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CFR Faculty Research Grants

Contact us: CFR Faculty Research Program

Vanessa Gordon
Administrative Assitant to CFR
102 Roudebush Hall
513-529-3600
gordonvd@MiamiOH.edu

The University Senate Committee on Faculty Research (CFR) Faculty Research Grants Program awards three types of funding — summer research appointments, research graduate assistantships, and grants to promote research.

Summer Research Appointments (SRA)

The Board of Trustees has authorized a number of Summer Research Appointments (SRA) for faculty members each year. Each SRA carries a salary of $6,200. Recipients are expected to devote significant effort on scholarly research during at least 10 weeks of the summer following the date of the award. Recipients are allowed to supplement their salaries from internal or external sources only if they are working on the CFR or closely related research project and if they do not exceed 100% effort (based on salary) during the term of the award. The recipient should neither accept classroom teaching or workshop assignments nor obtain support for the revision or development of teaching materials or practices during the term of the award unless these are included and clearly part of the proposed CFR project. The award cannot be deferred or extended beyond, and the recipient must remain on the Miami University faculty in the academic year following, the summer of the award. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Associate Provost for Research & Scholarship and the Director of Academic Personnel Services or their designees.

Research Graduate Assistantships (RGA)

A number of RGAs are available each year, with the CFR endeavoring to fund them at the support level of the department involved. RGAs also provide a remission of the Instructional Fee and Out-of-State Surcharge. The tenure of the assistantships is restricted to the regular academic year.  The CFR recognizes that different disciplines use graduate assistantships in diverse ways and encourages individuals to devise creative uses of graduate assistants.  To become a research assistant, a student must be appointed through regular academic channels, and be subject to the same regulations as are other graduate assistants.

Grants to Promote Research (GPR)

GPRs may include wages for student labor, equipment, supplies, and travel expenses directly related to the performance of research/creative endeavors, and duplicating and graphics production. The Committee will not award funds for use in covering expenses incurred prior to the time a grant is made. Software purchases will be supported only if the required software is not available from another on-campus source. All software purchased with CFR funds is the property of Miami University. The Committee will not assume responsibility for providing any supplement for later price increases.  Travel funds will be limited to the least expensive mode of travel practical to and from the proposed site(s).

The maximum award is $3,000. In the event that the CFR determines it can make an award, but only at a level less than 75% of the request, the Chair of the appropriate subcommittee will contact the applicant to determine if the applicant wishes to receive the reduced award. Awardees will have a 12-month time period in which to expend funds; extensions may be available if a special request is submitted to the CFR Chair.

Application

Before applying, please read the CFR Faculty Research Program guidelines (PDF) carefully.

Any faculty member may request support through the CFR Faculty Research Program for one project per year.  Proposals addressing new avenues of research and scholarship for the investigator, initiating new projects and pilot studies, or testing novel or controversial research/creative ideas are favored. CFR expects investigators to seek other support for continuing research and scholarship in established areas.

CFR funds are considered seed money for obtaining preliminary data or information that will lead to submission of proposals to external funding sources.  Therefore, individuals who have received previous CFR Faculty Research Program funding are eligible for future awards as long as they have submitted external proposals for funding equal to or greater than the amount of the last CFR Faculty Research Program Award.  However, regardless of external funding, no individual is eligible to receive another award for four years following the academic year in which the previous grant was awarded.

Applications with more than one author are allowed, in which case, the maximum award will include one summer research appointment, one research graduate assistantship, and one grant to promote research. Each author must satisfy all  eligibility requirements and restrictions described in the CFR Faculty Research Program guidelines. 

Applications will be solicited by the CFR each fall.  To apply, complete the online application.  In addition to information about about your rank, your subcommittee and the type of support you are requesting, the application asks for the following:

  • A summary of your grant support, including:
    • Your previous Faculty Research Grants Program awards (if any)
    • All current grant supprt
    • Proposals submitted since your last CFR award (if applicable)
  • A proposal of no more than five single-spaced pages (upload as requested in the application).  All pages of the proposal should have one-inch margins on all sides and all type should be 11 points in size or larger.  The narrative should be broken down into the following sections:
    • Description — explains the nature and goal of the proposed project in terms clear to an educated lay audience outside the investigator's immediate discipline
    • Context — explains the background and context of the project and compares the proposed project to existing work
    • Project aptness — explains why this particular project is appropriate for the investigator to undertake at this particular time and describes preparations or progress the investigator has made or qualifications the investigator has that are significant to the proposed project
    • Method or plan — describes the specific methods, techniques or procedures that will be used to accomplish the project's objectives, including approximate times for completing each phase of the project
      • SRA applications should indicate what the investigator plans to accomplish during the ten-week summer period
      • RGA applications should indicate the activities to be assigned to the graduate assistant
    • Communication of completed activity — explains how the results of the proposed work will be made accessible to a wider audience
The following sections of the proposal are excluded from the five-page limit:
    • Literature cited in proposal or selected bibliography — cites materials relevant to the proposed project
    • Technical appendix (optional) — elaborates on the methodology described in the proposal (at investigator's discretion)
    • Budget (GPR only — maximum one page) — details and justifies proposed spending in the following categories (please round all figures to the nearest dollar):
      • Personnel (total hours x hourly wages + benefits)
      • Supplies (please itemize)
      • Travel
      • Other
  • A two-page curriculum vitae (upload as requested in the application) that lists scholarly or creative achievements (publications, presentations, exhibitions, performances, etc.), highlighting those achievements that are most recent and/or relevant to the proposed project 

Applications will be reviewed, and awards decided, by CFR subcommittees in applied and natural sciences; business, education, and social sciences; and fine arts and humanities.  Proposed projects will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Significance of the research or scholarship
  • Soundness of methodology
  • Feasibility
  • Likelihood of results being communicated to the profession in an appropriate time period

Proposals that allow new faculty to initiate research or that allow experienced faculty to enter a new area of research will be more favorably viewed than proposals that ask for support for continuing scholarship.

Contact us: CFR Faculty Research Program

Vanessa Gordon
Administrative Assitant to CFR
102 Roudebush Hall
513-529-3600
gordonvd@MiamiOH.edu

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