Funding and Recognition for Research Activity

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Faculty Funding | Student Funding | Faculty & Student Funding | Faculty Scholarly & Creative | Student Scholarly & Creative
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Please Note: Most funding programs are competitive. Be sure to follow guidelines carefully. Incomplete applications will not be accepted for review.
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1. Faculty grant and fellowship opportunities:

Early Start Grants - $5,000. Applications are due the second week in May. Grants are available for new tenure-track faculty to seed research agenda prior to their first semester on faculty. Funding is subject to availability. Checklist and Guidelines here (pdf).

Faculty-student Challenge Grants - up to $4,500. Applications are due the second Monday in February. Grants are for student-faculty collaboration projects to be completed during the summer following the award of the grant and/or during the following academic year. Application form and routing sheet here (pdf).  The online form has been discontinued.

Curriculum Innovation Grants - $3,600. Applications are due first Monday in March. All full-time faculty returning for the following academic year are eligible. Grants are for projects to develop new curriculum in line with institutional strategic goals.  Funding is subject to availability. Guidelines and routing sheet here (pdf).

Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity Grants - $3,000. Applications are accepted twice annually, the fourth Monday in October and the second Monday in February. Grants are for faculty research projects; collaboration with students is not required.  Funding is subject to availability.  Application form and routing sheet can be found here (pdf)

SUNY Faculty Research Travel Grant Program - up to $1000.  This grant aims to improve the competitiveness of research proposals from SUNY faculty by facilitating interaction with perspective federal sponsors.  Guidelines and routing sheet will be posted soon.

Rice Creek Field Station Small Grants - $500 to $3,000. Applications are due in March (see Rice Creek Field Station website). Grants fund SUNY Oswego faculty and students projects as well as non-affiliated individuals doing research at the field station. Guidelines and application information are available here.  Funding is subject to availability.

Penfield Library Faculty Teaching and Research Collections Grant - Ten grants @ $400 each will be awarded to faculty in the spring of the academic year for selection of materials to be purchased by Penfield Library for its collection.  Guidelines and application available from Penfield Library administration.

Faculty mini-grants - $250. Applications are received by the chair of the Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee (kestutis.bendinskas@oswego.edu or christopher.mcevoy@oswego.edu), are accepted on a rolling basis. Grants are intended to fund start-up scholarly and creative activity projects.  Guidelines here (pdf).

Provost Faculty Research Fellowships
The Research Fellowship Program promotes and fosters the research endeavors and grant activity of SUNY Oswego faculty.  Four fellowships are awarded annually to proven scholars or highly qualified rising junior scholars with promising research agendas and those who have potential to increase funds from extramural agencies.

Active tenure track or faculty on continuing appointment may apply for fellowships.  Eligibility requirements, nomination and selection criteria, conditions of awards, and application deadlines can be found here.

Undergraduate Research Assistantships (URA)
The Research and Individualized Student Experiences (RISE) office in partnership with the Financial Aid office is pleased to support 10 Undergraduate Research Assistantships (URA) through the federally funded Work Study program. This program allows faculty from across the university to request an eligible student as a research assistant to advance their research/scholarship. The specific responsibilities of the student will vary based on discipline but are intended to be more task-oriented (e.g. data entry, literature searches, grant proposal support, routine lab or studio work) than research appropriate for independent study credit or summer research supported through grants. Several faculty within a department or across disciplines are encouraged to apply together for a single Undergraduate Research Assistantship position.  This is a pre-matched Federal Work Study position, so faculty will be ask to identify students that will be assigned for the full academic year unless they cease to be eligible financially or academically.  Applications are currently being accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.  Application material can be found here.


2. Student grant funding opportunities:

Faculty-student Challenge Grants - up to $4,500 (NOTE: this is the same grant referred to above under Faculty Grant Funding Opportunities). Applications are due the second Monday in February. Grants are for student-faculty collaboration projects to be completed during the summer following the award of the grant and/or during the following academic year. Funding is subject to availability.  Application form and routing sheet here (pdf).  The online form has been discontinued.

