THE JACOB E. NYENHUIS
FACULTY DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
STUDENT/FACULTY COOPERATIVE RESEARCH

Summer 2014

I. BASIC INFORMATION

  1. Eligibility: open to all full-time regular faculty, including full-time adjunct faculty; first priority, however, will be given to proposals from faculty in the Arts, Humanities and the Social Sciences. Faculty in the Natural and Applied Sciences are encouraged to consult with their Dean or the Provost before submitting an application. Individuals holding endowed chairs or who have other forms of summer support (from either internal or external sources) of $4,000 or more should not apply.

    NOTE: TENURED FACULTY WHO HAVE RECEIVED ANY HOPE COLLEGE SUMMER GRANTS FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR A THIRD CONSECUTIVE GRANT. TO BE ELIGIBLE, APPLICANTS MUST HAVE FILED A REPORT FOR THE MOST RECENT GRANT THEY RECEIVED.

  2. Grant Period: up to eight weeks of support for a faculty member (alone or in combination with another grant); student stipends may extend up to eight (8) weeks during the summer or up to the maximum award during the academic year.

  3. Maximum Grant: $7,200 (including other summer support from internal or external sources)
    1. Stipend: for faculty, $450 per week ($3,600 maximum); for students, $350 per week during the summer ($2,800 maximum). Student stipends are based on a 40-hour/week expectation. Time cards will not be necessary, however, due to overtime restrictions, no other campus employment is allowed during the grant period.
    2. Program Expenses: up to $800 (includes $400 maximum for student travel for dissemination purposes- see D.2. below)
      To cover expenses in excess of $800, individuals may request that money be transferred from the stipend line to the expenses line up to the maximum grant amount of $4,000. Such requests must be made by June 1, 2014.

  4. Purposes for Grants:
    1. Cooperative research involving students in significant research with a faculty member, leading to publication of the results of the research. Graduating Senior students are ineligible. These grants are intended for students in years one through three, because we expect them to give a presentation in the academic year following the completion of the research and to contribute during the academic year to sustaining a research environment.
    2. Partial underwriting of travel to a conference to present the results of the research. In some instances, your dean may be willing to supplement this funding to enable both you and your student to attend a conference to present a paper.

  5. Exclusions:
    1. These grants are not intended to support regular preparation for teaching new courses, which is assumed to be a contractual obligation of all faculty.
    2. Grant awards are contingent upon continued membership in the faculty during the following academic year; therefore, persons who resign from the faculty are ineligible to receive a grant.

  6. Application Deadline: 8:00AM January 7, 2014

II. APPLICATION PROCEDURES

  1. Complete the information requested on the application cover sheet. Complete all items (write "N/A" if it doesn't apply to your project).

  2. On separate sheets, write a brief but comprehensive and clear description of the proposed work which includes (please use these headings in your proposal):
    1. Summary of the project, one page in length, in lay terms
    2. Background, including prior work by you. Each application must include a history of your two most recent Hope College grants, how this funding was used, and whether the proposed goals were achieved.. Be brief, but thorough.
    3. Goals and objectives of the project
    4. Significance of the project (relation to other scholars' work; importance to your professional development; benefit to the College); describe the value of the project to the student; your student must write a one-page (max length) essay on how s/he would participate in and benefit from the project
    5. Assessment: A statement of how the success of your project can be evaluated
    6. Dissemination: Faculty/student teams receiving funding must present their findings at the annual Hope College research symposium and at NCUR or an appropriate disciplinary conference.

    **Application length must not exceed 5 pages and must be at least 11 point font. Applications that do not meet this criteria will be returned** (Includes student essay)

  3. Submit your application to the Office of the Provost electronically to zylman@hope.edu. Word files or PDF files created by a PDF-maker, not scanned, are acceptable.

III. FINAL REPORT REQUIRED

  1. Submit a report on how the objectives have been met.

  2. Attach a one to two page report by the student summarizing the project and its contributions to his/her professional development.

  3. Report Deadline: September 15, 2014. Please send copies electronically to the Office of the Provost (zylman@hope.edu), your dean, and department chair.

Click here to fill out the Cooperative Faculty/Student Research Application Cover Sheet. This is a PDF containing interactive form fields. Check the "highlight fields" box in the upper right corner of the form to see the fields and use the tab key to move from one text field to the next.