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Faculty Research Grants

Faculty Research Grants

Call for Faculty Research Grant Proposals

2016-2017 Academic Year

Due: Monday, February 20th, 2017

In cooperation with the Center for Scholarship and Teaching (CST), the Faculty Development Committee (FDC) is pleased to offer grants to support the research efforts of full-time faculty. Research grants of up to $3000 will be awarded to high-quality research proposals that require substantial time (usually during the summer) and demonstrate the potential for having a significant impact on the scholarship of the applicant. Faculty members are encouraged to apply for smaller grant amounts for shorter-term or smaller projects. 

Funds awarded for the research grants will normally become available beginning in Summer 2017. Faculty who receive one of these grants are not permitted to teach courses during the summer. Exceptions to this requirement must be approved by Dean of the faculty and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and the faculty member's Chairperson.

Research can be carried out and completed by one or more faculty and may involve students directly in the work.  Please consult the list of allowable expenses on the proposal guidelines page. The maximum budget for each project is $3000, regardless of the number of faculty members involved.  Successful applicants will be required to submit a short progress report the summer following the year the grant award.

Successful applicants are expected to share the outcomes of their work with the wider college community in a Faculty Research Forum or some other appropriate venue. Presentation of the recipient's work to the Board of Trustees or to prospective students and their families may also be requested.

Due to restructuring of budget lines for research grants, Faculty Summer Research Grants, Native American Studies Research Grants and Interdisciplinary Research Grants have all been collapsed in to this one program.   Research grants with an Intercultural focus should also be submitted through this program.  In this case, if the faculty member has attended an Intercultural Faculty Development workshop, a G or D tagging workshop, or has substantial intercultural experience, the grant proposal will also be eligible for consideration for intercultural grant funding by the FDC.  

Proposals for work using human subjects must have applications submitted to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the time of submission of the grant application.  Simultaneous submission is acceptable.  This is in place to ensure that the IRB process has time to be completed and the project receives IRB approval prior to the dispersal of funds. IRB forms can be obtained from the IRB web site: http://public.elmhurst.edu/academics/irb . I encourage you to speak with Russ Ford, Chairperson of the IRB, regarding the IRB process.  Please note this also applies to surveys and interviews with human subjects. 

We welcome preliminary contact while proposals are being developed and will be happy to answer any questions. Inquiries should be directed to the Director of the Center for Scholarship and Teaching, Kimberly Lawler-Sagarin (ksagarin@elmhurst.edu or ext. 3202), or any other Committee member.

Eligibility: Members of the 2016-2017 full-time faculty who are returning full-time in the Fall of 2017 are eligible. 

Full-time faculty who wish to apply for one of these research grants should write a proposal in which the topics outlined on the following page are addressed in a clear and complete fashion.

The completed proposal should be submitted electronically as one single pdf file to Brittany Ruiz (brittany.ruiz@elmhurst.edu) with "Faculty Summer Research Grant Submission" in the subject line.

Completed proposals are due no later than Monday, February 20th, 2017. 

To apply, see the guidelines on the following page.