The purpose of College research funding is to support faculty members in 1) publishing peer-reviewed articles and scholarly books, 2) conducting pilot studies and 3) preparing external grant applications. Full-time faculty members are invited to submit small research grant proposals by Friday October 23. Generally, the college will not consider applications from first-year faculty who have received startup money as part of their hiring contract. The submitted proposals are reviewed by the College Research Committee, supervised by the Associate Dean responsible for that research. Faculty research should focus on high quality projects that contribute to the ongoing scholarly discourse in the faculty member’s discipline. Most often, this scholarly discourse is evidenced by publication in high quality scholarly outlets. Due to the limited College research budget, long-term projects are not funded. For long-term projects, faculty members may use the College research funds as seed money to help develop proposals for external funding. All faculty are strongly encouraged to apply for external funding. Those who indicate that they have submitted a proposal for external funding may be given priority.
The College Research Committee is comprised of faculty members from a variety of disciplines. Craft your thoughts in terms that social scientists outside your discipline can understand. The proposal should include the following (please keep the proposal to 1000 words or less, excluding the budget):
- Introduction to the problem with a clear set of research questions
- Discussion of the significance of the work
- Description of the methods and procedures, including the analysis plan
- Timeline for completion and publication plan
- Detailed budget and justification
With rare exception, research awards will be limited to $6,500. Your proposed budget needs to be realistic and contain a detailed list of the costs to conduct your research. College research funds are designed to support research directly. Unless there is a compelling reason, money will not be awarded to pay for the following:
- Capital equipment, computers, and computer equipment
- Books and journals not directly related to the research proposal
- Student travel to and participation in academic or other conferences
The College and University have separate funds allocated for these expenditures and normally it is not necessary to use research funds for these purposes. However, if the purchase of software or computer equipment is necessary for your research, then the research committee will consider the request if it is supported by a strong justification and if funds for these items are not available from other university sources.
Once an award is made, the funds should be spent as outlined in the budget. If unexpected circumstances justify expenditures that are different from the original budget, a request to modify the budget should be sent to Mark Showalter (firstname.lastname@example.org). The request should outline the proposed change and explain why it is necessary. The funds may not be expended until the modified budget request is approved.
Please prepare your proposal and budget as a single Word document or a PDF file and submit it by following the instructions under the “Submit an Application” tab. You will be asked for a title, an abstract, a proposal, and a current C.V.
After the application is submitted, it will be forwarded to your chair or unit head for an evaluation. Chairs or directors address the following questions;
- How important is this research for the discipline, your department and the faculty member?
- Can the faculty member complete the research as outlined?
- How realistic are the research and publication plans?
- Is the budget reasonable? Should certain budget items be reduced?
- Research Reports
To ensure accountability, faculty members who receive College funds are required to submit a short progress report on January 15th of each year until the project is completed. These reports need not be long, but should summarize accomplishments and expenditures including any presentations or publications from the research. In addition, they need to identify students who are involved, provide contact information for the students and mention how the students benefited from working on the project. Faculty members who do not submit reports will be precluded from receiving future College funding.