The College of the Environment wishes to incentivize newly hired faculty to move quickly to develop a high level, well-funded research program. As such, the College maintains a reserve to assist schools/departments in paying for the temporary expenses associated with faculty recruitment (i.e., startup). In addition to Dean’s Office and unit startup funding, the Provost’s Office dedicates resources for recruitment of “especially outstanding faculty who will add value to the broad vision of the University, particularly to those involved in multidisciplinary research agendas of particular strategic importance for the University as a whole.”

The following formula guidelines are intended to assist academic units in making requests for Dean’s Office support for faculty startup funds.

College of the Environment Hire[1]

Provost Dean’s Office Unit Other
0 1/3 2/3 N/A
If < 1/2 1/2 of costs not covered by Provost up to a maximum of 1/3 of total Remainder N/A
1/2 1/4 1/4 N/A

Joint Hire[2] (e.g., 50/50)

Provost Dean’s Office
Unit Other
0 1/6 1/3 1/2
If < 1/2 1/4 of costs not covered by Provost(up to a maximum of 1/3 of total if Joint Hire wholly within CoEnv) 1/4 of costs not covered by Provost(up to a maximum of (2/3 * percentage of appointment) if Joint Hire wholly within CoEnv) 1/2 of costs not covered by Provost
1/2 1/8 1/8 1/4

 

Because the objective of startup packages is to provide newly-hired faculty the critical resources needed to establish a substantial, high-quality research program leading to extramural funding, startup funds supplied by the College must be expended within five years of the start-date of the faculty hire. A portion of any unexpended funds at the end of five years (calculated as a percentage based on the College’s original contribution to the startup package) will be recaptured by the College. Expenditure of funds beyond five years will be considered only in exceptional circumstances (e.g., committed matching to grant) based on petition submitted to the Associate Dean for Research by the unit chair no later than the beginning of the 5th year, and which must include a timeline for expenditure.


[1] If the Provost declines to commit startup funds, the default is that the Dean’s Office would provide 1/3 and the unit 2/3 of the funds.

[2] Percentage of startup costs allocated between Colleges assumed to mirror split of appointment. Example shown here is for a 50/50 joint appointment with another College. The College of the Environment will match the unit’s contribution to startup in this scenario up to a maximum of 1/3 of the total.

Effective Date:                   4/9/2012
Last Review Date:             7/24/2018

Dean's Office Contacts: