Since Fall 2014, the College has supported the development of individual and collaborative research and scholarly proposals through its SEGway Program. The College now seeks to support the development of institutional grants for departmental initiatives, institutional programs, curriculum development, etc. In Spring 2018 the SEGway Committee approved establishing an Institutional Track within the SEGway Program to support the development of proposals considered institutional in nature. The 2018-2019 academic year will be a pilot period. The following parameter may change as we learn how to better support institutional proposals in this way.
During this pilot period, there will be two options under this track:
Option #1: “Thank-You Stipends”
The College recognizes that faculty contribute in many ways to the development of external grant proposals. Often, faculty sacrifice time on their own research or scholarly work in order to support these efforts. The spirit of this option is to provide a way for the College to express its thanks to faculty for the significant work involved in developing an institutional grant proposal. During the pilot period, eligible faculty are those:
- who have contributed in a substantial way to the development and submission of an external grant for institutional purposes (submitted between Jan. 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019)
- whose job description does not explicitly note fundraising expectations
- who will not receive remuneration as part of the proposed budget in the grant proposal
During the 18-19 academic year, the SEGway committee expects to award five to six $1,000 “thank-you stipends” to faculty who have worked on proposals with members of the Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) Office.
We anticipate that, moving forward, the CFR staff will indicate in preliminary discussions with faculty if they anticipate that the work involved would qualify the faculty member for a thank-you stipend. (Faculty members who believe they may be eligible for this award are also encouraged to initiate a discussion with the Foundation Relations staff.) Then, during the development of (or just after the submission of) a grant proposal, the CFR staff will nominate individuals for this stipend by submitting to the SEGway Committee a brief summary of the faculty member’s role in developing the proposal.
Option #2: “Institutional Seed Funding”
The spirit of this option is to help the College become more competitive for institutional grant proposals by investing in activities that may better position the College for external funding. During the pilot period, both faculty and staff are eligible to apply for grants of $500-$2,500 to support activities that will help the College become more competitive for an external institutional grant. This option is intended to mirror the seed funding category of the original (research-focused) SEGway program by incorporating the following features:
- Applicants must work with CFR staff to identify a particular funder, deadline, etc.
- Applicants must commit to submitting the external grant within 1 to 3 years.
- Applicants are encouraged to be creative and strategic in identifying the most important activity that will lead to a more competitive proposal. The SEGway program is intended to be highly flexible in order to address a variety of needs associated with becoming more competitive.
This option involves the submission of an internal SEGway proposal to the SEGway Committee. Applicants must be able to articulate in their SEGway proposal how the funded activity will make the College more competitive for the targeted funder/program. (Proposals accepted year-round, or until all funding is expended. Please request the Institutional SEGway form from Tess Powers)
During the 18-19 academic year, the SEGway Committee will award approximately $5,000 for these institutional seed funding SEGway grants. (More funding may become available in Spring 2019.) Due to limited funding, we are not able to incorporate the proportionality feature of the research-focused SEGway program.
For more information, please contact one of the following people:
Ina Remus, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Laura Hines, Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Tess Powers, Director of Faculty Research Support