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REGIONAL RESEARCH GRANT GUIDELINES

  1. Regional Research Grants were established to support research or creative work with direct benefit to the North Central Indiana region.
  2. Grant: Up to $5,000 for projects requesting any combination of summer salary and research expenses. Recipients are expected to seek continuing support from sources outside the University. No proposal will be accepted from investigators who have an open Regional Research Grant at the time of application.
  3. Eligibility: Faculty; Must be tenured or have tenure-track appointment at the time of application. No proposal will be accepted from investigators who have an open Regional Research Grant at the time of application.
  4. Deadlines: Proposals will be accepted anytime between August 1 through May 31 of each academic year.
  5. How to Apply: A complete application will include:
    1. Completed and signed Proposal Route Sheet
    2. Abstract
    3. Proposal narrative answering the following questions:
      1. What is the project intended to accomplish (objectives, significance)?
      2. What direct benefit to the North Central Indiana region will be realized by the project?
      3. How does this project fit into current research in the area (include brief lit review)?
      4. What methods will you use to obtain the project's objective or answer the research question? If appropriate include a data analysis plan.
      5. What activities are planned?
      6. What outcomes do you expect? How will the results be disseminated?
      7. What qualifications do you bring to the position as grant director?
      8. What previous grants (IUSB and external) have you received, what resulted from those projects?
      9. What efforts are underway to obtain additional funding for this project?
    4. Detailed budget and budget justification. Include all items necessary to complete the project, including but not limited to summer salary, travel, supplies, equipment, and subcontracts. Indicate budget costs supported by department/division or other sources. Travel rates and other items for budget consideration can be found online at http://www.iusb.edu/~sbres/research/Budget.html. Summer salary requests should be based on the salary rate in place at the time the proposal is submitted, and shall not exceed two months over the period of the grant. Include Fringe Benefits (27% of salary request) as a budget line item (see salary restrictions under H1 and H2 below).
    5. If your research involves human subjects you must include a copy of your IRB approval letter. If you are conducting a survey or questionnaire please include a copy of your instrument.
    6. Two letters of support addressed to the Contracts & Grants Coordinator. At least one letter of support should be from someone able to speak to the benefit of the project to the North Central Indiana region. Letters of support do not require original signatures but should be sent from the author's e-mail account.
    7. Current curriculum vitae (electronic version preferred).
  6. Format:
    1. Electronic proposal submission is required (except for signed route sheet). Staff of the Office of Research (4181) are available to assist in proposal preparation.
    2. Minimum 12pt type, 1 inch margins, and page numbers are required.
    3. It is recommended that the Project Narrative not exceed 5 pages.
    4. It is recommended that the Curriculum Vitae not exceed 10 pages.
  7. Decision Guidelines: Decisions by the Research & Development Committee will be made on consideration of the following:
    1. Strength of applicant's proposal. Keep in mind that the committee is made up faculty members from different disciplines. You should write your proposal so that it can be understood by someone outside of your discipline.
      1. Project's objectives/research questions clearly explained
      2. Extent of direct benefit to the North Central Indiana region.
      3. Significance of project's objectives/research question is clearly and convincingly articulated in the context of extant research/work in the area.
      4. Research method that will be used to address the objectives/research question is clearly and convincingly articulated. 
    2. Strength of supporting letters of recommendation.
      1. The committee attaches special importance to the external letter.
      2. Any internal letter should address not only the proposed project, but also the institutional benefits that may result from this project.
    3. Faculty member's prior record of accomplishment.
    4. Faculty member's efforts to seek external support.
    5. Prospects for peer-review publication, exhibition, performance, etc.
    6. Potential impact on faculty member's career. (In cases of equal merit preference will be given to junior faculty members.)

See the committee’s ranking sheet here.

  1. Restrictions/Conditions:
    1. Faculty must not hold any teaching or other service-rendering appointments during a period for which they request summer salary support.
    2. Faculty who plan to be on sabbatical or teach during the summer must disclose that within their proposal and make note of it in their budget. If you plan to teach one course during the summer you can not request more than $5000 in salary support for research. The total earned from university sources in salary (excluding fringes) can’t exceed $10,000 or 20% of your academic year salary. (See sample budgets).
    3. Faculty who receive summer salary support must continue at IUSB through the academic year following the summer of the grant. If the recipient does not remain at IUSB, the amount of the grant must be repaid.
    4. Regional Research Grants may be used to support sabbatical leave projects.
    5. Grants will not ordinarily be made to fund attendance at professional conferences, unless the proposal demonstrates the conference's relevance to the research project. When requesting travel money, the applicant should clearly indicate that departmental and divisional resources have been pursued and are either not available or being used to partially fund the project.
    6. When funding is obtained from other sources for projects also supported by these IUSB funds, the Regional Research Grant may be reduced by an amount equal to the other funds provided, unless the application makes clear that different costs within the same project are involved.
    7. Because some projects may yield royalties or other income to recipients of these grants, each applicant agrees, as a condition of the grant he or she may receive, to repay the University from such personal income whenever it exceeds $100 in any year. Each year that such income exceeds $100, the recipient is obligated to repay to the University one-half of the amount in excess of $100 until the grant is repaid.
    8. Equipment purchased with grant funds become the property of IUSB.
    9. Acknowledgment of the source of support should be included in any publication resulting from a project supported by these grants. Grant recipients are requested to provide the Office of Research with copies of publications or announcements of presentations or performances resulting from this grant.
    10. Grant recipients are required to submit a report to the Office of Research at the end of the project.

Failure to address all the application materials and questions (see below) may result in the proposal being rejected.

  1. Notification of Action and Handling of the Grant Account:
    1. Applicants will be notified by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the status of their proposal approximately three weeks after the deadline.
    2. A grant must be expended within one year unless an extension is requested and approved by the Research & Development Committee or its designee.
    3. Significant changes in project objectives, procedures, or budget cannot be undertaken without the approval of the Research & Development Committee or its designee.
    4. A closing report must be sent to the Office of Research within one month of the account expiration date. Individuals who have not submitted a report on previous grants will not be eligible for future grants.
    5. After the specified deadline unused funds will revert to a campus account.
    6. These grants will normally terminate when their recipients' appointment at IUSB comes to an end.

URL: http://www.iusb.edu/~sbres/randd/RRG.html
Comments: ezynda@iusb.edu
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