Internal Funding for Faculty

The Office of Research offers several opportunities and resources for faculty to find funding for their research and research related endeavors. Our office manages internal awards for faculty, assists with external funding searches, and provides support and resources for researchers seeking grants.


UIW Faculty Awards Competition

The application cycle for the 2022-2023 Faculty Awards competition is now closed.

Faculty Awards

The 1881 Commemorative Award for Faculty Development Fund was established with the generous support of Lt. Col. Philip J. Piccione and Col. Jean M. Migliorino Piccione to celebrate the 1881 founding year of the University and to encourage faculty development. The goal is to foster faculty professional development and to recognize the leadership of an individual faculty member in relation to the university’s Mission. Projects may be proposed that will allow an individual faculty member the opportunity to develop new skills, research areas, or initiatives.

Awards are for projects in a one-year period, from June 1 to May 31. Individuals may apply for an award up to $3,000. *

*The actual amount of the may vary from year to year based on the actual income earned by the 1881 Commemorative Award for Faculty Development Fund.

Deadline

May 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (Central Standard Time)

Award Amount

Up to $3,000

Eligibility

Full-time UIW faculty who are US citizens are eligible to apply for the award to help finance professional development efforts including but not limited to research, furtherance of education and training, travel and fees for seminars and conferences.

Application Components

The completed application packet must include:

  1. Cover Sheet: fillable online form
    • Project Impact: How does the project relate to the mission of the university?
  2. Biographical Sketch (2-page maximum) UPLOAD as an attachment
  3. Project Proposal (7-page maximum) UPLOAD as an attachment
    • Statement of problem/purpose
    • Project Description
    • Project Outcomes
    • Timeline
    • Bibliographic Reference/Works Cited
  4. Budget/Budget Justification (1 page) UPLOAD as an attachment
    • Indicate costs for any project materials and activities associated with the project. List the total of all project expenses. In the budget justification, provide detailed information on the individual items required, including how costs were determined, for the project’s completion.
    • Allowable Costs:
      • Funds are to be used for the out-of-pocket expenses for the project that are not already covered by other sponsoring agencies or are resources not available on campus.
    • Unallowable Costs:
      • Payment of salaries
      • Paid research assistants (See GRA award application for potential research assistantships)
      • Office supplies
      • Printing
      • Office equipment, including laptops or computers
      • Stipends, donations, scholarships and/or tuition costs

Evaluation Criteria

The goal of the award is to support and encourage faculty development. Although the quality and significance of the work proposed is of paramount importance, consideration will be given to other factors that are relevant to the mission, vision, and advancement of the university. All completed applications that are submitted online will be reviewed by the Faculty Research Awards Committee. Please write your submissions to a general audience and be sure to define acronyms or field-specific jargon.

The Faculty Research Awards Committee will review the proposals and make recommendations to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. Each section of the application will be reviewed and evaluated. Some of the major areas that will be evaluated are, but not limited to:

  • Significance of the study to the discipline.
  • Budget is justified and within reason for completion of the study.
  • Overall proposal adheres to the guidelines, page limits, and is within the purpose of the award to encourage research that will lead to further funding from external sources.
  • The project advances the mission of the university.

Apply for the 1881 Award

The Faculty Endowment Research Award was established to provide limited support for new and ongoing faculty research projects. The award is considered "seed money" for research, in that the project should lead to further funding from external sources if continued support is needed and normally available in the area of research.

Preference will be given to proposals that:

  • Have a high potential for external funding, publications, exhibits, or performances within the respective discipline
  • Build or strengthen interdisciplinary research partnerships
  • Advance the mission of UIW

Eligibility

Awards will be granted on a competitive basis. Full-time UIW faculty are eligible to apply. Awards are for collaborative or individual research projects at any stage of the research. A collaborative project may include part-time as well as full-time faculty from any college or school.

Faculty may be included in more than one proposal (e.g., for an individual project and a collaborative project), but may only serve as the principal investigator on one of the proposed projects. The principal investigator must be in full control of the research and be the principal author of the final report.

Multi-year projects require submission of proposals each year for evaluation. The previous year’s awardees are only eligible to reapply in consecutive years if they have submitted the awarded project’s final report to the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects Operations.

