Royalty Research Fund

Closing Date

September 28, 2015 - 5:00pm

The purpose of the Royalty Research Fund (RRF) is to advance new directions in research, particularly:

  1. in disciplines for which external funding opportunities are minimal, and/or
  2. for faculty who are junior in rank, and/or
  3. in cases where funding may provide unique opportunities to increase applicants’ competitiveness for subsequent funding.

Proposals must demonstrate a high probability of generating important new creative activities or scholarly understandings, new scholarly materials or resources, significant data or information, or essential instrumentation resources that are likely to significantly advance the reputation of the university, lead to external funding, or lead to developing a new technology.  Proposals should include well-justified budgets of less than $40,000.

We also continue to seek proposals for the Royalty Research Fund Scholar program to support faculty release time for one quarter in conjunction with support of a meritorious research proposal. RRF Scholar applicants must teach four or more "regular and substantial courses per year." Independent study and dissertation supervision are not included in these courses, as the intent is to release the faculty from the responsibility of classroom preparation time and in-class hours to concentrate on scholarly activities. While we expect most RRF Scholar proposals to come from the arts, humanities and social sciences, all qualifying faculty are eligible to apply. RRF Scholar proposals include funds for a teaching replacement, and may also include a modest budget for other project expenses.

All proposals will be peer reviewed through one of the three Royalty Research Fund Review Committees. The evaluators are faculty colleagues and therefore will not necessarily be specialists in the applicant’s subfield. Thought should be given, therefore, to crafting the proposal so that a wider audience may understand it. Although technical field-specific information will be expected, the major features of the proposal should also be accessible to non-specialists.

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