CNSM Division of Research

Welcome to the Division of Research at the College of Natural Science and Mathematics (CNSM).

What we do

CNSM Division of Research (CDR) supports and promotes disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, and scholarly activities by providing the infrastructure facilities, resources, and administrative support required to be competitive, and to build strong and sustainable programs in established and emerging areas of research.

At the University of Alaska Fairbanks we have a uniquely advantageous niche in research to capitalize on: our land, sea and space grant heritage; our naturally inspiring outdoor environment that provides a natural laboratory for research and training; our strategic geographic location that makes us the only Arctic University in the US; and our strong partnerships with the local communities within the State of Alaska.

CNSM Division of Research serves a diverse group of faculty and staff researchers and their students (meet us) and provides:

  1. assistance for professional grant proposal preparation (including budgets) through UAFs office of proposal development (OPD),
  2. grant management (including travel and purchase support) for externally funded grants,
  3. negotiated workload release as applicable, and
  4. financial return to the principal investigator in the form of pre-determined percentage return of the indirect cost recovery (ICR) that we receive for administering the grant.

History and Facts

  1. The research division was established in 2001 by David Woodall, and was then called the Engineering, Science and Technology Experiment Station (ESTES).
  2. The Directors for ESTES / CDR have included Larry Duffy, Paul Layer, John Craven, and Anupma Prakash.
  3. The Director reports to CNSM Dean.
  4. We are a steadily growing operation. In FY16 CDR researchers submitted a total of 56 proposals (49 of these proposals had a CDR researcher as the Principal Investigator). Researchers brought in close to $2.1M in research awards with an overall award success rate of 38%.
  5. In FY16 CDR also started managing BLaST, a program that received $20M from the National Institute of Health, to promote diversity in biomedical and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
  6. At any given time we administer more than 75 grants (including foundation grants) worth more than $15M.
  7. Currently we generate a modest indirect cost recovery (ICR) of ~$600K as many of our grants, including the BLaST grant, are lower ICR education/diversity grants.