Faculty Research and Creative Work Fund

Description of the FRCW Fund

Application

Purpose

As part of the ongoing process of faculty professional development at CLU, the Faculty Affairs and Development Committee has access to limited funding to support faculty projects through the Faculty Research and Creative Work Fund.

Eligibility

Ranked faculty, not including lecturer, senior lecturer, adjunct and visiting faculty, are eligible to apply. This funding does not replace external funding, but it may be used by those faculty members who do not have other sources of funding or when those external resources do not fully fund their research/creative project(s). Applications are solicited once per academic year during the spring semester. Those who receive awards will not be eligible for another FRCW grant until their research/work results in a product and four years have passed since they were last awarded a FRCW grant.

FRCW Awards

Funds up to $5,000 per grant are available for faculty research or creative work. Each proposal will be carefully evaluated and priority assigned according to the criteria specified in the accompanying material.

Application Procedure
  1. Applications are to be initiated by faculty members following consultation with their chair and dean.
  2. Applications are submitted on-line through this link and must include a 250- word abstract describing the project and addressing the criteria listed below.
  3. Applications must be submitted by the deadline listed at the top of the application webpage – no exceptions.
  4. Expect email confirmation that your application has been received; if you do not receive such an e-mail within 72 hours of submission, then contact Sam Thomas at sthomas@callutheran.edu to find out the status of your application submission.
  5. FADC will review all applications and determine the awards based on merit and availability of funds. Award notifications will be sent within two weeks after the application deadline.
  6. Recipients of FRCW awards are expected to submit a 2-3 page report to the Dean and Provost upon completion of the project and to present their project at one event, such as the Festival of Scholars or the Faculty Retreat within two years of the award.
  7. Unexpended funds from each award will revert to the FRCW fund.
Allowable Expenses
  1. Equipment, professional services, performance/exhibit related costs, consumables, transcription/translation costs, graphics, participant incentives, and other costs that may vary by discipline.
  2. Travel by the awardee that is associated with data collection or other activities directly related to the project.
  3. Costs of a seminar, course, workshop or apprenticeship costs to acquire knowledge or skills necessary for the project.
  4. Stipends for student research assistants. Stipends are restricted to CLU students and must be coordinated through Student Employment.
  5. Summer stipends for the awardee for projects that occur in June, July, or August may be included. Arrangements for stipends are made through the Office of the Provost.

Criteria

Please address these criteria to support your proposal.

  1. Applicants are responsible for acquiring necessary IRB approval prior to submission; attach approval email(s) or letter(s).
  2. Proposals must be approved by the Department Chair and the Dean, one of whom must provide detailed comments about the merit and feasibility of the proposal (if applicant is a chair, then their Dean or Division Coordinator may provide the detailed comments). Please include a brief, signed approval statement from your Dean.
  3. The proposal and its expected products are clearly defined.
  4. The project is feasible in terms of the total budget and proposed timeline. Note: the total budget may be larger than the FRCW award.
  5. Project expenditures should ideally occur over a one-year period (project year begins June 1st and ends May 31st). However, we will consider applications that require two years to expend the award. The applicant must specify for what and when the monies will be spent. No application will be accepted without detailed projected expenses over the time of the project. All reimbursements to the applicant must be made within the specified period of the award, according to the outlined schedule, or the balance of the projected expenses for that year (either year one or two) will be forfeited.
    PLEASE NOTE: because of the nature of this university funding source, ANY UNUSED FUNDS CANNOT BE carried over from the first year to the second year.
  6. The budget is reasonable and clearly itemized. All equipment and other non-consumables purchased with award funds become the property of the university.
  7. The project clearly advances the applicant’s professional development, research agenda, and is aligned with department goals and the university mission (provide narrative detail).
  8. Proposals from faculty who have applied for external funding but have been denied are particularly encouraged. (Please attach denial letter).
  9. Disclose any internal and/or external funding (i.e. start-up costs, grant funding, etc.) that you have already received for this project and any grants for which you have applied or for which you plan to apply.
  10. Projects associated with a sabbatical project are allowable but given secondary priority.
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