Award Amount

Requests of up to $8,000 will be considered based on need and available funds. However, modest proposals with thoughtfully considered budgets are preferred to ensure the greatest number of projects are able to be supported.

Funding Limits

The total maximum amount that can be requested is $8,000. Roll-over or project extensions into the next fiscal year are not allowed. Any awarded funds must be used within the fiscal year.

Applications may propose budgets for supplies, books, equipment, travel that is necessary to complete the research (not travel to conferences or professional development workshops), and other expenses.

Applicants must disclose if they are seeking or have received other funding for the same research project. This includes any internal funds from other departments. For projects requiring budgets over $8,000, cost-sharing from other departments or external funders is encouraged.

Application Components

The completed application packet must include:

  1. Cover Sheet: fillable online form
    • Project Impact: How does the project relate to the mission of the university?
  2. Biographical Sketch (2-page maximum) UPLOAD as an attachment
  3. Project Proposal (7-page maximum) UPLOAD as an attachment
    • Statement of problem/purpose
    • Project Description
    • Project Outcomes
    • Timeline
    • Bibliographic Reference/Works Cited
  4. Budget (1 page) UPLOAD as an attachment
  • Indicate costs for any project materials and activities associated with the project. List the total of all project expenses. In the budget justification, provide detailed information on the individual items required, including how costs were determined, for the project’s completion.
  • Allowable Costs:
    • Funds are to be used for the out-of-pocket research expenses for the project that are not already covered by other sponsoring agencies or are resources not available on campus. Examples include:
      • Supplies;
      • Expenses for data collection, fieldwork, or archival research;
      • Software necessary to the project that is not already available on campus;
      • Participant incentives if it is justified and essential to the project;
      • Equipment necessary to the project that is not already available on campus.
  • Unallowable Costs:
    • Travel to present findings or attend professional development workshops;
    • Payment of salaries;
    • Paid research assistants (See GRA award application for potential research assistantships);
    • Office supplies;
    • Printing;
    • Office equipment, including laptops or computers;
    • Stipends, donations, scholarships and/or tuition costs.

5. Research Compliance (Check box question)

Evaluation Criteria

The goal of the award is to support and encourage faculty research and creative scholarship. Although the quality and significance of the work proposed is of paramount importance, consideration will be given to other factors that are relevant to the mission, vision, and advancement of the university. All completed applications that are submitted online will be reviewed by the Faculty Research Awards Committee. Please write your submissions to a general audience and be sure to define acronyms or field-specific jargon.

The Faculty Research Awards Committee will review the proposals and make recommendations to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. Each section of the application will be reviewed and evaluated. Some of the major areas that will be evaluated are, but not limited to:

  • Significance of the study to the discipline and to the university’s strategic plan.
  • Design of the project based on methodology and theoretical, conceptual or aesthetic framework.
  • Budget is justified and within reason for completion of the study.
  • Overall proposal adheres to the guidelines, page limits, and is within the purpose of the award to encourage research that will lead to further funding from external sources.
  • The proposal has a high chance of competing for external funds.
  • The project advances the mission of the university.

Apply for FERA

The Faculty Workload Reassignment Award was established to provide full-time faculty the opportunity to seek reassignment of workload responsibilities (25% time or 3 credit hours) in support of individual research and scholarship objectives relevant to their personal growth or to pursue special projects relevant to their departments or college/schools. Twelve one-semester workload reassignments will be awarded as part of the annual competition.

Eligibility

Full-time UIW Broadway campus* faculty are eligible to apply for the award for individual research, scholarship, or a special project that is beyond the normal workload. This award is not for work that falls within the normal scope of full-time faculty responsibilities such as completion of a literature review or editing a completed paper.

