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Proposal Enhancement Support

Goals of Proposal Enhancement Support

  1. To “catalyze” new external funding for faculty, especially assistant professors undertaking initial proposals to competitive grant programs or associate and full professors seeking new sources of support for research and creative activities;
  2. To provide funds for faculty who encounter one-time costs for activities that can markedly enhance the likelihood of competing successfully for external funds;
  3. To assist HES faculty in being more competitive in grant-seeking arenas.

Eligibility, Procedures, and Criteria

  1. Eligible projects include activities leading to external funding proposals by HES faculty. Faculty who are new to the competitive grant process will receive priority.
  2. All tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty are eligible.
  3. The primary output of a proposed project will typically be a proposal submitted to an external source. Competitive federal programs are likely the most common source, but faculty can identify foundation, industry or other sources as appropriate to their discipline and research or creative interests.
  4. Recipients of these awards will be expected to turn in a short final report on their use of funds and consequent activities.
  5. Faculty may not receive more than one award in any 12-month period.
  6. There is no deadline for application; however, proposals must be received at least two weeks prior to the planned expenditure of funds.
  7. Proposals may request up to $1,000. These funds may NOT be used as salary for faculty or students. In most cases, we expect funds to be used to visit sponsoring agency officers, engage in professional development, participate in funding seminars, and related activities.
  8. Proposals will be reviewed by the HES Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, and as needed, by the Dean, the Associate Dean for Extension, and/or outside reviewers appropriate to each proposal.

Proposal Outline

  1. Proposal title, name(s) and department(s) of principal investigator(s).
  2. Objectives: Develop objectives that provide a basis for assessing the success of the project. One objective will typically be the submission of a grant application to an external funder. Please include the name of the external agency to which a proposal will be submitted, the name of the program (as applicable), and the proposal deadline (if known).
  3. Justification: Briefly describe how the proposed activity will enhance your abilities to successfully compete for external funding and why the award is appropriate at the present time.
  4. Catalyst potential: Discuss how the successful application for funds will further your research or creative activity goals/agenda in terms of scholarship, collaboration with other faculty (at MU or elsewhere), future research grants and any larger research/creative endeavors (including any planned scholarship, creative work, or other end products).
  5. Budget: Include a budget of up to $1,000.
  6. Proposal length should not exceed two pages (12-point font, single-spaced).
  7. Submit proposal in electronic format to Trish Savage (
  8. For questions about this program, please contact Jill Kanaley, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, 118 Gwynn Hall, (573) 882-5367,