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Proposal Review and Board Action

The research board consists of members chosen for their scholarship, expertise and administrative ability. The members are all full-time faculty who are leaders in their field.

The funding programs assistant refers the applications to the board and administers its recommendations. If you have questions or desire guidance in the preparation of a proposal, please contact him at the research board office.

The board has organized itself into review subcommittees according to disciplinary areas. These are:

  • Engineering
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences and Mathematics
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

Each subcommittee is interdisciplinary and is composed of at least three research board members. The review subcommittee members select peer reviewers. Three peer reviews are sought for each proposal. Reviewers have access to the on-line version of the application and a copy of the research board's peer review sheet, listing the criteria for evaluating projects. Reviewers then return their evaluations and recommendations to the subcommittee in advance of board consideration of the proposal.

The subcommittees make recommendations to the entire Board based on the peer reviewers' comments and their own judgment. After consideration of the recommendations and discussion, a final decision is made by the board. Consideration of a proposal may be deferred if additional reviewers or information are needed. In such cases, the funding programs assistant will contact the applicant to explain what information is required. If supplementary materials are provided before the next application deadline, the proposal will be reconsidered at the next board meeting. If the requested information is not received, the proposal will be withdrawn from consideration.

The board's decision, and the primary reasons for it, are communicated by email to the primary applicant. Copies of the award letters are emailed to the designated campus official. Copies of the peer reviewers' comments to the primary applicant are available on line. Peer comments are considered confidential and will not be provided to anyone other than the primary applicant unless specifically approved.


Reviewed July 18, 2013.