Summer Grants for Faculty Research
To support post-terminal degree scholarly endeavors. It is not intended for use by faculty in their pursuit of advanced degrees. Awards provide $3,350 in salary compensation for 8 weeks of full-time research. Award is made in the form of a two-month summer contract. Deadline is February 15. If the 15th falls on a weekend, proposals will be due the next week day.
Full-time continuing Ithaca College faculty and faculty regularly employed on at least a half-time basis. No individual may receive a Summer Research Grant in consecutive summers. (Center for Educational Technology Summer Fellowships are considered the equivalent of the Summer Research Grants: they may not be received consecutively with each other.) 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 of teaching afterward. Faculty who receive an award and choose not to return are required to return the amount of the award to Ithaca College.
Because of the full-time commitment required by this program, awardees will be limited in their ability to participate in other summer programs that are paid. Consult the For Faculty web site for details. Further, it is expected that awardees will not participate in other professional activities or programs that detract from this full-time endeavor. Failure to observe this regulation will result in withdrawal of the award.
A faculty review committee, appointed by the Center for Faculty Excellence, will review each proposal. The following criteria are used by reviewers to evaluate each proposal:
- objectives are clear, precise, and measurable;
- methodology is appropriate and well-defined;
- investigator possesses requisite expertise;
- recommending colleague supports the project;
- projected time schedule is adequate to conduct the research;
- necessary resources are available;
- significance of the project has been established;
- contributes substantially to the proposer's professional development;
- prospect of long-term impact; e.g., external support or multi-year studies, is explained if at all relevant.
Due to the number of submissions annually, it is not possible to fund all worthy projects due to budgetary limitations.
Definition of "Research"
The word "Research" is broadly defined to include such activities as creative writing and musical composition, as well as collaborative projects between faculty and students, community service, and/or service learning projects. Projects that do not have a specific outcome--such as an article, book, or musical score, or concrete project outcomes--are likely to be less competitive than others. Projects that represent a departure from one's documented areas of qualification, or that cross disciplinary boundaries are strongly welcomed but require very careful documentation of investigator's preparedness, feasibility and significance.
Sub-Categories of Award
The award committee may, in a given year, set "target categories;" e.g., of nine awards, five to "senior" (tenured) faculty, three to "junior" (untenured), and one to an interdisciplinary proposal in which an able investigator works in a new or unusually broad subject.
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.
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.
External Grant-seeking Encouraged
Although seeking external funds is not requisite for award of summer research, the review committee will be urged to look with favor on projects that pilot or lay the groundwork for successful application for external funding proposals. In the case of a faculty member who has been notified of a pending external award, a proposal that serves as preparatory to the research or scholarship outlined in the pending award may be considered for a summer research grant. Simultaneous internal and external proposals are specifically encouraged. 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 research award.
Inspection of Funded Proposals
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.