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Research & Economic Development

Faculty Research Committee Grant Guidelines for 2016-17
Deadline for applications is January 22, 2016, at noon.
  • Duration of award – July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017

2015-2016 Committee Members

2015-2016 Timeline

Application Materials

The Faculty Research Grants Program is divided into two tracks:

TRACK I is intended to support (a) research that would lead to publication(s) in refereed journal(s) or other nationally recognized form of dissemination appropriate to the discipline and (b) travel to conferences to present papers or other creative works.

TRACK II is intended to provide seed funding to initiate and develop research projects or programs that lead to external funding.


A. Applicants must be full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty.

B. Proposals will be evaluated based on (i) their intellectual merit, (ii) potential for external grant proposals, except TRACK I, and (iii) reasonableness of the budget.

C. Department Chair/Director will be required to endorse an applicant's proposal agreeing to adhere to the budget requirements in terms of release time.

D. Both full-time tenured faculty and full-time tenure-track faculty can apply for TRACK I awards, with the exception that a full-time tenure-track faculty member is limited to two TRACK I awards while on tenure-track.

E. TRACK II awardees will be required to submit a proposal to an outside agency within a year of completion of the project.

F. A faculty will not be eligible for a second TRACK II if item E is not met.

G. Proposals will be considered ineligible for consideration by the Committee if any of the following conditions is satisfied:

  • Proposers who are administrative personnel;
  • Previous awardees of TRACK II who have not submitted a proposal to an outside agency;
  • Proposals by faculty to complete requirements for their own degree;
  • Proposals that are substantially similar to those previously funded by the Faculty Research Grants Program;
  • Proposals that have received external funding;
  • Proposals that are not in compliance with instructions for preparing the narrative

H. Amount funded by release time is limited to $3,000. Requests for release time will be at the same rate as departmental adjunct faculty.


TRACK I: Approximately 30% of the available FRGP funds will be designated as TRACK I funds, and awards will be limited to $3,000 per project.

TRACK II: Approximately 70% of the available funds will be designated as TRACK II funds, and awards will be limited to $10,000 per project.

Priority in funding will be given to tenure-track faculty, interdisciplinary projects, or cross-college projects.

Recipients are required to provide the Committee with final reports submitted on the Final Report Form (Appendix F). It should summarize the results of the entire project and should be provided to the Committee no later than October 1 following the funding year. The Committee will not consider any request for funding of a new project until the required final report on the previously completed project has been received.