Research Council Seed Grants will be awarded based upon the available budget and the evaluation of qualified proposals by the Research Council.
The Vice President for Research will make the final award decision on the grants and announce results in early January 2015. The evaluative comments will be shared as constructive feedback, if requested. The following criteria will be used to evaluate Summer Research Fellowship proposals:
1. CLARITY AND QUALITY OF THE PROPOSAL:
- Is the proposal well written and logically presented?
- Are the ideas and their significance clearly articulated, and in a manner that is understandable and appreciated by a researcher/scholar not in the same discipline?
2. SIGNIFICANCE OF THE PROPOSED RESEARCH TOPIC:
- What is the likelihood that the research effort may lead to something that could have an important influence on the field? (i.e. evidence that the research question addresses a critical barrier to progress in the field) Do the proposed outcomes represent a new paradigm for concepts in this area of research?
- What is the intellectual merit of the proposal?
- Are the methods proposed for conducting the investigation appropriate?
- Do the methods proposed show innovative thinking?
- Will the conceptual framework, design, methods, and analyses yield findings that can satisfy the objectives of the project?
- Does the applicant acknowledge potential problem areas and consider alternative tactics?
4. EXTERNAL SPONSORSHIP OR OTHER VALUE-ADDED OUTCOMES:
- Does the investigator outline clear plans to seek external sponsorship of their work?
- Is it clearly articulated why funding this project is necessary to gain external funding?
- If the proposer is not planning to seek external sponsorship for their future work:
i. Does the investigator explain why such sponsorship is not appropriate or available?
ii. Does the investigator describe what other value-added outcome is planned?
- Preparation of novel databases for scholarly studies.
- Preparation of primary scholarship or creative work for publication, exhibition, or performance (books, artworks, musical compositions and performance); typically these subventions depend on a contract with a publisher, a commission, or a contracted exhibition or venue.
iii. Does the investigator propose a timeline for production of a measurable outcome or product?
5. IF THE PROPOSER HAS RECEIVED A PRIOR SUMMER RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP GRANT IN THE NEW TENURE TRACK FACULTY CATEGORY:
- Was the proposed work satisfactorily completed?
- Were the proposed plans for seeking external funding or developing a value added outcome achieved?
6. THE PROPOSAL IS CONSISTENT WITH THE FORMAT OUTLINED IN THE APPLICATION MATERIALS.
In addition, the following criteria will be used to evaluate Research Grants-in-Aid proposals:
- Are the planned expenditures essential to achieving the proposed work (i.e., can teleconferencing or other tools be used in lieu of travel)?
- Are the proposed expenditures appropriate for Grants-in-Aid funding (i.e., they do not include equipment or supplies normally provided through other budgets)?
- Is the budget sufficiently detailed and are the quotes or estimates realistic and commensurate with the proposed outcomes?
Form for Reporting
The report submitted at the completion of the project should include plans to seek external funding. If there is a proposal for a Seed Grant the following year by the same applicant, the final report on the previous year’s grant, including responses to the two questions A and B under VI, Funding, in Proposal Requirements are used as a basis for evaluation of the proposal.