Provost’s Research Support Award Guidelines
Purpose and Nature of the Award
Cash Awards in support of small SS&M needs are intended to encourage and support the research, creative, artistic, and scholarly endeavors of EMU faculty. The range of the award is $300 - $3,000 to support outstanding projects. Travel support is limited to $500. This award requires a one-to-one match from the applicant's department/school for a total maximum combined award amount of $3,000.
Proposals may be submitted at any time to the Associate Provost/AVP for Research & Administration (106 Welch Hall). Proposals require signature approval by the department head or school director. Proposals received by the 20th of any month will constitute a competitive pool for one award cycle. Awards are normally announced within two weeks of the end of the month.
Complete and submit the application form along with an attachment providing a short description (one page only) of the project. Include timeline, project goals, and funds needed, and how the funding will enable these goals. Attach CV, or list of scholarly/creative activities for the last five years. 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).
- Well-conceived research plan & feasible goal
- Funding needed for project completion
- Project will lead to proposal development
- Project will result in a scholarly publication
- Project involves students
- Overall benefit to the applicant and to EMU
Although a wide range of proposals is sought, the following items and activities (in no particular order) are allowable and consistent with the goals of the award program:
- Travel to archives and research sites 1 when the data collection is likely to result in scholarly publications or grant proposals
- Costs associated with survey research (e.g., copying, postage, data transcription, conversion, analysis)
- Specialized software not conveniently available elsewhere
- Page charges, reprints, exhibit costs, performance / production costs, poster costs
- Purchase of scientific equipment or instrumentation
- Data collection, experiments or other forms of scholarly/creative activity likely to result in grant proposals
- Supplies and materials needed for specialized research and/or student research
- Travel to professional meetings or conferences
- Purchase of computers
- Predominantly commercial ventures
- Institutionally directed research (“work for hire”)
- Faculty development
- Service projects
- Curriculum/course development
- Reimbursement for expenses already incurred
- Production of textbooks
- Professional development or retraining
- Replacement of matching fund support
- Keyboarding or editing research already completed
- Release from teaching
- Supplementary salary
- Unfunded proposals may not be resubmitted in future funding cycles.
- A faculty member shall be funded no more than once per fiscal year under the program.
- Provost's Research Support Awards are considered “minor” awards; thus, recipients remain eligible for major awards (sabbatical leave and faculty research fellowship) in the same year.
Requirements of Award Recipients
- Any revision or alteration of an awarded proposal (including the budget) requires prior written approval by the Associate Provost /AVP for Research & Administration.
- Any nonexpendable materials acquired with funds provided under this program become the property of Eastern Michigan University, and are subject to property-control procedures.
- In accepting funding for a proposal, the recipient agrees to submit a final report (maximum two pages) to the Associate Provost/AVP for Research & Administration. The deadline for receipt of these reports is September 15 following the award year. Faculty with overdue reports are ineligible for internal funding.
1Travel support is limited to $500.
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