Any CWU faculty member who is employed on a full-time, continuing academic year appointment at the rank of assistant professor or higher may apply for financial assistance. The faculty member may be (a) on professional leave during the grant award period; or (b) on leave of absence with the time counting toward seniority. The maximum level of support for any project is $2000. It is expected that the faculty member shall remain at the University for one academic year following completion of the SEED project.
All items (equipment, books, and supplies) purchased by the Faculty Research funds become the property of the University. All equipment purchased must be placed on inventory and receive a CWU account number according to regular University procedures before it can be used on a project. The disposition of equipment, after the completion of the project, is negotiated by the project director, the Department Chair and the School/College Dean.
The application with complete instructions is available from the faculty funding portion of the Forms and Documents page.
The application must be approved by the Department Chair and the appropriate College Dean before submission to the Faculty Development and Research Council (FDRC).
Each member of the Council will receive a copy of the submitted application for purposes of review and recommendation. Evaluation of applications will take into account the following criteria:
Additionally, special consideration will be made for submissions by applicants who have not received FDRC funding (CWU Research Appointments, Seed Grants) in the past five years. (See the application form for a description of the criteria.) NB: Attachments are not allowable and will result in disqualification. Recommendations on proposals are made by a vote of the Council. The FDRC Chair (Director of the School of Graduate Studies and Research) does not vote except to break ties.
The Council may take the following actions:
All comments by the Chair and Dean and discussions of the applications are considered confidential. The text and approved budget of funded proposals are available to the public.
Deadlines for submitting applications to the Faculty Development and Research Council for review and recommendation will be October 15, January 15, and March 15 of each academic year. In the event one of these dates falls on a weekend or holiday, the due date will be the next business day. Applications must be delivered to the School of Graduate Studies and Research before 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date; those received after the deadline will not be considered until the next scheduled review session. Applications must be complete at time of submission, including signed approvals by the Department Chair and College Dean. The Council will review the proposals and notification to applicants will generally occur within one month following each announced deadline date.
The project director must submit to the Council:
The final report is due three months after completion of the project or the end of the current biennium, whichever occurs first. Failure to submit a final report will be grounds for denying future support. The report may be taken into consideration when decisions are made on future funding.
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