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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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Responsible conduct in research, scholarly and creative activity

Faculty grant and fellowship opportunities:

Early Start Grants - $5,000. See the guidelines for deadline. Grants are available for new tenure-track faculty to seed research agenda prior to their first semester on faculty. Funding is subject to availability. File Early Start Guidelines and Final Report Routing Sheet PDF iconFinal Report Routing Sheet.

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Faculty-Student Challenge Grants - up to $4,500. See the guidelines for deadline. 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. PDF iconChallenge Grant Form

Curriculum Innovation Grants - up to $3,600 per proposal. See the guidelines for deadline. 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. PDF iconGuidelines and Routing Sheet

Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity Grants - $3,000. Applications are accepted twice annually in October and February (see guidelines for deadlines). Grants are for faculty research projects; collaboration with students is not required.  Application should be e-mailed by the deadline to michael.ameigh@oswego.edu.  Funding is subject to availability. PDF iconFaculty SCAC Grant Guidelines (pdf). 

Rice Creek Field Station Small Grants - $500 to $3,000. See guidelines for deadline. (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. PDF iconRice Creek Small Grants Form. 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.

Faculty mini-grants - $250. Applications are received by the chair of the Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee (eric.schmitz@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. PDF iconFaculty and Mini-grant Application and Guidelines (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. FileProvost Faculty Research Fellowship Guidelines and Application

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.  For more information, visit the Research and Individualized Student Experience (RISE) site.

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Student grant funding opportunities:

The SUNY Brain Network of Excellence Summer Scholars program has concluded. The program gives talented SUNY undergraduates paid summer research experiences in a research laboratory during the summer at the University at Albany, Binghamton University, Downstate Medical University, SUNY College of Optometry, Stony Brook University, and Upstate Medical University. Descriptions of the this year's program are expected and will be posted when they arrive.

Please direct any questions you may have about this Program to Angela Wright, The Research Foundation for SUNY, (518-434-7061), angela.wright@rfsuny.org.

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 third 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. PDF iconApplication Form and Routing Sheet 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. PDF iconGuidelines and Microsoft Office document iconFaculty Reference Form

Rice Creek Field Station Small Grants - $500 to $3,000. Applications are due February 15 (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. PDF iconGuidelines and Application. 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. PDF iconGuidelines and Directions.

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 Research and Individualized Student (RISE) 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. PDF icon Student Mini Grant Application and Guidelines

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 at the Research and Individualized Student (RISE) website or stop in their office in Campus Center. 

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.  More information at the Research and Individualized Student (RISE) website or stop into the RISE office in the Campus Center.

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Faculty and student research project database/reporting guidelines:

Please upload reports to this Google Docs folder.

PDF iconFaculty SCA Report Guidelines
PDF iconStudent SCA Report Guidelines

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Faculty scholarly and creative activity recognition opportunities:

There are many opportunities for recognition of excellence in teaching, service, scholarship, creative activity, and librarianship at SUNY Oswego. Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate peers for the following awards. Nominations should be proposed well in advance of deadlines in order to allow nominees ample time to prepare support folios. Please check the Faculty Awards Master List to determine whether someone you may be planning to nominate has already received that particular award. FileFaculty Awards Master List 1973 through spring 2015.

President's Award for Excellence in Academic Advisement - certificate and $200. Nominations are accepted from students during the spring semester. Nomination deadline is the last Monday in March. 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 October 1st of each year. PDF iconGuidelines

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. Microsoft Office document iconGuidelines 

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. PDF iconGuidelines

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. File Guidelines

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. Microsoft Office document iconGuidelines

President's Award for Teaching Excellence - certificate and $1,000.  NOTE! Deadline has been extended.  Nominations from faculty and students are due the first Monday in March.  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. PDF iconpate_rubric_rev_2-4-16.pdf

Provost's Award for Teaching Excellence by Part-time Faculty - certificate and $500. NOTE! Deadline has been extended to the first Monday in March.  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. PDF iconprovostawardforteachingexcellence-pt_rubric_updatedfeb2016.pdf

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 by the last day of classes in the fall semester.  The review committee has prepared a list of useful suggestions for preparing the nomination folio: PDF iconTips for Chancellor Award Nominees

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching - certificate and a medal. Nominations from faculty and students are due the last day of classes in the fall semester. 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. Visit our call for SUNY nominations and visit the official SUNY Chancellor's Awards site.

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching - certificate and a medal. Nominations from faculty and students are due the last day of classes in the fall semester. 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. Visit our call for SUNY nominations and visit the official SUNY Chancellor's Awards site.

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service - certificate and a medal. Nominations from faculty and students are due the last day of classes in the fall semester. 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. Visit our call for SUNY nominations and visit the official SUNY Chancellor's Awards site.

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship - certificate and a medal. Nominations from faculty and students are due the last day of classes in the fall semester. 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. Visit our call for SUNY nominations and visit the official SUNY Chancellor's Awards site.

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 classes in the fall semester. 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. Visit our call for SUNY nominations and visit the official SUNY Chancellor's Awards site.

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. Visit our call for SUNY nominations and visit the official SUNY Chancellor's Awards site.

NOTE: the Chancellor's Award Review Committee also deliberates on nominations for Distinguished Faculty Ranks including Distinguished Professor, Distinguished Service Professor, Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Distinguished Librarian.  The committee then makes recommendations to the President. The deadline for receiving nominations and supporting materials is the last day of classes in the fall semester. For more information visit the official SUNY Distinguished Faculty site.

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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.

The Helen Bohmer Daly Memorial Research Fund was established to support and foster basic behavioral research by SUNY Oswego faculty, staff and students working in collaboration with a faculty sponsor. In keeping with Dr. Helen Daly's decided preference for the control, precision, and internal validity inherent in well designed and carefully executed experiments, 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.

Submission should follow standard guidelines for a regular Graduate and Undergraduate SCAC Grant. Additionally this award is available only to college students in their sophomore or junior year. As more funds become available, a separate award will be offered to faculty and staff. Sizes and number of awards will be determined by Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee based on amount of money available and the quality of applications. Projects must focus on basic behavioral research. Priority will be given to projects which employ an experimental design. 

For further information and assistance contact:
Dr. Arvind Diddi, Chair, SCAC 6 Lanigan Hall, 315-312-2617, arvind.diddi@oswego.edu
Dr. Kestutis Bendinskas, Chair of Advisory SCAC 226A Snygg Hall, 315- 312-2696, kestutis.bendinskas@oswego.edu 

Sigma Xi/ORSP Award - certificate and $50.Award is for excellent science presentation at Quest. Nominations by faculty are encouraged. Current faculty officers of Sigma Xi will observe  presentations being considered for an award. All scientific categories will be considered. Award selection criteria: 1) reasonable research question based on review of the literature, 2) research  appropriate to the research question, 3) rigor in study protocol (e.g., appropriate controls, valid and reliable measurements, etc.), 4) appropriate analyses for testing the research question, and 5) recognition of study implications and limitations. QUEST presentation quality (including organization, communication, clarity) will also be considered. 

Winner selected by a panel of science faculty. PDF iconGuidelines

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Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee

Faculty and students work on nearly two-dozen scholarly and creative projects a semester with funding through campus grants. The college’s Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee reviewed the grant proposals in the fall and made the funding recommendations to the provost.

See our comprehensive Guidelines for Nominations including an outline how to apply. 

 PDF iconPrincipals for SCAC Funding Decisions

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

Current SCAC membership 

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