Guidelines

2017-18 GUIDELINES FOR FSB FACULTY RESEARCH GRANTS
I. Eligibility
The FSB will again provide two types of summer research support: a supplement for those receiving University Summer Research Appointments (SRAs) and FSB Summer Research Grants. Eligibility criteria for the University grants are explained on the Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship (OARS) website: http://miamioh.edu/research/. The specific grant guidelines for 2017-2018 can be found at: https://miamioh.edu/research/finding-funding/internal-funding/cfr-programs/faculty-research-grants/index.html.

All tenured and tenure-track faculty in the FSB, with the exception of the individuals with other contractual arrangements with the FSB for funding of summer research, are eligible for a supplement to an SRA or an FSB Summer Research Grant. Faculty receiving FSB funding for summer research are not eligible for a supplement, but are encouraged to apply for the University funding. FSB grants are not to be used toward completion of any advanced degree on the part of the principal investigator. In the event that a member of the FSB Research Committee submits a proposal, the chair of the relevant department will choose a substitute reviewer.  

II. The Awards

The FSB will fund two types of awards. Faculty who receive either type of award are not eligible to teach in the summer in which the award is provided.  

A. Supplement for Faculty receiving a University Summer Research Appointment

For faculty who apply for and receive an SRA of $6,200, the FSB will provide an additional $10,000 to support the research project. Conditions for eligibility and expectations for recipients are included on the OARS Website. In addition to those conditions, grant recipients from the FSB must file a copy of the paper or a progress report with the Senior Associate Dean by the end of the Fall Semester in the year that funding is received. The report will be posted on the FSB Website for other faculty to view. Failure to adhere this condition will make the recipient ineligible for future FSB funding until the condition has been met.


B. FSB Summer Research Grant

Faculty who are ineligible to apply, have been turned down, or who otherwise choose not to apply for an SRA, may apply for an FSB Summer Research Grant. These grants are for $10,000. Applicants may also request up to $2,000 for journal submission fees, mailing, services, supplies, travel or equipment that are directly related to the proposal. A detailed budget with justification must be submitted with such a request. The Senior Director of Information Technology will review requests for computer hardware or software.  In the case of a co-authored proposal, each FSB author is eligible for a $10,000 grant. However, expectations for the project will rise commensurately. 

The chair of the Research Committee (Brian Ballou) must receive an electronic copy (Word or pdf file) in an attachment to an email message by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 26, 2018. Awards will be announced approximately one month later.

Untenured faculty who are receiving summer funding as part of their employment contract are (1) eligible to apply for the University Summer Research Appointment and would also receive the additional financial support should an SRA be awarded, and (2) eligible to apply for an FSB Summer Research Grant, which would allow a deferral of up to one summer of agreed upon contractual summer funding.  However, deferred summer funding may not be used subsequent to promotion and tenure (co-authors could receive funding in the year that the grant is awarded). See Section IV for criteria. 

III. Proposal Guidelines

Each proposal should include the following components:

A. Cover Sheet.

This will indicate the person’s rank, department, and the titles of grants received from the FSB (or supplements from the FSB for university grants) in the past 5 years. For those who have received FSB funding in the past 5 years, a statement regarding the outcome of each grant should be attached.


B. The Proposal.
Present your project under the following headings. The maximum length of the proposal text shall not exceed five single-spaced pages with one-inch margins, excluding a brief bibliography, an optional technical appendix, and the curriculum vitae. Any proposal that exceeds the fivepage limit on text will not be considered.

Proposal reviewers are not necessarily experts in all fields. Therefore, the proposal should be written clearly for a business school professor.
  1. a.

    Description. Briefly describe the nature and goal of the proposed project in terms clear to those outside your immediate discipline.

  2. b.

    Context. Explain the background and context of the project. Compare your proposal to existing work. If your proposal breaks new ground, explain how.

  3. c.

    Project Aptness.

    1. i.

      Why is this particular project appropriate for you to undertake at this time? Describe any preparations or progress you have made or any special qualifications you have which are significant to the proposal.

    2. ii.

