Research, Creative Activities, and Professional Development Funds
Scripps College of Communication
This year the Scripps College will again disburse funds to faculty members to support research, creative activities, curriculum innovation, and professional development. Support will be provided in in six categories: Individual awards; collaboration awards; international travel; faculty working groups; curriculum innovation; and conferences, lectures, and events of College-wide significance.
We intend these to operate as supplements to other available funds and to support activities that connect the interests and areas of expertise of faculty across our five Schools. We are especially interested in ideas and projects that enhance and broaden innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurial ideas in our research, in our curriculum, and in extra-curricular activities. Funding requests for activities that have already been occurring on a regular basis (e.g., attendance at annual conferences) are unlikely to receive funding. The intent of this fund is to enable new approaches and ideas.
The purpose of each award and its specific application procedures are described under each heading. Important general procedures for all of the awards follow under the last heading. Proposals in the individual award, collaboration award, international travel, and faculty working group categories may be submitted at any time. Proposals for College-wide events should be submitted by January 25 for events to be planned for the next academic year.
Research, creative activities, and professional development
Individual awards: The purpose is to support faculty members with the expenses of research, creative activity, and professional development, including any of the normally reimbursable professional expenses (travel, equipment, supplies, etc.). Awards are limited to $750 per project or activity. Requests for funding should (a) describe the purpose of the project or activity (1-2 pages), (b) provide an estimated budget for the project and specify how the proposed funds will be used (1 page), (c) list other sources of funding, (d) include a letter or email from the School Director stating that the School will match funds, (e) attach documentation of IRB approval if applicable. See also the general procedures and conditions listed below.
Collaboration awards: The purpose is to support collaboration among faculty members from different disciplines or sub-disciplines in research, creative activity, and professional development. Preference will be given to teams from different Schools combining unique areas of expertise. Funds may be expended on any of the normally reimbursable professional expenses incurred in the process of collaborative work. Awards are limited to $750 per project or activity, but may be in addition to an individual award if for a distinct and collaborative component of a larger project. Requests for funding should (a) describe the purpose of the project or activity (1-2 pages), (b) provide an estimated budget for the project and specify how the proposed funds will be used (1 page), (c) list other sources of funding, (d) include a letter or email of support from the School Director (no match is required), (e) attach documentation of IRB approval if applicable. See also the general procedures and conditions listed below.
International travel: The purpose is to support international travel for research and creative activities, with priority on the presentation of competitively selected papers or juried creative works. Faculty needing support for international travel for the conduct of research or production should apply to those funds first; this may be a secondary source when funds are available. Awards are limited to $750 per person per year. Requests for funding should (a) describe the purpose of the trip (1-4 sentences), (b) provide an estimated budget, (c) list other sources of funding, (d) provide an abstract of the work, (e) include a copy of letter of acceptance or similar document, if any, (f) include a letter or email from the School Director stating that the School will match funds. See also the general procedures and conditions listed below.
Faculty working groups
To encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and creative activity in emerging areas the Scripps College provides funding of up to $1500 annually for working groups of faculty and students drawn from multiple Schools. The intention is to support innovative work based in cross-disciplinary collaborations and new combinations of expertise. These may be reading groups, production teams, research seminars, clusters or networks of scholars and artists pursuing shared interests through discussion, colloquia, workshops, common readings, visiting lectures, and more. Funds may be used for any normally reimbursable professional expense to support group activities; equipment, books, DVDs, and such purchased with these funds remain the property of the University.
Each funded group is expected to (1) issue an invitation for membership across the College or beyond; (2) meet or host a public event at least once per term; and (3) provide an annual report on activities, including a list of any work or products emanating from the group (applications, submissions, grants, publications, productions, etc.). Application for renewed funding may be submitted with the annual report.
