Faculty Research Committee

The Faculty Research Committee (FRC) administers grants programs each year that provide support for faculty research and creative activities. The committee comprises six elected members of the faculty, with at least one member from each disciplinary group—natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics; social sciences; humanities; and arts—and no more than one from any department, as well as Sarah Raskin, Director of Faculty Mentoring. Kristin Magendantz​, director of faculty grants, also attends committee meetings.

In addition to the research support programs for faculty members and students—described briefly below and in greater detail under the links for each program —the FRC sponsors a faculty lecture series​ each academic year.

Programs for Faculty Members

The Faculty Research Committee administers funds available through the Dean of Faculty’s budget to aid faculty in their scholarly endeavors.  Such aid is available for all stages of research, from inception to the final push to publication or performance.  [NB:  as used here, “research” also includes creative activities in the arts intended to lead to public performances or exhibitions, or publication.]

The FRC will consider faculty requests for research support under two programs:

Faculty Research Grants

APPLICATION DEADLINES: October 22, 2019 and February 4, 2020 
AWARD NOTIFICATION: early December (fall) and mid-March (spring) 

These grants are intended to help begin new scholarly projects or to support work already in progress. Proposals may request support of one or two years’ duration. Faculty members who plan a longer project may present this in their initial application, but any renewed funding will be based on a competitive proposal that clearly presents the accomplishments of the original funded period.  

Faculty Research Grant proposals will be considered twice yearly, in  October and early February.  Ordinarily, they will be for periods starting the June 1 after the academic year in which they are made and will be capped at $4,000. The announced deadlines are firm; it is the policy of the FRC that late applications will not be considered.

For detailed program information, click here​.

Completion Grants

​APPLICATION DEADLINE: None, applications are reviewed continually 

These grants are intended to provide faculty members with funds to defray the costs of bringing their scholarship to the public arena.  For detailed information, click here​.

Support for Student Research

The Faculty Research Committee has long provided support for research experiences for Trinity undergraduates. The programs outlined below are intended to provide flexibility in accommodating the research needs of both faculty members and students.

Under the Faculty Research Grants program [see above], proposals of longer than one year’s duration may include a request for up to $4,000 in personnel costs for research assistance. As distinct from the Student Research Program [see below], this aspect of the Faculty Research Grants is intended primarily to suit the needs of the faculty member’s research.  Assistants will not necessarily be Trinity undergraduates, nor will the work experience necessarily be an educational one.

A. The Summer Research Program (SRP) 

APPLICATION DEADLINE:​ February 18, 2020

The Summer Research Program (SRP) supports intensive student involvement in ongoing faculty research. Students receive a maximum stipend of $3,500 for 10 weeks’ full-time work (or the equivalent) on the Trinity campus during the summer. The program’s benefits include on-campus housing as well as a schedule of weekly lunches featuring speakers and panels.

The FRC will consider SRP proposals in mid-February. Short applications are prepared by the student in close consultation with the faculty member. Proposals must have a substantial educational benefit to the student.  

For a complete description and a link to the application, click here​​.

B. Student-Initiated Research Grants (SIRG)

APPLICATION DEADLINES: October 29, 2019 and April 6, 2020

Student-Initiated Research Grants (SIRG) are reimbursement grants intended to defray the costs of student-initiated, faculty-mentored research projects. Of particular interest to the committee are proposals for research leading to a senior thesis. The proposal—including a project narrative, budget, and budget justification—must be written by the student applicant; the sponsoring faculty member provides a statement of support, emphasizing the feasibility of the student’s plan.

The maximum award is $2,500 and funds may be used to reimburse direct research expenses to Trinity students. Grant funds may be used for travel, access fees for archives and libraries, photo-reproduction of archival materials, and similar research expenses. Non-travel-related living costs are not covered by these grants. The FRC will consider SIRG proposals under two deadlines, in the fall and spring. 

For further information, click here​.

Program Limitations and Requirements

The Faculty Research Committee considers requests for travel support—from faculty members and students—only insofar as it is directly related to the research activity itself. Information regarding requests for travel to professional meetings, including travel to present the results of FRC-funded research can be found here​. Additional questions should be directed to Patricia Moody, director of academic finance in the Dean of Faculty's Office.

Award recipients are responsible for proper stewardship of grant funds and adherence to the approved budget. The Committee should be acknowledged in any publication resulting from the grant-funded research. FRC awards may not be used to fund meals or provide for per diem costs.  Faculty members may submit applications for more than one project in a given year. However, in order to ensure an equitable allocation of funds, the FRC will, if necessary, fund acceptable single proposals before considering further applications from one person or group. At the conclusion of the period specified in the grant—or at least annually, in the case of longer-term grants—the grant recipient must submit a report to the dean of academic affairs.​​​​​​​​​​​​​