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Process for Next Round of Faculty Clusters

Chancellor Randy Woodson has announced a second call for faculty cluster proposals. This new proposal round will identify four to six additional clusters and fund approximately 15 to 20 new faculty lines through the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program (CFEP).

The process has changed from the first CFEP round based on feedback from campus and experience with the program. Applicants will engage in a two-step proposal process, intended to clarify a new cluster’s mission and better engage important campus constituencies. The funding model is also being changed to reflect the actual costs of CFEP hires to date. The Provost’s Office will provide a larger percentage of the costs in this round: 100 percent of the line and 50 percent of the start-up. The colleges will be expected to budget ahead to cover the 50 percent start-up costs of the lines. The goal is to avoid protracted negotiations, which can be time consuming and inefficient for both the Provost’s Office and the colleges. It can also create delays in hiring that have the potential to result in the loss of qualified candidates.

General Instructions

The CFEP program is designed to encourage interdisciplinary collaborations in areas of strength and high potential. Cross-college groups of faculty are encouraged to submit pre-proposals for advancing the national prominence of their research group through the hiring of three to four eminent or highly promising faculty, at any rank. Successful pre-proposal applicants will be provided with feedback and invited to apply for the final proposal stage. Pre-proposals and subsequent invited proposals will be vetted by a  cross-college committee. An invitation to submit a final proposal does not guarantee that the cluster will be selected for funding.

Pre-Proposal Stage: Oct. 13 — Dec. 5

Pre-Proposal Format

Pre-proposals are due to Laura Severin by Dec. 5.

In evaluating the pre-proposals, priority will be given to several criteria:

Successful pre-proposal applicants will be notified by Jan. 12, 2015 and provided with feedback to help in the preparation of their full proposals.

Proposal Stage: Jan. 12 — March 6

Final Proposal Format

Criteria for the final proposal stage will include all of the above pre-proposal criteria, plus the following:

Final proposals are due to Laura Severin by March 6, 2015. Successful clusters will be announced by the end of the spring 2015 semester.

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  1. Dear CFEP Committee:
    Greetings! I am a faculty member in MAE department and I am wondering about the cluster hiring proposal call. Will we have another round of cluster hiring call soon?
    A few of us from different departments identified the ultrasound core and we’d like to discuss this idea with CFEP and other university programs so that we NC State and RTP can continuously advance in ultrasound research and commercialization.

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