Student Scholarly and Creative Activity Grants - up to $1,000. Applications are due the first Monday in November. Grants are for student research projects working under the guidance of faculty sponsors. Funding is subject to availability. Guidelines (Word) | Faculty Sponsor Form (Word)

Rice Creek Field Station Small Grants - $500 to $3,000. Applications are due in March (see Rice Creek Field Station website). Grants fund SUNY Oswego faculty and students projects as well as non-affiliated individuals doing research at the field station. Guidelines and application information are available here.  Funding is subject to availability.

Helen Bohmer Daly Memorial Research Grants - This fund was established to support and foster basic behavioral research by SUNY Oswego faculty, staff and students working in collaboration with a faculty sponsor. Proposals for laboratory-bound investigations will have higher priority in funding decisions. However, in recognition of the growing importance of research conducted in natural settings, funding may be made available to projects that do not lend themselves to laboratory investigation. More information here (PDF).

GETGO! Global Experience Travel Grant from Oswego - GETGO is a $1,000 - $1,500 award specifically designed to encourage, support and promote student travel abroad to countries where languages other than English are spoken.  The primary purpose of such travel abroad shall be for study, research, work, or internship.  Applications are available through Modern Languages & Literatures, 245 Campus Center.

Student Travel grants - up to $250. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Grants are for travel to scholarly conferences to present research results. Apply on-line with the R.I.S.E. office in Campus Center.  Funding is subject to availability.

Student Mini Grants - up to $125.  Grants are designed to support students in their research or creative efforts by granting small funds for independent projects that are not associated directly with course work.  Program and Application Guidelines here.

Counseling and Psychological Services Student Travel Grants - $50 to $150. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Grants are for travel to scholarly conferences to present research results from projects related to study in Counseling and Psychological Services curriculum. Contact your Counseling and Psychological Services professor for details. More information here.

Undergraduate Research Assistantships (URA)
The Research and Individualized Student Experiences (RISE) office in partnership with the Financial Aid office is pleased to support 10 Undergraduate Research Assistantships (URA) through the federally funded Work Study program. This program allows faculty from across the university to request an eligible student as a research assistant to advance their research/scholarship. The specific responsibilities of the student will vary based on discipline but are intended to be more task-oriented (e.g. data entry, literature searches, grant proposal support, routine lab or studio work) than research appropriate for independent study credit or summer research supported through grants. Several faculty within a department or across disciplines are encouraged to apply together for a single Undergraduate Research Assistantship position.  This is a pre-matched Federal Work Study position, so faculty will be ask to identify students that will be assigned for the full academic year unless they cease to be eligible financially or academically.  Applications are currently being accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.  Application material can be found here.
NOTE: the Summer Scholars Program Grant initiative has been folded into the Faculty-student Challenge Grant program described above.


3. Faculty and student research project database/reporting guidelines:

Please upload reports to this Google Docs folder.

Faculty SCA Report Guidelines (doc)
Student SCA Report Guidelines (doc)
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4. Faculty scholarly and creative activity recognition opportunities:

President's Award for Excellence in Academic Advisement - certificate and $200. Nominations are accepted from faculty and students during the spring semester. Contact the office of the Associate Provost for specific deadline and nomination form.

President's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service - plaque and $1,000. Nominations are accepted from faculty and students familiar with the nominee's work, are due February 10th of each year. Guidelines

President's Award for Excellence in Professional Staff Service - plaque and $1,000. Nominations are accepted from faculty and students familiar with the nominee's work, are due February 10th of each year. Guidelines

President's Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity - certificate and $1,000. Nominations from faculty and students are due the second Monday in February. Award is for excellence in scholarly and creative activity over the course of a career. Guidelines (doc)

Provost's Award for Mentoring in Scholarly and Creative Activity - certificate and $1000. Nominations from faculty and students are due the second Monday in February. Award is for continuous exemplary student mentoring in scholarly and creative activities. Guidelines (doc)

Provost's Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity - certificate and $500. Nominations from faculty and students are due the second Monday in February. Award is for exemplary scholarly achievement in the first six years on faculty. Guidelines (doc)

President's Award for Teaching Excellence - certificate and $1,000.  Nominations from faculty and students are due the second Monday in February.  The President's Award for Teaching Excellence is intended to annually recognize one full-time faculty member who has demonstrated extraordinary success in fostering student learning and is thereby enhancing the collective learning environment at SUNY Oswego. To be eligible for the award individuals must have been full-time faculty who have taught at least six (6) credits of courses each semester for at least two consecutive years. Guidelines here, nomination form here.

