Dimensions

Research & Innovation (R&I), the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and the Reynolds School of Journalism (RSJ) are pleased to offer two grant initiatives that fund the research and creative activity of tenure-track and tenured faculty in the CLA and RSJ units. The large grants initiative supports collaborative and interdisciplinary research and creative projects with grants up to $8,000. The small grants initiative provides funds for faculty research travel with grants up to $3,000.

 

Large grants initiative for up to $8,000 per grant

These grants for the liberal arts and journalism are designed to fund collaborative and/or interdisciplinary research or creative projects involving a team of faculty (two or more) at the University and, in approved cases, from other institutions. All projects must be led by a tenure-track or tenured faculty member in CLA or RSJ.

The grants might support interdisciplinary research projects, symposia, or public discussions targeted toward advancing connections between the humanities, arts, social sciences, and/or journalism with STEM, medicine, business, or other professional fields. Or they might support collaborative research or creative work between two or more faculty in the same or different departments within the CLA and/or RSJ. This funding could be used to provide seed money for developing the early stages of a collaborative scholarly or creative project (e.g., data collection, project design) that might lead to an application for a more substantial external grant. In general, collaborative and/or interdisciplinary projects that have the potential to be eligible for future external funding will be prioritized.

Deadline: The full application package should be emailed to the applicant's dean as a single PDF by Friday, February 28 at 5 p.m.

Details for the large grants initiative

  • Eligibility, application, deliverables, etc.

    Eligibility

    Full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts and the Reynolds School of Journalism are eligible to lead projects funded by this initiative. Faculty from other units at the University of Nevada, Reno (and, in some cases, at other universities) can be co-PIs or other types of collaborators. Assistant professors in the CLA or RSJ who have startup funding are eligible to apply for these grants only after expending their startup funds. They may, however, be collaborators on projects funded by this initiative so long as they do not use their own startup funds for such a project. Exceptions to these rules can be made only by the CLA or RSJ deans with the approval of the faculty member’s chair.

    Funding level

    Up to $8,000 per project is available.

    Eligible expenditures

    Travel, hotels, meals, parking fees, and fees related to accessing a relevant venue related to the purpose for the application are all eligible expenditures. In addition: equipment or materials purchases related to the project; participant support costs, such as stipends for research participants; undergraduate or graduate student assistance are also covered. These grants cannot be used to fund course buyouts or summer salary. All expenditures must comply with University and NSHE travel policies and be used by July 1, 2021.

    Application

    1. A summary of the research or creative project that also explains the role/s of the collaborators and the expected impact, contribution or outcomes of the project (1,000-2,000 words)
    2. Timeline for completion of the project
    3. Information about external funding for which the applicant has already applied or plans to apply in order to support the continued development of the project
    4. Any letters of permission or invitations (e.g., from libraries, media sites, collections, recording studios) needed to access resources at the site to which the applicant plans to travel
    5. Budget with justification (one-page limit); Please use the Dimensions budget template
    6. Current abbreviated CVs for all collaborators (three-page limit for each CV),
    7. Letter of support from the applicant’s or applicants’ department chair with the dean’s or deans’ endorsement

    The full application package should be emailed to the applicant’s dean as a single PDF by Friday, February 28 at 5 p.m.

    Deadline

    February 28, 2020 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for receipt of the application package by the applicant’s dean.

    Evaluation

    Applications will be evaluated by the Scholarly and Research Activities Committee, a standing committee within the College of Liberal Arts, joined by one faculty member from the Reynolds School of Journalism, appointed by the RSJ Dean. The evaluation committee will be overseen by the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Resource Management in the College of Liberal Arts. The committee will forward its recommendations to the Ahmad Itani, Associate Vice President for Research. The final selection of awards will be determined by Research & Innovation.

    Deliverables and reporting

    Recipients are required to submit a one-page report within three months of the end of their research or creative project summarizing outcomes such as publications, monographs, exhibitions, recordings, videos and/or other scholarly, artistic and creative accomplishments related to the award. Please plan to present at the annual Research & Innovation showcase poster session in the spring semester the year following the receipt of the grant.

