Summer Grants for Faculty Scholarly/Creative Work

Summer Grants are intended to support post-terminal degree scholarly/creative endeavors. “Scholarly/Creative Work" is broadly defined to include such activities as research, creative writing and musical composition, as well as collaborative projects between faculty and students, community service, and/or service-learning projects. Summer Grants are not intended for use by faculty in their pursuit of advanced degrees.

Awards provide $4,187 in salary compensation for 8 weeks of full-time work. Awards are made in the form of a two-month summer contract. Application deadline is TBD for spring 2022.

Full-time continuing Ithaca College faculty are eligible. No individual may receive a Summer Grant in consecutive summers. Prior to distribution of funds for approved proposals, projects involving human subjects must have been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Faculty who receive a summer award are obligated to return for at least a full year afterward. Faculty who receive an award and choose not to return are required to return the amount of the award to Ithaca College.

Awardees are expected to limit their activities that may detract from this endeavor, making it their priority over other professional activities or programs, paid or unpaid. Department chairs may apply while under contract to perform chair duties over the summer.

Proposal Process

The proposal should include the following:
• a project description of no more than 1500 words, excluding references, that addresses the Review Criteria below;
• a current Curriculum Vitae;
• a letter of support from a colleague who is familiar with the area of scholarly/creative work and the applicant’s capabilities to achieve what is proposed.

Review Committee and Criteria
A faculty review committee, appointed by the Center for Faculty Excellence, will review each proposal using the following criteria:
• objectives are clear, precise, and measurable
• methodology is appropriate and well-defined
• project has a concrete, specific outcome—such as an article, book, or musical score
• investigator possesses requisite expertise
• recommending colleague supports the project
• projected time schedule is adequate to conduct the scholarly/creative work
• necessary resources are available
• significance of the project is established
• contributes substantially to the proposer's professional development
• prospect of long-term impact, for example external support or multi-year studies, is explained if relevant

Projects that represent a departure from one's documented areas of qualification, or that cross disciplinary boundaries are welcomed but require careful documentation of investigator's preparedness, feasibility and significance. Single project proposals from more than one faculty member are allowed if they are especially significant and involve full-time work by each proposer.

The Committee and the Center for Faculty Excellence attempt to assure balance among schools and disciplines when the diversity of well-rated proposals warrants doing so. For example, the award committee may, in a given year, set "target categories," such as, of ten awards three to "established," three to “mid-career,” and three to "emerging" scholars/artists, and one to an interdisciplinary proposal in which an able investigator works in a new or unusually broad subject.

Simultaneous internal and external proposals are encouraged. The review committee will look with favor on projects that pilot or lay the groundwork for successful application for external funding proposals (although seeking external funds is not requisite for award of a summer grant). However, an awardee will be asked to decline the Ithaca College grant if external funds for the same project are awarded prior to or during the time of the summer award.

Reporting and Inspection
A report should be submitted to the Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center, within six months of the end of the award period. Copies or reprints of resulting publications should be submitted when they appear. An acknowledgment of grant support should appear in publications resulting from the award. The results of previous awards are examined when considering new ones.

Funded proposals are open to inspection by the campus community. Submission of a proposal implies permission to share the proposal or reproduce it for on-campus discussion if it is funded.