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Applications Welcome for 2017 Drexel Research, Scholarship and Creativity Awards

February 6, 2017

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Good news for faculty members with plans to increase or create research efforts: Drexel’s Office of Research and Office of Faculty Affairs recently announced $1.2 million in funding for the first-ever Drexel research, scholarship and creativity awards. The funding can supplement or establish research opportunities for faculty members as a way of improving the University’s quality and quantity of research efforts.

Six different awards will be given to support scholarly and creative research, gap funding for research projects, the acquisition of non-personnel items to conduct research and the promotion of interdisciplinary research initiatives, among other incentives. Deadlines for the awards range from mid-February to mid-April.

“Creation of new knowledge is a central tenant of our mission,” said Senior Vice Provost for Research Aleister Saunders, PhD, who is also a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences.As such, we need to celebrate our faculty whose achievement is extraordinary, as well as facilitate new and existing research projects. With the inception of these annual awards, we are celebrating achievements to date as well as facilitating creativity and discovery in all disciplines. Our faculty members are the driving force for our research, scholarship and creative activities and their scholarly productivity is critical to all of our efforts.”

If you’re interested in applying for these awards, here are descriptions of each of the funding opportunities and deadlines for application:

Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement (CURE) Formula Awards:  Feb. 17, 2017

  • Distribution of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Health Formula funds that promote interdisciplinary research initiatives involving clinical, health services and/or biomedical research.
  • Department of Health funds for the 2017 program total ~$880,000.
  • Budgets of up to $75,000 in direct costs will be considered.
  • For more information, eligibility requirements and to submit an application, visit the Drexel University Funding Portal.

Faculty Summer Research Award: March 1, 2017

  • Provide faculty with the opportunity to pursue research activities that will enhance their careers as well as increase their contributions to Drexel.
  • Awards of $7,000 will made for two months of summer effort.
  • Up to $105,000 of University funds will be available for this award.
  • For more information, eligibility requirements and to submit an application, visit the Drexel University Funding Portal.

Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity Awards: March 1, 2017

  • Supports the scholarly and creative activities of faculty.
  • Emphasis on fields and projects where limited external funding is available.
  • Funding is intended to be flexible and used in a manner most useful to the applicant’s project.
  • Faculty will be awarded from $1,000 and up to $50,000 for their projects and the University has set aside $50,000 for this award program.
  • For more information, eligibility requirements and to submit an application, visit the Drexel University Funding Portal.

Faculty Bridge Funding Award: March 1, 2017

  • These awards provide tenured and tenure-track faculty the opportunity to apply for gap funding for their research programs when all other sources of funding are exhausted.
  • These funds are intended to support necessary activities associated with grant applications that have received scores and critiques that indicate a potential for funding or resubmission.
  • Awards of up to $20,000 will be considered. The University has set aside $100,000 for this competition.
  • A 1:1 cost-share is required.
  • For more information, eligibility requirements and to submit an application, visit the Drexel University Funding Portal.

Scholarly Materials and Research Equipment Award: March 1, 2017

  • The Scholarly Materials and Research Equipment awards are for the acquisition of materials, equipment, software, systems, library collections or other non-personnel items that will enhance the research enterprise.
  • Awards between $5,000 and $30,000 will be considered. The University has set aside $150,000 total. No single request can exceed $30,000.
  • A cost-share of 30 percent is required.
  • For more information, eligibility requirements and to submit an application, visit the Drexel University Funding Portal.

Provost’s Award for Outstanding Scholarly Productivity: April 15, 2017

  • Recognition of faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to their scholarly field and have demonstrated leadership in this respect.
  • There are three award categories for Outstanding Achievement: Early-career, Mid-career and Career Achievement.
  • The University looks to recognize faculty awardees with awards ranging between $5,000 and $25,000 and has set aside $100,000 for these awards.
  • For more information, eligibility requirements and to submit an application, visit the Drexel University Funding Portal.
  • Faculty can nominate colleagues for these awards by emailing fundingportal@drexel.edu.

Faculty members who are interested in submitting a proposal should prepare their application in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the Drexel University Funding Portal, for each competition respectively.

Questions should be directed to fundingportal@drexel.edu.

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