UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

Kingston, Rhode Island

FACULTY SENATE

COUNCIL FOR RESEARCH REPORT #2000-01-1

FUNDING FOR PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT AWARD

AND FACULTY DEVELOPMENT AWARD

 

The Council for Research administers two internal funding programs: the Proposal Development Award and the Faculty Development Award.

The Faculty Senate at its April 1995 meeting passed a resolution (#94-95--9) regarding the funding of these programs, which called for the President of the University '`to provide the Council for Research $150,000 per year in funds that can be used to support faculty initiatives in proposal development and faculty professional development for the purpose of encouraging individual as wel1 as partnership-related research and scholarly purposes."

The Senate-recommended level of funding has never been allocated. In 1999/2000, the Provost committed $95,000 to fund the combined awards, and the Office of Research committed $11,004.83 for a total of $106,004.83.

Even if the full level of funding were allocated, it would not adequately fund the proposals that were submitted for last year's program (1999-2000) and were given excellent ratings by the Council for Research during its review process. (In 1999/2000, 10 proposals were submitted for Faculty Development funding requesting $58.503.44 and 22 proposals were submitted for Proposal Development requesting $186,623.27 for a total of $245.126.71.)

The Council for Research believes that funding for the two programs is a critical commitment needed to endorse continued high levels of future extramural research funding and to demonstrate the value of research at this University.

THEREFORE, the Council for Research requests that the Faculty Senate adopt the following resolution:

RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate urges the President of the University to provide the Council for Research $200,000 per year in funds that can be used to support faculty initiatives in proposal development and faculty professional development for the purpose of encouraging individual and partnership-related research and scholarly purposes.