Does the project need to be
No. All types of projects are encouraged:
- traditional research topics
- design projects
- consulting opportunities
- development of challenging new course
The key feature we are seeking is that
students work directly with faculty in an individual or small group
setting, but individual students take significant responsibility
for the intellectual development of the project.
Can we apply for money to support
required junior/senior projects or thesis projects?
No, we would expect that departments would provide support for
required junior/senior projects and BS/MS thesis work. IP/ROP
is intended to provide support for projects outside the normal
curriculum. However, your students are welcome to participate
in the seminars or present their work at the End-of-Quarter
If we don't need an IP/ROP Grant
for our project, can the student still attend the
Yes, the seminars are open to the entire campus community and we
would like to encourage as much participation as
If we didn't get an IP/ROP Grant
for our project, can we still apply for a Travel
Can we apply for a Travel Award for
required junior/senior design projects or theses?
Yes. However, since this is a pilot program and we have
limited funds, we will give preference in the awards to excellent
Can we apply for an IP/ROP Grant
this quarter but not start the work until next
Yes. One reason you might do this is that there is a long
lead time for ordering some piece of equipment. Be sure to
put this in your proposal.
Can we propose a project that wasn't listed on the Projects
Can we apply to renew a project for
a second quarter?
Yes. Please contact Drs. Olson and Onyancha for details on
the process. (It is simpler than the original grant
Can we get money for
No, but be sure to check out the Related Opportunities
If we apply for funding and we get turned down, is there
an appeals process?
No, as with most funding agencies, there is no appeals
process. However, you will be given the results of your
proposal reviews and can use that information to improve your
chances of getting funding in the following quarter.
What are the intellectual property ramifications of
submitting a proposal containing a student's patentable idea?
There are no ramifications to submitting the proposal
itself. However, if you develop your idea with Rose-Hulman's
support (faculty mentor/funding) then Rose-Hulman and the faculty
mentor are entitled to intellectual property rights in the
products. You should review Rose-Hulman's Policy Regarding Intellectual
Property. Notice that, since the amount of the
Rose-Hulman contribution due to the IP/ROP program is likely to be
small, you may want to petition Rose's "Committee on Patents,
Copyrights and Licensing" to get a formal determination about your
rights. At the end of the Policy you will find examples of
previous cases in which a determination was required. Dr.
Rick Stamper is a member of the Committee and we would suggest
that you contact him with questions.