* Broadway campus includes full-time faculty from the following college/schools:

  • CHASS- College of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences
  • DSE- Dreeben School of Education
  • HEBSBA- H.E.B. School of Business and Administration
  • IFMSNHP- Ila Faye Miller School or Nursing and Health Professions
  • SMSE- School of Math, Science, and Engineering
  • SMD- School of Media and Design

Award

Reassignment of workload responsibilities (25% time or 3 credit hours) in either fall or spring semester

Deadline

May 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (Central Standard Time)

Application Components

The completed application packet must include:

  1. Cover Sheet: fillable online form
    • Project Impact: How does the project relate to the mission of the university?
  2. Biographical Sketch (2-page maximum) UPLOAD as an attachment
  3. Project Proposal (7-page maximum) UPLOAD as an attachment
    • Statement of problem/purpose
    • Project Description
    • Project Outcomes
    • Timeline
    • Bibliographic Reference/Works Cited
  4. Research Compliance (Check box question)

Evaluation Criteria

The goal of the award is to provide time to encourage faculty research and creative scholarship. Although the quality and significance of the work proposed is of paramount importance, consideration will be given to other factors that are relevant to the mission, vision, and advancement of the university. All completed applications that are submitted online will be reviewed by the Faculty Research Awards Committee.

The Faculty Research Awards Committee is composed of faculty across a number of backgrounds. Please write your submissions to a general audience and be sure to define acronyms or field-specific jargon.

Each section of the application will be reviewed and evaluated. Some of the major areas that will be evaluated are, but not limited to:

  • Significance of the project to the discipline and to the university’s strategic plan.
  • Design of the project based on methodology and theoretical, conceptual or aesthetic framework.
  • Overall proposal adheres to the guidelines, page limits, and is within the purpose of the award to encourage research and creative scholarship.
  • The project advances the mission of the university.

Apply for Workload Reassignment

The Faculty Graduate Research Assistantship Award (FGRA) was established to provide faculty with research assistance for their scholarly endeavors leading to publication and to provide institutional financial support to graduate students within the context of a mentored research experience. This year, as a pilot, we are also accepting requests for teaching assistantships through this award.

  • The award is made for two semesters, and a faculty member may re-apply for subsequent awards.
  • Assistantship time is restricted to research or teaching activities and the expected workload is 150 hours per semester.
  • Faculty shall, when appropriate, share authorship with the FGRA, and at all times, shall acknowledge the students work in publications that report research to which the student has contributed.

Award Amount

Tuition benefit of 3 credit hours to student’s account per semester for two semesters.

Eligibility

Full-time UIW faculty are eligible to apply. Awards are for collaborative or individual research projects at any stage of the research.

Application Components

The completed application packet must include:

  1. Cover Sheet: fillable online form
    • Project Impact: How does the project relate to the mission of the university?
  2. Biographical Sketch (2-page maximum) UPLOAD as an attachment
  3. Project Proposal or teaching assignment description (7-page maximum) UPLOAD as an attachment
    • Statement of Problem/Purpose
    • Timeline
  4. Research Compliance (Check box question)
  5. FGRA/TA Job Description (text boxes in application)

Evaluation Criteria

The goal of the award is to encourage faculty research, creative scholarship, as well as support students with mentored research or teaching experience. Although the quality and significance of the work proposed is of paramount importance, consideration will be given to other factors that are relevant to the mission, vision, and advancement of the university. All completed applications that are submitted online will be reviewed by the Faculty Research Awards Committee.

The Faculty Research Awards Committee is composed of faculty across a number of backgrounds. Please write your submissions to a general audience and be sure to define acronyms or field-specific jargon.

Each section of the application will be reviewed and evaluated. Some of the major areas that will be evaluated are, but not limited to:

  • Significance of the study to the discipline and to the university’s strategic plan.
  • Design of the project based on methodology and theoretical, conceptual or aesthetic framework.
  • Overall proposal adheres to the guidelines, page limits, and is within the purpose of the award.
  • The project advances the mission of the university.

Apply for Research or Teaching Assistant

Application Preparation

In preparing the proposals for submission, an applicant should remember that the Faculty Research Awards Committee cannot include a specialist in every field. Therefore, the proposal should communicate the significance of the work in a manner that is understood across disciplines, but can still include detail that a content expert would understand as well. Furthermore, proposals must adhere to guidelines on page limits and style. Any section that does not adhere to the page limits will have points deducted during evaluation and any material beyond the allotted page limit will not be reviewed.

