Kickstart Facility Grant Program

Spring 2023 Kickstart Facility Grants

IMR Kickstart Facility Grants provide $2,500 to assist Ohio State University faculty and staff with facility user access fees to conduct innovative research connected to IMR’s Signature Areas and Strategic Themes, with the goal of obtaining external research funding.


IMR offers grant eligibility to the following: Non-tenured faculty (regular and research), with special consideration given to new faculty within five years of appointment; senior research staff with Principal Investigator status at Ohio State; and we will consider proposals from postdoctoral researchers who wish to perform research independent of their current advisor, as a path towards a future independent academic career [with letter of support from current advisor].

Preference is given to research conducted in one of IMR’s core materials research facilities, including:

Facility Grants are an excellent training opportunity for post-candidacy graduate students, fellows, and postdoctoral fellows to co-author proposals, and we encourage faculty to engage their students and staff in their proposal development.


Kickstart Facility Grants, Spring 2023 – Request for Proposals (RFP)

Kickstart Facility Grants, Spring 2023 – Proposal Form

Key Dates:

  • Request for Proposals Release: Tuesday, April 11, 2023
  • Submission Deadline: Monday, May 1, 2023 at 5 p.m.
    • Submit your application as an email attachment in PDF format to Joanna Gardner, IMR Proposal Development Specialist, at .
  • Award Announcements: Friday, May 5, 2023
  • Award Start Date: Monday, May 15, 2023

Please refer to the formal SPRING 2023 KICKSTART FACILITY GRANT: REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS document for comprehensive eligibility requirements and terms.

Contact Information

Potential applicants may contact Joanna Gardner, IMR Proposal Development Specialist, at ( with any administrative or procedural questions. Contact IMR Executive Director Steven Ringel ( with technical questions related to potential research activities.


Previous IMR Facility Grant Award Recipients

Lists of all previously awarded IMR Facility Grants are provided for reference in the links below.