The Junior Faculty Fellowship (JFF) Program is designed to help new tenure-track faculty members establish their research/creative activity and make progress to tenure by providing support in areas critical to the development of their programs. The awards can be used as summer (June and July) stipends to enable faculty members to carry out full time research and scholarly activity during that period. However, the awards are not limited to summer stipends, and faculty members are urged to utilize the awards to provide maximum benefit to their research programs. This might include supplies, equipment, personnel, and travel.
The program is restricted to tenure-track assistant professors who are in the first four years of their tenure-track position at the university. A faculty member receiving an award is expected to make at least a one-month commitment to research or creative activity. Faculty members who have not acquired a terminal degree by the deadline for application, are ABD, associate and full professors, ranked renewable term faculty, instructors, lecturers, adjunct faculty, and visiting faculty are not eligible for this program. Because of the limited number of available awards, faculty who have other sources of summer salary support will receive lower priority.
Each JFF award totals $7,000, and awards are announced in March or early April. Eligible individuals are limited to two (2) awards during the eligibility period. Eligible individuals may not receive an award from the JFF program and the Faculty Investment Program if the scope of the research is the same or similar. The award funds can be used for any legitimate purpose associated with the project if justified in the proposal.
This is a reimbursement program. If funded, the OVPRP will reimburse the principal investigator’s department for expenditures up to the award amount. The reimbursement will be made after the completion and approval of the Final Report.
Matching funds from colleges and departments are not required for the JFF.
All proposals submitted to JFF must include the following, clearly delineated in separate sections within the allocated page limits indicated below for each proposal component. Line spacing must not be smaller than 1.5 lines, font size must be at least 11 points, and 1” margins must be used.
PROPOSALS SUBMITTED WITHOUT ALL OF THE REQUIRED MATERIALS OR THAT DO NOT FOLLOW THE REQUIRED FORMATTING WILL BE RETURNED WITHOUT REVIEW.
The Research Council review of JFF proposals will consider the following aspects of the proposal:
Approximately 45-60 proposals are submitted each year. Depending on the number of proposals, the Research Council chair will designate up to four subcommittees with each subcommittee evaluating approximately 10-15 proposals according to the review criteria. This evaluation takes place in January and February with final recommendations made during the February Research Council meeting. After reviewing each subcommittee's evaluations, the Research Council will forward its recommendations for funding to the Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships. Notification of funding will occur prior to March 31 of the application year.
At the end of the project or by the date outlined in the award letter, the principal investigator is required to submit a final report with required documentation to the OVPRP using the online submission form at this page. This report should describe the outcomes and impacts of the project on the field of study, on the scholarly program of the investigator, and on the university as a whole. It also should describe any deviations from the work from that originally proposed, include activities in progress, e.g., proposals, performances, manuscripts, that relate directly to the project, and provide a detailed accounting with documentation. Once the final report has been received and approved, the funds will be reimbursed* to the applicant/principal investigator’s department up to the award amount.
An extension may be requested by emailing RC_VPRfunding@ou.edu. The extension must be requested prior to the deadline and should include a justification as to need.
*Any JFF awarded prior to FY17 received funds at the beginning of the award, and the applicant/principal investigator’s department will be expected to return any unspent funds to the OVPRP.
All written publications, whether in hard copy or electronic form, that have benefitted from Research Council funding must contain the following statement of acknowledgment: "This research was supported (in part, if appropriate) by a grant from the Research Council of the University of Oklahoma Norman Campus."