Eligibility Criteria and Restrictions for Internal Grant Programs
Faculty Scholarship Awards (FSA) and Student Engagement Awards (SEA)
All full-time Bradley University employees are eligible for SEA as long as the project has a scholarly component that allows the student(s) to present their findings at the Student Scholarship Expo.
Individuals cannotsubmit proposals to both the SEA and FSA programs in any given competition cycle. (This includes both PIs/PDs and Co-PIs/Co-PDs.)
No PI/PD or Co-PI/Co-PD may have more than two active awards (SEA, FSA, or PEG) at any given time. If a PI/PD or Co-PI/Co-PD has two active awards, one account must be closed and the necessary reports filed before they are eligible to apply for another.
The earliest that a SEA or FSA grant recipient can apply for additional funds from the same program is 18 months after an award’s start date.
Before previous award recipients are eligible to apply for subsequent funding in a given program, they must close their award account and submit a final report describing the outcomes of the project.
Funds from SEA and FSA grants will be available to the recipient(s) for up to 18 months after the agreed-upon start date for the project.
The purpose of funding is to provide resources for Bradley employees to complete the project within the award period. The grant cannot be used to replenish the department or unit’s supplies, and the majority of the award budget must be spent before the final months of the project.
Additional requirement for ALL requests for Student Support (FSA and SEA Programs):
Only current full-time degree-seeking students at Bradley University can be supported by funding from OSP. Recent graduates, non-degree-seeking students, students from other Colleges or Universities, etc., are not eligible.
Award recipients are responsible for ensuring that students engaged in OSP-supported projects present their findings at the annual Student Scholarship Expo. Projects proposing service/outreach activities must have a scholarly component that allows students to present at the Student Scholarship Expo.
Funding from OSP awards may be used during a sabbatical leave. However, grants that include student support can only be used during a sabbatical if student engagement is one of the objectives of the approved sabbatical leave project. The Chair/unit leader’s letter must address this issue, or the proposal will not be considered.
Proposal Enhancement Grants (PEG)
All full-time Bradley University employees are eligible for PEG awards.
No PI/PD or Co-PI/Co-PD may have more than two active awards (SEA, FSA, or PEG) at any given time. If a PI/PD or Co-PI/Co-PD has two active awards, one account must be closed, and the necessary reports filed before they are eligible to apply for another award.
Before previous recipients of PEG awards are eligible to apply for subsequent funding from this program, they must close the previous PEG award account.
If the PI/PD(s) or Co-PI/Co-PD(s) previously received funding through this award program and did not submit the promised product, it may negatively impact the prospect of receiving future funding.
Student Travel Awards (STA)
Only current full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate students at Bradley University may apply. Graduating students may apply as long as their travel takes place before graduation.
Funds can only be used for travel expenses necessary for students to present, perform, or exhibit their work at a peer-reviewed/refereed/juried conference, event, or professional meeting (not just attend).
Students may not receive STA funding more than once in a given academic year, and preference will be given to first-time applicants to ensure that more students benefit from the opportunity to present/exhibit their work.
Recipients of awards must present or exhibit their work at the annual Bradley Student Scholarship Expo within one year of their travel dates. (The work may be presented at an EXPO prior to travel, if appropriate).
Each student requesting STA support must complete an application.
Departments/Colleges/Units must provide at least a 1:1 match to support the student’s travel. Only funding for expenses that are allowed by this program can be used as the match. (For clarification, coverage of non-allowable costs, such as membership fees, food, etc., cannot count toward the cost-match obligation).
Applicants must provide evidence of acceptance to present, perform, or exhibit work at the event (i.e., confirmation e-mail or letter, URL for or copy of the publication that lists the name(s) of the student presenter(s)).
A Bradley faculty/staff mentor must endorse the student’s application and accept oversight of the student travel grant if awarded. The mentor will be issued the award on behalf of the student(s) and must sign the award agreement before OSP will execute the award.
• Funds are limited; therefore, it is unlikely that OSP will be able to fund all requests during a given academic year.