The Research Council is a faculty committee that advises the Office of Research and Economic Development on a special program that provides small grants to faculty every year. These awards are made as the result of peer review of requests submitted by the faculty for funding of research and creative work. The Council also provides subvention for scholarly publications. The Council’s programs are financed using State funds. All awards are made on a basis of merit, although priority is given to new faculty members.
By means of small grants, the Research Council supports studies leading to significant outside funding and publication in all fields of learning represented in the University as well as for creative work in the arts. Applicants may request funds for a variety of research needs, such as equipment and supplies, help, publication subvention, research colloquia and essential travel related to research – in short, funds to cover expenses directly related to research and other creative endeavors. Requests for wages of labor must be justified fully in convincing detail. Applicants may request a maximum of $5,000. The typical grant awarded may be considerably less, depending upon the number of applications recommended for funding. For the 2014-15 award cycle, the average award was $1,400. Requests exceeding $5,000 will not be reviewed.
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