The Dean's Research and Scholarship Fund was created to provide funding for faculty research activities. The Research Fund was created by allocating a portion of CAS travel funds for the specific purpose of supporting faculty research. The fund was created in 2019 after Academic Affairs effectively doubled the per-faculty travel fund allotment allocated to member departments. The total amount of the Research and Scholarship Fund for the 2019-2020 academic year is $25,000.
A committee appointed by the Dean serves in an advisory capacity reviewing proposals and making recommendations to the Dean regarding the amount of funding. The committee's goal is to provide substantial supplementary funds to support Arts and Sciences faculty who need additional funds to create or complete a research project.
PRIORITIES (in order) for this fund are:
- Original research to be defined as inquiry leading to peer-reviewed publication in appropriate journals, presentation, artistic creativity, patents, or licensing research that advances the state of knowledge or applications within a specialized field or academic discipline.
- Undergraduate research that engages students and faculty in shared inquiry.
- K-12 or community outreach activities.
Individual funding awards to a faculty member will be $5,000 or less and can be used for travel, archival research, lab equipment, laboratory exploration or analysis, data sets, oral history or interviews, or other such purposes common to research across the disciplines of the College of Arts and Sciences. As the funds will encompass primarily or exclusively state dollars, appropriate restrictions of use and accountability measures will be applied. IRB approval may be required where appropriate.
The committee will give higher priority to tenure-track and tenured professors who have not yet reached the rank of professor, since these faculty have greater need for professional opportunities to complete, publish, and present their research.
APPLICATION & APPROVAL PROCEDURES
To request supplemental funding, faculty should provide a:
- Research budget
- Research plan to include a calendar of proposed activities, goal(s) of the research proposal, and expected timeline to peer reviewed publication or other such outcome.
- Curriculum vitae
Items should be emailed to Janet Gentes (Janet.Gentes@uncp.edu). Proposals will be evaluated by the Dean’s Research and Scholarship Committee, which will make recommendations to the Dean. International travel may also require approval by the Chancellor.
Priority will go to requests submitted by October 31. Expenses will be expected to be incurred within 21 days of the close of the fiscal year. Faculty members are strongly encouraged to submit requests by the October 31 priority deadline to allow the committee to allocate funds early in the academic year. If there is money remaining, the committee will review requests on an as-needed basis.
NOTIFICATION OF DECISION
The dean’s office will arrange appropriate notification for the department chair and faculty member.