This rule is established by authority conferred upon the chancellor of the Ohio board of regents by section 3333.61 of the Revised Code.
The Ohio innovation partnership, consisting of the choose Ohio first scholarship and the Ohio research scholars program, aims to strengthen the state and its citizens to compete in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), as well as medical fields and STEM education. The choose Ohio first scholarship program will support undergraduate and graduate education of Ohio residents who are students in STEM fields and medicine.
(C) Eligibility for the "Choose Ohio" first scholarship program
(1) Eligible institutions
(a) All public universities and colleges, as well as all independent universities and colleges that are acting in collaboration with one or more public institutions, are eligible to compete for state funds as lead applicants to this program to implement novel, as well as well-proven, programs, strategies, and initiatives designed to recruit, or to ensure greater academic success for, students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine as well as STEM education. All branch campuses are considered to be a part of and integral to the parent university.
(b) All public universities and colleges, all independent universities and colleges, as well as other public, independent, for-profit, or non-profit Ohio entities are eligible to serve as collaborating partners to compete for state funds from this program in order to implement novel, as well as well-proven, programs, strategies, and initiatives designed to recruit, and/or to insure greater academic success for, higher education students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine as well as STEM education.
(2) Eligible subjects
All higher education STEM areas plus medical and STEM education are eligible for support under this program. The emphasis is on STEM areas most relevant to the Ohio economy, which would include all degree programs in the physical and biological sciences, engineering and mathematics, including programs such as two-year technical degrees and four-year technology degrees, as well as those areas covered under STEM education and a broad interpretation of medical degree programs, such as nursing and allied health fields.
(3) Letter of interest
(a) Prior to submitting a proposal, a potential applicant must first submit a letter of interest to the chancellor. The letter of interest shall:
(i) Be a maximum of four pages in length;
(ii) Identify all the partnering institutions and participating Ohio for-profit and non-profit entities;
(iii) Indicate the area of focus of the forthcoming proposal in sufficient detail to permit the chancellor to gauge the potential impact of the proposed plan of action;
(iv) Include estimates of the number of student scholarships to be awarded;
(v) Specify the student recruitment and selection processes to be employed;
(vi) Include how scholarship awards may be matched by the institution; and
(vii) Provide the anticipated educational impact of the overall project.
(b) The chancellor shall respond within forty-five days of the submission of the letter of interest with a summary reaction to the perceived impact of the proposed plan.
Subject to paragraph (E) of this rule, eligible institutions may submit one or more proposals for choose Ohio first scholarships to the chancellor of the Ohio board of regents.
(E) Limitations on number of proposal submissions
The chancellor may limit the number of proposals eligible institutions may submit based upon criteria the chancellor considers appropriate.
There will be no limit imposed on the number of collaborating partners contributing to each proposal nor will there be any limit imposed on the number of proposals that a given institution might contribute to as a collaborating partner.
(F) Dual applications
A single proposal may seek an award under one or both programs within the Ohio innovation partnership.