Sponsored Programs and Research, SPAR

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Application Guidelines


Application Forms and Review Criteria:

*Individual Faculty Research

*Faculty Research with Student Co-Investigator

*Curriculum Enhancement/Instructional Improvement (CEII)


Prior Year Grant Recipients & Award Statistics

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Winthrop University Research Council

Mission Statement

Given that learning is at the heart of the life and mission of Winthrop University, the Research Council supports the creation and sharing of knowledge by faculty, involvement of students in the creation and sharing of knowledge and the development of faculty as professional educators.  To these ends, the Research Council invites thoughtful, well written proposals from faculty who are members of faculty conference, across all disciplines and faculty ranks.  The Council welcomes proposals in three categories: 1) Individual Faculty Research, 2) Faculty Research with Student as Co-Investigator, and 3) Curriculum Enhancement/Instructional Improvement.

Council Membership

The President appoints six faculty members to serve a two year terms and designates the Council chair.  Research Council members are not eligible to apply for Research Council grants during the year they serve on the council. 

FY2014 Council Members:

  Carol Shields- Chair;  Richard W Riley College of Education;    
Jay Hanna; College of Arts and Sciences
Ronnie Faulkner; Dacus Library
Willis Lewis; College of Business Administration
Kristin Kiblinger; College of Arts and Sciences
Karen Stock; College of Visual and Performing Arts
Ex Officio Members:    
Debra Boyd, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  Mark Herring, Dean of Library
Dwight Dimaculangan, Director of Undergraduate Research
  Teresa Justice, Director of Sponsored Programs and Research    

Application Process

Research Council Grant Guidelines: 

        FY2014 Guidelines [link]

FY2013 Guidelines [link]

Research Council Grant Expenditures - Forms and Procedures [Link]

Submission Deadline: February 5, 2014 - 5:00 pm

Note: You will be sent an email confirmation for the receipt of your proposal.  If you do not receive this email confirmation within two days of your submission - please contact Teresa Justice (Ext.2460).

Forms and Review Criteria: (click on category) 

  • Individual Faculty Research
    Funding in this category supports individual faculty research, scholarship and creative activities.  These funds support initiatives in all disciplines, can support on-going research, and may provide "seed" funding for concept development leading to other external funding submissions.

    - Beginning with FY2013, up to four (4) awards in this category will be made for the development of external grant proposals.  Budgets for the development of external grant proposals are limited to $3000 and may include a faculty stipend, travel, supplies, and other costs related to the development of the proposal. You must identify the grant program/sponsor in the application.

  • Faculty Research with Student as Co-Investigator
    Funding in this category supports research that clearly delineates students (graduate and undergraduate) as co-investigators substantially involved in the project. The student should be involved in writing the grant application, conducting the research, analyzing the data and reporting the results of the research, including conference presentations. Student vita should be included in the application package.

  • Curriculum Enhancement/Instructional Improvement
    Funding in this category supports key priorities of the academic units and faculty applying for these funds should construct applications to fulfill previously identified department, unit, college or university curricular needs.  The Department Chair and the Dean of the College are required to certify by their signature on the application form that the proposed activity meets these criteria.


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