These awards are intended to support projects including, but not limited to, support for original research or scholarship that contributes to the existing body of knowledge in the chosen field and which has the potential to lead to performance, presentation, or publication. The purpose of this support is to allow the applicant to purchase supplies, materials and or software, or to conduct preliminary work and preparation of materials for an application for external funding for further research. Support for faculty stipends or salary is not provided.
Applications must be related to the faculty member's professional development goals, must address the benefits of the activity in terms of institutional goals and must provide for the expansion of knowledge in the faculty member's field of expertise. The proposal may address the faculty member's need to remain current in respective field(s), and may address the faculty member's professional needs in the area of teaching improvement. A one-page vita of relevant research, grants, or experiences is required and should be attached to the grant application.
Applications for research involving the use of human or animal subjects must include approval from the relevant MU review board (IRB and IACUC, respectively) before funding is distributed to the faculty member.