Criteria for Summer Grants for
Scholarly and Artistic Activity
Purpose: To enable faculty to pursue scholarly or artistic projects during summers, and to disseminate results through professional channels such as publications, presentations, showings, or performances. Grants are available to initiate, continue, or complete projects. Grants are not available for projects to fulfill degree requirements.
Eligibility: Faculty appointed to minimum 0.50 FTE positions for the academic year during which application is being made and the academic year following the award of the grant. Although we welcome applications from all faculty who meet the above criteria, preference may be given to applicants who have not received College-funded support (Sabbatical Leave, Released-Time Grants, Summer Grants for Scholarly and Artistic Activity, Teaching and Curricular Developments Grants) in the past two years.
Note: Sabbatical leave does not change the terms of faculty FTE appointments Eligibile faculty members who are currently on or anticipating sabbatical leave may apply.
Award: The maximum award is $4000. This amount may be requested solely as expenses (up to $4000), solely as a stipend (explanation follows) or as some combination of stipend and expenses. The stipend should be figured at $50/day up to a maximum of $2000 for 8 weeks work.
Criteria for review:
Applications for Summer Grants for Scholarly and Artistic Activity must follow the General Guidelines for All Grant Categories. In addition, the narrative proposal for a Summer Grant for Scholarly and Artistic Activity must address each of the following specific criteria:
A. Professional significance of the project. Professional significance is evaluated with reference to:
(1) Contribution of the project to scholarship and/or artistic. Projects may involve disciplinary or interdisciplinary research, artistic activity, and/or scholarship of teaching and learning.
(2) Depth and/or originality of the project. Projects may be of significance by virtue of their specialization and/or their singularity.
B. Appropriateness of project design. Project design is evaluated with reference to:
(1) Specificity of project activities. Applicants must identify the overall time frame for the project, describe the activities they will undertake, and indicate an approximate schedule for their work.
(2) Suitability of project activities. Applicants must show that the project activities are appropriate to their preparation for the project, suitable for the proposed time frame and schedule, and likely to accomplish the intended outcomes.
C. Significance for the applicant's career. Applicants are encouraged to describe the way in which this project advances their professional development. Career significance is evaluated with reference to:
(1) Relationship of the project to the applicant's previous work. Applicants should show how a project builds upon, complements, and/or initiates a new direction in, their prior work.
(2) Contribution of the project to the applicant's future work. Applicants should show how the proposed project will advance their career objectives.
(3) Timeliness of the project. Applicants should show how the timing of the project will advance their career objectives. Applicants who are not full professors should address the timing of the project in terms of their progress toward tenure and/or promotion.
D. Plans for dissemination. Applicants should specify their plans for dissemination and, where appropriate, describe any progress they have made toward realizing them.
E. Justification for budget (required only if the proposal includes expenses; applications for stipends alone need not submit a budget form or address the budget justification criterion in the narrative proposal). Applicants must attach a completed FDC Grant Application Budget Form and explain the amounts requested in each budget category. The budget and the accompanying justification will be evaluated on the basis of:
(1) Specificity: Applicants must anticipate expenses in sufficient detail.
(2) Need: Applicants must show that the anticipated expenses are necessary to the project outcomes.
Revised: 24 May 2005
Kris MacPherson for FDC