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Funding Opportunities & Awards

The College of Arts and Sciences has established a number of funding opportunities and awards for faculty members. More detailed information and application procedures are available in the tabs for each on the left.

I. Faculty Research Support Awards (FRSA)

Each year the College of Arts and Sciences provides up to five Faculty Research Support Awards for tenure-track/tenured faculty. One of these awards may be designated as the Joan Smith Faculty Research Support Award, which seeks to honor the memory of former College of Arts and Sciences Dean Joan Smith. The maximum amount per award is $10,000; the total award pool will be $35,000. Awards will be given to research projects of the highest merit that have demonstrated the potential of securing external funding. Funds are awarded for research support from July 1 until June 30 of the following year. Deadline for applications: November 1. Further information and application procedures are available in the tab on the left.

Note: Faculty may concurrently apply for a Faculty Research Support Award along with a Coor Faculty Development Award for the Humanities and Fine Arts or the College of Arts and Sciences Research Awards for the Natural and Social Sciences (RANSS). However, if granted a FRSA, they become ineligible for receiving either of the other two awards in that same academic year. Normally, faculty are not eligible to receive College RANSS, Coor, or FRSA funding in successive years. However, in unusual circumstances, a FRSA application for research support in the year immediately following a Coor or RANSS award will be considered if there is compelling evidence that external funding will result from such an award.

II. College of Arts and Sciences Research and Travel Awards for the Natural and Social Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences Research and Travel Awards for the Natural and Social Sciences are designed to provide development support for faculty in the natural and social sciences. Awards are available to support:

  1. faculty research, and
  2. international travel.

All full-time faculty [minimum of 0.75 FTE and 9 months] in the Natural and Social Sciences are eligible to receive support.

A. Research Awards for the Natural and Social Sciences (RANSS)

PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately, due to the reconfiguring of the faculty development awards for AY 2014-15, there will not be an April 2014 RANSS competition. Faculty will be notified when the new system is in place.

Approximately $20,000 is available each year to provide support and enhancement of the research, subventions, and other scholarly activities of faculty in the Natural and Social Sciences. Amounts up to $2500 may be obtained from this source. Deadlines for applications: November 1 and April 1. Further information and application procedures are available in the tab on the left.

Note: Applicants are expected to have already utilized or otherwise committed available professional development funds before applying for a research award. PDFs may be used for expenses in the proposed project not covered by the award. Awards may not be used for attendance at meetings, conferences or symposia. Eligible faculty may not concurrently apply for a RANSS and Coor award. Faculty may concurrently apply for a Faculty Research Support Award and a Research Award in the Natural and Social Sciences, but they will only be able to receive one award during the same academic year. Normally, faculty are not eligible to receive FRSA and RANSS funding in successive years. However, in unusual circumstances, a RANSS application for research support in the year immediately following a FRSA award will be considered if there is compelling evidence that external funding will result from such an award. Recipients of RANSS funding in the current or preceding academic year are not eligible for this funding again.

Faculty who receive awards in the November competition have until June 30 of that academic year to expend all funds; faculty who receive awards in the April competition must expend all funds between July 1 and June 30, the next fiscal year.

B. International Travel Funds for the Natural and Social Sciences (Deadline: Any time until funds are expended)

In an effort to help with the costs of travel, approximately $5,000 is allocated each year to provide support for faculty giving papers at Natural and Social Sciences meetings held outside the continental United States. The maximum award amount is $500 per faculty member each academic year. Applications will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are expended. Funds will only be approved if Professional Development Funds provided at the departmental level are not sufficient to cover international travel expenses. Further information and application procedures are available in the tab on the left.

Note: Faculty who have been awarded Research Awards in the Natural and Social Sciences or Faculty Research Support Awards are eligible to apply for international travel funds during the academic year of their award. However, the total amount from all sources may not exceed $2500 in any academic year.

III. Lattie F. Coor Endowment Awards in Support of Teaching and Research in the Humanities and Fine Arts

General Information

The Lattie F. Coor Endowment was created in 1992 to recognize the exceptional accomplishments of a President who served for 13 years at the University of Vermont, from 1976-1989. In keeping with Lattie Coor's humanistic values, his advocacy of liberal arts education, and his interest in the relationship of the Humanities and other disciplines, the Lattie Coor Endowment was established to encourage innovation and excellence in Humanities teaching and research, with special emphasis on multi-disciplinary initiatives.

All full-time faculty [minimum of 0.75 FTE and 9 months] in the Humanities and Fine Arts are eligible to receive support from the Endowment. Faculty members in other academic departments and programs are also eligible for support of work that deals with the historical and cultural contexts and/or philosophical foundations of their fields of study.

