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Faculty Development Grants

  1. General Information
  2. Applicant Eligibility
  3. Project Eligibility
  4. Proposal Submission Guidelines
  5. Budgeting Guidelines
  6. Proposal Review Criteria
  7. Post-Award Requirements & Administration
  8. Past Awards & Abstracts

General Information

For fiscal year 2017 (7/1/16 to 6/30/17) and per the collective bargaining agreement between KSCEA and USNH, KSC offers $55,000 in grant awards to provide support for faculty projects. A joint faculty-administration committee develops guidelines, evaluates proposals, and selects recipients.

Faculty may apply for grants of up to $3,000 for individuals or $6,000 for larger collaborative projects. Grant proposals are reviewed three times annually. Submission deadlines for 2016-2017 are:

  • Monday, September 19, 2016 (by 5:00 p.m.)
  • Monday, January 23, 2017 (by 5:00 p.m.)
  • Monday, March 20, 2017 (by 5:00 p.m.)

Committee Membership

Four members of the bargaining unit (at least one from each academic division) will be elected to represent the faculty, and a Dean will be appointed by the Provost to represent the administration. The Office of Sponsored Projects & Research will facilitate the committee process; OSPR staff will not vote on proposals. A member of the Faculty Development Pool Committee may not apply for funds from that year’s pool.

The voting members for 2016-2017 are:

  • Jeanelle Boyer, Health Sciences (x8-2418)
  • Yi Gong, Education (x8-2317)
  • Cynthia Hays, Biology (x8-2527)
  • Margaret Orelup, History (x8-2967)
  • Celia Rabinowitz, Dean of Mason Library (x8-2736)

Applicant Eligibility

  • All individuals covered by the KSCEA collective bargaining agreement are eligible to apply (this may include tenured, tenure-track, and clinical faculty, as well as artists in residence). The key eligibility criteria is whether the individual is covered by the KSCEA collective bargaining agreement.
  • Faculty who have received previous funding may reapply, but they must have completed any prior Faculty Development Fund grant and must have completed final reporting requirements.
  • Faculty who will be on Sabbatical Leave for the time period of the project activities are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants may submit only one proposal for a single grant cycle.
  • All activities must take place after the date of award. Applications for retroactive activities cannot be accepted.

Project Eligibility

  • Projects focusing on curriculum development are not eligible.
  • Applications for conference travel in the absence of a scholarly presentation (i.e., attendance alone) are not eligible.
  • All compliance requirements (i.e. IRB approval, IACUC approval and compliance training) need not be complete by the submission of the proposal, but must be complete prior to the receipt of any grant award.
  • Because each grant cycle sees many more applications than can be supported, the committee has established the following prioritization of the use of funds. Please keep these priorities in mind when proposing projects:
    • Projects that involve new research/scholarship, or those pursuing significant developments in an ongoing research program, are given higher priority than those that do not advance research/scholarship. The term research/scholarship is used broadly here and is understood to encompass creative endeavors for those in the arts or humanities.
    • Funding to support publications resulting from research or scholarly activities will be considered.
    • All else being equal, applications from those without previous FDG support are given higher priority than applications from previous awardees.
    • Due to the large number of travel requests, such requests will be prioritized in the following way:
      • Applications requesting funds to conduct research/scholarship (e.g., travel to a site for data collection; travel for archival research, etc.) will be given higher priority than other types of travel requests.
      • Applications requesting funds for conference travel will be given lower priority. To the extent that the committee is able to support conference travel requests, they will be prioritized in the following way:
      • Higher priority: Conference travel in which the individual will be presenting a paper or serving on a panel in order to disseminate his or her research or scholarly work. Lesser priority: Conference travel involving a poster presentation.

Proposal Submission Guidelines

FDG proposals should be submitted using the FDG Application Form. This form is designed to help you provide the necessary information in the required format. Please download the form to your computer before completing the application. If you have difficulty accessing the form, please contact OSPR’s Internal Grants. Along with the completed form, applicants are asked to submit a resume/CV, as well as any supporting documentation relevant to the project. Please note: All compliance requirements (i.e. IRB approval, IACUC approval and compliance training) need not be complete by the submission of the proposal, but must be complete prior to the receipt of any grant award.

Collaborative proposals should be submitted as a single application. Separate explanations of the project’s impact on the faculty member should be attached for each collaborating faculty member.

Collaborative proposals must designate a project budget manager, who will be accountable for all financial responsibilities.

To assist you in the preparation of your proposal application, several resources are available. These resources include:

  • a brief, 12-minute webinar on How to prepare a competitive Faculty Develop Grant proposal

All proposals must be submitted electronically to OSPR’s Internal Grants by 5:00 pm on the deadline date.

