Research Enhancement Program
Individuals are eligible to apply for a maximum of $8,000; two or more eligible faculty working together on one project may request a maximum of $16,000. Final recommendations for funding of Research Enhancement Grants are made by the University Research Enhancement Committee via the Faculty Senate.
University Research Committee
The Faculty Senate has established a University Research Enhancement Committee, composed of one tenured or tenure-track faculty member from each academic college. Committee members are appointed by the Senate on the basis of their research experience and good judgment, to serve staggered three-year terms. The committee works closely with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, which is responsible for distributing materials and receiving applications. Deadlines and additional information are available on the Research Enhancement Program website.
College Research Enhancement Committees
College Research Enhancement Committees consist of one elected representative from each department/school in the college, chosen in an election conducted early each fall by the department's liaison or senator. The CRE committees are chaired by the college's representative to the University Research Enhancement Committee. These committees review all college proposals and rank them after thorough discussion of each proposal. The committees use a definition of "research" that is broad enough to include all definitions of scholarly and creative activity as defined by the individual departments. Committee members may not submit a proposal during their term.
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
A representative of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs serves as an ex officio member of the University Research Enhancement Committee to provide procedural guidelines and information as requested by the committee. Final determination and apportionment of funds is made by the Senate, upon the recommendation of the University Research Enhancement Committee, and notification of the results comes from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.