Faculty Research Awards provide funds for scholarship, creative projects, and quantitative or qualitative research for eligible faculty from all colleges and schools at the University of Oregon. Examples of eligible projects include: 1) book projects that are intended for publication with an academic press; 2) performances in nationally or internationally known venues, 3) creative work that will be exhibited; 4) projects that obtain pilot data, demonstrate the feasibility of an approach or method, or contribute to the development of a prototype; and 5) travel to conduct field work or conduct research at an archive or special collection.
Application Deadline: January 10, 2020 at 5 pm (late applications will not be considered).
Award Announcement: Early April 2020
Funding Term: July 2020 - July 2021
Information Session: November 18, 2019, 3:30 pm to 4:30pm, EMU Lease Crutcher Lewis (023) - see PowerPoint
scope of award / use of funds
application instructions & Materials
Review process & Criteria
frequently asked questions
PREVIOUS AWARD RECIPIENTS
- All tenure-track faculty members with the rank of Assistant Professor or above are eligible to apply.
- Non-tenure-track faculty who hold a full-time appointment (1.0 FTE) that includes substantial research responsibilities, have been employed by the university for at least three years at the time of application, and will hold a UO appointment during the academic year of the research award may also apply.
- Emeritus, Courtesy, Visiting and adjunct appointee ranks are ineligible.
- Individuals are limited to submitting one application per funding cycle.
- Applicants may serve as a collaborator or team member on additional projects.
The maximum amount of a Faculty Research Award is $7,000.
Funds may be used for travel, equipment, supplies, contractual services, core/shared user facility fees, graduate or undergraduate student effort, or as a stipend during the summer months. Please note that as a stipend, Faculty Research Awards are processed through payroll and are subject to Other Payroll Expenses (OPE). If a stipend is provided, the recipient’s unit must calculate the expected OPE and reduce the stipend award accordingly. The Faculty Research Award provides $7,000 for two consecutive months of research and writing.
Funds may not be used 1) to replace or fund tenure-line faculty salary during the academic year, 2) for instructional release/course buyouts, 3) for construction or facility renovation or 4) for curriculum development or career development.
Awards are for the 12-month, fiscal year period commencing July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021. Award monies may not be used for reimbursement and direct expenditure prior to July 1, 2020. Final reports are due by July 31, 2021.
Application Components (11-point font, Time New Roman, 1" margins):
- Application Materials (use Word template)
- Statement of Work (3 pages, not including references). Include:
- A description of the research project
- Timeline and milestones
- Expected outcomes
- Future research and scholarship that will result from the proposed project
- Curriculum Vitae (2 pages)
- Current and Pending Support (1 page)
- List current and pending funding for the PI and key personnel (funding source, project period, total costs); include any internal awards you have received from the UO
- Budget Justification (1 page; not required if requesting entire budget for summer)
- Budget (use Excel template)
- Other Support, Compliance, and Signature Form (use PDF form, to save right click on link and select "Download Linked File")
Upload components 2-4 to the online application form and click submit. Please note that this form cannot be saved in order to submit at a later date. The form should be filled out and all documents submitted all at once.
The review process for the Faculty Research Awards has four stages.
An initial review will be conducted to ensure that proposals are in compliance with all guidelines. Proposals deemed non-compliant will be returned to the applicant and will not be reviewed further.
The Vice President for Research & Innovation will determine the annual budget for awards distributed through the program.
The committee of UO faculty appointed by the University Senate will conduct peer review to evaluate the grant proposals and select the proposals for funding. Reviewers will be asked to consider several factors when reviewing your proposal, including:
- Significance of project
- Clarity of proposal
- Well-justified methodology
- Contribution to discipline/field
- Realistic and feasible budget and timeline
- Project's scholarly/creative outcomes
- Connection of project to faculty's past and future work
Feedback will be provided to interested applicants whose proposals are not funded.
FAQ: 2020 Faculty Research Awards
1. Am I eligible to apply?
The following ranks are eligible to apply for Faculty Research Awards:
(1) Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors
(2) Non tenure-track faculty who hold a full-time appointment (1.0 FTE) that includes substantial research responsibilities, who have been employed by the University of Oregon for at least three years at the time of application, and who will hold a UO appointment during the academic year of the research award (2020-2021).
2. Who is not eligible to apply?
Emeritus, courtesy, visiting and adjunct appointees and part-time non-tenure track faculty.
3. Is matching support required?
Matching support is not required.
4. What are the funding restrictions?
Faculty Research Award funds cannot be used to replace faculty tenure-line salary during the academic year, buy out courses, or for construction or renovation.
5. I’m applying for a summer stipend that allows me an eight-week period to devote to my research and writing. Will any funds be withheld from my award?
Faculty Research Awards that furnish summer stipend are processed through payroll. This means that they incur withholding of OPE (Other Payroll Expenses). Your payment will reflect these withholdings. For an estimate of the amount that will be withheld, please review the OPE tools provided by Budget and Resource Planning.
6. I am involved in a collaborative project. Can collaborators split a Faculty Research Award?
Faculty Research Awards can be awarded for collaborative projects. If more than one researcher or investigator is involved in a collaborative project, they are welcome to apply for a Faculty Research Award as a team, with the understanding that a single award will be made to two (or more) researchers or investigators. The award limit remains $5,500.
7. How should I estimate research expenses on my budget?
Be as specific as possible about your expenses and how you arrived at them. For travel, lodging and per diems, consult the Business Affairs office. Your departmental accountant, director of graduate studies, or director of undergraduate studies may be able to help with other items.
8. If awarded a Faculty Research Award, may I apply to the program later? After how long an interval?
You may re-apply four years after receiving a Faculty Research Award, as long as you turned in your final report. You should propose a research project that is distinctly different from the one which was previously awarded a Faculty Research Award, although findings from your earlier research may be relevant to your new project.
9. Must my project commence on July 1 and end on June 30 the following year? What if my project is more limited and intensive, time-wise?
The award period is from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. All projects must take place within this period; they do not necessarily need to take place for the duration of this period. No funds will be released prior to July 1, 2020. All funds should be expended by June 30, 2021.
10. What are the proposal components?
2. Application Materials (use Word template)
a. Statement of Work (3 pages, not including references). Include:
i. A description of the research project
ii. Timeline and milestones
iii. Expected outcomes
iv. Future research and scholarship that will result from the proposed projecCurriculum Vitae (2 pages)
b. Current and Pending Support (1 page)
c. List current and pending funding for the PI and key personnel (funding source, project period, total costs); include any internal awards you have received from the UO
d. Budget Justification (1 page; not required if requesting entire budget for summer)
3. Budget (use Excel template)
4. Other Support, Compliance, and Signature Form (use PDF form, to save right click on link and select "Download Linked File")
11. If I have references or citations as part of my project statement, should these be included in a bibliography? Would this count as part of my three-page statement of work?
You may include one page of citations that does not count in the three-page limit for the narrative.
12. Can I request proposal development assistance from Research Development Services?
Yes. Research Development Services can provide feedback on proposals if requests for review are submitted at least 5 business days in advance of the deadline. While RDS administers the internal award programs, RDS staff are not involved in the review and funding decision process.
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