Biographical Sketch

Biographical Sketch template (2-page maximum): UPLOAD as an attachment

Include all relevant data in the provided form fields. The biographical sketch may not exceed two pages. Sections should include:

  • Personal statement (a paragraph description of the researcher’s expertise and ability to conduct the proposed research)
  • Positions and honors
  • Selected peer-reviewed publications
  • Research support
  • Specific scholarship outcomes from past UIW research support

Indicate N/A for any section irrelevant to the bio sketch.

Project Proposal

Project Proposal template (7-page maximum): UPLOAD as an attachment

Statement of Problem/Purpose

The statement of problem/purpose should be clear and concise, directly stating the objective of the project.

Background and Significance

This section should clearly articulate the importance of this study for the researcher’s discipline, UIW, and society. Include relevant literature to support the current status of research in this field and the proposed approach to the study.

Theoretical/Aesthetic Framework

Introduce the theoretical framework or philosophical orientation of the project. Clearly articulate the objectives, hypotheses, and/or research questions and ensure they are supportive of the background information and statement of problem/purpose.

Research/Creative Methodology

Quantitative or qualitative research methodology should indicate a logical, clear, and appropriate design, sample and setting, and intervention. Measurement instruments should be congruent with the variable measured. Indicate support for the validity and reliability of processes and instruments. Articulate the methods of data collection and plans for analysis. In the case of human or animal subjects, state measures for protection and describe the risks and benefits of this study.

Non-quantitative or non-qualitative research methodology should present a logical, clear design appropriate to the study.

Artistic project methodology should present a logical, clear design and plans for presentation appropriate to the project.

Timeline

The timeline should be realistic and organized appropriately for the type of project and outline the progress of the work over the course of the award period.

Bibliographic References (1-page maximum)

Budget

Indicate costs for any materials and activities associated with the project. List the total of all project expenses. In the budget justification, provide detailed information on the individual items required, including how costs were determined, for the project’s completion.

Research Compliance

If human or animal subjects will be used for the proposed project, award funds will not be released until the project has appropriate research compliance approval. Approval is not needed in advance of the application. However, please indicate the status of your application (approved, under review, or not yet submitted).

Please use the following templates:

All applications must be submitted online via Submittable.

Apply for an award

Award Recipient Guide

Requests for Purchase Orders, Reimbursements, or Check Requests must be submitted using this Purchase Request Form.

Requests for computing equipment should first contact Chris Nelson at crnelso2@uiwtx.edu in IT Procurement for an authorized quote before submitting purchase requests. Please see the technology purchasing policy .

Submit a Purchase Request

These funds are to be used only for the purposes stated in the proposal and budget. It is understood that these funds will be used for such purposes substantially in accordance with the approved budget. It is also understood that no substantial variances, including the time of expenditures, will be made from the approved budget without the ORSPO's prior approval in writing.

In general, FERA recipients are allowed a certain degree of latitude to re-budget within and between budget categories to meet unanticipated needs and to make other types of post-award changes. Written approval is required for budget modifications. Recipients shall immediately notify the ORSPO of developments that have a significant impact on the award-supported activities. Also, notification shall be given in the case of problems, delays or adverse conditions which materially impair the ability to meet the objectives of the award. This notification shall include a statement of action taken or contemplated, and any assistance needed to resolve the situation.

Budget Modifications must be submitted using the ORSPO approved budget template.

This applies to all faculty awards including

  • Faculty Workload Reassignment Award
  • Faculty Research Endowment Award
  • Faculty Graduate Research Assistant Award

Faculty receiving institutional financial support are required to complete this form to document work completed for institutional assessment, program effectiveness, and to retain eligibility for future awards. Attach a single copy of all written materials (book chapters, journal articles, abstracts, posters, grant applications, etc.) completed as a result of the award.

Please submit this form and its attachments within four weeks of the completion of the award period to the ORSPO. Electronic submission of all documents and attachments is required.

Faculty Award Reporting Form

Frequently Asked Questions

If you meet the award criteria, you may apply for all awards.

If you are using the same project, you may submit one application for FERA, workload reassignment and graduate research/ teaching assistant.

The 1881 award will require submission of a separate application.

Yes, multi-year projects require submission of proposals each year for evaluation. The previous year’s awardees are only eligible to reapply in consecutive years if they have submitted the awarded project’s final report to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.