Deadline: October 7th, 2021 at 5 p.m.
Award Period: All awards will begin January 1. The award duration is 12 months.
Deadline: March 3rd, 2022 at 5 p.m.
Award Period: All awards will begin July 1. The award duration is 12 months.
Research Excellence Fund (REF) - Research Seed Grants (RS)
REF-RS grants are designed to provide research faculty (including research scientists, engineers, and research assistant professors) and untenured, tenure-track academic faculty who have been in their current position with Michigan Tech for less than six years with additional resources to develop an externally supported research program. Teams of untenured faculty in one or more academic units are encouraged to submit joint proposals.
Typical REF-RS projects will develop preliminary data to be used in subsequent proposals to outside funding sources, support pilot studies developing new research methods or procedures, or support other activity leading to the development of an externally recognized and funded research program. The report submitted at the end of supported REF-RS projects should include a description of proposals submitted to external funding agencies based on the work supported by the REF-RS Grant.
REF-RS grants may be up to $40,000 per year, with an expected average award of $30,000 per year.
Research Excellence Fund (REF) - Scholarship & Creativity Grants (SCG)
The REF Scholarship and Creativity Grant (SCG) provides support to encourage faculty to engage in scholarly research, learning, and creative activities to enhance professional development. SCG awards primarily support scholarly projects undertaken by faculty in disciplines identified by the National Science Foundation as “non-science and engineering fields.” These are primarily within the arts, education, business, humanities, and some social science disciplines. (As with all REF awards, applicants are expected to explore all other opportunities for external funding prior to applying for an internal research award.) Support required to launch and complete scholarly projects in these areas is more often in the form of travel to off-campus sites, and networking (activities typically less costly than laboratory research).
Grants will range up to $15,000, with an expected average of less than $10,000.
SCG awards are meant to stand alone; they are not supplements to or replacements for departmental general fund expenditures or other existing funding programs (startup, grants and contract cost-share, C2E2, student support, etc.)
SCG awards are intended to allow faculty to undertake the following (and similar) activities:
- Initiation of a new scholarly or creative activity, or completion of such a project, whether for individual investigator projects or collaborative teams. Research projects may involve writing books and research articles. Funds for such activities as archival data collection, site visits, interviews, and manuscript preparation will be given priority over editorial assistance and indexing, and scholarly monographs will have priority over textbook projects and preparation of articles for scholarly journals.
- Travel support for research related activities, educational workshops and training programs related to the scholarly interests of the proposing faculty (This support should not be for attendance at a professional conference or meeting the PI normally would attend.).
- Acquisition of databases and other computer software and research equipment if justified for the specific project.
- Art performances, exhibits, or other creative and artistic activities within the applicant’s field of study.
- Efforts to initiate collaborative research teams. Such proposals must identify the specific actions to be supported in attempts to build working relationships in support of specific projects. It is expected that the outcome of such awards will include proposals to external sponsors; proposals must identify clear strategies for seeking future external funding. Collaborators cannot have worked together on previous grants or publications. The committee will give precedence to the creation of interdisciplinary teams. Budgets must be especially clear about activities to be supported, and must justify the activities that will advance development of successful research or creative collaborations.
- Grants will support other activities contributing to personal scholarly research and development, such as publication costs.