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Faculty Research Grant Program

The University of Tulsa Faculty Research Grant Program provides funds for faculty seeking to develop proposals suitable for external funding, publication or juried exhibition. Please contact Debra Owen at 918-631-2714 if you have any questions.

Guidelines

Completed applications must be accompanied by a description of the proposed research no more than two or three typed pages. The proposal should be written in language that can be understood by a reader outside the discipline and be signed by the applicant’s Department Chair and Collegiate Dean.

Deadlines

Completed applications must be received at the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, McClure Hall, Room 201, by April 1 in order to be eligible for support during the summer or fall. Announcement of the awards for this period will be made April 15. Applications for the spring period must be received by Nov. 1 with announcement of awards Nov. 15. Special circumstances may warrant a change in the deadline dates.  

Eligibility

Any full-time faculty member (including Instructor), Visiting Assistant Professor or higher, or Research Associate is eligible to apply for research support under this program. Adjunct faculty are not eligible. These grants are intended for, but not restricted to, the support of full-time faculty members on continuing appointment or in a continuing appointment-eligible track. The quality and merit of the proposal, as well as scholarly activity that would eventually yield publication and/or presentation of the results, or proposals for external funding are the key criteria used in evaluating the proposals. Faculty members on sabbatical leave are not eligible for grant support during the sabbatical. A grant recipient may hold only one grant at a time, but may seek additional support the following semester if the proposed work is completed. An applicant who has received an award in the past three years, but failed to submit the required final report, will not be considered for an award. In the case of continuing research, a progress report must be submitted before additional support can be considered.  

Size of Grants

The maximum grant awarded will not exceed $2,500. Requests approaching this maximum amount should be significant proposals and ideally leading toward externally sponsored research. Award recipients have a $4,000 cap on the funds received during one fiscal year.

Coverage

It is assumed that support requested from this program cannot be obtained through other sources; such efforts must be documented on the application form. All grants are to be used to cover research expenses. Costs of clerical assistance, travel, specialized research equipment, supplies, materials and costs associated with inter-library loans are included. The only off-campus expenses permitted are reproduction, duplication, or instrumentation usage.

Compliance

If your project utilizes human subjects, a protocol must have been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or the protocol must be submitted to the IRB at the time of application. If IRB approval has previously been obtained you must include the IRB approval letter with your application. View IRB Institutional Review Board – Protection of Human Subjects policies.

If your research utilizes animals, vertebrates or fish, a protocol must have been approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) or the protocol must be submitted to the IACUC at the time of application. If IACUC approval has previously been obtained you must include the IACUC approval letter with your application. View IACUC – Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee policies.

If your research utilizes infectious agents, select agents and toxins, human or endothermic vertebrate materials (including blood, body fluids, cells and tissues), recombinant DNA, synthetic nucleic acid molecules or transgenic animals, the protocol may require Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) review and approval. Please contact Dr. Estelle Levetin (x2764) to determine if IBC approval is necessary prior to submitting the proposal. The Department Chair must sign indicating that the proposal has been reviewed for these biosafety considerations. View more on the IBC – Institutional Biosafety Committee.

Faculty working with chemicals must attend a Laboratory Standard Training Session once every three years while at the University of Tulsa. Please contact your department for information regarding this training.

Limitations

All requests for support must be in connection with a specific research project. Projects supported may be currently underway or may be in the process of initiation but no expenses incurred prior to the beginning of the grant may be reimbursed. In many cases, work supported under the Grant Program may be oriented toward preparation of applications for support from outside sources. Research directed toward completion of a dissertation will not be supported. Money for food and lodging associated with research travel will not be funded by this program. Money for travel to professional meetings should be provided by individual departments and colleges and will not be sponsored by this program. Scholarly research for the preparation of a manuscript for a book will be considered by the review committee; textbook preparation will not be considered. Incomplete applications cannot be evaluated.

Any publication resulting from a funded project should acknowledge support from the University of Tulsa Faculty Research Grant Program. Books, documents, microfilm, etc., purchased with grant funds should be retained by the University Library upon completion of the research project. Equipment purchased with these funds is also property of the University of Tulsa.

Reporting Requirements

Grant recipients are required to submit a final report to the Office of Research upon completion of the research. In the case of continuing research, a progress report must be submitted before an application for continuing support may be considered.

A final report on the project should include a summary of activities, findings and a financial statement. This report should also include when publications, presentations, performances, shows, or proposals to external funding are planned that is an outgrowth of this research. The status of these proposals to external funding agencies (i.e., funded, declined or pending) should be indicated.