Research, Scholarship, and Innovation

2020 Scholarship and Innovation Faculty Fellowship (SAIFF) Request for Proposals

Full-time Faculty at Nazareth College are invited to apply for a 2020 Scholarship and Innovation Faculty Fellowship (SAIFF) through the Office of Research, Scholarship, and Innovation. Up to six (6) fellowships will be awarded for work in Summer of 2020. 

The SAIFF serves to support new research, creative activity, program development, and other scholarly projects consistent with institutional, department, and individual goals. SAIFF funds are intended to provide a one-time infusion of funding (i.e. seed money) for projects that are directly connected to the applicant’s scholarship agenda and goals. Projects that will significantly advance or establish an agenda for creative or scholarly activity, result in peer reviewed publications or presentations, have the potential for external funding, and/or have significant impact on the community will be given priority. 

Applicants should establish a clear connection between the proposed project and their future work and should situate said work within one of the four categories of Boyer’s Model of Scholarship

SAIFF Award Amount

The SAIFF awards successful applicants up to $2,500 for work over summer 2020. Applicants may choose from two options of payment should they be awarded a fellowship:

  • $2,500 stipend, paid in June, 2020 (subject to tax requirements) 
  • Up to $2,500 in non-conference travel and/or supply/materials reimbursement (not taxed)

Faculty who choose the reimbursement option for travel/supplies will receive only the amount of reimbursement and only up to $2,500. For example, if a designated research trip costs $1,895, faculty will receive $1,895 in reimbursements as their TOTAL award. If travel/supplies amount to more than $2,500, the fellowship will reimburse only up to the $2,500 award amount. 

Faculty choosing the reimbursement payment option must submit a detailed budget and justification along with their application. 

Eligibility 

  • Full-time faculty from all schools and departments are eligible to apply. Applicants MUST be returning on contract in Fall 2020. 
  • Each faculty member may only apply to and receive one summer grant in 2020 (either SAIFF or SOARS). 
  • Collaborative projects will be accepted. In the case of collaborative projects, 1) all applicants must be included in the application and meet all other eligibility criteria listed here, and 2) the $2,500 award will be divided evenly among the applicants involved 
  • All projects must take place in the summer session with all proposed activities completed prior to Fall 2020
  • SAIFF funds may not be used to support work carried out while a faculty member is on sabbatical or on contract for other full time work and should not be requested for the summer following or preceding leave

Required Proposal Narrative Questions – (to be entered online when application opens) 

  1. Proposal Abstract (limit 750 characters): Provide an introduction to the project as well as the project’s goals, outcomes, and significance/impact. 

  1. Proposal Narrative (limit 3000 characters):  In language accessible to a lay reader, summarize: 1) the importance of and originality of the project; 2) the goals and outcomes of the project; 3) the significance of the project and/or impact in the field/community; 4) activities that would be made possible by the SAIFF funding; 5) project timeline; and 6) plans for dissemination. Note: all projects must be completed in the summer with all work completed prior to Fall 2020. Projects that will significantly advance or establish an agenda for creative or scholarly activity, result in peer reviewed publications or presentations, have the potential for external funding, and/or have significant impact on the community will be given priority. For additional information on how proposals will be scored please consult the RFP.

  1. Relationship of Project to Applicant’s Other Work (limit 750 characters): Detail how this project connects to both your past and future work.

  2. Explanation of Category of Scholarship (limit 750 characters): Indicate which of the four categories of Boyer’s Model of Scholarship this work falls into, and explain the ways in which it does so. 

  3. Indicate how you would like to receive your award?*  

    • $2,500 stipend paid in June, 2020 (subject to tax requirements)
    • Up to $2,500 in non-conference travel or supply/materials reimbursement (not taxed)
  • Faculty who choose the reimbursement option for travel or supplies will receive only the amount of actual expenditures and only up to $2,500. For example, if a designated research trip costs $1,895, faculty will receive $1,895 in reimbursements as their TOTAL award. If travel/supplies amount to more than $2,500, the fellowship will reimburse only up to the award amount of $2,500. Please note that SAIFF funds are not able to support student wages, and reimbursements and payments must be completed prior to June 30, 2020.

6. For Reimbursement Awards Only – Please provide a detailed budget of all travel and/or   materials costs you anticipate seeking reimbursement for.

Proposal Review Criteria

The following criteria apply to the selection of successful applications: 

  • Clarity and creativity of project design — the project (1) has clear and specific goals and outcomes, and (2) is original and/or innovative in its approach to achieving those outcomes 
  • Impact of Project — the project has potential for impact in the applicant’s field and/or in the community 
  • Feasibility of Project — (1) proposed activities will logically lead to desired outcomes/achievement of goals; (2) the project time frame is realistic; (3) the budget (if applicable) is adequate and expenses are justified; and (4) there is adequate support from collaborative organizations and community partners (if applicable) 
  • Future of project — the proposed project has the potential to significantly advance or establish the applicant’s scholarly or creative agenda, result in peer reviewed publications or presentations, and/or attract future external funding
  • Overall quality of the proposal — the proposal is clean, clear, complete, and convincing

To Apply

Download and complete the SAIFF Application Form, and submit to your Chair or Association Dean for AA (SoE) by Friday, February 7. 

2020 SAIFF Application and Selection Timeline 

Deadline for proposal submission: 11:59pm, Friday, February 7th, 2020 

Deadline for Approval by Chair or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (SoE): 11:59pm, Friday, February 14, 2020

Deadline for Approval by Dean: 11:59pm, Friday, February 21, 2020

Review Committee Meets: Late March 2020

Awards announced: April 2020

SAIFF Contact

Dr. Jessica Slentz 

Director, Office of Research, Scholarship, and Innovation

GAC 206

X2419

jslentz5@naz.edu