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Guidelines

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Eligibility

FRG dollar values for 2014-15

Kinds of proposals

The Elements of a Proposal

Criteria for Successful FRG Proposals

Electronic Submission

 

Eligibility

  • All full-time, tenure-track faculty are eligible except faculty on phased retirement.
  • Full-time adjunct faculty may apply for up to $2,500 for supplies and/or student research support. Adjuncts may not apply for reassigned time or travel expenses.
  • Department Chairs and Program Directors may receive FRG reassigned time at the Dean’s discretion.
  • If you have not completed and filed an FRG report from your most recently completed grant you are automatically ineligible for a new FRG.
  • Proposals that do not include all "elements of a proposal" will be automatically considered ineligible. See "The Elements of a Proposal" 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.
  • An FRG for reassigned time may be used in the same semester as other forms of reassigned time (e.g. for preceptorials or phased retirement) at your Chair’s discretion.
  • 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 2015-16

  • Maximum FRG: $7,020.
  • Maximum LFRG: $10,000.
  • 3 units of reassigned time costs: $6,020; 2 units of reassigned time: $4,010; 1 unit of reassigned time: $2,010.
  • Summer stipend: $5,490. The dollar value of the summer stipend may vary slightly depending on future costs of benefits.

Kinds of proposals

Reassigned Time

  • You may apply for up to one course of reassigned time per year.
  • You may apply for reassigned time plus funding for travel, student research assistants or supplies, up to $1,000. The FRG maximum is $1,000 over the cost of reassigned time.

Travel for specific research purposes

  • 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 $5490.
  • Applicant may not teach in the summer school sessions in the summer in which FRG funding is granted.
  • Please indicate whether you will take August 2015 or June 2016 funding in your proposal.

Large FRGs

  • Grants are available 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.
  • 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:

  • An abstract
  • A plan (in pdf format). The plan must include the following sections:
        • Proposal (not to exceed three pages single-spaced).
        • A description of the project.
        • A summary of FRG proposals and awards, including a review of FRG research outcomes over the past 3 years. See "Record of research achievement" below.
        • A detailed itemized budget with justification.
        • An abbreviated research CV, no more than 2 pages in length.

        Total number of pages for the plan - not to exceed five pages, including proposal and CV. Be as specific about proposed research as possible within page limits. Plans that exceed five pages will not be considered.

  • A copy of the FRG report you submitted (or will submit) for your most recently completed FRG (in pdf format)
  • Department Chair's approval on-line (submitted independently by the Chair). Your chair will receive notification to review and approve your proposal after submission. Chairs submitting FRG proposals approve their own proposals.

Contact Perla Myers pmyers@sandiego.edu 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 4 criteria:

Academic Significance

  • Demonstrate the intellectual value of your research, whether its research of discovery, application, integration, or pedagogy.
  • 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.

Record of research achievement

  • The research plan and CV should indicate a strong research agenda in the past and at present.
  • 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.

Organization of the overall project

  • A strong proposal will articulate goals that are specific and achievable in the period of the FRG.
  • 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.

Clarity of proposal

  • 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."
  • Please note that your proposal will be read by members of the faculty who are not specialists in your field - write for the non-specialist.

Electronic Submission

  • Fill out the forms as directed. Please upload your research plan as a pdf document, as this preserves the layout. See directions on submission page.
  • Upon submission, your department chair will be automatically notified, and will indicate his/her approval or disapproval of your proposal electronically. If you need assistance either creating or uploading a .pdf file, please check with your Executive Assistant.
  • 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, pmyers@sandiego.edu

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