Guidelines for Faculty Development Fund Proposals

The Faculty Development Fund provides modest support for focused faculty development research projects, "seed money" for new research initiatives to help obtain results or confirm ideas that can become part of a research proposal to an outside granting agency, and for creative endeavors. This fund is restricted to faculty holding Regular Faculty Appointments (Faculty Handbook page 2, category D. 1) and Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Appointments defined as Open-ended Term Appointments: Lectureships, Professors of Practice and Full-time Research Professorships (category D. 2. b) [see faculty handbook pages 2 and 3 for details on the nature of these appointments]. An amount of approximately $10,000 is available for each academic year.

The typical award is expected not to exceed $1,500. However, proposals for modestly larger amounts will be considered. Applications should be brief (limit: 3 typed pages) and should include:

• a description of the proposed activity,
• its significance in terms of faculty development or planned grant proposals,
• its benefit to the faculty member’s individual development, the department, and the university.
• an itemized budget

The description of the proposed project should be written in plain language, free of jargon (or clearly explained when it is necessary to use specialized terminology). It is highly likely that the proposal will be reviewed by individuals who have no specialized knowledge of an applicant's area of study. Applicants are expected to describe the significance of the project in non-technical, non discipline-specific terms. Put another way, the proposal should be written for an educated audience of non-specialist peers. Applicants are strongly urged to obtain comments from colleagues outside their disciplines before submission.

Evaluation criteria include:

• Capacity of the project to generate additional resources through subsequent external funding.
• Logical role of the project in individual faculty development.
• Contribution of the project to departmental and university goals.
• Capacity of the project to support links between student development and faculty scholarship.

The application must be accompanied by a properly endorsed Notice of Submission Form (copy attached). If the proposal for development involves an institution outside of the University a supporting letter must be obtained from the outside institution. Funds in this program will not be available for salary supplementation, but can be used to support research assistants under certain circumstances. If student support is requested, fringe benefits must be included in the budget request (undergraduate fringe is only added in summer). Title to equipment purchased with Faculty Development funds rests with the University.

Please submit your proposal and the signed submission form via email to FacultyDevelopmentFunds@clarku.edu . We prefer a single pdf file which includes both the submission form and proposal using the following filename format: yourlastnameFD14.pdf. If scanning is not possible, email your proposal and send the submission form via snail mail to: Faculty Development Funds, c/o Diane Sainsbury, Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, Room 300, Geography Building. The applications will be reviewed by the Research Board and the Dean of Research. The application deadline is January 15th, 2014 at 4 p.m. Decisions will be announced by late February.

When a project is completed, or within three months of the end of the funding period, a final report must be submitted to the Dean of Research. This report should describe the outcomes of the project as well as any plans to pursue external funding. If applications for additional funds have been made, please list the name(s) of the agency/foundation, and the status of the applications.

Download the Submission Form