Research and Artistry

Applications for 2017 are now closed

Research and Artistry is an annual internal grant program supporting faculty research, scholarship and creative activities. Applications are due in the fall and awards are made in the spring. The process is competitive and all applications are reviewed by a faculty committee.

Research and Artistry Awards

Proposals are invited from NIU faculty to support research, scholarship and artistry activities in all academic areas. This support reflects the university’s commitment to investing resources in faculty research, scholarly and creative activities. Proposals will be accepted in three categories: Opportunity Grants, Facilitation Grants and Completion Grants.

The Research and Artistry Selection Committee emphasizes research and artistry support for beginning faculty, but also provides funds to support tenured faculty as well. Proposal development, evaluation procedures, timelines and eligibility requirements are provided separately for Opportunity, Facilitation and Completion Grants (see category description and links to each RFP below). The selection committee scores proposals and provides recommendations to the vice president for Research and Innovation Partnerships.

Research and Artistry Grant Categories and Request for Proposals

More Info For Opportunity Grants    
The Opportunity Grant mechanism supports research, scholarly and creative activities with the potential to attract future external funding. Submissions may propose investing in the success of an established program, as well as supporting new projects through funding for a pilot project, establishing or enhancing partnerships, or other activities that significantly advance the University’s scholarly enterprise. Because the intent of Opportunity Grants is to seed future externally funded activity, applicant should clearly demonstrate the potential of their project to lead to external funding.
More Info For Facilitation Grants    
The Facilitation Grant mechanism facilitates high quality research, scholarly, and creative activities by faculty members working in areas where extramural support for such endeavors is extremely limited. Generally, these areas may include, but are not limited to, the visual and performing arts, the humanities and multidisciplinary efforts in the social sciences that have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods.
More Info For Completion Grants    
The Completion Grant mechanism provides funding to faculty who require additional support to complete an active research, creative or scholarly project of professional significance (e.g., completing analysis or a paper from an externally funded grant that recently ended). Strong preference will be given to externally supported projects that demonstrate the need for additional funding to complete an identified deliverable. There must be a discrete outcome or deliverable target in the application. Moreover, the identified goal must be achievable within the scope of the proposed budget and timeline.

For questions, please email Cathy in the Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships at ccradduc@niu.edu .


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I apply for support for any kind of scholarly activity?

A: Yes, but you must submit your request under one of the three categories of grant support described below:

Opportunity Grants:
The Opportunity Grant mechanism supports research, scholarly and creative activities with the potential to attract future external funding . Submissions may propose investing in the success of an established program, as well as supporting new projects through funding for a pilot project, establishing or enhancing partnerships, or other activities that significantly advance the University’s scholarly enterprise. Because the intent of Opportunity Grants is to seed future externally funded activity, applicant should clearly demonstrate the potential of their project to lead to external funding.
Facilitation Grants:
The Facilitation Grant mechanism facilitates high quality research, scholarly, and creative activities by faculty members working in areas where extramural support for such endeavors is extremely limited. Generally, these areas may include, but are not limited to, the visual and performing arts, the humanities, and multidisciplinary efforts in the social sciences that have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods
Completion Grants:
The Completion Grant mechanism provides funding to faculty who require additional support to complete an active research, creative, or scholarly project of professional significance (e.g., completing analysis or a paper from an externally funded grant that recently ended). Strong preference will be given to externally supported projects that demonstrate the need for additional funding to complete an identified deliverable. There must be a discrete outcome or deliverable target in the application. Moreover, the identified goal must be achievable within the scope of the proposed budget and time-line.

Q: If I am a tenured faculty member and I received and R&A grant last year (Summer 2016), can I apply again this year?

A: No, tenured faculty who received an award in 2016 are not eligible for 2017 funds.

Q: If I am an untenured faculty member and I received an R&A award in 2016, can I apply again this year?

A: Yes, as long as you were not also funded in 2015. Untenured faculty can receive funding in two consecutive years.

Q: If I am an untenured faculty member, but I am submitting my paperwork for tenure this fall, am I still considered as a member of Group 1?

A: No, only applicants who may be awarded tenure only after fall 2017 will be considered in the Group 1, untenured applicant pool.

Q: If I already have summer support, or for other reasons do not wish to include salary funding in my budget, can I still ask for the full amount of available funding (i.e., $15,000 for Opportunity Grants and $10,000 for Facilitation and Completion Grants)?

A: Yes.

Q: May I use Summer Research & Artistry award funds to travel to a professional conference?

A: No. Conference travel is not allowed; only travel for the purpose of conducting research related to your proposal is permitted.

Q: If I am applying for a Facilitation Grant, do I need to clarify whether my area of study provides extremely limited funding to support projects like mine?

A: Yes.

Q: If I am applying for a Facilitation Grant will I be penalized if I list the few small grants or awards that I have been able to pursue successfully?

A: No. Whereas you are not required to report any history of extramural funding, you will not be penalized for demonstrating success at obtaining funding from the limited sources available to your discipline.

Q: Can I include appendices or letters of support with my application?

A: No, proposals that include additional such materials will not be reviewed by the committee. However, attachments confirming the commitment of external collaborators are allowed.

Q: How do I get a list of previous grants I have submitted in the past three years?

A: Call Sponsored Programs Administration (753-1581) and request that this information be sent to you.

Q: Can I collaborate with colleagues on a proposal and also submit another as the PI?

A: You can be the lead PI on no more than one proposal and a key participant on no more than two proposals (regardless of category). Only one month of summer salary may be requested by an individual.

Can you provide examples of how proposals should be classified in each of the three categories?

A: Below are a few examples that should be relevant to the scholarly work done in the College of Business. If any faculty members have questions about the potential for funding in their research area, they can request guidance from the Sponsored Projects Administration.

Opportunity Grants: A marketing faculty member seeks funding to create a database relevant to a research questions about a particular industry cluster. Creation of the database represents one of the initial steps in a long range plan to establish a consortium where private partners pay to have access to raw and/or analyzed data. The formed partnerships and associated investment sustain the scholarly effort over time through the provision of resources and the generation of new research questions.

Facilitation Grants : A faculty member plans to use qualitative research methods to study how workflows influence employee attitudes in hierarchical organizations. 

Completion Grants : A faculty member requests summer salary to allow him/her to complete a manuscript that is currently under revision. Completion, submission and publication of the manuscript are identified as intended deliverables in the application for funding.

Q: Does the review process include departmental and college review?

A: No.

Q: What role will the Selection Committee play in the review of proposals?

A: The Selection Committee will be chosen from among members of the faculty actively involved in research activities. The selection of committee members will reflect the disciplines represented among the submissions.

If you don’t see the answer to your question here, please send an email to Cathy @ ccradduc@niu.edu and we will address your inquiry.