Research Tracks

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

September 13, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: OVPR internal research funding opportunities

Last week, Research Tracks brought you an overview of COS Pivot, a database provided by the OVPR to help Baylor faculty seek external funding for their research.  In addition to helping faculty find external funding, we also provide 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 information. If you have questions, contact Blake Thomas at 710-3153.

Faculty Research Investment Program (FRIP)
Applications due Feb. 5. 2014 for funding during FY ’15
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)
Applications due Feb. 5. 2014 for funding during FY ’15
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)
Fall round applications due Oct. 23, 2013 for funding from mid-December through May 31, 2013. Applications due Feb. 19, 2014 for funding during FY ’15
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)
Applications due February 19, 2014 for funding during FY ’15
A new funding program beginning 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)
Applications due February 5, 2014 for funding during FY ’15
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.

Arts and Humanities Faculty Research Program (AHFRP)
Applications accepted continuously
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.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Applications due Oct. 2, 2013 for funding during FY ’15, award extension possible for FY ’16
Through this competitively awarded program, the OVPR provides 12-month postdoctoral research fellowships for Ph.D.-granting departments. Initial appointments are funded for one year, with a second year extension allowed for successful fellows.

Faculty Travel Assistance Grant Program
Applications accepted continuously
The OVPR provides matching funds to help defray the cost of faculty travel to promote or support the development of new or expanded research programs at Baylor. Tenured/tenure-track faculty and funded principal investigators are eligible to apply.

VPR Colloquium Support
Applications accepted continuously
The program provides travel/honorarium funding and logistical support to help bring major national and international speakers to campus.

Conference Support Program
Applications accepted continuously
Provides seed money and logistical support to bring major regional, national or international conferences to Baylor.

 

July 1, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: Final reports due August 1 for FY 2013 internal grants

The OVPR would like to remind faculty who received funding through the FRIP, YIDP, URC, URSA, or AHFRP programs in the 2013 fiscal year that final reports on the grant projects are due by August 1, 2013.

The report form, available on the OVPR website, asks investigators to briefly summarize the outcome of the funded project and report on any publications or external grant submissions that occurred or are planned as a result of the grant.

Click here to access the final report form (DOC format), or contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR with any questions.

June 25, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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OVPR announces application dates for FY 2015 internal grants

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research has announced the application deadlines to apply for funding for internal grant programs in the 2015 fiscal year. FY 2015 funding is available for projects which take place between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015.

The deadline to apply for the Faculty Research Investment Program (FRIP), Young Investigator Development Program (YIDP) and Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Achievement (URSA) Small Grant Program is Feb. 5, 2014 at noon.

Proposals to the University Research Committee Small and Mid-Range grant programs are due on Feb. 19, 2014 at noon.

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.

Proposals to the Arts & Humanities Faculty Research Program are considered throughout the year and may be submitted at any time.

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.

May 30, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: Final reports due August 1 for FY 13 internal grants

The OVPR would like to remind faculty who received funding through the FRIP, YIDP, URC, URSA, or AHFRP programs in the 2013 fiscal year that final reports on the grant projects are due by August 1, 2013.

The report form, available on the OVPR website, asks investigators to briefly summarize the outcome of the funded project and report on any publications or external grant submissions that occurred or are planned as a result of the grant.

Click here to access the final report form (DOC format), or contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR with any questions.

May 7, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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OVPR announces FY 2014 Faculty Research Investment Program and Young Investigator Development Program grant recipients

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is pleased to announce this year’s grant awards for the Faculty Research Investment Program and Young Investigator Development Program.  These funding mechanisms provide grants of up to $25,000 to support faculty research projects in any academic area with the objective of helping investigators compete successfully for external research funding.  The FRIP program is open to any full time Baylor faculty member, while the YIDP program is limited to tenure-track faculty members in the first four years of their appointment.

For the 2014 fiscal year, two projects received funding under the FRIP program and one under the YIDP.  The three projects each represent a different college or school, reflecting the breadth of research activity across the university.

Please join the OVPR in congratulating each of this year’s FRIP and YIDP grant recipients!

FY 2014 Faculty Research Investment Program

Dr. Gary Elkins
Professor, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
College of Arts & Sciences
Hypnosis for Fatigue in Breast Cancer Survivors
Abstract (PDF)

Dr. David Jack
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. William Jordan
Professor & Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering & Computer Science
Characterization of the Fiber Microstructure within a Short-Fiber Injection Molded Composite
Abstract (PDF) 

FY 2014 Young Investigator Development Program

Dr. Renée Umstattd Meyer
Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Human Performance & Recreation
School of Education
Physical activity of Mexican-origin mothers and children in forgotten border colonias: A community-based participatory approach to understanding the landscape
Abstract (PDF)