Summer Research Grants
Summer Research Grants are
intended to support faculty summer research projects, especially those that
engage students as research assistants.
Successful applicants will
receive a summer stipend of $3,500 and up to $4,000 in funding, primarily for
undergraduate or graduate student assistants.
Up to 25 percent of the funding requested may be used for small expenses
necessary to conduct the summer research, such as supplies or modest
participant incentives, but the primary focus should be on the involvement of
student assistants. Other costs such as
equipment, contractors, travel, and dissemination of the research results are
not covered by this program. The funding will be made available from
approximately June 15th to August 31st, and all Summer
Research Grants will end at that point. Joint
proposals may request up to two summer stipends while limiting the funding
request to the $4,000 maximum.
Eligibility for Summer
Research Grants is limited to full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty. Eligible faculty may apply for one such grant
per year and may not receive funding from this grant program for the same
project for more than two summers. Faculty
who receive summer support from their academic units are not eligible to
receive a summer stipend but may apply for grant funds. Faculty with summer
support from external grants may not be eligible for a summer stipend,
depending up their level of external support.
(The Office of Research Services can advise faculty regarding
this.) Also, faculty who have overspent previous
Council grants will not be eligible for funding until the overage is resolved.
Applications will be accepted in the fall and winter,
with deadlines of October 15th and March 15th,
How to Apply
Applicants are required to use the on-line proposal
system established for the Councils.
Within Campus Connect, click on “Grant Proposals” in the “Faculty
Center.” Follow this link for more
detailed navigation instructions: https://offices.depaul.edu/research-services/internal-grants/Documents/Navigation_to_Grant_Proposal_Module.pdf. If
a Grant Proposals link does not appear in the Faculty Center, write to URC@depaul.edu to request access.
Proposals must include the following:
Abstract: Clearly summarize the project, making it as accessible as possible to a general reader.
Narrative: Attach a detailed description of the summer research project along with the project’s objectives; the need for and importance of the proposed research; and the relationship between the project and the applicant’s overall research interests.
CV: Attach a current CV.
Budget Narrative: Detail and justify the funding that is requested on the Budget Form. For student assistants, include a breakout of the estimated hourly rate and the estimated number of hours to be worked. Also include benefits at 10% of the total hourly wages. If a summer stipend is not requested, please note this in the Budget Narrative. Otherwise, the stipend need not be mentioned. The stipend may not be reallocated to funding for the summer project, which is limited to a maximum of $4,000.
Budget Form: Use the budget form to assign the anticipated expenses to DePaul budget categories. Include the total student wages in Part-Time Salaries and 10% of Part-Time Salaries in the Benefits category. As needed, use Supplies, Office, and Other
to include other modest expenses associated with conducting the summer research,
up to 25 percent of the total budget, which is limited to $4,000 overall. Travel, Conference Registration, Meeting
Expense, and Professional Service are not covered by this grant program. Do not
include the summer stipends in the budget form.
will be reviewed by the University Research Council, and all applicants will be
notified of the results.
Expectations and Requirements of Grant Recipients
Successful applicants are expected to carry out their projects as described in their proposal narratives and in keeping with their proposed budgets. Significant departures from the narrative or budget will require advance approval from the Office of Research Services.
Students assisting with funded projects may not begin work on them until their hiring process is complete.
All Summer Research Grants must end by August 31st.
A report on the
project will be due by September 30th. Instructions concerning what to include in
the report and how to submit it will be provided.