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                                      The College of Arts and Sciences of
                                         The University of Vermont

                                     Application Information for AY 2011-2012
                               Faculty Research1 Support Awards (FRSA) Program,
                            including the Joan Smith Faculty Research Support Award


CAS Faculty Research Support Awards are designed to:

                   support Assistant Professors and new2 Associate Professors in furthering their research;
                   support senior3 Associate Professors and Professors in furthering their research;
                   give preference to Assistant Professors and new Associate Professors;
                   provide funding during the initial phase of a new research project;
                   provide funding for transition projects of faculty who are expanding their areas of research;
                   seed an expansion of extramural funding in the college.

Awards are not made to support:

                   curriculum development
                   faculty education or training
                   service projects, or
                   development of commercial products, including textbooks or electronic teaching materials.

Awards will no longer fund summer salary stipends or expenses for meals


To be considered eligible, projects must address one of the objectives listed above in Section I and be
submitted by eligible tenure-track/tenured faculty members who:

                   will have completed their terminal degree by date of application
                   have primary appointment in the College of Arts and Sciences
                   have not received one of the Faculty Research Support Awards in the last three years
                   are not current members of the Faculty Research Support Awards Committee
                   are not on notice of non-retention for the next academic year
                   will be on the faculty in 2013-2014 (Faculty Research Support Awards are made contingent
                    upon the recipient’s continued service at UVM throughout the academic year following the
                    award year. If a grantee fails to complete this required term of continued service, full
                    reimbursement to the College of all expended funds is required)

  Research is defined broadly here to refer to scholarly products typical of a faculty member’s discipline.
  "New" Associate Professor is defined as having been appointed at the rank of Associate Professor or promoted to that
rank within the previous two academic years.
  "Senior" Associate Professor is defined as having been appointed at the rank of Associate Professor or promoted to
that rank before the previous two academic years.

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The maximum award is $10000; up to five awards may be granted (from a pool of $35,000).
Note: Faculty may concurrently apply for a Faculty Research Support Award along with a Coor Faculty
Development Award for the Humanities and Fine Arts or the College of Arts and Sciences Research Awards
for the Natural and Social Sciences (RANSS). However, if granted a FRSA, they become ineligible for
receiving either of the other two awards in that same academic year. Normally, faculty are not eligible to
receive College RANSS, Coor, or FRSA funding in successive years. However, in unusual circumstances, a
FRSA application for research support in the year immediately following a Coor or RANSS award will be
considered if there is compelling evidence that external funding will result from such an award.

Only one application is allowed from each eligible faculty member; however, more than one faculty member
may submit a single joint application. Awards must be expended between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.
Awards cannot be used for summer salary stipends for the applicant, course release during the
academic year, or reimbursement for meal expenses.
Recipients must submit a brief final report (one page maximum) to the Dean’s Office on their project
by September 30, 2013. Failure to file a final report will make the recipient ineligible for future
Faculty Research Support Awards.


Applications that address the Research Support Committee objectives (Section I) and are submitted by
eligible applicants (Section II) will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

                   Quality of the project being proposed, i.e., originality of proposed research, potential
                    contribution to, and advancement of, the field, etc;
                   Record of the applicant's achievement as indicated by scholarly and creative products
                    related to the proposal under review;
                   Clarity of the proposal. Proposals must be understandable to colleagues who are
                    not specialists in the applicant's field. Applicants are encouraged to seek advice
                    from other faculty before submitting their proposals;
                   Relationship of the proposed project to the applicant's long-term research agenda;
                   Feasibility of the proposed project in terms of reasonableness of the budget and
                    availability of facilities and existing resources necessary for satisfactory completion of
                    the project;
                   Evidence of an articulation of the project with extra-institutional funding availability,
                    where appropriate (this criterion should not be interpreted to mean that proposals in
                    areas where no extramural funding is available will not be given equal consideration);
                   In addition to the criteria above, one Faculty Research Award may be made that
                    must fulfill an additional criterion: the research must address, illuminate or seek
                    to ameliorate a pressing issue of social injustice. This award, the Joan Smith
                    Faculty Research Support Award, seeks to honor the memory of former College
                    of Arts and Sciences Dean, Joan Smith, and is made possible partially through
                    the proceeds of an endowment established by her family, colleagues and friends.


