Research and Artistry

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. Proposal and budget guidelines, evaluation criteria, and selection procedures are provided separately for Opportunity, Facilitation and Completion Grants (see category description and links to each RFP below). Eligibility criteria, submission details, and deadline are provided below.

Eligibility

  1. Award recipients must be on full-time regular appointments during both the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years; however, they do not have to be members of the graduate faculty.
  2. Tenured faculty members who received Research & Artistry awards in 2019 are not eligible to apply for 2020 funding. Untenured faculty members who received Research & Artistry awards in 2019 may apply for 2020 funding.
  3. An application may be submitted for a project proposed jointly by more than one faculty member. Collaborative proposals may include interdisciplinary submissions by faculty from different units/departments/colleges. (Note: Each of the submitting faculty members must meet application eligibility requirements. Joint proposals will be assigned a single score.)
  4. An individual 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.

 

Deadline

Proposals must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on November 1, 2019. The process is completely electronic; please do not submit emailed or hard copies of documents.

 

Proposal submission

Proposals will be submitted via NIU’s InfoEd portal:

https://northernillinois.infoedglobal.com/

Instructions for logging in to InfoEd and starting your proposal are available on the Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships home page: https://www.niu.edu/divresearch/about/era.shtml. Login instructions and support documents appear in the upper right corner of the page. A support document titled “Creating a Research & Artistry proposal” is available in the lower right section of the page and outlines the initial steps to start your proposal. Once your proposal is started, you will find instructions on each page for how to complete that page. For technical assistance with the InfoEd submission process, send an email to erahelp@niu.edu and reference Research & Artistry in the subject line.

Research and Artistry Grant Categories and Request for Proposals

More Information on Opportunity Grants    
The Opportunity Grant 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, applicants should clearly demonstrate the potential of their project to lead to external funding.
More Information on Facilitation Grants    
The Facilitation Grant 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 Information on Completion Grants    
The Completion Grant 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.

Please email the Research & Artistry program with questions at ResArt@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. You must also state your reason for selecting the category you did. 

Opportunity Grants:
The Opportunity Grant 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, applicants should clearly demonstrate the potential of their project to lead to external funding.
Facilitation Grants:
The Facilitation Grant 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 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.  

Q: If I am a tenured faculty member and I received and R&A grant for summer 2019, can I apply again this year?

A: No, tenured faculty who received an award in 2019 are not eligible for 2020 funds.

Q: If I am an untenured faculty member and I received an R&A award for summer 2019, can I apply again this year?

A: Yes, as long as you were not also funded in 2018. Untenured faculty can receive funding in up to 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 (untenured)?

A: No, only applicants who may be awarded tenure after fall 2019 will be considered in the Group 1, untenured applicant pool.

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. Travel vouchers submitted to us for conference travel will be returned to the department and will not be paid by the R&A award.

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: Send an email to Julie Miller, eRA Coordinator at jamiller@niu.edu and request this information be sent to you via email. Please allow two business days from the time of your request to receive the report. Reports will be provided during normal RIPS business hours.

Q: Can I collaborate with colleagues on a proposal and 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.

Q: 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 Sponsored Prorams Administration.

Opportunity Grants: A marketing faculty member seeks funding to create a database relevant to 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, email the Research & Artistry program at ResArt@niu.edu and we will address your inquiry.