Academic Project Grants
Academic Project Grants are made to faculty for direct expenses of research, e.g., supplies, postage, clerical support, etc. (Purchase of equipment is not supported through this grant program.) Proposals that are to support beginning a new line of work, "seed grant," or which are combined with external funding may be given preference. When appropriate, exceptional costs associated with a project, such as international travel, may be funded under this grant program. It is expected that in these cases, the applicant will first seek support from the academic department and school and include that information in the budget.
Review procedures may vary, depending upon the date the application is submitted. This grant program may not be used when projects fall under the guidelines of other structured grant programs, such as IDF and Summer Research Grants. The maximum award in this category is $750.
When awards are made to support summer research projects, recipients must be aware of the Guidelines statement on eligibility for summer employment (see Summer Grants for Faculty Research) and remain within those guidelines in the conduct of their activities.
This grant is awarded on a rolling basis, however all proposals must be received in the Provost Office at least thirty (30) days prior to the start of the academic project. No late submissions (i.e., the project is already started) will be considered.
As you write the proposal, please keep in mind that the funding needs to be used during the academic year and connot be rolled to the next academic year; therefore the funding needs to be spent by May 31.
To apply for an Academic Project Grant, complete the cover sheet on the following page and append a proposal containing:
1. a narrative, not to exceed 6 typewritten pages; please include the exact amount of funding you are requesting and the projected start and end date of the academic project.
2. a detailed budget specifying exact items to be purchased and their individual costs; and
3. a description of any departmental, external, or personal financial support that will supplement this; and
4. an evaluation and commentary from your dean;
5. if completion of a project will require support from Information Technology Services (ITS), a memo of support from ITS should accompany the proposal.
Proposals will be reviewed using the following criteria:
1. objectives are clear, precise, and measurable;
2. design involves well-defined methodologies;
3. investigator possesses requisite background and expertise;
4. dean supports the project;
5. projected time schedule is adequate to conduct the research;
6. necessary tools and equipment are available
7. significance of the project has been established;
8. contribution to the proposer's professional development is evident; and
9. prospect of long-term impact; e.g., external support or multi-year studies, is explained if at all relevant.
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