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Proposal Enhancement Support

Goals of Proposal Enhancement Support

  1. To “catalyze” opportunity for external funding for faculty, who have received feedback from an external funding agency.  These funds should be used to gather more preliminary data or creative material, which could be utilized to resubmit their proposal.
  2. These projects should enhance the chances of garnering external funding.

Eligibility, Procedures, and Criteria

  1. Eligible projects include activities leading to external funding proposals by HES tenure and non-tenure track faculty. Faculty who have submitted a grant, were unsuccessful and received critiques previously will receive priority.
  2. It is expected that the proposed project will lead to a submission to an external source in the next 12 months. 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.
  3. Faculty may not receive more than one award in any 12-month period.
  4. There is no deadline for application; however, proposals must be received at least three weeks prior to the planned expenditure of funds.
  5. Proposals may request up to $5,000. These funds may NOT be used as salary for faculty or students. In most cases, we expect funds to be used cover expenses to collect more preliminary data as requested from comments from previous submission, however, other requests will be considered.
  6. 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. Cover Letter that includes a description of the need for internal funding to enhance chances of funding from an external source. Include Proposal title, name(s) and department(s) of principal investigator(s).  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.
  2. 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. Or, how this funding will catalyze your creative endeavors (including any planned scholarship, creative work, or other end products).
  3. Budget: Include a budget of up to $5,000 with budget justification provided.
  4. Letter of Support from the Departmental Chair that you have the time and facilities to complete this project within the next 12 months.
  5. Description of the proposed research/project during period of this funding (should address issues raised in summary statement; must be < 2 pages)
  6. Summary statement/critiques of recently reviewed proposal which was not funded.
  7. 12-point font, single-spaced, 1” margins.
  8. For questions about this program, please contact Jill Kanaley, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, 118 Gwynn Hall,
  9. Submit proposal in electronic format to Jill Kanaley, PhD (

Progress Report

A progress report is required for all funded projects at 6 months and at the completion of the grant period. The report will describe activities completed, use of funds, and application status.