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FRG dollar values for 2016-17

Kinds of proposals

The Elements of a Proposal

Criteria for Successful FRG Proposals

Electronic Submission



  • All full-time, tenure-track faculty, except faculty on phased retirement, are eligible to apply for an FRG.
  • Full-time adjunct faculty/professors of practice may apply for up to $2,500 for supplies and/or student research support.
  • Department chairs and program directors may receive FRG reassigned time at the Dean’s discretion.
  • Faculty who have not completed and filed an FRG report from their most recently completed FRG are automatically ineligible for a new FRG.
  • Proposals need to include all "elements of a proposal" to be eligible. See "The Elements of a Proposal" below.
  • Proposals need to adhere to the page limits and format to be eligible. See below.
  • Faculty are encouraged to apply for external sources of funding. Outside grants will not reduce or increase the chances of receiving an FRG (except as an indication of well-received scholarship).
  • Faculty who receive "cost-share" funding as part of an external grant or who receive a University Professorship may not also receive an FRG award during the same academic year.
  • Preference will be given to the most meritorious proposals. However, when merit of proposals is considered equal, preference will be given to faculty whose proposals were funded least recently.

FRG dollar values for 2016-17

  • Maximum FRG: $7,284.
  • Maximum LFRG: $10,000.
  • The amounts of the awards are:
  1 unit 2 units 3 units
Reassigned Time Cost $2095 $4190 $6284
Summer Stipend $1910 $3820 $5730


Kinds of proposals

Reassigned Time

  • You may apply for up to three units of reassigned time per year.
  • If you apply for reassigned time, you can also apply for funding for research travel, student research assistants or supplies, for up to $1,000. The FRG maximum is $1,000 over the cost of three units of reassigned time.

Travel for specific research purposes

  • FRG-funded travel must be to conduct research. If traveling internationally, faculty should also request funding through the International Center's International Opportunities Grant program.
  • Travel funding may include transportation, food and lodging.

Research materials or other support to advance a project

  • Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, scientific and art supplies, books, and student research assistance.

Summer Stipend Support

  • Applicants may request funding for summer research, up to the equivalent of 3 units.
  • Please indicate whether you prefer your summer stipend during August 2016 or June 2017 in your proposal.
  • Grant awardees may not teach in the summer school sessions during the summer in which FRG funding is granted.

Large FRGs

  • Up to one Large FRG is available, for up to $10,000. They are intended to support larger-scale projects of particular excellence.
  • LFRGs are intended to support projects with high expenses for materials or other costs.
  • Applicants may not request LFRG funds for reassigned time or summer stipends. Otherwise, eligibility and criteria are the same as above.
  • You may apply for an LFRG and an FRG simultaneously, but may receive no more than one. If you are applying for both, and the proposed research project is different, submit two separate applications. If you only apply for an LFRG, but would like to be considered for an FRG to complete part of the project if the LFRG is not granted, explain that in your LFRG application, and specify what you plan to accomplish if you receive an FRG.
  • Recipients of an LFRG are not eligible to apply for another LFRG the following year.

The Elements of a Proposal

Your proposal must include the following:

  1. A filled-in online application form.
  2. A plan (in pdf format). The plan must include the following sections:
    • Proposal (not to exceed three pages single-spaced, including references).
    • A description of the project.
    • An argument of the project's merits; an explanation of its novelty, timeliness, relevance to the field, originality, etc.
    • A summary of FRG proposals and awards, including a review of FRG research outcomes over the past 3 years.
    • A detailed itemized budget with justification.
    • An abbreviated research CV, no more than 2 pages in length.

The total number of pages for the plan should not exceed five pages, including proposal, references, and abbreviated CV. Be as specific about your proposed research as possible within the page limits. Plans that exceed five pages will not be considered.

  1. A copy of the FRG report you submitted (or will submit) for your most recently completed FRG (in pdf format)
  2. Your Chair will receive notification to review your proposal after submission and notify the committee if departmental circumstances allow for you to receive an FRG. Chairs submitting FRG proposals review and approve their own proposals.

Contact Perla Myers if you would like to see a sample proposal that was awarded an FRG in the past.

Criteria for Successful FRG Proposals

Proposals will be evaluated according to 3 criteria:

Academic Significance

  • Demonstrate the intellectual value of your research and how it contributes to your field, whether its research of discovery, application, integration, or pedagogy.
  • Give an argument of the project's merits; an explanation of its novelty, timeliness, relevance to the field, originality, etc. in a way that a non-specialist can understand.
  • Indicators of merit include: book contracts, accepted publications in peer-reviewed journals, shows and other kinds of creative work, conference presentations, outside sources of funding, awards and other forms of recognition from experts in the field, strong connections to teaching.

Research Trajectory

  • Describe your research trajectory and how the project fits in.
  • The research plan and CV should indicate a strong research agenda in the past, at present, and in the future. If you are establishing a new research agenda, explain the situation and your overall plan.
  • Describe FRG funding received for the past three years, and the specific outcomes. Specify publications, conference presentations, performances, or creative work completed. Demonstrate that you have taken full advantage of past FRG funding.
  • Explain how you will achieve your objectives within the time specified.
  • Note that the responsibilities of all faculty include scholarly and creative achievement. Make sure you explain how the extra time or funds are needed at this time in your research trajectory.

Clarity of proposal and organization of the overall project

  • Remember that your proposal will be evaluated by members of the faculty who are not specialists in your field - write for the non-specialist, making sure that a person outside your field will understand the significance of your project.
  • A strong application will be clearly written and organized, will have a detailed and reasonable budget, and will have all of the elements listed under "The Elements of a Proposal."
  • A strong proposal will articulate goals that are specific and achievable in the period of the FRG and will describe how the goals will be accomplished.
  • If the project is part of a larger whole, provide detailed descriptions of the entire project (e.g. the book or the larger research project). Describe how the specific goals of this FRG fit into the whole.
  • Make sure the research timeline is clearly outlined.
  • Include a detailed, itemized budget with justification.

Electronic Submission Format

  • Fill out the forms as directed.
  • Please upload your research plan as a pdf document, as this preserves the layout. If you need assistance either creating or uploading a .pdf file, please check with your Executive Assistant.
  • The total number of pages for the plan should not exceed five pages, including your proposal and references (up to 3 pages), and your abbreviated CV (up to 2 pages). Be as specific about your proposed research as possible within the page limits.
  • For consistency and ease of evaluation, use font Times New Roman, size 12, and 1-inch margins.
  • Upon submission, your department chair will be automatically notified, and will indicate his/her approval or disapproval of your proposal electronically.
  • Upon submission, you will receive an automatic email confirmation. If you do not receive the automatic email confirmation, please notify Perla Myers immediately.
  • Please hit the submit button only once.
  • For questions or problems regarding the submission process, contact Perla Myers,

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