2015 Faculty Mini-grant Program
Deadline: March 30, 2015
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. Proposals to this program are encouraged from all
four academic schools and Library.
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, 2010 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 of your application.
Types of Support
The New Faculty Mini-Grant Program funds will be considered for items such as
(but not limited to):
- Supplies and expenses necessary to complete
the project (e.g., computers, equipment,
software, payment to research subjects, etc).
- 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
- Travel to conferences or other conference support if
directly related to proposed work
- Consultant fee costs
- Stipends for research staff under certain
conditions. Faculty stipends generally are not
allowed but are reviewed on a case-by-case
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, journal
subscriptions, supplemental awards to existing projects, commercial licenses
and/or memberships, or expenses incurred prior to the date of the award.
Terms and Conditions of Support
- Awards should benefit Salisbury University.
- 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. Should 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 25, 2015. Normally, a one-time only no-cost time
extension request will be considered that has a strong justification.
- If the awardee leaves the university prior to the
completion of the award, funding will be terminated.
- Awardees will be required to establish a measurable goal
for evaluation by the URC. That is, what specifically will the awardee do with the money or the time,
and how will it be determined that the project
goal was met? Possibilities include: work on
larger-scale federal agency proposal, write a book chapter, travel to collect data or build collaboration, conduct a pilot
study, buy 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
before recommendations are provided to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. 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; appropriateness of the budget; and description of
an evaluation plan or process.
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. Summaries of 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 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 Faculty Mini-Grant Program's original
support. Subsequent Faculty Mini-Grant support is contingent upon
receipt of all final reports from any prior Mini-Grant Awards.
The deadline for 2015 Faculty Mini-grant applications is March
Please forward all applications to Donna Knopf (HH-264) at
If you have any questions concerning the application/guidelines, proposal or
review process, please contact Teri Herberger, Director of Sponsored Programs,
Graduate Studies and Research at 410-543-6066 or