Special Emphasis

Proposal Deadlines: 

Proposal submission deadlines are the second Friday in March and in October.

Introduction and Purpose: 

The Student Engagement Panel invites proposals from full-time (tenure/non-tenure track), adjunct, and temporary faculty as well as staff. Funds are provided to support opportunities for students to engage in research, creative works and service projects with faculty and/or staff.

The University’s NCA approved special emphasis project of engaging students with faculty has been on going for a number of years but without widespread participation. In order to facilitate the special emphasis, several years ago the Provost made available, through CTEL, monies to support student-faculty engagement activities. With the help of the University’s Undergraduate Research Committee, Student Engagement Panel, and the Directors of CTEL, the fundable activities have been expanded and the proposal submission process has been streamlined.

Eligibility:

Faculty and Staff: Special Emphasis proposals may be submitted by any faculty or staff member, regardless of rank or tenure. Those faculty or staff who are less than full-time, including those with Adjunct Faculty or temporary appointments, must have a full-time faculty or staff member designated as a co-director of the project. Eligible applicants may submit a proposal as an individual or as a member of a project team.

Students: Projects with undergraduate and/or graduate students are eligible for funding. Projects that impact more than one student are encouraged. Be aware that Special Emphasis funding cannot be used to provide graduate assistantship support.

Allowable Expenses:

  • Reassign time for faculty (requires departmental and dean approval)
  • Supplies and/or equipment required in the project
  • Travel expenses related to the proposed effort (for data collection)
  • Student employment during interim, spring break, or summer (renumeration rate is $360 per week per student for full-time participation (max. $3,600/proposal)

Non-Allowable Expenses:

  • Student travel expenses related to dissemination (see Student Travel Funding Program)
  • Tuition
  • Computers
  • Faculty Summer Stipends (see REC or TEC grant programs for Summer Stipends)

Review Process:

An assessment committee consisting of the Student Engagement Panel and the Director of CTEL oversees and makes recommendations on the funding of engagement projects. The Student Engagement Panel consists of faculty (from the past 3 years) who have received either the Caterpillar Inc. Faculty Achievement Award in Scholarship, the First Year Faculty Award in Teaching, or have been appointed/nominated by a College Dean. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the review process within two to three weeks of proposal submission.

Application Submission Process:

Apply in the DocSoup section of your MyBU portal, located at https://carta.bradley.edu/docsoup/login.Be sure to have all application requirements as indicated in the guidelines, including Department Chair and Dean letters of support, ready to attach prior to applying.

Proposal Format:

The application should be single-spaced, single-sided, and written using 12-point font. Applicants may include preliminary information related to the engagement effort. Figures/Tables in the proposal must be clearly legible and understandable. Please note that the proposal should be comprehensible to the review committee which is comprised of academic professionals from a variety of disciplines.

Proposal Required Components:

The key to this RFP is the shared nature of the proposed engagement between the faculty and students. The proposal must demonstrate that the student(s) will make a significant intellectual contribution to the project and will gain positive intellectual growth as a result of the engagement. Proposals without required components will not be reviewed. 

  1. A letter of support from the Department Chairperson or Director AND from the College Dean.
  2. Abstract-The abstract (250 word maximum) should be written to allow the reader to determine the nature of the project and the role of the student participants. The abstracts may be posted on the CTEL web site; in some cases this will require the authors to be cognizant of disclosure issues.
  3. Engagement Plan-Maximum 5 pages (excluding citations). The focus here is to provide the specifics of the research, creative production, or service. It is imperative that the role of the student participants and the associated pedagogical benefits be clearly articulated. 

    Applicants should avoid duplicate submissions to in-house granting programs.

    The plan must include the following criteria (these headings are required):
    1. Describe what you intend to do. 
    2. Describe the role of the student(s). 
    3. Explain why the work is important. 
    4. Describe prior work done in this area by you and/or by others in the field 
    5. Explain how this work will be carried out. 
    6. State the project timeline. 
    7. Explain how you will measure the progress or success of the project (i.e. external grant proposals, presentations, papers, etc.). 
    8. Identify the number of student associates that will be involved (provide names and e-mail addresses if known).
  4. Faculty who have received Special Emphasis funding are eligible to apply within 3 years of receiving a previous award if any of the following apply:
    1. The faculty member has made significant, documented efforts to secure external funding to support their work. 
    2. The faculty member has met with the Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost for Research and discussed the need for funding in a climate where external funding is not available. 
    3. The faculty member has secured external funding for their research and internal supplements are necessary to complete the research project(s).

      If you have been awarded SE funding within the past 3 years based on the above 3 criteria, explain why your current project is eligible for consideration under the Special Emphasis program. Additionally, briefly summarize outcomes from projects funded within the past 3 years. Proposal funding, may be based in part, on the amount of prior funding and outcomes from these previously funded projects.
  5. Budget - Proposals must include a budget with appropriate justification. The awards will provide up to $10,000 from the Special Emphasis Fund. Matching partial funds from the grantee’s department and college are strongly encouraged. Proposals including non-allowable expenses or with imcomplete budgets will not be reviewed.
  6. Human/Animal Research Subjects - The proposal must include appropriate approval of human use or animal use committees if human or animal subjects are used in the research/creative production.

For more information on human subjects, please go to Committee on the Use of Human Subjects in Research (CUHSR).

For more information on animal research, contact Dr. Erich Stabenau (ext: 3012; eks@bradley.edu).

Additional Requirements:

Student participants must present their work in oral or written form to an appropriate academic audience. Students arealso required to present at the Annual Student Exposition. A final report, written with student participation, must be submitted within 30 days after the contract expiration date. The final project report must address the results of the proposed effort and also the benefits of the faculty/student engagement. Failure to submit a final report may adversely affect a grantee's ability to receive future in-house funds from Bradley University.

Should you need additional information or assistance with the application process, contact Kim Willis (kswillis@bradley.edu).

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