The Faculty Research Support Committee is comprised of one CAS Associate Dean and faculty members
appointed by the Dean from each of the College's four main distribution areas (Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural
Sciences, and Social Sciences). Committee members are ineligible for Faculty Research Support Awards while
serving on the committee.

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Awards are made on the basis of a "collegial," rather than a "peer" review. As stated above, proposals must be
understandable to colleagues who are not specialists, and additional consideration is given to proposals from
Assistant Professors and new Associate Professors. In addition, faculty members have the opportunity to apply to
have proposals considered for the Joan Smith Faculty Research Support Award (See C #13,below).

The Committee will make every attempt to distribute awards equitably across areas of specialty within the
College, however awards will not necessarily be made in all areas


Attached are instructions for completing the application packet. If you have questions regarding the application
instructions, completion of the application, or your budget, please contact the College.

All proposals for awards must be e-mailed as a single Word document attachment (12 pt. Times New Roman
font) to cas+frsa@uvm.edu to arrive no later than 4:30 pm, November 1, 2011 . Applications that are received
after this time will not be considered.


Make every effort to write an application that is understandable to readers from outside of your field. Since
your application will be reviewed and ranked by a committee of faculty from all four academic areas, you
should not assume that committee members are familiar with the significance of a given project to a
particular discipline. Minimize the use of discipline-specific terminology (jargon). It is advisable to have a
colleague critique your draft proposal before submission. Do not include these instructions with your

B. THE APPLICATION MUST INCLUDE: (in a single Word file 12 pt. Times New Roman font)

                       Cover Page (see C below)
                       Budget Form (see D below)
                       Budget Description (see E below)
                       Project Description (see F below)
                       Relevant Bibliographic References (see G below)
                       Identification of Potential External Funding Sources (see H below)
                       An abbreviated c.v. (no more than 3 pages)

C. COVER PAGE Use the enclosed cover page and provide all required information using Microsoft Word
   Times New Roman 12 pt. font.

          # 4 Area:                    Choose the disciplinary area in which you would like your proposal considered
                                       (Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, or Social Sciences)

          # 9 Grant Period:            Start Date: no earlier than July 1, 2012
                                       End Date: no later than June 30, 2013

          #10 Project Title:           Limited to 120 characters

          #11 Abstract:                Provide a synopsis of the proposed project in the allotted space

          #12 Review Boards:           Award recipients are required to secure approval from any applicable review

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                                      board(s) prior to beginning a project.

          #13 Joan Smith Award: Indicate here if you would like your proposal considered for the Joan Smith
                                Faculty Research Support Award in addition to being considered for
                                the general awards available.

D. BUDGET Use the budget form provided. Budgets should not be inflated to reach the $10,000 maximum;
   the Awards Committee will reduce or eliminate proposed expenditures that are not justified.

        For Research Assistants, you will need to specify percent appointment (33% or 50%), rate, time period
         (semester, academic year and/or summer), and cost, which needs to include the university’s 8.7% fringe
         benefit rate.
        For Student Hourly Help, specify the number of students, the number of hours each is to be employed,
         and the hourly rate of pay.
        This program will not fund or supplement the salary of the applicant.
        No more than $1,000 may be requested for any individual non-UVM personnel costs (e.g., consultant).
         List such costs in the Supplies & Expenses category on the Budget Form and explain in the Budget
        In the Capital, Supplies & Expenses, and Travel Categories, list individual items and their costs. Be
         specific. Provide a total for each category in the appropriate space.
        Capital: Include in this category items that have a unit price of $5,000 or more, and a useful life of greater
         than one year. Justify the need and cost for these items in the Budget Description.
        Funds requested in the Supplies and Expenses category will not be awarded for subventions, page charges
         or reprints. Do not include any travel-related expenses here.
        Transfer of funds between categories requires permission of the Dean.
        Funds requested in the Travel category will be provided only for travel directly related to the conduct of
         the research project, not for dissemination of the results of this project or for attendance at conferences or
         professional meetings. Expenses for meals should not be included, they are not funded by this award.

