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Funding Opportunities

Faculty Professional Development Funds
Scripps College of Communication

October 2016

This year the Scripps College will again disburse funds to faculty members to support research, creative activities, teaching and curriculum innovation, and professional development. Support will be provided in in five categories: 

  • Individual awards: $750
  • International travel: $750
  • Collaboration awards: $1,000
  • Interdisciplinary faculty working groups: $1,500
  • College-wide conference, workshops, events: $5,000


This funding is intended as a supplement 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 our research, our curriculum, and our extra-curricular activities.

The purpose of each award and its specific application procedures are described under each heading. Deadlines and important general procedures for all of the awards follow under the last heading.
 

Funds for individuals and small groups

Individual awards:  The purpose is to assist faculty members with the expenses of research, creative activity, teaching and curricular development, or professional development, including any of the normally reimbursable professional expenses (travel, equipment, supplies, etc.). The maximum award is $750 per project or activity.
Requests for funding must include:

  • a description of the purpose of the project or activity (250 words). Professional development requests should explain how the project will provide long-term benefit.
  • an estimated budget for the project specifying how the proposed funds will be used (1 page)
  • a list of any other sources of funding
  • a letter or email from the School Director stating that the School will match funds
  • documentation of IRB approval (if applicable)

See also the general procedures and conditions listed below.

International travel awards:  The purpose is to support international travel related to research and creative activity. Priority is given to awards supporting the presentation of completed and competitively selected peer-reviewed papers or juried creative works. Awards may also be made as a secondary source for faculty needing support for international travel for the conduct of research or creative activity, if funds are available. Awards are limited to $750 per person per year.
Requests for funding must include:

  • a short statement describing the purpose of the trip (1‐4 sentences) and an abstract of the work (150 words)
  • a copy of letter of acceptance or similar document (email from programming chair is acceptable); if not available, indicate when notice is expected
  • an estimated budget specifying how the proposed funds will be used
  • a list of other sources of funding
  • a letter or email from the School Director stating that the School will match funds.

See also the general procedures and conditions listed below.

Collaboration awards:  The purpose is to support collaboration among faculty members across Schools in the College in research, creative activity, and curricular development or teaching. Preference will be given to teams from different Schools combining unique areas of expertise. Funds may be used for any normally reimbursable professional expenses incurred in the process of collaborative work.
Awards are limited to $1000 per project or activity, and may be in addition to one or more individual awards if the request is for a distinct and collaborative component of a larger project.
Requests for funding must include:  

  • a statement describing the purpose of the project or activity (1-2 pages)
  • an estimated budget for the project specifying how the proposed funds will be used (1 page)
  • a list of other sources of funding
  • a letter or email of support from each faculty member’s School Director  (no matching funds required)
  • documentation of IRB approval if applicable.

See also the general procedures and conditions listed below.

Faculty working groups
To encourage interdisciplinary scholarship, creative activity, and leadership in teaching or curricular development in emerging areas, the Scripps College provides funding of up to $1,500 annually for working groups of faculty and students drawn from multiple Schools. The intention is to support innovative work based in cross-School inter-disciplinary collaborations and new combinations of expertise. Examples may include 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; note that any supplies (including equipment or media), 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) host at least one College-wide or public event related to the project;  (3) provide an annual report on all 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 must include:

  • the name of the group and a description of the group’s purpose and proposed activities (1-2 pages)
  • a rationale describing its interdisciplinary nature, identifying its unique or innovative characteristics, and demonstrating its value to multiple Schools or the College as a whole (1 page )
  • a list any other sources of funds
  • a list of faculty members and students who have expressed interest or agreed to participate.

See also the general procedures and conditions listed below.

Conferences, lectures, and events
To encourage new events and activities of College-wide significance, Scripps College provides funding of up to $5,000 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.
All proposals in this category, for College-wide events, must be submitted by  November 18 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.
Proposals must include:

  • a description of the proposed event, including participants, audience, activities, time, and location (1-2 pages)
  • a rationale demonstrating the event’s multi‐School or College‐wide significance (1 page)
  • an estimated budget (may be rough at time of initial application)
  • a list of other sources of funds,
  • a list of faculty members and School Directors who have expressed interest
  • any contingencies or special conditions
  • CVs or similar information for any proposed speakers.

Interested faculty members are encouraged to consult with the Associate Dean while preparing their proposal.

DEADLINES
Proposals in the individual award, collaboration award, and international travel categories must be received in the office of the Associate Dean by 5 p.m. on:

  • Friday, November 4 for fall semester funding
  • Friday, March 31 for spring semester funding.
  • Monday, May 1 for summer funding (Please consult with the Associate Dean regarding summer money; funds which will be spent after June 30 will normally be considered a grant for the following year)


Proposals for faculty working groups or college-wide events must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, November 18.

 

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.
  • Group II faculty members may also apply. If a proposal is being submitted by a Group II faculty member, a letter of support from the School Director is required. The Director’s letter should address the ways that the project is consistent with the faculty member’s terms of appointment and how the proposed activity generates long‐term benefit for the School.
  • All proposals should be sent by campus mail or in a single email attachment (pdf preferred) to the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Research & Creative Activity in the Scripps College of Communication.
  • Please double space with normal margins and font sizes; keep proposals within the page limits listed above.
  • 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. School travel/development allotments may be used to meet matching fund requirements.
  • Funding during a given fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) 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.


Rev. 10/12/2016

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