Provost's Award for Teaching Excellence by Part-time Faculty - certificate and $500. Nominations from faculty and students are due the second Monday in February.  The Part-Time Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence is intended to annually recognize one part-time faculty member who has demonstrated extraordinary success in fostering student learning and is thereby enhancing the collective learning environment at SUNY Oswego. To be eligible for the award individuals must be a part-time faculty member and taught at least one course at SUNY-Oswego each year for at least two years.  Guidelines here, nomination form here.

Each year a call goes out for nominees for SUNY Chancellor's Awards and Distinguished Professorships.  Below is a current list of awards available.  Nominees must provide nomination folios for consideration by Chancellor's Award review committee.  The review committee has prepared a list of useful suggestions for preparing the nomination folio:  Tips for nominees for Chancellor Awards (pdf)

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching - certificate and a medal. Nominations from faculty and students are due the last day of class in the fall semester. See: http://www.oswego.edu/administration/provost/faculty_awards/Call_for_SUNY_Awards_Nominations.html.  Nominations are considerered by a committee nominated and elected by the faculty and student body. The committee deliberates during the first week of the spring semester, makes recommendations to the President. For information about the SUNY Chancellor's Awards, see this link.

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching - certificate and a medal. Nominations from faculty and students are due the last day of class in the fall semester. See: http://www.oswego.edu/administration/provost/faculty_awards/Call_for_SUNY_Awards_Nominations.html.  Nominations are considerered by a committee nominated and elected by the faculty and student body. The committee deliberates during the first week of the spring semester, makes recommendations to the President. For information about the SUNY Chancellor's Awards, see this link.

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service - certificate and a medal. Nominations from faculty and students are due the last day of class in the fall semester.  See: http://www.oswego.edu/administration/provost/faculty_awards/Call_for_SUNY_Awards_Nominations.html Nominations are considerered by a committee nominated and elected by the faculty and student body. The committee deliberates during the first week of the spring semester, makes recommendations to the President. For information about the SUNY Chancellor's Awards, see this link.

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship - certificate and a medal. Nominations from faculty and students are due the last day of class in the fall semester.  See: http://www.oswego.edu/administration/provost/faculty_awards/Call_for_SUNY_Awards_Nominations.html Nominations are considerered by a committee nominated and elected by the faculty and student body. The committee deliberates during the first week of the spring semester, makes recommendations to the President. For information about the SUNY Chancellor's Awards, see this link.

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activity - certificate and a medal. Nominations from faculty and students are due the last day of class in the fall semester. See: http://www.oswego.edu/administration/provost/faculty_awards/Call_for_SUNY_Awards_Nominations.html Nominations are considerered by a committee nominated and elected by the faculty and student body. The committee deliberates during the first week of the spring semester, makes recommendations to the President. For information about the SUNY Chancellor's Awards, see this link.

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Shared Governance (campus may self-nominate) - One SUNY campus each year may be selected for this award.  Campuses selected for this award will serve as exemplars of the best practices in shared governance.  A letter, certificate and a SUNY Shared Governance Award plaque will be bestowed to commemorate selection. See: http://www.oswego.edu/administration/provost/faculty_awards/Call_for_SUNY_Awards_Nominations.html.

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5. Student scholarly and creative activity recognition opportunities:

Helen Bohmer Daly Quest Paper Award - certificate and $1,000. Nominations due first Wednesday in April. Award recognizes excellence in Quest presentations. Nomination guidelines here (PDF)

Sigma Xi/ORSP Award - certificate and $50. Award is for excellent science presentation at Quest. All science projects are eligible for consideration. Winner selected by a panel of science faculty. More information here (PDF)


6. Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee Bylaws

7. Universal Schedule

8. Strategic Plan

9.  Principles for SCAC Funding Decisions

10. Current SCAC Chairs Contact Information:

Kestas Bendinskas                                                   Christopher McEvoy
Shineman Center 360                                             Wilber Hall 102B
SUNY Oswego                                                            SUNY Oswego
(315) 312-2696                                                           (315) 312-3244 
kestutis.bendinskas@oswego.edu                 christopher.mcevoy@oswego.edu

11. Current SCAC membership 

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