Research Development

The faculty research development program is designed to stimulate new research across all three campuses of our university, to help junior faculty develop their research programs, and to provide supplemental funding to help support research that otherwise cannot be completely funded through departments and colleges. A pool of funding has been set aside for this purpose. Faculty can request funding from this source to support a number of research development initiatives including, but not limited to:

  1. Research grants that help initiate and/or enhance research programs.
  2. Attendance at local, regional, national, or international research conferences.
  3. Other research-related activities defined by a college as critical.

All full-time tenure and non-tenure track faculty are eligible to apply for funding. To be considered for funding, faculty members are asked to submit a request to Teresa Cañas using the FY16 Application for Faculty Research Development Program for funds available from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. It is assumed that a request for faculty research development funding will supplement departmental or college funding typically available for these activities, thereby allowing faculty to engage in important, additional research development activities that could not be funded by a department or college.

This program will not fund salaries. It is expected that projects up to about $5,000 could be funded by this program, although projects of about $2,000 are more typical. More expensive project requests will be considered, but in most cases department and/or college contributions would be expected to supplement such requests.

As part of the funding process, applicants are asked to provide an evaluation plan that will be conducted at the end of the fiscal year to determine the effectiveness of the funded activity in enhancing faculty research development.

Requests will be evaluated as they are received. If approved, funding will be made available for use immediately. 

Important Notes

The funds must be spent during the fiscal year that the award is made. If theapproved project expenses are exceeded, or if the project expenses are incurred and/or submitted beyond the current fiscal year accounting deadlines for end-of-year submissions the faculty home department or college will be responsible for those expenses.