hired, the high-impact cluster leader will establish the proposal committee to develop the follow-on cluster hiring proposal. The high-impact cluster leaders will be “expected” to submit the follow-on cluster proposal no later than the end of their first semester at GSU. The follow-on cluster proposal will be submitted, following the routing and signoffs described in #1 above, directly to the provost’s office for an expedited review.