Scholarship / Research

Publication Subventions

OVPR and LSA have established a coordinated program to provide faculty with an opportunity to apply for subventions up to $5,000 to assist in the costs of manuscript publication. Subventions are considered particularly appropriate in cases where publication costs are unusually high due to artwork, maps, photographs, and other special production elements. A signed contract with the publisher is required at the time of request. No contribution is required from the faculty member or the department. (NOT covered by a subvention are routine author activities such as indexing or page and reprint costs of articles in professional journals.)

Research Travel

The College supports the research, scholarship and creative activities of its faculty in a variety of ways. One such use of funds is for faculty to visit archives or other sites as a part of their research program. The first source of funds for such activities should always be RESIN (BFI or IDC) Funds or other funds such as “start-up” or renewable research accounts. It is the expectation that the home unit (PI and department) is prepared to contribute 1/4 to 1/2 of the awarded amount.

Individual Research

Funding requests should be based on need, and faculty should utilize other sources of funding (e.g., RESIN, research accounts, startup accounts, etc.) before requesting internal funds. One criteria for evaluating internal proposals is the extent to which they strengthen the overall research infrastructure (i.e., for shared research resources that will be utilized by many faculty, often across multiple departments). Awards are intended to:

  • Help support areas of research and scholarship where external funds are scarce or unavailable
  • Assist in maintaining the base activities of high-quality projects between funding cycles
  • Fund a portion of equipment and other items that improve the infrastructure
  • Seed novel, high-risk, innovative, inter-unit projects

It is the expectation that the home unit (PI and department) is prepared to contribute 1/4 to 1/2 of the awarded amount.

Bridging Funds

NATURE OF SUPPORT:  OVPR bridging support is intended to cover only the salary and fringe benefits of the Research faculty member. Funding for other research expenses should be sought from a researcher's units, or other regular sources of UM research funds (e.g., Biomedical Research Support Grants in the health science schools; OVPR programs for research and scholarship support; other internal funding sources), or from external sources.
BUDGET:  Submit a budget for the total salary/fringe for the faculty researcher for the requested bridging period. A minimum commitment of a dollar-for-dollar match is expected from the research faculty member's home unit as part of all requests to the Office of the Vice President for Research for bridging support. This cost sharing is to be included on the budget breakdown, indicating whether confirmed or pending, before submitting the application to OVPR.
It is the expectation that the home unit (PI and department) is prepared to contribute 1/4 to 1/2 of the awarded amount.

Research Maintenance for Sponsored Projects

PURPOSE:  Research maintenance awards are made to help sustain essential activities of a research project experiencing a temporary hiatus in external funding. These awards are made for a very short duration (usually less than 6 months) when resumption of external funding is reasonably assured. While emphasis is given to support of key project staff, limited funds are available for other essential costs. Awards normally supplement support provided by the applicant's unit. OVPR funds are not intended to cover budget reductions in awards from external sponsors.
ELIGIBILITY:  All faculty with continuing instructional or research appointments for whom research is an expected activity may apply.
BUDGET:  Submit a budget for the TOTAL operating cost of the project during the requested maintenance period. Neither academic nor summer salary for the project director is allowable. A minimum dollar-for-dollar match is required from the applicant's home unit for the amount requested from OVPR. This is to be included in the budget breakdown, indicating whether confirmed or pending, before submitting the application to OVPR.
It is the expectation that the home unit (PI and department) is prepared to contribute 1/4 to 1/2 of the awarded amount.

Core Facilities or Shared Equipment

PURPOSE:  Limited funds are available to help obtain state-of-the art equipment and core facilities in cases where external funding for this purpose is otherwise unavailable or insufficient. Preference will be given to meeting high priority equipment needs that will enhance the research efforts of more than one research unit. It is expected that these facilities will be widely available to faculty throughout the University. Ongoing recurrent cost, such as operating and maintenance cost, will be borne by participating units and usage fees. This program is not intended to cover equipment or renovation for individual investigators or projects or equipment that would normally be available through successful applications to sponsors.

Research deans, unit directors, or others with responsibility for major research facilities are expected to provide leadership for core research facilities and equipment applications. OVPR expects a minimum 50% matching contribution towards total cost.

It is the expectation that the home unit (PI and department) is prepared to contribute 1/4 to 1/2 of the awarded amount.


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