Research Grant

Research grants for scholarship are intended to support the scholarly work of all full-time, continuing faculty as they advance their professional careers. Funds can be used for course release, for expenses to travel to research sites, attend a conference or workshop, and/or purchase supplies, but not capital equipment, defined as equipment costing more than $3,000. Three levels of support can be requested for a project (see further description below under Awards).

TENURE-TRACK FACULTY may be supported a maximum of twice during the pre- tenure period, without intervening application for external funding. These applications would typically be funded at Level 1 (up to $4300 for one semester); requests for higher levels of funding should be well justified because of the potential negative effect of the number of course releases on tenure. Pre-tenure faculty may not apply for Level 3 funding. Faculty applying for a second pre-tenure award must file a final report showing evidence of successful completion of the prior project before reapplying

Research grants awarded to TENURED FACULTY are designed to support faculty engagement in and continuation of their current scholarly work, in new directions in their scholarship, or for large, multi-year projects. The support requested for this award must be justified by the scope and merit of the project and may vary from Level 1 to Level 3. Level 3 awards may not be used in conjunction with sabbatical leave during the same academic year or during the preceding or following semester. Level 2-3 Post-tenure RG awards are limited to once every three years. Tenured faculty may seek Level 1 RG support for writing an external grant proposal more often than every six years, but funding is dependent on the number of higher priority proposals submitted during that cycle (see below for priority in grant awards).

Other full-time faculty with documented research expectations may apply for any level of support, in consultation with their department Chair or Dean.

Application Deadline: Proposals must be submitted by 4 p.m., on February 1, for support the following academic year(s) or summer. Funds are not available until after July 1 of that year.

Final Report Deadline: Final Report is due October 1 of the year following completion of the project.

Awards: There are three levels of support for scholarship:

  • LEVEL 1: up to $4,300 in any one semester (e.g., completing a manuscript for publication; analysis of data leading to presentation at a professional conference)
  • LEVEL 2 up to $8,600 in one semester or over a year (e.g., for larger-scale projects, such as several book chapters, or multiple manuscripts resulting from analysis of data)
  • LEVEL 3: up to $12,900, three course releases over two years (for advanced scholars, who have not yet achieved the national reputation of a University Scholar, but have established a significant track record of publishing)

The basic amount, $4,300, represents the cost of a replacement adjunct for one course release. Applicants should negotiate with their department chairs and dean to determine whether to apply for an expense award (e.g., for supplies or travel) or course release, or a combination of the two, and the level of the request. All applicants need to carefully justify how much they request. NOTE: Requests for travel funds are not normally awarded, unless they are specifically related to the research project.

Application Process: The RG application must be filled out completely, including a narrative that addresses all of the criteria for evaluation of the grant proposal, a timetable for the project, bibliography, and curriculum vitae in the required format. Applicants for this grant must demonstrate how the proposed activities will enhance their own scholarly development. In addition, they must carefully justify the level of support for the requested funds. Applications must also include a letter of support from the applicant's current Chair or Dean. The applicant must fill out the top portion of the Chair/Dean Letter of Approval document and send it to the Chair/Dean for completion. The application deadline is 4 p.m. on February 1; complete applications should be e-mailed as one Word or PDF format document to the Faculty Development Center (facdevctr@stthomas.edu).

Selection Criteria: Proposals should be written in a way that minimizes disciplinary jargon as much as possible (if necessary to include, provide definitions) and is understandable for a non-technical reviewer. They will be judged on the basis of the quality of the narrative and the applicant’s ability to convincingly justify the requested level of support. Applications from current recipients of an FD or other grant for the same project are not encouraged.

Priority for funding: For proposals of similar merit, priority for RG awards has been established by the Faculty Development Committee as follows:

  1. Untenured and has never had a Research Grant or any other UST research funding.
  2. Tenured but has not had a Research Grant or any other UST research funding within the past three years.
  3. Untenured and has had previous RG funding, and/or other sources of UST research funding.
  4. Tenured and has received RG funding within the past three years and/or other sources of UST research funding, but is applying for external funding for the research project.
  5. Tenured and has received RG funding within the past three years and/or other sources of UST research funding.
  6. Tenured and untenured current recipients of an FD or other grants for the same project.