Eastern Michigan University

Provostís New Faculty Award 2014/15

Purpose of the Program

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, this program provides funding to accelerate the research program of new faculty and to make them more competitive for external funding.



Faculty members in their first or second year at EMU (hired by EMU for the first time between Fall 2012 and Fall 2013) and who will hold a tenure-track position by January 1, 2014 are eligible.

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.

Individuals who have previously received this award are not eligible.  However, faculty who have previously applied and not received an award are encouraged to reapply, assuming they meet all other eligibility criteria.

Applications to or awards from this program do not affect an individual’s eligibility for other types of internal funding.



Deadline for submission to department/school is October 15 and to the Associate Provost and Associate Vice President of Graduate Studies and Research, November 1. Awards will be announced by January 31.


Amount and Uses of Award

Awards will be made in the range of $500 to $5,000. The money is available for the period July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

The award is intended to support faculty members in a way that best addresses their needs in initiating their research program at EMU. Funds may be used for release in fall or winter semester, with the award recipient's department/school being reimbursed at the current rate for lecturer replacement funding of $1160 per credit hour. Funds may also be used for travel (for active participation in professional meetings, to collect data, to visit potential funding agencies), student help, supplies or equipment, or other legitimate expenses. Summer support, when a new faculty member can devote time to research, may also be an appropriate use of funding. If Human Subjects approval is needed and has been granted please submit copy of acceptance (a copy of approval must be submitted to the Office of Research Development before funds can be released). Funding may not be used for dissertation research or for the purchase of general-purpose personal computers. The Associate Provost reserves the right to review and approve specific budget items proposed in the budget.

The Proposal

The proposal must include:

  1. Application form.
  2. A cover page with the title of the proposal, a brief (one double-spaced paragraph) abstract, and applicant information (name, rank, department, phone, e-mail address).
  3. Description of the work to be carried out with the help of the award.  Include a timeline showing major milestones.
  4. Explanation of how the work will contribute both to the “fast tracking” of the faculty member’s research program and to its longer-term development.
  5. Budget summary that outlines proposed expenditures and a narrative linking the expenditures to the proposed work plan.  Proposals that show cost sharing or match from the School, Department or College will be looked upon more favorably than those without it
  6. Department Head/School Director endorsement.  (Letter provided as an attachment.  Please allow ample time for your department head or school director to review your proposal and write the endorsement letter, which should include confirmation of any matching funds.) 
  7. Please document access to archives and research sites, major equipment, external laboratories and collaborators by appending letters or e-mails.
  8. Full curriculum vitae (as an attachment).

Sections C, D, and E should constitute a maximum of four pages.  The narrative portion of the proposal must be double-spaced, single-sided, 12-pt font, one-inch margins.  (Appended materials not included in the four pages.)

Review of Proposals

The proposals will be reviewed by the University Research and Sabbatical Leave Committee.  Recommendations of awardees will be made to the Provost, who will announce the awards.

Final Report

A brief final report is required by the end of July following the award year.

Submit to:     Associate Provostand Associate Vice President of Graduate Studies and Research
                       Graduate School
                       200 Boone Hall