Funds are provided for the purpose of enhancing faculty professional expertise in one’s field and to enrich the academic environment. The following information is also available in the Faculty Research Guidelines Document.
Fall proposals are due December 1, and awards will be announced by December 15.
Spring proposals are due March 1, and awards will be announced by March 21.
Funds are provided for the purpose of enhancing faculty professional expertise in one’s field and to enrich the academic environment.
These funds are to support research-related activities. Examples are (but are not limited to): travel; per diem for living expenses while away from the university and engaged in research; supplies and equipment; copying; interlibrary loan and library electronic document delivery services; payment, when necessary, to secure human subjects; and student assistants.
Publication costs are considered for funding when there is evidence of readiness for publication and the applicant has tried to negotiate or cover these costs in other ways. Publication costs are typically funded up to 80% of the total cost. These costs include page charges, required open access costs, image licensing fees, etc. The committee will consider funding journal publication fees if all of the following requirements are met:
These funds are not intended for course development or sabbatical- related expenses. Burlington Northern funds may be sought for curriculum development support and the John Lantz Sabbatical Enhancement Award program is the appropriate source of funding for sabbatical research and travel. The exception is that recipients of pre- tenure sabbaticals (e.g., Martin Nelson, Mellon, Hall, or Trimble Pre- tenure Sabbatical Fellowships) may apply for funds from this faculty research pool to support sabbatical research and travel expenses.
Additional items not funded include completion of degree work, salary for the researcher, curriculum development unless that development is an integral part of the research problem, or payment to those book publishers that routinely require subsidies from authors as a condition of publication.
Evaluation of the proposals submitted are based on the published Evaluation Guidelines.
Research funds are intended for the use of tenure-line faculty, faculty holding ongoing clinical assistant or associate professor positions, faculty holding fulltime three-year assistant professor appointments, and full-time, continuing artists-in-residence who are actively engaged in scholarly research. Up to ten percent of the research funds may be awarded to faculty at the rank of Instructor and visiting faculty who have been in full-time service at the university for at least three years. Instructors with less than three years of service at the university and non- tenure-line, short term replacements of tenure-line faculty will not be funded.
An application from a faculty member in the last year of service to the university will not normally be considered for a grant unless the project is to be completed by the end of his or her final contract year.
Eligible faculty in the early stages of a project are especially encouraged to apply. In addition, the committee will not normally consider new proposals from faculty members who have not closed out and completed the reporting requirements for previous grants.
Application for these funds should be made to the University Enrichment Committee using the online form. The proposal should include:
Fall proposals are due December 1, and awards will be announced by December 15. Spring proposals are due March 1, and awards will be announced by March 21.
The limit for each grant requested is $2,000.00; however, the limit may be exceeded in unusual and convincing situations. Within any grant, no more than $600.00 will be allocated for per diem expenses when the recipient must relocate to conduct the research in a different geographic area for an extended period of time. The use of a student assistant, up to 100 hours, may be requested. Students are paid an hourly rate in accordance with standard student employment policies and procedures.
Any deviation in expenditures from the approved budget must receive the approval of the University Enrichment Committee. Send such requests in care of Associate Dean of Experiential Learning and Civic Scholarship Renee Houston. Unapproved cost overruns are the responsibility of the grantee. Costs in need of careful monitoring by the grantee include expenses for equipment and interlibrary loan charges.
Faculty receiving such funds shall provide the following reports:
If applicable, please complete these additional forms and upload them with your application.
Foreign Travel Waiver - if your research involves travel outside of the United States
Special Travel Waiver - if your travel includes countries on the Department of State's Travel Warning List or the Centers for Disease Control’s Travel Health Warning List