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Types of Support

Individual or Collaborative Projects

Applications must be initiated by faculty to fill a specific need for support. Each proposal must have a primary applicant (or principal investigator) responsible for conducting the project and submitting a final report. Collaborative projects may have one or more co-applicants.

The range of awards is $3,000 to $75,000 for individual/collaborative projects or publication subventions. Proposals may request salaries for personnel who are integrally involved in performing the research or creative activity. These include:

  • graduate research assistants
  • postdoctoral associates
  • visiting scholars
  • undergraduate assistants
  • research assistants/associates
  • technicians and
  • special assistants.

Both the primary applicant and a co-applicant(s) are each eligible to receive one summer salary stipend. Only faculty on 9 month appointment are eligible for summer salary. A summer stipend is limited to one summer during the project period. A summer stipend is allowed in the amount of 2/9 of the academic year salary, up to a maximum of $10,000. Two summer stipends for one individual are not allowed. Faculty, including non-tenure-track faculty, on 11/12-month appointment are not eligible for salary support (Postdocs are the exception).

Calculate fringe benefits at no more than 35.62 percent for benefit eligible employees; 0 percent for students; 8 percent for part time employees. Equipment, including multi-user equipment, supplies, costs associated with travel to research sites, and other justified research expenses may be requested.

Teaching replacement costs will be considered when there is a strong justification for the applicant to be released from teaching during the academic year. With this support, recipients of any academic rank will be replaced by a teaching assistant or other qualified instructor. The maximum rate accepted by the Board is $10,000, including benefits per course, per semester. Arrangement for teaching replacement must be with the department chair. Normally requests should be for one semester. Requests exceeding two semesters will not be awarded.

Teaching replacements are intended to meet the need for only limited amounts of release time. The Board will normally make such awards for projects that have reached a stage at which concerted effort and relatively uninterrupted time is especially important. Teaching replacement costs will not be awarded unless a minimum of three years has elapsed since the end date of the last award.

Requests for other types of support will be considered if the request represents a critical research need or offers an important opportunity to promote scholarship and creativity. 
Some examples include:

  • a special library acquisition might have important implications for a particular faculty research effort
  • a workshop or conference might be needed to discuss an important new technology or to consolidate a substantial faculty group effort
  • expenses associated with special performances and exhibitions may be needed in the arts.

These examples are intended to be illustrative, not all-inclusive. Applicants are encouraged to present and justify only their most critical needs, recognizing that the research board's resources are limited in relation to the needs for research support.

Awards are not renewable. The research board will not serve as a source of continuing support for specific projects or facilities. Awards normally are for a one-year period, but longer terms (up to a maximum of two years) are permitted if fully justified in the proposal.

The Board will NOT supplement continuing externally funded projects. Other types of support that are normally excluded are listed in the box below.

The board will NOT provide certain types of support. These include:
  • Bridge funding (eliminated in Aug. 2014 as detailed in the letter from Vice President Foley)
  • faculty may not receive summer salary as PI and Co-PI from two active RB grants at the same time
  • academic salaries for faculty on 9 or 11-month appointments (includes ranked, non-tenure track faculty whose title includes the word Professor)
  • student tuition or fees
  • graduate research assistantship appointments for greater than 50 percent time
  • stipends for graduate students not enrolled at the University during the academic year
  • salaries for emeritus professors in excess of $10,000.
  • travel to meetings and symposia, or to principal sabbatical leave destinations
  • book publication subventions for non-refereed or commercial presses
  • computer time or data ports on University computers
  • dissertation preparation costs (copying, typing, binding)
  • construction and remodeling of facilities, equipment maintenance costs
  • professional dues/memberships/subscriptions
  • secretarial support
  • general departmental supplies

Reviewed November 05, 2018.