Center for Faculty Research and Development (CFRD) Released Time

NOTE: Due to financial constraints, CFRD Awards for 2020-2021 have been shifted to 2021-2022. No new CFRD awards will be added for 2021-2022.

Center for Faculty Research and Development (CFRD) Grants provide released time for faculty to: pursue pedagogical, research (including collaborative student/faculty and service-learning research), and creative projects; engage in outreach “service” activities that utilize the faculty member’s professional training and talents; and write grant proposals that will be submitted to external sources for additional funding.

Proposals that involve released time for more than one person, for example, interdisciplinary proposals from faculty in two or more departments or schools, departmental projects undertaken by more than one faculty member, and so forth, are welcome. In these cases, please be sure that the amount of released time requested is justified by the nature of the work proposed. Proposals for special projects that do not fall neatly into any of the categories above or for which special consideration is appropriate may also be considered.

CFRD grants are available to full-time, continuing faculty members. While exceptional circumstances may be considered, these awards are generally intended for faculty whose regular teaching loads are 21 or more credit hours, and who receive no overload or additional release time (including sabbatical leave) for scholarly/creative work during the academic year of the CFRD released time.

Proposal Process
Proposals must clearly explain, in language that is accessible to a wide range of academic readers, what project or activity is being undertaken, the project’s purpose/goals, the methods that will be employed, resources that are required, and expected outcomes, including how the project will contribute to the faculty member’s professional development. Proposals should include the following:

• a project description of no more than 1500 words that addresses the review criteria below;
• a current Curriculum Vitae; and
• 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.

Proposals must be pre-approved by department chairs and deans, who are responsible for determining the administrative feasibility of the proposed released time, and for verifying teaching hours (regular teaching load, overload and other released time).

The deadline for course release in the fall semester is the third Friday of October of the preceding academic year, for approval and forwarding by department chairs and deans by October 31. The deadline for course release in the spring semester is the third Friday of February of the preceding academic year, for approval and forwarding by department chairs and deans by February 28.

Review Committee and Criteria
A review committee of past CFRD recipients is appointed by the CFE Director, who attempts to balance ranks and representation from schools.

Criteria used in evaluating proposals include the following:
• clarity of description of the project purpose, methods, and expected outcomes;
• contribution to the professional development of the faculty member;
• enhancement of the intellectual life, scholarly discourse, and/or learning environment of the College

Proposals that contribute to the current initiatives of Ithaca College will receive priority consideration.

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.

Submit a Proposal

A link to the online form will be added soon.