Faculty Research Expense Grants

Under the Research Expense Grants program, faculty members may request support for up to two years.

In order to make FRC funds as widely available as possible, the committee will ensure that all viable one-year proposals are funded before considering proposals for longer periods. The committee also reserves the right to fully or partially fund requests of more than one year’s duration.

Of particular interest to the committee are those proposals that serve to enhance the potential for faculty members to compete for external support for the continuation and development of their scholarly work.

Awards provide for reimbursement of a wide range of research costs. Examples of such costs include: travel necessary to perform the research; travel to archives; library and archive fees; materials and supplies; student assistance and other types of research assistance (e.g., translators, transcription services), acquisition of materials and certain types of equipment.

Costs that are not covered by Research Expense Grants include the purchase of major capital equipment; publication preparation charges, such as indexing and page charges (these are covered by the Completion Grants​); and travel to scholarly meetings—including travel to present research results—funds for which are administered by the dean of academic affairs. Faculty Research Committee awards may not be used for course buyouts.  Funds may not be used to cover the costs of meals during travel. ​

Proposal Deadlines: The Faculty Research Committee will review proposals for the Research Expense Grant program under two deadlines in 2017-2018. The FRC requires that all proposals be submitted via email no later than 4:00 p.m. on the day of the deadline. Proposals shall be attached to an email as a single PDF document and sent to Kristin Magendantz, director of faculty grants. Late applications will not be considered. The application must also be submitted to the applicant’s department chairperson by the deadline. Click here for grant application guidelines​.

Please note that awarding of the grant is contingent upon timely submission of reports from previous FRC awards.

Applications Due/ Notification of Results:

Fall competition:  Applications due: Tuesday, October 3, 2017.
Notification: mid-December

Spring competition: Applications due: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Notification: mid-March

Eligibility: All tenured and tenure-track Faculty members and full-time non-tenure-track faculty whose employment contract extends through the grant period are eligible to apply. Please note that priority is given to tenured and tenure-track faculty who are employed full time.  Funding is contingent on the recipient’s continued employment at the College during the period of the grant.

Grant Periods: Ordinarily, grant periods will begin June 1, 2018. However, grants may begin as early as January 1, 2018, for awards made in Fall 2017, with permission from the dean of academic affairs.

Criteria: Proposals for Faculty Research Expense Grants will be judged on:

  • the clarity of the proposal
  • the coherence of the objectives
  • the clarity of the methods of research
  • the persuasiveness of the case made concerning the significance of the research
  • the likelihood that the objectives can be achieved during the funding period
  • the likelihood that the support will have fruitful results
  • the likelihood that the proposed work will further the applicant’s scholarly program
  • the justification for the budget in relation to the project
  • the applicant’s history of receiving College funds

Decisions will be based solely on the written applications submitted to the committee. Because the committee expects to receive more deserving applications than it can fund, preference may be given to those who have not received internal funding in the recent past or do not have access to alternative internal funding sources.

The Faculty Research Committee has members representing each of the four curricular groupings (humanities, social sciences, natural sciences & mathematics, and the arts). Each proposal is read and judged by all members of the committee (six faculty members and the dean of academic affairs). It is, therefore, imperative that proposals be written in language that can be readily understood by a college- wide faculty committee, most—or all—of the members of which are not specialists in the applicant’s field. Particular care should be given to avoid jargon and technical language; if the use of such language is unavoidable, it should be accompanied by a clear explanation.​

Summary Reports: Grant recipients must submit a final report of the work undertaken during the grant period to Melanie Stein, dean of academic affairs, by October 1 following the conclusion of the grant period. Faculty members holding multiyear grants must provide an interim progress report by October 1 in each year of an active grant.  Failure to submit this report may impact future funding.​​