Faculty Development and Research Committee: Submitting competitive proposals

Towson, Md. (September 29, 2010): On September 24, a session was held to provide interested applicants with information on how to prepare successful proposals for the upcoming Faculty Development and Research Committee (FDRC) October 15  deadline. The session, led by Kimberly Katz, the new FDRC Chair, and Mary Louise Healy, ex-officio member, started with an overview of the guidelines. Over the past summer the FDRC worked to refine and update the application process. The new application forms are available at Katz encouraged applicants to review them carefully and emphasized that applications not meeting the submission requirements would not be reviewed by the committee. “We are reminding faculty that they should take this application process very seriously and prepare it like they would an external funding submission,” stated Katz. “Applications that are non-compliant will not be reviewed." 

With that in mind, below are important highlights and suggestions to keep in mind while preparing your application:

  • Applicants should refer to and use the new application and guidelines located at Old or outdated applications will not be accepted.
  • One original and one copy of the application packet are required on or before October 15th. The original must be signed by both your chair and dean, whose role is to certify the validity of the research proposed for Research grants or the enhancements proposed for Teaching Development grants. Late or unsigned applications will not be accepted.
  • Project narratives are limited to three pages. Proposals exceeding three pages will not be reviewed.
  • Budgets should be carefully justified. As a reminder, faculty time during the academic year cannot be funded.  The FDRC does not fund travel to attend or present at conferences. Travel costs are permitted when the travel is necessary for the research. When requesting funding for students, justification should demonstrate student participation in the research project.
  • Collaborations are encouraged but not required and projects are not more or less likely to be funded if presented as collaborative projects. Letters of support/collaboration should be included in the appendix of the application, as appropriate. The committee will want verification that collaboration exists or that the faculty member has access to the resources indicated in the application when an outside participant is involved.
  • Approvals for the use of human subjects or animals are not required at the time of submission. If funded, however, projects requiring approval will not receive funds until grant recipient submits approvals.
  • Prior awardees with outstanding final reports will not be funded. Please contact OSPR if you need to check the status of prior awards.
  • It is highly recommended that applicants have colleagues both in and out of their field review the application for input prior to submission. Applicants are also encouraged to contact their college FDRC representatives to discuss their proposals. Often they can provide invaluable feedback. A list of current FDRC members is available at

Due to reduced funding, it is highly unlikely that faculty will be funded twice within an annual grant cycle; therefore, projects funded under this cycle are not likely to receive additional funding under the summer and fall grant cycles. Please keep this in mind when determining when to submit.
Under the latest FDRC revisions, new deadlines have been established. Applicants seeking funding for the spring should submit an application by the October 15 deadline. Those seeking funding for the summer should submit by the February 1 deadline and those seeking funding for the fall should submit by the March 1 deadline. Additional updates will be provided as these deadlines approach.

Applicants will learn within six weeks of submission whether or not they have been awarded funding for their project.

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