Due date: November 1, 2012 at 5 p.m.
Email a single PDF document including all proposal elements (discussed below) to email@example.com. Note faculty applicants are responsible for obtaining appropriate department head signature on the cover sheet. Hard copies of the cover sheet are acceptable, if submitted by the November 1 due date, if you do not have means to scan/email electronic copies. Electronic signatures from Adobe documents are acceptable and binding signatures. See instructions here if you are familiar with creating and saving PDF documents.
Where: West Science 3602
Who: Information from Grants & Contracts Office and Faculty Grants Committee
What: Learn about the guidelines and submission process and ask any questions you may have
The purpose of the Faculty Research Grant Program is to offer resources that allow faculty to seek advancement in their respective fields through significant scholarly achievements such as publications, creation of artistic works, research projects, manuscripts, etc. with the ultimate goal of capitalizing on project potential to gain future external funding.
Curriculum development and instructional improvement projects are not eligible.
Successful proposed projects should either result in a tangible deliverable such as a publication, manuscript, model, artistic creation etc. OR result in substantial gains toward external funding opportunities for research or scholarly projects.
Proposals will be judged on overall completeness of the proposal; merit and creativity of the project; soundness of the research design and methodology; value and relationship of the project to department and University goals; and soundness of the budget justification.
All full-time AAUP and NMUFA faculty members are eligible for Faculty Research Grants. A faculty member may be funded for only one proposal per year, and not more than three within any five-year period. The applicant must agree to return to the University for one full academic year immediately following the award of the grant or repay in full all compensation paid by the University. Persons failing to file annual or final reports are ineligible for grants in subsequent granting cycles.
|Oct. 18:||Attend optional informational presentation, 5:30-7 p.m. in West Science 3602.|
|Oct. 26||Optional pre-submission review and application assistance with Grants & Contracts Office.|
|Nov. 1||Submit full proposals with signed cover page to Grants & Research Office by 5 p.m.|
|Dec. 15||Faculty Grants Committee submits recommendations to the Senate.|
|Feb. 1||Senate submits recommendations to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.|
|March 1||Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs announce awards.|
The maximum award for Faculty Research Grants is $7,000. The project can begin upon notification of the award. Projects must be completed and funds encumbered within a 24 month funding period. Extensions for projects may be granted at the discretion of the Assistant Provost of Graduate Education and Research.
Applicants must submit a cover sheet (available here) signed by appropriate Department Head.
** NOTE: If your project involves human subjects or animals in ANY WAY you do need IRB or IACUC approval. See the Compliance page for information. If your project involves human subjects but you believe it to be exempt per policy 45 CFR 46.101 you still need an exemption form.
Applications must include the following:
I. Project abstract: 250 words or less, including a clear, concise description of proposed project need/purpose, objectives/methods and deliverable(s).
II. Project narrative: 10 numbered pages with last name in footer of each page, double spaced, 1’ margins, no smaller than 12 pt font in Times New Roman; use clear language applicable to non-specialty reviewers in the following sections:
III. Budget: A detailed budget and corresponding budget narrative/justification is required. An itemized budget of all anticipated expenditures must be included with the following categories:
Contact Erica Franich in the Grants & Contracts Office for assistance with budget development. A budget justification template is available here.
1. List of references cited.
2. Curriculum Vitae: Include for each major participant (limit to four pages per CV; template available here).
3. Results of Prior Funding: Explain what was accomplished as a result of your most recent Faculty Research Grant funding. Include a copy of your last Final Project Report or provide a status report for current funding.
4. Additional Documentation (e.g., Dean/Dept.Head letter of support for project and/or reassigned time, IRB Application, IACUC Application, Other Permits that may be required such as those issued by the National Park Service, City of Marquette, etc.)
Specific questions regarding your budgets should be directed to the Grants Accountant (Kathy Frazier) at 227-1076.
The evaluation rubric used by the Faculty Grants Committee can be downloaded here.
When all proposals have been presented and discussed as detailed above, the committee will begin a two-stage ranking process. Any proposal that fails to adequately address one or more of the grant requirements (as determined by a majority of the committee) will not be ranked. Some examples of reasons for not ranking a proposal include lack of an identifiable scholarly product, an ineligible faculty member applying for a grant, failure to include a copy of the most recent final report, failure to obtain letters of support from Dean and Department Head to reassign course time during the Fall or Winter term, lack of a CV, and gross violations of the formatting guidelines. All other proposals will be ranked by each committee member, with the highest being "1" and successive ratings receiving 2” and "3”. The total of all committee members’ rankings for each proposal will be used to determine a final ranking.
Rankings and recommendations of the committee will be forwarded to the Academic Senate, with notation made of first-time applicants. Notes concerning perceived strengths and weaknesses of each proposal will be kept by the lead reviewer during discussion of each grant. The lead reviewer will forward a summary review to each grant writer after the Academic Senate has acted on the committee's recommendations.
The University recognizes that certain discoveries may result from the primary business of the University. These inventions and materials may be eligible for copyright or patent protection. All NMU employees are responsible for following the current Intellectual Property Policy of Northern Michigan University.
The Grants & Contracts Office offers an optional review of proposals for compliance with the required document format. Proposals must be submitted no later than Oct. 26 in order to participate in this review.