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Research Leave: 2018-2019 Academic Year or 2018 Calendar Year


The Office of Research and Graduate Studies at the College of Human Environmental Sciences calls for applications from those who seek Research Leave (RL). The applicants must have unit-level approval, including salary support during the leave, before submission to HES RL. The purpose of HES RL program is to provide the college-level recommendation for the funding requests to the MU Provost office.

The funding from the Provost Office could cover portion of salary for teaching replacement or clinical replacement so that recipients can dedicate one or two semesters to original research, scholarly, and/or creative activities that will result in publications, exhibitions, and other scholarly or creative accomplishments. During the period of Research Leave, faculty should dedicate their time to research projects completely unencumbered by teaching, clinical, and/or administrative responsibilities. Research Leave may be taken for a period of up to 12 months. Faculty members on approved research leave may have reduced workload appropriate to the length and nature of their leave. Guidance is provided in CR&R 340.070 Faculty Leave.

If a RL applicant would like to request funding for travel, research assistants, equipment, and/or supplies, s/he can apply for a MU Research Council (RC) grant.

Research Leave funding is NOT awarded for the preparation of textbooks, preparation of a course or portion of a course, and projects of an explicitly commercial nature. Funding opportunities for activities that qualify as "faculty development."


  • Tenured and tenure-track faculty with established scholarly, artistic, or research records are eligible for Research Leave. Although Research Leave is not typically granted to faculty who have not received tenure prior to the requested start of leave, leave may be essential in some circumstances to accomplish the proposed research (for example, fieldwork for extended durations or at restricted times of the year). Tenure-track faculty with such considerations should consult their department chair to evaluate the appropriateness of an application.
  • In special circumstances, ranked non-tenure track faculty are eligible for Research Leave. In these cases, the appropriate Divisional Dean must demonstrate to the Provost that the applicant has a relationship to the University that is likely to continue long enough to justify the investment.
  • No more than two Research or Development Leaves (or the combination of a Research and Development Leave), each of a semester’s duration or more, may be granted in a five-year period.
  • The University expects the applicant to remain a University employee for a minimum of one year following completion of a leave.

DEADLINE: Research Leave applications are due by October 13, 2017. The approximate notification date is December 15, 2017.

Application Instructions:

  • Submit the complete electronic copy of the application to the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, 118 Gwynn (
  • Applications should comprise the following:
    1. Letter of Application
      Letter of application must include:
      1. Objective of RL
      2. RL timeline including start and end dates
      3. Amount of funding request to the MU Provost
      4. List all current and pending internal and external funds that cover the cost of the RL. Provide source(s)s of support, project title(s) , dates of entire project period, award amount(s), and extent of overlap with the proposed project.
    2. Unit Heads’ Support
      Letter of supports from unit heads, including financial commitment.
    3. Detailed Plan of Project
      (Maximum 6 pages for A. – F. and Book Projects a. – d. No page limit for G., H. and Book Projects)
      The plan should include the following information:
      1. Overall leave goals and objectives or specific aims
      2. Relevant background and literature
      3. Significance of project
      4. Methods and procedures
      5. Justification – Why is leave relevant at this time? How is the location of the leave important to the plan? How will completion of the proposed project facilitate future career goals? If your appointment includes no percent research, please include a letter of support from your department Chairperson that explains how the proposed activity will enhance your current appointment.
      6. Timetable for completion of the entire project. If the project extends beyond the duration of the leave, clearly indicate what you plan to complete during the time of the leave.
      7. Letters of Support should be included as a separate document, not an Appendix (e.g., from MU and/or non-MU collaborators, school districts, state agencies, archives, or outside institutions).
      8. Citations
      Book Projects: Applicants proposing a research leave to work on a book, or a proposal for a book, should include: (a) the proposed table of contents, (b) a description of the work completed thus far, (c) the portion of the scholarly work that will be completed during the time of the Research Leave, (d) a timeline for completing the entire project, and (e) letters of commitment or interest from prospective publishers or documentation of a publication contract, if available.
    4. Biographical Sketch/Curriculum Vitae
      (Maximum 3 pages. This section needs to be coded as Biographical Sketch/Curriculum Vitae. This information will need to be uploaded to eFunding as a PDF.)
      Include the following types of information:
      1. Education. Indicate institutions, degrees, and dates.
      2. Employment History. Include postdoctoral research and professional experience.
      3. List of Grants or Fellowships. Indicate grantor, inclusive dates, and amount of each award. List here those grants not mentioned in the “Internal and External Support” section.
      4. List publications most closely related to the proposed project: include titles and all authors. Indicate refereed journals, juried shows, etc. with an asterisk (*). Summarize your productivity by indicating the total number of refereed and non-refereed journal articles, books, book chapters, invited papers, juried shows, etc.

Research Compliance:

All research must be conducted in compliance with Federal and University Regulations. Funds will not be released until notice of compliance approval is received in the Office of Research. A compliance approval letter or e-mail must be either e-mailed to (after award is made) or uploaded to eFunding (before award is made)

Criteria Used in the Review:

Applications will be reviewed by a committee consisting of the Dean, the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, HES Associate Dean for Extension, and possible outside evaluators with the criteria listed below. In the review process, the review committee seeks to identify and support the most worthy applications, regardless of discipline. Faculty members are limited to two Research and/or Development Leaves in any five-year period. The committee gives preference to applications from faculty members who have not received a Research or Development Leave in the last five years.

All applications are reviewed in accord with the following criteria.

  • Goals and Objectives. Is the overall goal of the project well-conceived? Are the specific objectives clearly stated? Are there clearly stated hypotheses?
  • Intrinsic Merit. (significance, originality, and creativity) If the project is successful, will it result in an important, original contribution?
  • Design and Procedures. Is the design appropriate to achieve the stated goals? Are the methods and procedures clearly stated? Is the approach sound and innovative?
  • Feasibility. Is the approach likely to succeed? Can the goal of the project be completed in the time allowed? Are the necessary support resources available? Are letters of support included e.g., MU collaborators, school districts, state agencies, archives, non-MU collaborators and/or outside institutions?
  • Location. Is the location well-suited for the proposed project? Are there special resources available at the proposed locations that are important for the proposed project?
  • Qualifications. Does the applicant have the training and demonstrated expertise in the area of the proposed project?
  • Productivity. Has the applicant demonstrated productivity in publications, presentations, and creative works? What products have resulted from past Research Leave support?
  • Need for the Resources. What other Resources besides the RL are available to the applicant? What resources are available to support work in the field? What special circumstances exist (e.g., new project, interruption of external funding)? What opportunities exist for "leveraging" the funds to enhance (e.g., extend, expand) the proposed project and attract future external funding?

Resubmission of Research Leave Proposals:

Applicants may submit revised proposals at any of the upcoming deadlines; however, there is one additional requirement for a resubmission (in addition to the proposal). We ask that you also include a statement (2-page limit) with your resubmission that specifically addresses the comments of the reviewers and how the revised proposal reflects your consideration of those comments. The applicant should not only include a response statement; she or he should also edit the Detailed Plan of Project accordingly. While the request for a resubmission may be promising, it should be emphasized that this does not guarantee eventual approval.