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Faculty Research Grants

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The Faculty Research Grants program has two components, Research Expense Grants, and Research Incentive Grants. Tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply. Proposals for both Research Expense Grants and Research Incentive Grants are reviewed by appropriate committees whose membership is chosen in consultation with the University Research Council.

Research Expense Grants finance the smaller expenses of doing research. These expenses include, but are not limited to, payment for a library card, travel to libraries, library computer services, photocopying at libraries or of journal articles requested through interlibrary loan, and payment to student assistants. The typical award will be for several hundred dollars or less. The maximum for a single research expense grant is $2,000. Faculty should note that research expense grant funds may be used only for expenses related to research and may not be used as income. Funds are not granted retroactively.

Application deadlines:
Fall awards - October
Spring awards - April

Application forms and guidelines are available from department chairpersons in Arts and Sciences and in Management, and deans in the other schools, or from the Office for Sponsored Programs Research Administration.

N.B. For time restrictions placed on the expenditure of research expense grant funds, consult the guidelines issued by the Office for Sponsored Programs.

Research Incentive Grants are designed to support individual faculty members who wish to conduct research beginning with the summer recess and continuing through the subsequent academic year. Applicants are expected to have attempted to obtain extramural support to the extent possible; this effort will be taken into account by the Research Incentive Grants committee. Purposes for which grant funds may be used include, but are not limited to, salary, equipment, travel, supplies, and computer time that directly contribute to the success of the proposal. The research must be performed directly by the faculty member receiving the grant. Nine of the 15 grants are intended primarily to support superior proposals by non-tenured tenure-track faculty, for the purpose of establishing their research programs.

All recipients of Research Incentive Grants must submit a brief report on the results of their research.

Awards are made on a university-wide competitive basis.

Deadlines, Guidelines, and Application form