The VPRP/Faculty Senate COVID Relief Fund (CRF) is intended to offer research support to those faculty members whose research/scholarly and creative activities were severely and continually impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many scholars faced severe challenges during 2020-2022 due to illness, travel restrictions, interruption of sabbatical, care for children or other family members, or increased departmental duties in support of colleagues facing these challenges. The CRF program, to be administered through the Research Council, provides a one-time funding opportunity to assist faculty members in regaining their scholarly momentum.
Proposals for CRF must come from tenured/tenure-track/ranked renewable term faculty members. Priority will be given to faculty members who will be considered for tenure and/or promotion in the next two years and those who have not received other forms of internal funding during FY 2021 and/or FY 2022.
Funding may be used for a course buyout, summer salary (only if the PI is not teaching in the summer), or other research-related expenses. Funds should be spent within twelve months of receiving the award. Course buyouts should be used in Spring 2023 or Fall 2023.
Awards will be capped at $8,000. If you are applying for a course release and your department/college requires funding at a greater level, we ask that you request they accept the funds offered here as sufficient payment.
A complete application consists of:
The application should be submitted as a single PDF. Questions about this program should be directed to Ying Wang (firstname.lastname@example.org), Chair of the Research Council.
The total budget for this CRF program is $50,000. We anticipate funding 7-10 awards.
The proposals will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the Research Council in collaboration with the Faculty Senate. The proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria: