Research Tracks

A publication of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Baylor University

January 13, 2017
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: Internal grant proposals are due Feb. 15

This is a reminder that the application deadline for internal grant funding is coming soon!  Applications for each of the programs below are due by 12:00 noon on Feb. 15, 2017 for funding during fiscal year 2018 (June 1, 2017-May 31, 2018).

Contact your department’s assigned OSP coordinator to begin an application for any of these programs.

Faculty Research Investment Program (FRIP)
FRIP grants provide up to $25,000 in seed money to establish or re-direct research programs to help faculty compete more successfully for external funding. Proposals are peer reviewed by external faculty members with expertise in both the subject matter of the proposal and the funding agency to which the investigator plans to apply. Full-time Baylor faculty members, regardless of academic rank, are eligible to apply for FRIP grants.

Young Investigator Development Program (YIDP)
Similar to the FRIP, the YIDP program also provides up to $25,000 in seed money to establish or re-direct research programs to enhance competitiveness for external grants. These proposals are also externally peer reviewed. Tenure-track faculty members in their first four years at Baylor are eligible to apply for YIDP funding.

University Research Committee Small and Mid-Range Grant Programs (URC)
The University Research Committee distributes funds for the support and development of projects and programs promoting faculty research and scholarship and strengthening efforts to secure external funding. URC Small Grants provide up to $4,500 in funding, while the mid-range grants can provide up to $7,500. Faculty who receive funding under the mid-range grant program are required to apply for external funding following the completion of their URC-funded project. Proposals to the URC programs are peer-reviewed by faculty members who serve on the URC committee.

Dr. Benjamin F. Brown IV Fund for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Research (Brown Fund)
A funding program that began in FY ’15, the Brown Fund supports curriculum development and research projects on issues of global significance. Brown Fund awards range in amount up to $7,500 per fiscal year based on the needs of the project. The number of available awards will be determined annually based on the available earnings from an endowment created by Dr. Clara M. Lovett in memory of her late husband, Dr. Benjamin Brown IV.

Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement Small Grant Program (URSA)
Through the URSA Small Grant Program, the OVPR seeks to foster collaborative learning relationships between faculty members and students. URSA funds may be used to expand opportunities for research participation by undergraduates in a variety of ways including paying wages for student researchers, purchasing necessary supplies for student projects or supporting student travel to present research results at a conference or meeting.  For the first time this year, URSA also offers faculty travel grants and equipment grants in support of undergraduate research.

Arts and Humanities Faculty Research Program (AHFRP)
AHFRP funds are designed to stimulate research, scholarship and creative activities in the arts, humanities and education, where opportunities for external funding may be limited. While funding amounts are based on the needs of each project, the vast majority of AHFRP grants will be for $2,000 or less.

If you have questions, please contact Blake Thomas at 710-3153.

April 7, 2016
by Baylor OVPR
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OVPR announces application deadlines for FY 2018 internal grants

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research has announced the application deadlines for fiscal year 2018 internal research grants. FY 2018 funding is available for projects which take place between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.

The deadlines are:

Please note that to be accepted for consideration, proposals must be complete (including electronic routing and approval from the investigator’s chair and dean) no later than noon on the applicable deadline.

Contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR with questions about the grant programs.  To begin the application process, contact your academic unit’s assigned OSP coordinator.

February 25, 2016
by Baylor OVPR
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Internal grant update: Brown Fund application deadline extended

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research has extended the deadline to apply for the Dr. Benjamin F. Brown IV Fund for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Scholarship (Brown Fund). Proposals to the program are now due by March 16 at noon.

The Brown Fund supports curriculum development and research projects on issues of global significance. Awards range in amount up to $5,000 per fiscal year based on the needs of the project. Preference will be given to proposals for interdisciplinary and collaborative projects addressing issues of global importance.

Potential topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Collaboration and conflict among followers of various world religions
  • The interplay of religious beliefs/practices with civil society and political authority
  • The eradication of illiteracy
  • The impact of economic development on traditional societies
  • Global public health

The Brown Fund is supported by an endowment created by Dr. Clara M. Lovett in memory of her late husband, Dr. Benjamin F. Brown IV.

Click here for more information on the program.  Contact your department’s assigned OSP coordinator to begin the application process.

December 10, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: Proposals for internal grant programs due Feb. 17

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research provides financial support for research and scholarly activity through a number of internal grant programs. In this post, we present an overview of the programs offered through our office and direct you to the relevant pages on our website for more detailed information and any guidelines that you may need to proceed.

Contact your department’s assigned OSP coordinator to begin an application for any of these programs.  Applications for each of these programs are due by 12:00 noon on Feb. 17, 2015 for funding during fiscal year 2017 (June 1, 2016-May 31, 2017).

Faculty Research Investment Program (FRIP)
FRIP grants provide up to $25,000 in seed money to establish or re-direct research programs to help faculty compete more successfully for external funding. Proposals are peer reviewed by external faculty members with expertise in both the subject matter of the proposal and the funding agency to which the investigator plans to apply. Full-time Baylor faculty members, regardless of academic rank, are eligible to apply for FRIP grants.

Young Investigator Development Program (YIDP)
Similar to the FRIP, the YIDP program also provides up to $25,000 in seed money to establish or re-direct research programs to enhance competitiveness for external grants. These proposals are also externally peer reviewed. Tenure-track faculty members in their first four years at Baylor are eligible to apply for YIDP funding.

