For the fifth year, the College is calling for proposals for Excellence and Innovation Fund monies. This year, we hope to have
a total of $20,000 in income to fund proposals that will achieve our
planning goal “to foster and support the visibility and
leadership of our faculty in research, scholarship, and creative
These awards are intended to help academic units that aspire
to distinction and visibility in research and graduate training.
The proposals must meet two chief criteria: (1) an innovative concept
and (2) promise for increasing the Department’s reputation and
visibility within the University, the nation, and the state. The
proposals should be based on faculty discussions of how the department
can move to the next level of quality and distinction.
Proposals should explain the effect that the initiative will
have on the goals mentioned above. Funding may be requested for
such initiatives as disciplinary or interdisciplinary conferences
to be held on our campus, innovative interarts performances, special
opportunities for graduate student recruitment or development--or
other activities or initiatives that your department has discussed
as a means of fostering excellence.
We expect proposals to be in the range of $5,000 to $10,000.
Proposals may be for a single year or for multiple years. If the
proposal is for seed money for a project that will be on-going
after the period of the award, the proposal must explain how the
funds for continuing the project will be secured.
Proposals for Excellence and Innovation Funds should be submitted
by the DEO on behalf of the department or on behalf of a group of faculty.
(Include the cover sheet with
the proposal; the proposal itself is not to exceed two additional
pages.) Twenty copies of the cover sheet and proposal must be
submitted to the Office of the Dean, 240 SH, by Friday, May 4.
In departments that are submitting more than one proposal, the
DEO must include a cover letter rank-ordering the proposals
according to their importance for the visibility of the department.
I will consult the Associate Deans and Executive Committee in
selecting which proposals are to be funded. In the past three years,
the College has funded a total of ten proposals for Excellence and Innovation
Funds and enlisted the help of the University and the Graduate
College in supporting two additional proposals. Click here for a list of previously funded Excellence and Innovation proposals.