Research Grants



Description: The Summer Stipends program is intended to assist pre-tenured faculty in completing research or creative projects at a critical time in their careers. 

Eligibility: Pre-tenured faculty who have the endorsement of their Chair. Priority consideration is given to faculty members in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th years of service at UM. Since the purpose of the award is to allow faculty to devote the summer to research, stipend recipients are not ordinarily eligible to teach during the award period. However, in the case of conflicting departmental needs, exceptions may be made. An applicant in a department with heavy summer teaching responsibilities may, for example, apply for a partial stipend to be awarded in conjunction with a reduced teaching load. Applications for a partial stipend will be considered on a case-by-case basis. In general, preference is given to applicants seeking full stipends.
Awards: $5,000 for 2 months continuous full-time research summer 2014.
Deadline: 1 Nov, 5 pm. Late submissions are disqualified from consideration except under extraordinary circumstances.
Payment: Distributed by the Payroll Office in two payments, 1 July and 1 Aug. 
Application Review: The Faculty Development Advisory Committee (FDAC) reviews all proposals and makes recommendations to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Preference given to applicants who demonstrate that release from summer teaching will enable them to make significant progress on a scholarly or creative project intended to result in peer-reviewed publication, exhibition, or performance. 
Dissemination: As a condition of the award, stipend recipients are expected to present at the annual UM Faculty Research Symposium and/or via electronic dissemination such as online video or audio presentations. In addition recipients will submit a report on their progress (no more than 1 page) to the Director of Faculty Development and Collaboration by 15 Sept of the new academic year. 
1.   Eligible faculty should notify their Chair of their interest.
2.  Chairs may ask senior faculty to review proposals and/or drafts of applications. Note to Chairs: FD&C imposes no limit on the number of applications that may come out of a single department.
3.  Following approval from the Chair in consultation with senior faculty, eligible faculty will prepare application materials for online submission following the guidelines below. Note to applicants: the completed application package must include a memo of support from the Chair. You will need to have a copy of the Chair’s memo ready to be uploaded when you fill out the online application.
4.  The complete application packet should include the following:
a.  Three-page project narrative (see guidelines below).
b.  Current short vita (no more than 5 pages).
c.  Memo of support from Chair.
Note: The online application process does not permit you to save. You will need to prepare three files in advance of application: project narrative, short vita, and memo of support from Chair.
1.  The narrative should not exceed three pages, single-spaced, with one-inch margins and a font size no smaller than 11-point. 
2.  Keep in mind that applications are reviewed by faculty from each college. Limit use of jargon and discipline-specific terminology (when possible). Reviewers will take into account the clarity, coherence, and completeness of the application. Be as specific as possible.
3.  The narrative should address the following areas:
a.   Nature, scope, and objectives of proposed project. Should include a statement of the intellectual, scientific, scholarly, pedagogical, and/or creative significance of project. Include plans for dissemination of the product of research (monograph, article, conference paper, exhibit, performance, etc). May also include description of basic ideas, problems, and/or questions addressed; potential impact on the field. 
b.   MethodologyInclude arrangements for access to necessary archives, galleries, collections, laboratories, etc, where relevant. 
c.   Relation of project to applicant’s professional development. Should include a brief statement on the way support for two months continuous full-time research will contribute to the applicant’s publication program. 

Please extend congratulations to recipients of the 2013-2014 Research and Creative Projects grants.

  • Lori Ardovino (Music), “Recording Project: The LeBaron Trio”
  • John Bawden (History), "Soliders of the Pinocet Generation: memory, lived experience, and initial training, 1930-1950"
  • Stephanie Batkie (English), “John Gower’s Vox Clamantis: An Edition and Translation”
  • Jim Day (History), “Henry Fairchild De Bardeleben Papers”
  • Kel Laeger (Theatre), “The Designer’s Notebook Series: August Wilson”
  • Karen Graffeo (Art), “Saints and Tears: one person exhibition at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art”
  • Clark Hultquist (History), “Publicis French Advertising History”
  • Virginia Ochoa-Winemiller (Geography), “Scanning Figurines in Belize”
  • Christine Sestero (Chemistry), “Characterization of T GFβ/ T GFβR3 Signaling Pathways in Autoimmune Disease”
  • Lee Somers (Art), “Scapes: An Exhibition of Ceramic Collage”
  • Kelly Wacker (Art), “Artists as the New Naturalists”

All R&CP proposals are reviewed by the Faculty Development Advisory Committee and its recommendations endorsed by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.