Student Research & Creativity Institute
Proposal Guidelines

Introduction

As part of its goal of developing nationally recognized programs and areas of excellence which promote quality throughout the University and which enhance the value of an SVSU degree, the University has established a Student Research and Creativity Institute (SRCI), generously supported by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.

The purpose of the Institute is to support and promote outstanding and innovative student work in the arts, humanities, sciences, professional disciplines, and community service. The Institute will fund over $50,000 in student projects each fiscal year.  Traditional SRCI Grant proposals may be funded up to $10,000 per student (or group of students) in support of supply and (or) equipment purchase, and (or) student travel to museums, libraries, research sites or performance sites to undertake work of significant depth and longetivity that is generally not associated witht he classroom experience. Students may submit written proposals as individuals or as part of teams. All projects require faculty or staff mentorship and supervision. For projects of more limites scope, students may wish to consider the Mini-Grant option.

An advisory committee appointed by the President will evaluate proposals on the basis of quality and distinctiveness, contribution to knowledge and to student learning, and consistency with the mission and vision of the University.

Preference will be given to those proposals which are broadly multidisciplinary, though projects which represent outstanding achievement within a single discipline are also strongly encouraged.

Eligibility

  • Students must play the role of primary investigator, creative agent, principal author, etc.
    The student’s involvement must merit first authorship.
  • Students must be admitted to SVSU and may be either undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Enrollment at application and throughout the duration of the project must be at least half time during the academic year (6 or more credits per fall and winter semesters for undergraduate students; 3 or more credits per fall and winter semesters for graduate students).
  • Students must be in good standing with the University.

Proposals

Students may submit electronic proposals as individuals or in teams. However, all projects will require faculty or staff mentorship and supervision.

Proposals must include the following:

  • a narrative with a clearly stated purpose, objectives, and plan for completion; the narrative should demonstrate student preparation for completion of the project.
  • a budget for reasonable expenses (Personal stipend or remuneration does not qualify.)
  • a list of outcomes/deliverables
  • a plan for public presentation, exhibition, or dissemination
  • a letter of support from a faculty or staff member indicating that person’s ability and intent to act as a mentor to the student, and commenting on the student’s ability to complete the project
  • a definition of the project’s potential impact outside the University
  • contact information for student(s) submitting the proposal: name, address, phone number, and e-mail address

Timetable: Fall Semester

  • Request for Proposals will be distributed after fall semester begins.
  • Proposals need to be submitted electronically (in PDF format) to srci@svsu.edu by 4:00 p.m., October 31, or the next business day if the date falls on a weekend. Incomplete proposals will not be reviewed.
  • Applicants will be notified by December 10, or the next business day if the date falls on a weekend.
  • Work on funded projects will begin in the following winter semester or after January 1.
  • Progress reports will be due every three months until completion of project and should include a memo from the faculty or staff mentor attesting to satisfactory progress.
  • A final report will be due within 30 days of completion of project and will need to include a final budget.

Timetable: Winter Semester

  • Request for Proposals will be distributed after winter semester begins.
  • Proposals need to be submitted electronically (in PDF format) to srci@svsu.edu by 4:00 p.m., March 31, or the next business day. Incomplete proposals will not be reviewed.
  • Applicants will be notified by May 10, or the next business day if the date falls on a weekend.
  • Work on funded projects will begin in the following fall semester or after July 1.
  • Progress reports will be due every three months until completion of project and should include a memo from the faculty or staff mentor attesting to satisfactory progress.
  • A final report will be due within 30 days of completion of project and will need to include a final budget.

Conclusion

Public recognition and promotion of outstanding student work will bring credit to the University, enhancing its growing reputation as an institution of teaching excellence which encourages and supports student innovation, originality, and excellence across a wide range of academic and professional fields.

For more information, contact Dr. Jules Gehrke, Office of Academic Affairs, (989) 964-4006.

Committee Members: Dr. Brooks Byam, Dr. Andrew Chubb, Dr. Jules Gehrke, Dr. Jane Girdham, Dr. Deborah Huntley, Dr. Kaustav Misra, Dr. Josh Ode, Dr. Gretchen Owocki, Dr. Danilo Sirias, and Dr. Yanmei Xu.

Evaluation Criteria