Agenda Item FA 15-10

Submitted by the Faculty Affairs Committee

Summer Scholarship Grants Proposed Policy

03/05/15: Passed

04/07/15: Approved

Summer Scholarship Grants Proposed Policy

 

Rationale:
A number of faculty members have won the Summer Scholarship Grants multiple times. The FAC indicated that one of the intentions of winning a Summer Scholarship Grant is to provide opportunities for research development by all faculty members and to support and encourage the development of external grant funding.

Recommendation:
The FAC recommended that the availability of the Summer Scholarship Grants should be limited for faculty members who already have received a previous award. The FAC recommends that Assistant Professors be allowed to receive a Summer Scholarship Grants once every 2 years, Associate Professors, once every 3 years, and Full Professors, once every 4 years. The timeframe restriction should be determined by the rank of the faculty member at the time of application.

Note: This restriction might not be appropriate for the Summer Teaching Grants and Summer Proposal Development Grants.

 

 


For Reference:

Chapter 7: Faculty Development

 

7.4   Grant Programs

The Office of Academic Affairs provides support for faculty through the following grant programs:

  1. Summer Scholarship Grants support research, scholarship and artistic endeavors at UNF.  Academic Affairs regards it as important for the well being of the university that these grants be widely distributed across the university=s disciplines, and that their use benefit the reputation of the University as well as the individual scholar or artist.  Tenured and tenure-earning faculty members are eligible to apply.  These grants are competitively awarded to the most meritorious proposals, providing a $7,500 stipend to selected faculty members for their use in the Summer A term.  For eligibility restrictions, application procedures, and other pertinent information, view the Provost’s website.
     
  2. Summer Teaching Grants support faculty in developing improved or innovative instructional strategies for use in current or new courses.  These proposals may focus on technology-based innovations or other forms of instructional innovation/improvement.  They may extend current University or college initiatives, such as the development of Web-enhanced courses or the use of learning communities, or examine other methods of strengthening the University=s curricular offerings.  The Office of Academic Affairs regards it as important for the well-being of the University that these grants be widely distributed across the University=s disciplines.  Preference is usually given to proposals that will be implemented during the academic year when application is made.  Instructors, tenured and tenure earning faculty members are eligible to apply. These grants are competitively awarded to the most meritorious proposals, providing a $7,500 stipend to selected faculty members for their use in the Summer A term.  For eligibility restrictions, application procedures, and other pertinent information, view the Provost’s website.
     
  3. Summer Proposal Development Grants support and assist faculty with the development and submission of proposals for major programs of external funding.  Grants will be made to faculty or faculty teams for development/preparation of one or more proposals which are to be submitted to funding agencies during the summer or fall term.  Funds can be used to pay a stipend to faculty member(s) or can be used for travel to a meeting specific to the proposal, for materials, for student assistance or other expenses related to proposal development.  Tenured and tenure-earning faculty members are eligible to apply.  These grants are competitively awarded to the most meritorious proposals, providing a $7,500 stipend to selected faculty members for their use in the Summer A term.  For eligibility restrictions, application procedures, and other pertinent information, view the Provost’s website.
     
  4. Undergraduate Research Award Program funds up to a maximum of $500 to undergraduates who wish to conduct independent, scholarly or creative projects.  Each grant recipient must have a faculty sponsor, who will receive remuneration of $1000 (in addition to the $500 that is available for the student award) for guiding the grant recipient=s scholarly or creative project.  The faculty remuneration can be received as salary or as expense money to fund equipment purchases or travel.  The student remuneration can be used only as expense money.  Student grant recipients will be expected to undertake research projects for a minimum of three hours of directed independent study academic credit.  If students wish to receive more or less than three hours of academic credit for their research projects, then students should make a formal request for special academic credit as part of their grant application.  For Additional information please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research.  

For more information, interested faculty should contact the Office of Academic Affairs, (904) 620-2700, which administers these programs.