Summer Research Grants

The purpose of this program is to provide faculty with time to engage in projects that will result in significant contributions to their professional development and field of research, scholarly or creative work.

The Research Advisory Committee makes funding recommendations to the Vice Provost for Research, and periodically reviews policies for awarding grants.

Eligibility

To be eligible, faculty applicants must be employed full-time by WWU for the current academic year and have a contract (or formal agreement of full employment with the university) for the academic year following the grant period. Priority will be given to tenured and tenure-track faculty members. Summer Research Grant recipients cannot earn additional income from WWU during the summer (except payment for a five-credit or equivalent course or an equivalent amount from external funding). If the award would immediately follow or precede professional leave, it should be clarified in the proposal what will be accomplished during the summer, as distinct from the project undertaken or to be undertaken during the professional leave. Faculty may not receive this award in consecutive years. Priority will be given to quality applications of faculty who have not received the award in the previous two-year period. Faculty members in their first year are not eligible as the university offers summer support to first year faculty. Faculty members may not receive a Summer Teaching Grant and a Summer Research Grant concurrently.

Evaluation of Proposals

Research Grants are awarded for research, scholarly or artistic/creative endeavors, but not for the development of curricular materials. The Research Advisory Committee will use the following rubric when assessing the value of the proposed activity by judging how well the faculty member justified their project based on the following criteria.

 


Criteria (as applicable to the project/discipline)

Weak 

Limited

Strong

Excellent

N/A

Value of the proposed activity?

1

2

3

4

 

Probability of publication of the results or, in the case of the arts, potential for performance or display?

1

2

3

4

 

Possibility of future external funding of the proposed research or creative work?

1

2

3

4

 

Opportunity for expanding professional scholarship of the faculty member?

1

2

3

4

 

Clarity and coherence of the proposal submitted?

1

2

3

4

 

 

The committee also considers the recommendations of the Chair and the Dean in its evaluation.

General Guidelines

Applicants should not assume that the reviewers are familiar with the details of their scholarly work and should offer sufficient background information to assist the reviewers. In addition, applicants must indicate if the activity can be accomplished during the summer. If the activity cannot be completed during the summer, then applicants must demonstrate that there is other support to sustain the continuation of the scholarship over the year.

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