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Research Resources Program

Objective

The Research Resources Program supports access to, upgrade, repair, or acquisition of material items necessary for research and scholarship—including access to source materials or acquisition of special collections for research projects (maximum award $8,000). For travel to or acquisition of special collections, priority will be given to those projects that have secured extramural support. Instrument upgrade or repair, or instrument purchase will also be considered. Highest priority will be given to shared or shareable resources.

Eligibility 

Full-time humanities, social sciences, and sciences faculty members are eligible to apply.

Budget 

Maximum award is $8,000. Awards may be used as matching funds on extramural proposals. Travel expenses permitted only if travel is directly associated with the use or acquisition of the resource.

Applications 

Preliminary information about the intended application and an initial budget must be submitted by January 16, 2013 (send to clowe@kent.edu). Preliminary information must include the title of the intended incentive program, name/department of PI, name(s)/departments of Co-PI(s), and a tentative project title.  A detailed preliminary budget (in Excel or Coeus PDF format) is also required. Full applications will not be accepted unless this requirement met. 

Applications will be accepted by the College beginning January 9 and will remain open until 5 pm February 6, 2013.

Applications will be reviewed by the College Area Planning Groups for each disciplinary cluster, who will recommend to the Dean, who will make final awards.  

Research Resources & Tools Awards Application Guidelines 

Preliminary information & an initial budget are due no later than 5 pm January 16, 2013. Full applications will not be accepted unless this requirement met.

A full application is due no later than 5 pm February 6, 2013 and must be approved by the applicants' department chairperson(s); regional campus faculty must also obtain approval by the campus dean.  Include updated CVs (2-3 pages maximum) for all participants. Submissions may be electronic (send to clowe@kent.edu) or hardcopy (send to Cathy Lowe, 113 Bowman).

Applications must be comprehensible to non-specialists and emphasize the importance of the area of investigation. The application must contain the following sections and be presented in 11-point Times/Times Roman or Arial, single spaced, with 1" margins.  

  1. Cover Page Use the Cover Page PDF on this site; obtain necessary signatures. For collaborations across multiple departments, approval must be obtained from the chair of each department represented. 
  2. Summary (one page maximum): provide an overview of the purpose of the funding request.
  3. Research Project Description (two pages maximum): describe the significance, purpose, and contribution of the research to the discipline; describe how the funds will be used to support the research project, and how the funds may enhance research opportunities for other faculty or students.
  4. Outcomes (one page maximum): describe the likely outcomes for the research project, including venues for publication or extramural funding.
  5. Budget: a detailed budget (in Excel or Coeus PDF format) for all planned expenditures.

A follow-up report will be due 4 weeks after the expenditure is completed.

Funding decisions will be based on the following criteria: project description, significance, potential for publication or extramural funding, shareable resource, clear tangible outcomes, and appropriate budget. Recommendations from the College Area Planning Groups will be presented to the Dean, who will make final awards. 

All award decisions are final.  All awards are subject to the availability of funds. The right to not fund awards in any or all categories or to cease offering these awards at any time is reserved, as is the right to partially fund proposals for less than the amount requested. Normally, funds awarded for this incentive should be expended before the end of the fiscal year. For spring 2013 Research Resources Program awards, funds should typically be spent by April 30, 2014.

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