University Research Committee Small and Mid-Range Grant Programs (URC)
The University Research Committee distributes funds for the support and development of projects and programs promoting faculty research and scholarship and strengthening efforts to secure external funding. URC Small Grants provide up to $4,500 in funding, while the mid-range grants can provide up to $7,500. Faculty who receive funding under the mid-range grant program are required to apply for external funding following the completion of their URC-funded project. Proposals to the URC programs are peer-reviewed by faculty members who serve on the URC committee.

Dr. Benjamin F. Brown IV Fund for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Research (Brown Fund)
A funding program that began in FY ’15, the Brown Fund supports curriculum development and research projects on issues of global significance. Brown Fund awards range in amount up to $5,000 per fiscal year based on the needs of the project. The number of available awards will be determined annually based on the available earnings from an endowment created by Dr. Clara M. Lovett in memory of her late husband, Dr. Benjamin Brown IV.

Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement Small Grant Program (URSA)
Through the URSA Small Grant Program, the OVPR seeks to foster collaborative learning relationships between faculty members and students. URSA funds may be used to expand opportunities for research participation by undergraduates in a variety of ways including paying wages for student researchers, purchasing necessary supplies for student projects or supporting student travel to present research results at a conference or meeting.  For the first time this year, URSA also offers faculty travel grants and equipment grants in support of undergraduate research.

Arts and Humanities Faculty Research Program (AHFRP)
AHFRP funds are designed to stimulate research, scholarship and creative activities in the arts, humanities and education, where opportunities for external funding may be limited. While funding amounts are based on the needs of each project, the vast majority of AHFRP grants will be for $2,000 or less.

If you have questions, please contact Blake Thomas at 710-3153.

December 8, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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OVPR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program moving to annual application cycle

october5The Office of the Vice Provost for Research, through the OVPR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, gives doctorate-granting departments the opportunity to apply for funding to support postdoc positions to expand and enhance research capabilities.

Previously, the OVPR Postdoc Fellowship Program accepted applications in odd-numbered years. Beginning in 2016, however, the program will move to an annual application cycle. The next application deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. Departments who are approved under this round will receive funding for a 12-month fellowship position that runs from June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018. The award also carries the possibility of a second year extension for fellows who perform successfully in their first year.

Visit the OVPR website for more information, or contact Blake Thomas with any questions.

December 7, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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CFRIP proposal deadline extended

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research has extended the deadline to apply for funding through the Collaborative Research Investment Program (CFRIP).  Applications to the program are now due by Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016.

The CFRIP program supports research involving Baylor University faculty in collaboration with colleagues at Baylor College of Medicine or Baylor Scott & White Health. The goal of the program is to provide seed funding that will enable research teams to develop preliminary results that lead to future external funding opportunities.

More information on the CFRIP program is available on the OVPR website. Contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR with any questions.

October 14, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: Submit final reports for internal grants

“My computer crashed!” “I got busy!” “I just forgot!”

My dog ate my homework

We’ve heard every excuse in the book.

Whatever the reason, we understand that sometimes life gets in the way and you forget to do something important. That’s why the OVPR is issuing a friendly reminder to all investigators who received internal grant funds for FY 2015 to please submit the required final reports.

Information provided in final reports helps the OVPR to measure the effectiveness of our internal grant programs, so it is essential that each investigator complete the report form at the conclusion of their project. Failure to submit a report may also render a faculty member ineligible for future funding from the OVPR until the report is complete.

If you have not submitted a final report for any FY 2015 internal grant, click here to download the final report form. Fill out the form and submit it via email to Blake_Thomas@Baylor.edu.  Not sure if you are missing reports?  Email Blake and he’ll let you know what reports are still outstanding.

[Above, CC Image courtesy of Girl.in.the.D on Flickr]

September 11, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: Fall URC, AHFRP grant applications due Sept. 30

Don’t forget, applications to the University Research Committee Small and Mid-Range Grant Programs and the Arts & Humanities Faculty Research Program are due by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, Sept. 30.  Funds awarded in this round of applications must be expended during the 2016 fiscal year.  Funds will be available for projects taking place between Jan. 1, 2016 and May 31, 2016.

Click the links below for more information on the programs.  Contact the Office of Sponsored Programs to begin the application process.

July 31, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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OVPR announces application deadlines for fall URC, AHFRP grants

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research has announced the application deadlines for the next round of internal research grants.  The dates are listed below; click the program name for more information from the OVPR website.

FY 2016 Fall Cycle (for research to take place between Jan. 1 and May 31, 2016)

Due Sept. 30, 2015

FY 2016 Spring Cycle (for research to take place between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2017)

Due Oct. 7, 2015
Due Jan. 6, 2016
Due Feb. 17, 2016

Contact your department’s assigned OSP coordinator to begin the application process.

April 9, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: End of fiscal year deadlines for internal grants

FY 2015 ends on May 31, 2015.

As the end of the 2015 fiscal year draws closer, the OVPR would like to remind faculty members who are funded through internal grant programs that these grants are subject to the university’s end-of-year deadlines for expenditures.

Depending on the type of purchase and mechanism of payment (voucher, requisition, departmental purchasing card, etc.), different cut-off times apply to ensure the transactions are recorded in the correct fiscal year.

Investigators are responsible for adhering to the end-of-year deadlines and no exceptions or extensions can be made, so faculty are encouraged to process grant-related transactions as early as possible to avoid any problems that may result from last-minute purchasing.

Click here to view a full list of FY 2015 end-of-year deadlines on the university’s TRAX Help website.  Contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at 254-710-3817 with any questions.