Research Committee Awards
The Graduate School Research Committee awards provide competitive support for research or creative activities that are likely to lead to recognition of the faculty member and the University. In so doing, they highlight the breadth of meritorious scholarship across UWM.
Projects supported with Research Committee funds are expected to result in appropriate scholarly products, e.g. publications, creative works, proposals for extramural funding, or artistic performances.
A total of $300,000 is reserved for this competition. Grants may be funded up to a maximum of $15,000 for individual applicants, or $25,000 for two or more UWM faculty working on a project. Funds are available for summer salary support (one-ninth annual salary, or the award maximum, whichever is less); hiring a Project Assistant, Research Assistant, or student hourly help; equipment; travel to conduct research or to present the results of the research; purchase of services (e.g. lab work, consultants); other supplies and expenses (including subventions).
These funds are not intended to take the place of start-up funds provided by the faculty member’s department or college.
- Have a tenure-track or tenured faculty appointment
- Have not received a Research Committee Award during the three years preceding the award year.
- Have satisfied the terms and conditions of previous internal awards.
- Are not on notice of non-retention.
- Will be on the faculty in the academic year following the award year. (If a grantee fails to complete this required term of continued service, full reimbursement to the Graduate School of all expended funds is required).
- Do not have primary budget authority (i.e. chancellor, vice chancellor, deans, associate deans).
- Those who received $100,000 or more in start-up funds are not eligible to apply until their sixth year.
Applicants are restricted to one proposal as lead investigator per application cycle, but can be a co-investigator on other proposals.
Research Committee awards cannot be used to support:
- Curriculum projects.
- Service projects.
- Development of commercial products.
- Faculty release time during the fall or spring semester.
Eligible applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
- Originality of the proposal.
- Relationship of the project to the applicant’s research and scholarship agenda.
- Clarity of the proposal.
- Potential contribution to the field.
- The applicant’s record of scholarly activities.
- Feasibility of success based on budget, time, required skills, access to needed resources.
- Overall impression of the proposal.
Applying for Research Committee and RGI Awards
If a faculty member is a finalist for both awards, the Graduate School will work with the person to select one.