Proposals for faculty working group status and funding should (a) name and describe the purpose of the group, (b) establish its interdisciplinary nature, identify its unique or innovative characteristics, and show its value to multiple Schools or the College as a whole, (c) describe the proposed activities and use of funds, (d) list any other sources of funds, and (e) list faculty members and students who have agreed to participate. Please limit the descriptive parts of the proposal to three pages, double-spaced. See also the general procedures and conditions listed below.
It is our intent to actively foster and promote the infusion of creativity and innovation concepts into the curriculum. This goal encompasses both the content of our classes as well as the delivery methods and pedagogy. Awards of up to $1,000 may be made to assist with the planning and implementation of innovative curriculum activities. Proposals from individual faculty as well as faculty groups are invited. Funds may be requested to bring a curriculum innovator to campus, for materials or software, or for a piece of equipment. Preference will be given to proposals that promise to make a lasting, long-term impact on the curriculum. Requests must (a) detail the planned activities, (b) provide specifics on how the requested funds will be spent, (c) list the courses that will be impacted, and (d) explain how the changes will be sustained long-term. A support letter from the School is required; the support letter must confirm that the proposed changes are consistent with the School’s curricular goals. If a new course is being proposed, a letter of support from the School’s curriculum committee is required.
Conferences, lectures, and events
To encourage new events and activities of College-wide significance, Scripps College provides funding of up to $5000 total for one to three events a year. Our goal is to support events of wide-ranging interest and new ideas generated by faculty working on common interests across our Schools. Funds may be used to support any of the normally reimbursable expenses associated with a notable lecture, symposium, small conference, or similar public event. This fund is not primarily intended to support already endowed activities, annual events, or the other regular activities of the Schools.
Proposals should (a) describe the proposed event, including participants, audience, activities, time, place, and so on, (b) make the case for its multi-School or College-wide significance, (c) provide an estimated budget (may be rough at time of initial application), (d) list other sources of funds, (e) list faculty members and School Directors who have expressed interest, (f) identify any contingencies or special conditions, (g) include CVs or similar information for any proposed speakers. Please limit the descriptive parts of the proposal to three pages, double-spaced. Interested faculty members are encouraged to consult with the Associate Dean while preparing their proposal.
All proposals in this category, for College-wide events, must be submitted by January 25 for a single round of decision making. The Associate Dean will work with the selected faculty groups to plan for the events. See also the general procedures and conditions listed below. Should funds remain, subsequent proposals will be accepted.
General procedures and conditions
Proposals should typically be submitted by a Group I faculty member, or a team led by a Group I faculty member. We recognize, however, the value brought to the College by visiting and part-time faculty. If a proposal is being submitted by a non-Group I faculty member, a letter of support from the School Director is required. The Director should make the case as to how the proposed activity generates long-term benefit for the School.
All proposals should be sent to the Associate Dean, RTVC 497, by mail or in a single email attachment (pdf preferred).
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These funds are intended to supplement other available funds. Faculty members with access to start up funds, endowments, grants, School funds, and so on, should expend those funds first. Regular School travel allotments may be used for matching funds.
Funding during a given fiscal year (July-June) will be granted only once to a faculty member within any one category.
A faculty member may receive support from multiple funds in any given year.
All funding is on a reimbursement basis. A faculty member should submit an expense report or receipts with documentation of funding approval to the School, which will process a requisition for reimbursement.
Funds must be reimbursed prior to the end of the fiscal year. This requires faculty members to file the appropriate paperwork with sufficient processing time, which can vary depending on the nature of the expenditure. Please be in touch with your School’s budget officer and file the paperwork as early as possible—or risk the loss of funds.
We ask that any products resulting from activities supported by these funds include an acknowledgement of support by the Scripps College of Communication.
All expenditures of these funds and associated activities must comply with Ohio University and Scripps College policies and procedures.
Note that equipment, books, DVDs, and such purchased with University funds remain the property of the University.
Listed amounts are for the current fiscal year only; fund size may vary according to funding availability.
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