You will receive an email confirmation of receipt. Please contact if you do not receive confirmation within two business days.

Budgeting Guidelines

Allowable Expenses
  • Equipment costs needed to support the specified faculty development proposal
  • Supplies
  • Travel
  • Project related training expenses
  • Other project related expenses-contact OSPR with questions
Unallowable Expenses
  • Salary stipends
  • Equipment requests in excess of $2,500
  • Requests for equipment normally associated with instruction or to be used primarily for instruction
  • Common desktop equipment (including computers)
  • Expenses related to the completion of a terminal degree
  • Visa Expenses

The dollars funding this program are internal dollars, and their expenditure must follow all USNH and KSC policies. Contact KSC Purchasing with questions.

All equipment and supplies purchased with Faculty Development Funds become the property of the College and must relate directly to and/or be consumed by the project.

As per KSC Purchasing and Travel policy, check with the KSC contracted vendors for price quotes for travel:

  • Accent Travel - Pam Bruder, KSC Account Manager (603) 352-3003
  • Milne Travel Services, For Individuals on KSC Business: (603) 357-1104, Toll free number: (800) 225-6415

Faculty are also encouraged to check the Purchasing Office’s Travel website for current information on mileage rates and travel regulations.

Proposal Review Criteria

Members of the Faculty Development Grants Committee read all proposals with the following criteria in mind:

  • Appropriateness of the project for the faculty member and the potential to enhance the professional development of the faculty member, as defined in the proposal.
  • Proposal clearly articulates relationship of project to the faculty member’s professional life, as defined in the proposal.
  • Clarity of the proposal (including following the format).
  • Proposal clearly articulates a vision of future impact of the project (both short- and long-term).
  • Potential for continuation of the project (e.g. further research, subsequent projects that build on this one, potential for pursuit of external funding, etc.).
  • Potential for successful and timely completion of the project and a defined plan for use and/or dissemination of the results.
  • Proposal has a clearly described and reasonable timeline that is appropriate to the needs of the project.
  • Proposal has a clearly described and appropriate budget.
  • Proposal has well justified budget expenditures.
  • Proposal is well written and professionally presented.
  • Proposals will be judged only on information provided in the proposal.
  • At the discretion of the committee, partial funding may be awarded. The committee will not award partial funding if, based on the evidence presented, the project cannot be satisfactorily completed without full funding.
  • The committee may on occasion encourage an applicant to revise and resubmit his/her application for the next competition. This is not a guarantee of funding within the next round. Rather, it is an indication that the committee thought the proposed work held merit but lacked sufficient detail.

Tips for making your application more competitive

  1. Use the required application form, and follow its instructions precisely.
  2. Clearly address the review criteria (as listed above).
  3. Have a colleague (or multiple colleagues) read your application for style, clarity of purpose, and precision. Write your narrative for a general audience, as committee members may not be familiar with your discipline or area of professional study. Applications that are unclear or poorly written are not competitive.
  4. Pay close attention to your budget, ensuring it is both accurate and realistic.

Post-Award Requirements & Administration

  • Award recipients will be notified within 2-3 weeks of application submission.
  • Once awards have been processed, faculty will be notified and given instructions on how to access funds.
  • Projects must be completed and funds be expended within one year of the award. A shorter spending period may be imposed based on project timeline. If additional time is needed the recipient may request a one-time extension of up to 6 months. Requests must be in writing and sent to the Office of Sponsored Projects & Research. A shorter time line may be imposed based on project timeline.
  • Grant recipients are encouraged to disseminate the results of the project to the campus community.
  • At the completion of the project, faculty receiving FDG awards will submit a Final Report, summarizing the outcomes of the grant project and expenditure of funds. Final reports should be submitted within 30 days of the grant closing date (as outlined in the award). Non-submission of a final report will result in future proposals not being reviewed by the FDG Committee.

For Additional Information Contact OSPR’s Internal Grants.

Past Awards & Abstracts

Awards & Abstracts Summary Data
2009-2010 FDG Awards & Abstracts
2010-2011 FDG Awards & Abstracts 2010-2011 FDG Summary Data
2011-2012 FDG Awards & Abstracts 2011-2012 FDG Summary Data
2012-2013 FDG Awards & Abstracts 2012-2013 FDG Summary Data
2013-2014 FDG Awards & Abstracts 2013-2014 FDG Summary Data
2014-2015 FDG Awards & Abstracts 2014-2015 FDG Summary Data
2015-2016 FDG Awards & Abstracts 2015-2016 FDG Summary Data

For Additional Information Contact OSPR’s Internal Grants.

Contact the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research

Please visit our staff page for a directory of contacts for various sponsored projects and research functions.