      For co-authored proposals, provide a justification for the additional cost of supporting two authors.

  4. d.

    Method or Plan. Describe the specific methods, techniques, or procedures you will use to accomplish the project’s objectives. Give approximate times for completing each phase of the project.

  5. e.

    Communication of completed activity. Explain how the results of your work will be made accessible to a wider audience.

  6. f.

    Literature cited in proposal or selected bibliography. Please cite here materials relevant to your proposed project.

  7. g.

    If, in your judgment, the methodology employed in your proposal requires additional elaboration, a technical appendix of up to three pages may be appended

C. A Current Curriculum Vitae.

IV. Criteria for Evaluation of the Proposals

The FSB Research Committee will evaluate the proposals and make a recommendation to the Dean’s Office, which will determine the number of proposals to be funded based on the (1) the quality of proposals recommended and (2) the funding available in the budget to award grants.  The amount of funding and maximum number of grants available should be determined by December 1, 2017, and communicated to the faculty at that time. For 2017, up to six $10,000 grants can be awarded provided there are a sufficient number of proposals that meet the criteria.

The work to be done during the summer may be part of a larger project that will take longer than one summer to complete. However, a time-line should indicate which parts are to be completed during the summer to be funded. The following criteria will be used by the FSB Research Committee in their review of the proposals: 

Funding decisions for research grants of similar merit in 2017-18 will be assigned according to faculty categories in the following priority order: (1) untenured assistant professors who no longer receive summer research support, (2) associate professors eligible for summer funding, (3) full professors eligible for summer funding, and (4) chaired full professors eligible for summer funding, and (5) untenured assistant professors who are seeking to defer one year of FSB summer funding). Should there not be a sufficient number of proposals deemed worthy of a FSB summer research grant, the remaining amounts will be held by the Division and added to the pool available for the 2018-19 academic year. The long-term goal of the FSB summer research grant program is to increase the funding pool as a result of the capital campaign and to offer a number of pools of funding for a wider array of research consistent with the recommendations of the Scholarship Committee.

The ordering of criteria generally reflects their relative importance for consideration.

1.   The likelihood of the project’s outcome to be eventually worthy of a publication considered by the faculty member’s department as a “top-tier” academic, peer-reviewed publication.

2.   The feasibility of the project and likelihood that the project will be completed and communicated in a timely fashion.

3.   Evidence of adequate familiarity with prior work in the area.

4.   The soundness of the methods proposed.

5.   Evidence that supports the likelihood of the project being successfully completed, such as the applicant’s recent track record with respect to scholarly activity or steps taken by the applicant to prepare to undertake the project.

6.   The understandability of the proposal by non-specialists in the proposed area of research.

7.   The potential impact of the project on academic literature, business practices, or teaching.

8.   For those who received a FSB Summer Research Grant or a Supplement to a University Summer Research Appointment in the past 5 years, evidence of completion and a description of the outcome.

V. Conditions for Receipt of Funding

Anyone who receives a FSB grant must agree to the following conditions:

A. The recipient must remain on the Miami University faculty in the academic year following the summer of the award. Recipients must agree to devote a minimum of 6 weeks of full-time effort, or 12 weeks of half-time effort to the project, during the 12-week summer period starting Tuesday, May 15, 2018 and ending Saturday, August 4, 2018. At the time the summer contract is written, recipients must specify the exact dates for the project. Summer compensation must adhere to University guidelines which specify that total summer compensation may not exceed one third of an individual’s nine-month contract. Moreover, weekly compensation should not exceed 33/13 or approximately 2.54% of an individual’s nine-month contract.

B. Grant recipients will file a report with the Senior Associate Dean by the end of the Fall Semester in the year that funding is received. The report will be posted on the FSB Website for other faculty to view.

C. Grant recipients must acknowledge financial support from the FSB for any publications resulting from the grant.

D. The proposals of successful applicants will be made available for review by potential applicants in subsequent years through the office of the Senior Associate Dean.

E. Failure to adhere to the above conditions will make the recipient ineligible for future FSB funding until all conditions have been met.