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Faculty Research Grants

Proposals for Faculty Research Grants for the upcoming academic year are due on March 20. Ten copies of your proposal must be submitted through the department and dean of your college to the Faculty Research Committee Chair.

Progress reports from faculty members who received Faculty Research Grants the previous year are due March 1. These progress reports are also to be forwarded to the Faculty Research Committee Chair.

In order to facilitate the review process, the Committee now requires that any progress report for a grant awarded in the immediately preceding academic year, also be attached to any current research proposal submission.

Questions regarding this call for proposals or progress reports should be addressed to the Faculty Research Committee chair.

GUIDELINES FOR RESEARCH PROPOSAL FORMAT

The following guidelines reflect the minimum requirements that applications must meet in order to be reviewed by the Faculty Research Committee:

I. Summary Information for Research Proposal Submission

The Research Proposal Submission Form is provided by the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. Please note the faculty member's department head and dean must sign the checklist included with the summary information, indicating the support the department or college can give to the proposed research project. Research Proposal Submission Form.

II. Detailed Line Item Budget

The detailed line item budget should be on its own page and printed on colored paper for easy recognition by the members of the Faculty Research Committee. Budget requests should not be inflated and should minimize expenditures for equipment. The Faculty Research Committee reserves the right to modify line items in a budget request. If the principal investigator/research coordinator is conducting research with another academic institution, agency, etc., the amount of funding from that participating body must be indicated. Any changes made in the budget during the grant period that exceed $200 in any one category or object code must be approved by the Chairperson of the Faculty Research Committee. The line item budget should be in the following format:

Permanent Equipment

Expendable Supplies and Equipment

Travel
No funds are available for travel to attend meetings for the purpose of papers. Such requests should be submitted to the University Travel and Self Improvement Grant Committee. Travel funds in the research project will be allocated for direct research or data collection purposes only. Such funds will be allocated in accordance with university travel policies.


Miscellaneous Costs
This category includes such items as duplication, photographic work, interlibrary loans, etc. Student research assistants will be paid at standard University rates. Funds requested to pay for statistical analysis or self publication will not be allocated.


Total Amount Requested (sum of items A-D above)

Justification
If a line item costs $500 or more, please provide justification and specify the impact that the purchase of the item may have on future research activities for the investigator and colleagues.

III. Literature Review and Associated References

If it is appropriate to the discipline and the nature of the project, please provide a summary of scholarship relevant to the project proposal (limited to 3 pages).

IV. Schedule of Events

All funds must be expended within the 12 month period beginning October 1 of this year and ending September 30 of next year. Note that expenditures made before or after this time period do not qualify for reimbursement.

For each of the following, give an approximate date of completion in terms of months from date of the award: (1) data gathering, (2) data analysis, (3) data synthesis, and (4) final draft of paper.

V. Potential Outlets for Reporting Research Results
Indicate the intended vehicle for dissemination and/or to what professional organization/society the work might be presented.

VI. Ethics
If humans or live animals are to be used in the research, specify guarantees included to meet National Science Foundation and U.S. Government standards for humane treatment, as well as requirements set forth in the University's Policies and Procedures Manual. If using human subjects, funding of the research is contingent upon approval of the University Board for Research using Human Subjects (IRB). Documentation of approval by the University Board for Research Using Human Subjects must be submitted to the Faculty Research Committee Chair before final approval can be granted.

VII. Applicant's Curriculum Vitae for each Researcher

VIII. Copy of Prior Year Progress Report
It is imperative that the Committee ensure that prior awards are resulting in successful outcomes. Therefore, if you received a faculty research grant from this Committee in the prior year, please include a copy of your progress report. To facilitate the review process, please attach the report even if you have previously submitted it to the Faculty Research Committee Chair. See Faculty Research Progress Report format in these guidelines.

OTHER GUIDELINES FOR RESEARCH PROPOSALS

TESTING OF HUMAN SUBJECTS
Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the policy on the use of human subjects in research, which applies to any research activity using human subjects that is directly or indirectly supported by Jacksonville State University. Institutional Review Board (IRB) policy applies to all constituents of the university - faculty, administration, staff, students, and contracted consultants.

For more information, please visit the "Human Subjects Review" link on the Academic Affairs web page.

SUBMISSION DEADLINES

Deadlines for submissions of proposals are published yearly by the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, on behalf of the Faculty Research Committee. Proposals are evaluated by the Faculty Research Committee, which then recommends funding to the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.

FUNDING LIMITATIONS
To support a diverse population of researchers, a general limit of $3,000 is placed on each proposal. However, proposals exceeding this limit, which have exceptional quality with possible broad benefits to the University, will be considered. A faculty member is limited to the submission of one proposal as a principal investigator per year.

Awards are made for the current fiscal year. A one-year funding of a multi-year research project does not guarantee future funding. No research projects will be funded when the principal investigator/research coordinator fails to submit a summary report detailing the results of previously-funded research projects. Principal investigators are also encouraged to seek external funding, citing the University's funding as endorsement of the research.

STUDENT WORKERS
Students involved in research projects may receive monetary compensation or academic credit, but not both. Student workers assigned to the project but not receiving academic credit will be paid at standard University rates. The preferred option for involving students in the project is to award academic credit rather than monetary compensation.

