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Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) Excellence Fund

04-02-2021

Available funding: This is a one-year pilot which will be revisited if more funds will become available in the future.

 

As part of its on-going efforts to support and reward faculty, the College of Arts and Sciences will be offering a number of stipends to recognize college faculty accomplishments in the area of Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activity. The stipends will be offered annually. The stipends can be used as a cash payment (appropriate taxes apply) or research expenditure. The choice is with an awardee.

I. Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) Scholars Transforming Research Symposium (STARS) Awards, stipend.

Historically, the ORSP has recognized the RSCA active faculty with a number of awards that are typically announced at the April STARS celebration. The COAS faculty members who are recognized by the following STARS awards will also be eligible for the following stipends.

  • Best Scholarly Monograph Award: $500 stipend: This award recognizes the best scholarly monograph published by a faculty member within the previous three years.
  • Best Creative Work Award: $500 stipend: This award recognizes the best creative activity produced by a faculty member within the previous three years.
  • Prestigious Fellowship Awards: $500 stipend: This award recognizes faculty who were on a prestigious fellowship, as defined by the National Research Council, during the previous fiscal year.
  • High-Impact Research Article Awards: $500 stipend: This award recognizes faculty who were authors within the past five years of a high-impact research article, as measured by total Web of Science citations. In the College of Arts and Sciences, one award is given for the arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
  • Faculty awarded patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office. A stipend of $500.
  • Principal investigators with 5 years of continuous funding. A stipend of $500.
  • Principal investigator with 10 years of continuous funding. A stipend of $500.
  • Principal investigators who obtained funding of $250,000 or more in the previous fiscal year. A stipend of $500.
  • Platinum Star Award: This award recognizes principal investigators who have obtained cumulative sponsored funding of $1,000,000 or more over their career at the University of North Florida. A stipend of $1000.
  • Millionaire Star Award: This award recognizes principal investigators who have obtained sponsored funding of $1,000,000 or more in the previous fiscal year. A stipend of $1000.

The selection of this particular awardees rests with ORSP. However, these stipends as well as all other RSCA excellence fund stipends will be announced on or before December 1 of the awards' year.

II. Top Book Stipend

A stipend of $500 for publishing a book in the top-rated* publishing agency. A total of tree such stipends will be given in one year.

 

The stipend will be paid when the book is officially and finally accepted for publication. Revisions, resubmissions, and conditional acceptances will not count until the publication is fully accepted or appears in print.

 

Co-authored book will be treated as if each author were independent, i.e. each COAS co-author will receive the full stipend.

 

The stipend will only be made for publications that are original research publications. Case studies, pedagogical books will not be eligible.

 

This stipend can be combined with the ORSP STARS award stipend.

III. Top External Grant Stipend

A stipend of $500/grant-or-fellowship for receiving a competitive research grant the external funding agency. The award shall have a budget of at least $50,000/co-PI. Gifts and contracts are not eligible for the stipend. This stipend can be combined with the ORSP STARS award stipend.

 

Grants received between July 1 of previous calendar year and June 31 of current calendar year are eligible for the stipend.

IV. Top Artistic Competition Stipend

A stipend of $500/competition for wining in the top-rated juried exhibition or performance*. A total of tree such stipends will be given in one year.

V. Open access publication fees

If additional funding will become available in the future the Dean's office will pay 50% of the open access fee for a publication accepted to the top-rated open access journal. The remaining 50% will be covered by the faculty home department or through the faculty IPD fund. This funding will be distributed on the first come, first served basis.

 

*Every year ORSP awards Best Monograph/Artistic Scholarship award. The award is selected by the committee that is put together by the COAS Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement. The committee finished its deliberations before the STARS ceremony in April. The same committee will select the Best Book and Best Artistic Competition stipend awardees. The committee will consist of representatives of the nominees' departments.

 

The number of available stipends depends on the available funding as well as the number of eligible applicants. The number of potential ORSP STARS stipends will typically be knows in the spring semester, which will give the dean's office sufficient time to assess the amount of funding that will be available for the remaining RSCA excellence fund stipends. This information will be communicated to the review committee prior to the committees' deliberations in the fall semester.

 

The following procedure should help identify the Top Book/Artistic Competition awardees:

  1. Every October 1st, the faculty member who wishes to be eligible for the Top Book/Artistic Competition stipend submits a short written review of the book/competition to their department chair that makes the case for why they should be considered for the stipend.
  2. The books published between October 1st of previous calendar year and October 1st of current calendar year and the competitions that took place between October 1st of previous calendar year and October 1st of current calendar year are eligible.
  3. On or before October 15 the department chair will review and rank the departmental requests. By October 15 the chair will forward the ranked requests to the Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement.
  4. Immediately after receiving these requests, the Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement will forward the requests to the Best Monograph/Artistic Scholarship Award selection Committee. If needed additional committee members will be added to the committee to assure representation of all the applicants' disciplines. The committee will review the applications and select the awardees who will be announced on or before December 1st of current calendar year.