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Faculty Corner: September 2019

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Get the scoop on a unique opportunity for research funding for faculty. Plus, details on a program launched by Project Pericles.

Bridge Funds Opportunity for Faculty

Funded by the Office of the Provost, the Office of Research is excited to announce a new Bridge Funds opportunity. This initiative is designed to incentivize and support faculty to submit competitive proposals to external granting agencies or foundations. Specifically, we will accept applications for bridge funds, which will be evaluated in order of the following priorities:

  • >> First Priority: Faculty who have received external funding in the past, are actively submitting proposals, and need bridge funding to collect additional data and/or continue their research to strengthen their submissions or revised submissions;
  • >> Second Priority: Faculty who have previously submitted proposals, received competitive reviews but were not funded, and need bridge funding to collect additional data and/or continue their research to strengthen new or revised submissions;
  • >> Third Priority: Faculty who have not previously submitted proposals and need funding to collect preliminary data to strengthen a planned submission.  

If you would like to apply for bridge funding, please submit a proposal (three-page maximum) via email by September 6, 2019.

In the proposal, please include the following information:

  • >> A brief description of the work to be conducted;
  • >> How the funding would facilitate the development of competitive grant proposals and increase the likelihood of receiving external grant funding;
  • >> A summary of previous external grant awards and/or submissions in the past two years (for previous submissions, please provide information on the competitiveness of the proposal; e.g., percentile score, review categories, etc., if available);
  • >> A brief budget (maximum $5,000);
  • >> Confirmation that the project is not currently funded through any other internal mechanism (e.g., Scholarly Research, Kenan, start-up, etc.);
  • >> Department chair approval; and
  • >> Attachment of a biosketch (in NSF or NIH format).

There is $5,000 in funding available; there will likely be a single $50,00 award made, put in the faculty member’s scholarly research account.

Recipients of bridge funding will be required to submit a report one year after the award is made. This report should detail how the funds were invested and what they yielded, both scientifically and in terms of productivity (i.e., new or revised grant submissions).

If you have any questions, please email Sally Dickerson, Joan Walker, or Avrom Caplan.

Periclean Faculty Leadership (PFL) Program in the Humanities

Project Pericles is pleased to announce a Periclean Faculty Leadership (PFL) Program™ in the Humanities, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional support from the Eugene M. Lang Foundation. In collaboration with community partners, Periclean Faculty Leaders (PFLs) will design new courses across the humanities that incorporate community-based projects addressing six problems: climate change, education access, immigration, mass incarceration, race and inequality, and voter engagement.

Project Pericles will provide $4,000 for each PFL. The program's goal is to develop a robust program with two cohorts, over two staggered, two-year terms at each of their 31 institutions.

Each Periclean institution is invited to nominate up to three eligible faculty members. All application materials should be emailed to Project Pericles by Monday, September 9, 2019. Award announcements will be made by November 2019 (for courses to be taught in fall 2020 and/or spring 2021).

Interested in applying? For application materials and more information, please email Hillary Knepper.