Provost Faculty Research Grant Application


The Office of the provost through the Center for Teaching Excellence solicits proposals for faculty research grants. These grants are designed to support projects that demonstrate significant potential to attract external funding.

Eligible projects: Faculty or faculty/student research projects that have a strong potential for generating future external funding and can be completed within the grant period (April 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011).

Eligible participants: Faculty members holding full time appointments who are not on sabbatical during the grant period.

Grant period: April 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011. All funds must be disbursed before June 30, 2011.

Level of funding: $3,000

Number of anticipated awards: 4

Deadline for proposal submission: March 8, 2010

Preparing the Application

Applicants are encouraged to consult with MU grants expert Doris Lyons on any aspect of the grant writing process. She can be reached at ude.tnuomyram|snoyl.sirod#ude.tnuomyram|snoyl.sirod or 703-526-6978.

The application consists of:

Project summary may not exceed 1 single spaced page in font not less than 11 pt font. The summary is a brief overview of the proposed project. Write so that a layman can understand the project. The reviewers of your proposal may not know your field or discipline well, so avoid jargon and clearly state:

  • The problem or need your project addresses
  • Key personnel
  • Project goals and objectives
  • The key components of your project
  • The anticipated results or possible outcomes
  • The intended audience
  • Targeted plan for seeking external funds

Project narrative may not exceed 3 single spaced pages using not less than 11 pt font. Describe what you plan to do and include:

  • References to current literature (doesn’t have to be comprehensive but should indicate your knowledge of the issues involved in your project)
  • Work plan and timeline for completing project
  • Potential challenges and how you will address them
  • How you will disseminate the results of your work, e.g. Innovations 2011, web-site, professional conferences, publications, etc.

Evaluation plan may not exceed one page – Explain how you will measure the success of your project.

Budget – The following items are allowable costs.

  • Salary for faculty
  • Compensation for students (limited to $10 per hr)
  • Fringe benefits – must be calculated on all compensation at the rate of .0765
  • Travel – (Consult Marymount University travel policy for mileage rates, air or train travel allowable expenses). If travel represents more than one third of the budget, provide detailed justification.
  • Supplies including photocopying, consumable laboratory supplies, printing and publication costs

Equipment which is defined as an item costing $750 or more with a life expectancy of three years or more is not allowable.

Bibliography may not exceed one page.

Future – Please include a detailed plan for obtaining external sponsor support for the project. This should include evidence based on research into likely funding agencies and the extent of possible funding.

Criteria for Funding

Reviewers will consider the following in making recommendations for awards.

  • Does the proposal clearly identify a need within the investigator’s field?
  • Are student responsibilities and anticipated learning outcomes clearly identified?
  • Does the proposal cite current literature?
  • Are students involved in the project in a meaningful way?
  • Are the workplan and timeline realistic?
  • Will the evaluation plan provide valuable information regarding the project?
  • How effective is the dissemination plan?
  • Is the budget appropriate for the work proposed?
  • Plans for future funding: what is the likelihood that the proposed project will be able to secure external funding, and at what level? How does this project fit with the potential sponsor(s) mission and plans?
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