The Research Support Services Committee (RSSC) administers an internal funding opportunity for full-time faculty at Lawrence Technological University. These awards utilize a portion of the provost's indirect costs recovery pool from externally funded projects. The purpose of these awards is to encourage and develop faculty research and creative endeavors with the goal of subsequent external funding. These awards are intended to supplement and strengthen the support that comes from the faculty member's department and college. Awards are granted through a competitive application process, with recommendations from department chair, evaluation by the RSSC, and acceptance of recommendations by the provost.
All full-time faculty are eligible to apply, and applications are accepted in September and January of each academic year. Projects that emphasize new methods, theoretical approaches, and curriculum or laboratory improvements are encouraged. Teams of two or more eligible faculty are encouraged to submit proposals for interdisciplinary projects. Applications from junior tenure-track faculty are given preference. Proposals receiving departmental and/or college resource commitments are given preference. Only one proposal per faculty member may be considered during each academic year.
The maximum value of the award is $5,000 with a duration of no more than one year, with all unexpended funds reverting back to the indirect cost recovery pool at the end of the award period. Awardees disseminate the results of their project at the annual Research Day, as well as through refereed publication outlets. A final report to the RSSC is also required within thirty (30) days of completion of the project.
Funds can be used for research and scholarly efforts, instructional impact projects, or other worthwhile professional development activities. Funding can be used for student research assistant salaries, technicians, and other non-faculty project personnel. Other permitted expenses include supplies, equipment, and miscellaneous project expenses. Funds cannot be used for faculty salaries (summer or academic year); travel that is not directly related to project research; conferences; consultants, office equipment, or computers (unless specifically justified). Any travel funding must be accompanied by department or college contributions.
Prospective seed grant applicants must submit an "intent to submit" e-mail to the RSSC at email@example.com no later than June 30 (for the September 30 deadline) or October 31 (for the January 31 deadline) to be eligible to submit a proposal. Each applicant will be assigned an advocate from the RSSC to support development of the Seed Grant Proposal.
Seed Grant proposals and department approvals are due to the RSSC via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31 or September 30 of each year. Proposals will be evaluated using the following non-exclusive criteria:
- Does the proposal contain a Project Summary that describes information about project goals, rationale and justification for the research, methods, and likely outcomes?
- Is the proposal supported by a preliminary Literature Review with citations and references? Is a gap in the literature identified? There should be no references listed that are not discussed in the Project Summary.
- Does the proposal describe the Contribution of the Project to LTU, College, and Department such as potential for publication, potential for student recruitment, etc?
- Does the proposal describe Future Directions and Contributions of Project, including possibilities for future external funding, linkage to PI’s research agenda, and contribution to discipline?
- Is the Proposed Budget reasonable for the project goals and objectives in terms of salaries, supplies, equipment, travel, etc.?
- Does the proposal provide a Budget Justification in which each budget item listed in the Proposed Budget is justified? Consider any commitments from college/department that have been identified by the PI.
- Does the proposal provide a reasonable and realistic Timeline which indicates the proposed state date, project milestones, and proposed end date?
- What is the probability of this funding leading to external support?
- Does the PI(s) have the experience needed to carry out the project?
- a) Has the PI’s Dept Chair provided comments and approval? b) Has the PI’s Dean provided comments and approval (b. only required if specific College resources are committed to the project).
- Has the PI obtained required assurances (animal, human, radiation, etc.), or at a minimum, addressed that assurances will be obtained prior to participant recruitment?
The awardee is responsible for the administration of grant funds, including making certain that over-expenditures do not occur. The Business Services unit is responsible for purchasing processes. All equipment purchased with Seed Grant funding remains the property of Lawrence Tech and may not be transferred to another institution should the awardee leave their University employment.