The URSLC reviews Sabbatical Leave, Faculty Research Fellowship (FRF), and Provost’s New Faculty Award proposals.
Faculty Research Fellowship: Letters of support are not a requirement, but are valued by the URSLC. With regard to internal support the only requirement stated in the guidelines is: “Proposals require signature approval by the department head or school director and the college dean.” These signatures appear on the application form.
Sabbatical: Evaluation letters by the department head and department review committee are required and should be appended to the applicant’s proposal after it has been submitted to the department head and before it goes on to college review.
The guidelines state:
The proposal is reviewed by both the department review committee specified in the Department Input Document and the department head. Each submits an evaluation letter assessing the significance and potential contributions of the proposed project, the relevant capabilities of the applicant, and the likelihood that the project will be completed as proposed. Any special merit and/or deficiency of the project should be noted and discussed in these letters. (Problems related to departmental staffing, eligibility of the applicant, or other concerns unrelated to the merit of the proposal must not be addressed in these letters.)
Copies of both evaluation letters should be appended at the end of the proposal before it is forwarded to the college committee.
At the college level, the signature of the dean on the application form is a requirement, but a letter of support is not.
Provost’s New Faculty Award: The endorsement of the department head is a requirement. The guidelines state:
Applicants must have the endorsement of their department head or school director. This endorsement must be more than a sign-off on the proposal; it must specifically address the merits of the proposal in accomplishing the intent of this program, the quality of the proposed research to be done, and the potential of new faculty members to make significant contributions to their discipline over the long term.
Provost's Research Support Award: Proposals only require the signature approval by the department head or school director on the application form; no letters of support are necessary.
Application forms are required for FRF, Sabbatical Leave, and Provost’s New Faculty awards and can be downloaded from the Internal Research Award website (http://www.emich.edu/aa/internal_research/irhome.html).
Only one FRF is allowed during two consecutive fiscal years.
Released-time requests can only be split between semesters in the same academic (and hence fiscal) year. Release spanning two separate academic years is, effectively, a request for release in two consecutive fiscal years, which is not allowed under the FRF guidelines.
Yes, but if both applications are successful, you must choose to receive only one award.
Yes. The Provost's Research Support Award is considered a “minor” award and you remain eligible for major awards (FRF and Sabbatical Leave) in the same year.
While it is possible to receive this award in consecutive fiscal years, the award is intended to encourage and support the research, creative, artistic, and scholarly endeavors of faculty, not to substitute for alternative sources of funding.
Typically, FRFs are given for research efforts that are likely to lead to grant preparation/submission. Release time for preparation of grants usually falls under the purview of ORD (http://ord.emich.edu/).