Seed Grants of up to $7500 per project will be awarded by the College of Education to individual faculty members or small groups of faculty who are beginning significant new projects in teaching, service, or scholarship. New projects are encouraged that focus on:
Although tenure-track faculty members at all levels (assistant, associate, and full) from the College of Education are eligible for the grants, preference will be given to applicants who are untenured. Faculty members who have received a Seed Grant are not eligible for another Seed Grant award for two years.
Proposals that help the recipient make significant progress toward promotion and tenure are essential. Therefore, applicants should carefully explain the evidentiary source targeted by the project. Further, applicants should carefully explain the expected impact of the project when completed, including the influence it will have on current scholarship; the impact on the college, university, and/or wider educational community; and/or the influence on curriculum and teaching. Seed Grants are competitive and directed toward significant projects that will establish a line of inquiry or begin long term engagement in an aspect of teaching, service, or scholarship. Faculty members are encouraged to explore other funding sources within the university for short term or less significant projects.
Funds may be used for the following:
Funds are available July 1 and must be expended by May 31. Budget expenditures will be monitored by the COE Administrative Coordinator for Budget. Two reports (written and oral) are required of all recipients, as described below.
Proposals will be reviewed and ranked by a Selection Committee comprised of five representatives from the College of Education, four who are tenured. Two additional non-voting members of the committee will be available to mentor applicants as they prepare the grant proposal. Selection Committee members will serve staggered, two-year terms, appointed by the Dean in consultation with the FDMR Committee. The Selection Committee reports to the FDMR Committee. Mentors will serve in that capacity one year, and as voting members of the committee the other year of their service. At least one member of the selection committee must be a member of the FDMR Committee, and serve as chair of the Selection Committee. Funding recommendations will be made to the FDMR Committee, which will make subsequent recommendations to the Dean. Final funding decisions will be made by the Dean of the College of Education.
*Non-consumables and equipment purchased from grant monies are the property of the College of Education, not the investigator.