E. BUDGET DESCRIPTION The budget description (maximum length of 1 page) should:

        provide a rationale for proposed expenditures; explain the costs of individual items; explain the role of
         student appointments, including Research Assistant and student hourly help, in the project;
        justify the purchase of Capital equipment; clarify and justify the involvement of non-UVM personnel; and
         describe the source and amount of any other funds committed to the project;

F. PROJECT DESCRIPTION Use the following formatting guidelines for your project description. the
project description may not exceed three single-spaced pages including all supportive materials, e.g., graphics,
illustrations, figures, or pictures.
Be sure to include:

        a description of the research project;
        a discussion of the significance of the research (and relevance for consideration for the Joan Smith
         Award if you want your proposal considered for it as well);
        a precise description of the methodology or system of inquiry;
        a statement of expected outcomes, contributions to the field or discipline, and/or scholarly products;
        a description of how this project relates to your overall research agenda.

G. RELEVANT BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES Literature citations in the Project Description should
be listed on a separate page immediately following the Project Description. The references may not exceed one

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Indicate, as appropriate, potential sources of continued external financial support for your project. You must
provide the following information for at least TWO possible funding sources.

  i.) Funding Agency/Organization.
      -e.g., NSF, NIH, NEH, The Kress Foundation, The Social Science Research Council, etc.

  ii.) Program or Request for Application/Proposal Announcement.
       -e.g., Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF), Abe Fellowship (SSRC), RFA-RM-11-012 - NIH -
Economic Research on Incentives for Efficient Use of Preventative Services (R01), etc.).
      -Include a web link, if available.

  iii.) Funding Available.
      -e.g., $25,000-$250,000 direct costs/year for up to five years, up to $25,000/year direct costs, etc.

   iv.) Application Deadline(s).
      -either the next submission deadline for the indicated program OR (if appropriate) the deadline for your
intended proposal submission to this funding program

  v.) Applicability of this Project to this Potential Funding Source.
     -indicate the suitability of this funding source for longer term funding of this project
     -if NOT suitable, explain why
     -if suitable, describe plans/timing for grant proposal submission

I. C.V. The application should include an abbreviated c.v. of no more than three pages.

REMINDER: Deadline for application submission is no later than 4:30 pm, November 1, 2011.

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          The College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Research Support Awards, FY 2012-2013
                                             Cover Page

  1 Name:                                                 8 Amount
  2 Rank:                                                 9 Grant Period
    At Rank Since (Month/Year):                                Start Date: __________
                                                                End Date: ___________

  3 Department:
   4 Area (Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, or
     Social Sciences):
  5 Other Anticipated Funding:
  6 Scholarly Product:
  7 Years at UVM:
 10 Project
 11 Project Abstract:

 12 Check if your project involves any of the following:
 1 ___ Human Subjects 2 ___Toxic, infectious or carcinogenic/mutagenic material 3 ___ Recombinant DNA
 4 ___ Vertebrate animals 5____Radioactive materials 6 ___ Environmental impacts
 7 ___ Use of UVM off-campus facilities
 8 ___ Additional space , remodeling or construction (Requires chairperson's and Dean's initials)

 13 Check if you would like to have your proposal considered for the Joan Smith Faculty Research
 Support Award in addition to those awards given general consideration ________

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                       College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Research Support Awards
                            Budget: FY 2012-2013: July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013

Category                                Description                         Sub Total         Total
                Research Assistant(s)                                       XXXXXXXX          XXXXXXX
                Graduate    Percent Appointment:                            Cost:
                            Period of Time:
                Under-      Percent Appointment:                            Cost:
                graduate    Period of Time:
                                                            TOTAL: Research Assistant Cost:
                Student     Number of Students:
                Hourly      Number of Hours each is Employed:
                Help        Hourly Rate of Pay:
                                                               TOTAL: Student Hourly Cost:
                                                                     TOTAL ALL WAGES:
Capital: Unit cost $5,000
or more and useful life of
more than one year.
                                                                      TOTAL: Capital Cost:
Supplies and Expenses:
No TRAVEL expenses
here. No page charges,
no reprint costs.
                                                      TOTAL: Supplies and Expenses Cost:
Travel: Funds are
available after 7/1/2012.
Only travel directly
related to conduct of the
research project. Meal
expenses are not covered
                                                                       TOTAL: Travel Cost:
                    GRAND TOTAL ALL PROJECT COSTS (NOT TO EXCEED $10,000):


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