EVALUATION OF PROPOSALS
The Committee places a high priority on proposals from new faculty and faculty who have not previously received a faculty research award. Applications for funding of projects that were funded in a prior year are discouraged. The Committee encourages proposals submitted by teams of researchers across departments. If a proposal is submitted by a committee member, the proposal will be evaluated in the absence of the committee member.

It should be noted that Faculty Research Grants are considered "seed money," and that review of applications places stress on the originality of applications in their approach to the research topic. Applications that appear to duplicate previously-funded projects will not be considered.

After all proposals are evaluated, the recommendations of the Faculty Research Committee will be forwarded by the Chair to the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs for approval. The principal investigator will be notified in writing of the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs' decision. Members of the Committee will not discuss recommendations with the principal investigator or other parties outside of the Faculty Research Committee. Any questions should be referred to the Chair of the Faculty Research Committee.

APPEAL
The principal investigator/research coordinator may appeal decisions that represent a denial of funding to the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. A formal written appeal must be filed within 14 days after notification of the decision not to fund a research project has been received.

REVOCATION OF GRANTS
In the event that the terms of the approved proposal are not implemented, grants may be revoked in full or in part by a majority vote of the Faculty Research Committee, with final approval by the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. Prior consultation/correspondence with the principal investigator/research coordinator is required before revocation can be implemented. Any principal investigator/research coordinator leaving the faculty of JSU shall notify the Faculty Research Committee. Revocation of the grant is automatic under such circumstances.

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/RESEARCH COORDINATOR
The principal investigator/research coordinator must be a full-time member of the JSU faculty. The principal investigator/research coordinator is the sole individual responsible for all aspects of the research project. Title and responsibility for a project may be transferred from a principal investigator/research coordinator to another individual by means of a formal written request from the principal investigator/research coordinator to the Faculty Research Committee. An affirmative majority vote of the Committee is necessary to recommend the transfer. Final approval of the transfer must be made by the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.

EQUIPMENT PURCHASE
Once the project has been completed, all equipment, books, and other materials purchased for the project become the property of the University. Although equipment may be purchased to support research efforts, a thorough search of University inventories will be conducted before requesting equipment in a proposal. Proposals that appear to be designed specifically for the purchase of equipment (e.g., personal computers) will not be recommended for funding. The sharing of equipment is strongly encouraged.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The principal investigator/research coordinator shall acknowledge the support of a faculty research grant by citations in published works. However, such acknowledgments in no way reflect the view of the Faculty Research Committee or the University.

IMPORTANT REMINDER
TEN COPIES OF THE PROPOSAL MUST BE INCLUDED OR THE PROPOSAL WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED


GUIDELINES FOR FORMAT OF FACULTY RESEARCH PROGRESS REPORT

The principal investigator/research coordinator must provide the Chair of the Faculty Research Committee with a brief description of the project's results and a list of publications or other evidence of accomplishments resulting from the sponsored research. The report is due by March 1. An additional copy of the progress report should also be attached to the research proposal if the principal investigator/research coordinator files for another research grant in the next year.

For example, a research grant funded for the 2013-14 year would require a progress report to the Chair of the Faculty Research Committee by March 1, 2014. In addition, if the principal investigator/research coordinator wishes to file for any research grant for the 2014-2015 year, an additional copy of the progress report for the 2013-2014 research should be attached to the back of the 2014-2015 research proposal submission. Note that the copy accompanying the next year's proposal submission is an abbreviated version of the report in that it can omit copies of the publications as described in Part IV below.

Failure to submit progress reports will result in a cessation of funding for future research projects. The following guidelines reflect the minimum requirements for the faculty research progress report:

Name

Brief Description of the Status of the Research Project

Listings for the Research (if applicable):

  • Research Papers Presented at Professional Meetings
  • Presentation listing(s) should be in the format: Author name(s), Date of presentation, Title of paper, Organization/society where paper was presented, City and state where presented.
  • Citations of Works Published from the Research
  • Citations should be in the format: Author name(s), Year of publication, Title of paper, Journal, Volume (if applicable), Pages of journal
  • Other Evidence of Accomplishments

Copies of all Publications from the Research
  • Copies of publications are only necessary for the separate progress report submitted to the Faculty Research Committee Chair. If not available at the time of the submission of the progress report, an offprint or photocopy from all publications resulting from funded research must be forwarded to the Faculty Research Committee Chair. Copies of publications are unnecessary for the copies of the progress reports attached to the next year's research proposal submission. See Part IX of Guidelines for Research Proposal Format.

THE FACULTY RESEARCH COMMITTEE

The Faculty Research Committee consists of full-time faculty members nominated by the Faculty Senate and appointed by the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. Members serve for three-year terms with one-third of the Committee replaced annually.

The primary functions of the Faculty Research Committee are as follows:

  • Encourage and promote scholarly research/creative endeavors in all academic disciplines.
  • Establish and maintain procedures to solicit and evaluate internal research grant proposals.
  • Forward recommendations regarding funding and support to the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.
  • Make an annual report to the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs on the effectiveness of the JSU Faculty Research Grant Program and to make recommendations for improvement.
  • Review applications for faculty research recognition and make recommendations for recognition to the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.
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