Traditional Grant Proposal Guidelines

Introduction

Traditional 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 longevity that is generally not associated with the classroom experience.  Traditional Grant projects maintain the same overall goals as Mini-Grant projects, but are generally of greater depth and wider scope.  Applicants requesting less than $1500 per individual in funding should consider applying for a Mini-Grant unless his or her (their) project is of significant complexity.  Students may be associated with only one Mini-Grant or one Traditional Grant application at a time under consideration by the SRCI committee.

See a listing of current and completed traditional grants here

Traditional Grant Eligibility

Students must play the role of primary investigator, creative agent, principal author, etc.

Students’ 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.

 

Traditional Grant Proposals

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

Traditional Grant 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.
  • for applications proposing work in a library, archives, laboratory, or fieldwork setting, a complete list of sources to be consulted or description of work to be conducted
  • for applications proposing work with human subjects, a complete list of individuals to be interviewed and the questions to be asked
  • an itemized budget for reasonable expenses (personal stipend or remuneration does not qualify.)
  • a list of outcomes/deliverables
  • statement of intent to apply for Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval (if applicable) for work with human subjects or vertebrate animals (http://www.svsu.edu/sponsoredprograms/institutionalreviewboard/responsibilitiesofirb/).  Dispersal of funds may be dependent upon IRB approval
  • 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(s), and commenting on the student’s (or students') ability to complete the project
  • a definition of the project’s potential impact outside the University
  • a letter of support from a representative of each agency outside the university that is involved with the project in a significant way
  • a statement of other campus funding applications (if any) currently under consideration or approved.
  • contact information for student(s) submitting the proposal: name(s), address(es), phone number(s), and e-mail address(es)

Notes:

All grants are contingent upon available funding.

Traditional Grant applications should not include a request for funds for an academic study abroad program within which the student plans to complete an SRCI project.  However, Mini-Grant applications requesting funds for such a program will be considered. Traditional Grant applicants are discouraged from including requests for funds for travel to conferences in proposals aimed primarily at developing their work.  Successful Traditional Grant applicants interested in funding to support travel to a professional conference associated with their work should subsequently apply for a Mini-Grant when their work has reached a further stage of development.

Individual students may be associated with more than one Traditional Grant during their academic careers at SVSU, but funding is limited to one Traditional Grant per 12-month period.  Although individual applicants are limited to one Traditional Grant per 12-month period, up to two Mini-Grants to which they are a party may be approved over a 12-month period.  Recipients of Traditional Grants may use Mini-Grant funding to support conference travel or other activities supplementary to their research or project work.  If an individual applicant or group of applicants, already having received a Traditional Grant, seek(s) supplementary funding for conference travel exceeding the parameters of a Mini-Grant, they should consult directly with the SRCI administrator.

Faculty interested in securing funding for projects involving students may wish to consult the SVSU Foundation Resource Grant Program: https://foundation.svsu.edu/resource-grant-program

Traditional Grant Timetable: Fall Semester

A Request for Proposals will be distributed after the Fall semester begins.

Proposals must be submitted electronically (in PDF format) to srci@svsu.edu by 4:00 p.m., October 31, or the next business day if that date falls on a weekend.  An indication of whether the application is for a Mini-Grant or a Traditional Grant should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the e-mail and at the top of the PDF document.  Incomplete proposals will not be reviewed.

Applicants will be notified by December 10, or the next business day if that 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 the completion of the 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 the completion of the project and will need to include a final budget.

 

Traditional Grant Timetable: Winter Semester

A Request for Proposals will be distributed after the Winter semester begins.

Proposals must be submitted electronically (in PDF format) to srci@svsu.edu by 4:00 p.m., March 31, or the next business day if that date falls on a weekend. Incomplete proposals will not be reviewed.

Applicants will be notified by May 10, or the next business day if that 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 the completion of the 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 the completion of the 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 Kerry Rastigue, Office of Academic Affairs, (989) 964-2571.

Committee Members: Kyle Cissel, Daniel Cook, Jane Girdham, Art Martin, Kaustav Misra, Gretchen Owocki, Kerry Rastigue, Rebecca Schlaff, Danilo Sirias, Charles Weaver and Yu Zou.

 

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