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Internal Sources of Support for Faculty

Guidelines for Faculty Development Fund Proposals
The Faculty Development Fund provides modest support for focused faculty development research activities that support the two priority goals of the university: reputation and resources. This may include "seed money" for new research initiatives to help obtain results or confirm ideas that can become part of a research proposal to an outside granting agency, and also can be used for other scholarly projects and creative endeavors that hold promise to raise the visibility and reputation of the institution. This fund is restricted to faculty holding Regular Faculty Appointments (Faculty Handbook page 2, category D. 1) and Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Appointments defined as Open-ended Term Appointments, including Lectureships, Professors of Practice and Full-time Research Professorships (category D. 2. b) [see faculty handbook pages 2 and 3 for details on the nature of these appointments]. This year the total amount awarded will be $20,000. We anticipate making several awards up to $2500 and a maximum of two at up to $5000 each. We have an additional $5000 for seeding science research from the Larry Fechter and Thomas Macke Stansbury gift, work that will enhance the chances for external funding for the faculty member.

Applications should be brief (limit: 3 typed pages) and should include:


  • A description of the proposed activity that explains its significance for:
      o the faculty member’s development or planned grant proposals
      o the visibility and reputation of the faculty member’s department and the university
  • An itemized budget


The description of the proposed activity should be written in plain language, free of jargon (or clearly explained when it is necessary to use specialized terminology). It is highly likely that the proposal will be reviewed by individuals who have no specialized knowledge of an applicant's area of study. Applicants are expected to describe the significance of the activity in non-technical, non discipline-specific terms. Put another way, the proposal should be written for an educated audience of non-specialist peers. Applicants are strongly urged to obtain comments from colleagues outside their disciplines before submission. Late submissions will not be considered.

Evaluation criteria include:


  • The role of the activity in individual faculty development
  • Capacity of the activity to generate additional resources through subsequent external funding and/or to raise the reputation/visibility of the University
  • Contribution of the activity to departmental goals and relevant research communities
  • Feasibility of the activity with respect to its stated goals and objectives


The application must be accompanied by a properly endorsed Notice of Submission Form (see link below). Funds in this program will not be available for salary supplementation, but can be used to support student research assistants. If student support is requested, specify precisely what the student will do in support of the proposed activity. Student fringe benefits must be included in the budget request (undergraduate fringe is only added in summer). Title to equipment purchased with Faculty Development funds rests with the University.

Please submit your proposal and the signed submission form bundled as a single PDF via email to FacultyDevelopmentFunds@clarku.edu . Please use the following filename format: yourlastnameFD18.pdf. The applications will be reviewed by the Research Board and the Dean of Research. The application deadline is 5:00 PM on February 2, 2018. Decisions will be announced after the committee has finished its review, typically by early March.
Download the Submission Form