The Faculty Development and Research Committee has established a limited number of competitive SOAR (Scholarly Opportunities for Academic Researchers) Grant Development Appointments to promote grant writing by faculty members of Central Washington University. The SOAR Grant Development Appointment provides reassigned time to develop a grant proposal for a clearly identified target funding source supporting research, scholarship, creative activities, teaching, and/or program development. This appointment is similar to the Faculty Research Appointment (FRA), but there are two fundamental differences: (1) the SOAR Grant Development Appointment has a specific focus on targeted grants, whereas the FRA requires only extramural potential for grants or dissemination, and (2) the SOAR Grant Development Appointment does not require that the grant-seeking work be directed towards traditionally-defined scholarly activity.
The applicant must have a full-time, continuing academic year faculty appointment at the rank of assistant professor or higher. Applicants on professional leave or unpaid leave of absence are not eligible for academic year appointments. It is expected that the faculty member shall return to the University for one academic year following completion of the SOAR Grant Development Appointment. Applications must be endorsed by the Department Chair and College Dean. Faculty may apply for both the SOAR Grant Development Appointment and the Faculty Research Appointment, but cannot be awarded both appointments for the same academic year.
The SOAR Grant Development Appointment is for full-time or a percentage thereof for a maximum of three calendar months or ten weeks during summer quarter. For academic year leave, the Office of Graduate Studies, Research and Continuing Education will provide adjunct replacement funding. The stipend for summer research appointments will be $8,500. The usual employee benefits will be deducted from the amount. Appointees are faculty employees of Central Washington University regardless of their physical location, with the usual responsibilities pertaining to on-campus employment.
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 Committee (FDRC). Each member of the Committee will receive a copy of the submitted application for purposes of review and recommendation. In order to qualify for review, applications must provide a funding source name, contact name, and documentation of contact with the funding agency. In addition, the planned extramural grant must be for a minimum of $30,000.
Evaluation of applications will take into account the following criteria:
Recommendations on proposals are made by a vote of the Committee. The FDRC Chair (Director of University Research) does not vote except to break ties.
Deadlines for submitting applications to the Faculty Development and Research Committee for review and recommendation will be October 15, January 15, and March 15. 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 Office 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 Committee will review the proposals and notification to applicants will generally occur within one month following each announced deadline date.
Within three months after the end of the appointment, the faculty member will submit a detailed report of activities and results to the Chair of the Faculty Development and Research Committee.
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