2014 Faculty Mini-grant Program
Deadline: March 21, 2014
The Salisbury University Faculty Mini-Grant Program provides awards up to
$2,500 to encourage faculty to develop research, scholarly, or creative programs
that provide the potential for sustained professional development and extramural
Additionally, the program is intended to support faculty in areas that
traditionally have difficulty securing funding to increase their research and
scholarly activities output.
Researchers, scholars, and artists from all academic
disciplines, who have been appointed as tenure track faculty
(assistant professors or higher) are encouraged to submit their
proposals to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research for
initial consideration. The University Research Council awards
grants based on creativity, scholarly and/or research
significance of the proposed activities. Awards may be used for
supplies, equipment computers for field data collection,
domestic and international travel, consultant fees and more.
Eligibility is limited to Salisbury University employees only. Priority will
be given to tenure and tenure-track faculty, but all faculty, researchers,
scholars, and artists are encouraged to apply. Principal investigators (PIs) who
have been awarded external funding (excluding start-up funds) totaling more than
$100,000 since July 1, 2009 are not eligible. Also, if you have previously
received a Mini Grant award, the outcome of that prior award may be considered
in the evaluation.
Types of Support
The New Faculty Mini-Grant Program funds will be considered for items such as
(but not limited to):
Personal computers for field data collection
Domestic and international travel and other related
expenses for field work, data
collection, training, educational purposes and/or
presentations on research, creative or
scholarly activities directly related to
the proposed project
Travel to conferences or other conference support if
directly related to proposed work
Consultant fee costs
Faculty salary equivalent to one Fall/Spring course
All requested support must be accompanied with a strong justification of how
it would contribute to achievement of the purpose(s) of the project.
Funds cannot be used for the following: classified staff salaries, publication
of manuscripts and journal subscriptions, supplemental awards to existing
projects, commercial licenses and/or memberships.
Terms and Conditions of Support
Awards should benefit Salisbury University.
A subgroup of 2 or more members of University Research
Council (URC) will evaluate and
rank applications to determine awards.
Individual awards will be up to a maximum of $2,500;
proposals for smaller amounts are
encouraged and will be equally competitive.
Appropriateness of the budget will be a significant factor
in the selection process.
the budget submitted to the URC be reduced during the course of
conducting the research
or project timeline, a revised scope of work/budget will
be required of the PI.
Protocols for human subjects, animals and/or biosafety
activities do not need to be
approved before the submission date, but must be
reviewed and approved by the award
The awards will be funded for a 12-month period beginning
May 26, 2014. Normally, a
one-time only no-cost time
extension request will be considered that has a strong
If the awardee leaves the university prior to the
completion of the award, funding will be
Awardees will be required to establish a measurable goal
for evaluation by the URC.
is, what will the awardee do with the money or the time?
Possibilities include: work on
larger-scale federal agency proposal, write a
book chapter, travel to collect data or build
collaboration, conduct a pilot
study, by equipment for enhancing a lab, etc.
Review Process and Criteria
Complete applications will undergo preliminary review by the Office of
Graduate Studies and Research, and then forwarded to the URC for evaluation.
The URC recommendations will be based on the originality, creativity, scholarly
and/or research significance of the proposed activities; its feasibility;
availability of adequate facilities; appropriateness of the proposed project to
the program’s purpose; and appropriateness of the budget.
Proposals that have been judged to represent the beginning of a sound,
significant, and long-term project and that have solid potential for significant
external funding or portfolio development will be given highest priority.
Awards will be announced by early spring. The URC reviewers’ comments
for both awarded and denied proposals will be provided to the PIs.
By accepting this award the PI agrees to submit a final report to the Office
of Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. This report will
allow the university to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.
The final report deadline is 12 months after the project period has
ended. The report will document any publications, presentations, exhibitions,
media coverage, sales or marketing, projects, papers, proposals/awards or other
accomplishments that resulted from the New Faculty Mini-Grant Program's original
The deadline for 2014 Faculty Mini-grant applications is March
Please forward all applications to Donna Knopf at
If you have any questions concerning the application/guidelines, proposal or
review process, please contact Dr. Clifton P. Griffin, Dean of Graduate Studies
and Research at 410-548-3549 or