Summer Research Grants
Grants are awarded for research or scholarly work in the sciences and humanities or for artistic/creative endeavors, but not for the development of curricular materials. The Research Advisory Committee will study each proposal and the recommendations accompanying it and make their evaluations based on the following criteria:
- Applicant eligibility; adherence to stated guidelines;
- Value of the proposed activity;
- Probability of publication of the results or, in the case of the arts, potential for performance or display;
- Possibility of future external funding of the proposed research or creative work;
- Opportunity for expanding professional scholarship of the faculty member; and
- Clarity and coherence of the proposal submitted.
Grants are made in the amount of $6,000 paid as summer salary. Successful applicants will be required to submit a final project report upon the completion of the grant period and may also be asked to participate in the RSP Research Presentation Series.
Eligibility requirements are as follows:
A faculty member may not receive the award two years consecutively. Applicants must be employed full-time by WWU for the academic year on a tenured or tenure track position prior to the grant period, and must have a contract or formal agreement of full employment for the year following the grant period. If the award would immediately follow or precede a sabbatical, 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 sabbatical leave. In addition, faculty receiving summer grants can earn no other income from WWU during the summer except payment for a five-credit course or its equivalent, as the purpose of the grant is to provide free time for research. Faculty members may not receive a summer teaching grant and a summer research grant concurrently. Priority will be given to applicants who have not received a Summer Research Grant in the past five years.
Proposals should be written in clear, non-technical language that a colleague from another discipline can comprehend and review fairly.