A. Coor Faculty Development Awards in the Humanities and Fine Arts

PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately, due to the reconfiguring of the faculty development awards for AY 2014-15, there will not be an April 2014 Coor faculty development competition. Faculty will be notified when the new system is in place.

Approximately $20,000 is available each year for Coor Faculty Development Awards to provide support and enhancement of the research, subventions, scholarly or artistic activities of faculty in the Humanities and Fine Arts. Amounts up to $2,500 may be obtained from this source. Deadlines for applications: November 1 and April 1. Further information and application procedures are available in the tab on the left.

Note: Applicants are expected to have already utilized or otherwise committed available professional development funds before applying for a research award. PDFs may be used for expenses in the proposed project not covered by the award. Awards may not be used for attendance at meetings, conferences or symposia. Eligible faculty may not concurrently apply for a RANSS and Coor award. Faculty may concurrently apply for a Faculty Research Support Award and a Coor Faculty Development Award in the Humanities and Fine Arts, but they will only be able to receive one award during the same academic year. Normally, faculty are not eligible to receive FRSA and Coor funding in successive years. However, in unusual circumstances, a Coor application for research support in the year immediately following a FRSA award will be considered if there is compelling evidence that external funding will result from such an award. Recipients of Coor Faculty Development Awards in the current or preceding academic year are not eligible for this funding again.

Faculty who receive awards in the November competition have until June 30 of that academic year to expend all funds; faculty who receive awards in the April competition must expend all funds between July 1 and June 30, the next fiscal year.

B. International Travel Funds for the Humanities and Fine Arts (Deadline: Any time until funds are expended)

In an effort to help with the costs of travel, approximately $5,000 in Coor Endowment funds are allocated each year to provide support for faculty giving papers at Humanities and Fine Arts meetings held outside the continental United States. The maximum award amount is $500 per faculty member each academic year. Applications will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are expended. Funds will only be approved if Professional Development Funds provided at the departmental level are not sufficient to cover international travel expenses. Further information and application procedures are available in the tab on the left.

Note: Faculty who have been awarded Coor Faculty Development Awards in the Humanities and Fine Arts or Faculty Research Support Awards are eligible to apply for international travel funds during the academic year of their award. However, the total amount from all sources may not exceed $2500 in any academic year.

IV. Dean's Research Discretionary Funds.

A limited pool of funds has been reserved so that modest requests requiring a rapid response can be supported. Applications for up to $300 in support of research needs that cannot wait until the next round of applications for Coor or RANSS support can be submitted at any time. Funds are only available in support of research; expenses related to teaching are not eligible for support. Faculty can receive up to $300 from these funds in any academic year.

Applications for these funds can be made by email to cas+coor@uvm.edu. Please include a brief description of the research project, the dollar amount requested, the intended use and the immediate need for the funds requested. Requests will be evaluated and awards made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Note: these funds are only available if Professional Development Funds (PDFs) provided at the department and program levels to the applicant are not sufficient or available to support the request.

V. Interdisciplinary Experiential Engagement Funds

Funds are available for proposals designed to increase the range of courses that (1) expose students to multiple disciplines, and (2) provide "real-world” learning experiences (i.e., service, internship, research/creative). Projects must be interdisciplinary and involve faculty from at least two UVM departments (see eligibility/selection criteria for full details). Average awards will range from $10,000 to $15,000.

Further information and application procedures are available in the tab on the left.

VI. Dean's Lecture Award

The purpose of the Dean's Lecture Award is to recognize and honor colleagues in the College of Arts and Sciences who have consistently demonstrated the ability to translate their professional knowledge and skill into exciting classroom experiences for their students; as well, the Award honors faculty who meet the challenge of being both excellent teachers and highly respected professionals in their own disciplines. The Award is a celebration of the unusually high quality of our faculty and is an important and treasured event each semester.

Two Dean's Lecture Award winners are selected, one for the fall and the other for the spring. Award winners are selected by the Dean's Lecture Award Committee in the spring of the preceding academic year

The event features a lecture or presentation of creative work germane to the professional area of the recipient. All University faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the presentation. Beginning in Fall 2009, each Dean's Lecture Award recipient will also be given $1,000 in research support.

There are three criteria for this award:

  1. The nominee should be well known and highly respected in his/her scholarly or artistic field at a regional, national, or international level.
  2. The nominee should hold the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.
  3. The nominee should have demonstrated an ability to translate scholarship or creative work to our students in a manner that is exciting, thought-provoking, and effective.

Further information and nomination procedures are available in the tab on the left.

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