    All award recipients should acknowledge the support from the University of Nevada, Reno in all publications, monographs, presentations, exhibitions, videos, recordings, websites, and other projects or activities stemming from the award.

 

Faculty research travel grants up to $3,000 per grant

The small grants initiative for faculty research travel for the College of Liberal Arts and the Reynolds School of Journalism provides funding in support of research, scholarly and creative projects that require travel outside of the Reno/Tahoe/Sparks area. Grants will not support requests for conference or workshop travel. Travel associated with instructional activities will not be supported through this funding mechanism.

Deadline: The application will be due in November.

Details for the research travel grants

  • Eligibility, expenditures, application, etc.

    Eligibility

    Full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts and the Reynolds School of Journalism are eligible.

    Funding Level

    Funding requests should be up to $3,000.

    Eligible Expenditures

    Travel, hotels, meals, parking fees, and fees related to accessing a museum, library, collection, archive, studio, archeological site, or other relevant venue related to the purpose for the application. All expenditures must comply with University and NSHE travel policies.

    Application

    1. A cover letter that should include: (i) a summary of the research or creative project (400 to 450 words), (ii) justification for travel (no more than 100 words), (iii) a timeline for completion of the travel and resulting project; and (iv) information about external funding for which the applicant has already applied or plans to apply for in order to support the continued development of the project.
    2. Any letters of permission or invitations (e.g., from libraries, collections, recording studios) needed to access resources at the site to which the applicant plans to travel.
    3. Budget with justification (one-page limit). Please see below for a budget template.
    4. Current abbreviated CV (three-page limit).
    5. A letter of support from the applicant’s department chair with the dean’s endorsement.
    6. The full application package should be emailed by the applicant’s dean as a single PDF to Ahmad Itani ( itani@unr.edu). All queries should be addressed to Ahmad Itani.
    7. Deadline for receipt of the application package is Friday, November 15, 2019 by 5 p.m.

    Evaluation Criteria

    Criteria adapted from the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) criteria for Fellowships, Summer Stipends, and Public Scholar Program.

    1. The quality of the conception, definition, organization, and description of the project, and the importance of the travel request to the successful completion of the project.
    2. The intellectual significance of the proposed project, including its value to liberal arts or journalism scholars, general audiences, or both.
    3. The applicant’s record of research and scholarly work as an interpreter of the liberal arts and/or media.
    4. Evidence that the applicant has permission to access any archives, collections, etc. that are the basis of the project and the reason for the travel.
    5. The likelihood that the applicant will complete the project, manuscript, book, recording, etc.
    6. Evidence of external funding applications—current or future, and/or the potential of the project to gain external funding.

    Evaluation Committee

    The five-member evaluation committee will be comprised of:

    • Two faculty members from CLA—Nominated by the Dean of CLA
    • One faculty member from Journalism—Nominated by the Dean of Journalism
    • One faculty member from CLA or Journalism—Nominated by the Faculty Senate
    • One faculty member from Research & Innovation

    Deliverables & Reporting

    Travel grant recipients are required to submit a one-page report within three months of the end of their research travel summarizing outcomes, such as publications, monographs, exhibitions, and/or other scholarly, artistic and creative accomplishments related to the award. Please plan to present at the annual Research & Innovation showcase poster session in the spring semester.

    All award recipients should acknowledge the support from the University of Nevada, Reno in all publications, monographs, presentations, and activities stemming from the award.

    Budget Format

    Example Budget Format
    Expenses Expense Category Cost
    1 Air/rail/bus/etc. fare $ –
    2 Personal car (miles driven x mileage rate) $ –
    3 Taxi $ –
    4 Hotel $ –
    5 Meals $ –
    6 Parking $ –
    7 Other fees (entrance to a museum, etc.), if applicable $ –
    8 Total $ –