Research Tracks

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

March 12, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Internal grant update: Brown Fund 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 April 1 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

Now in its second year year, 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.

January 29, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Reminder: OVPR internal grant application deadlines approaching

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. 18, 2015 for funding during fiscal year 2016 (June 1, 2015-May 31, 2016).

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.

January 27, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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URSA announces new grant programs for travel and equipment

Baylor’s Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Achievement (URSA) program is now offering two new grants: the Supplemental Travel Grant and the Supplemental Equipment and Supplies Grant. Both new programs are designed to broaden the scope of undergraduate research support provided to faculty and students

The Travel Grant Program will support faculty or student travel that enhances and expands undergraduate research opportunities at Baylor.  A travel grant may cover expenses for faculty travel to professional meetings to improve leadership in undergraduate mentoring and attract external funding to support undergraduate research. Travel grants may also support student travel to present research findings at a professional meeting or to conduct a short-term research project.

The Equipment and Supply Grant Program allows investigators to purchase equipment or supplies to provide long-term support for undergraduate research.

The deadline for submission of proposals to both programs is February 18, 2015.

Please click here for the grants’ guidelines and applications.  Contact Blake Thomas at Blake_Thomas@baylor.edu with questions.

September 18, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Internal funding reminder: Dr. Benjamin F. Brown IV Fund for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Scholarship

The OVPR would like to remind faculty that applications are currently being accepting for the Dr. Benjamin F. Brown IV Fund for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Scholarship, an internal grant program that provides support for research and curriculum development projects.  The program is made possible by a generous endowment gift by Dr. Clara M. Lovett in honor of her late husband.

Applicants to the program may request up to $5,000 in funding for projects addressing issues of global significance, including, but 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; and
  • Global public health.

Brown Fund proposals are due at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 for funding during the 2016 fiscal year (June 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016).

Click here for more information on the Brown Fund, or contact your department’s assigned OSP coordinator to apply.

September 10, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Internal funding reminder: Collaborative Faculty Research Investment Program

One of the newest grant programs offered by the OVPR gives Baylor faculty a chance to collaborate with colleagues at other area institutions on biomedical research aimed at developing treatments for conditions that impact people around the world.

The Collaborative Faculty Research Investment Program (CFRIP) is funded by the OVPR and counterpart offices at the Baylor College of Medicine, Baylor Health Care System and Baylor Scott & White Health.  The program awards research grants to teams of faculty from two or more participating institutions with the goal of leveraging complementary research capabilities to help the partnerships compete for external research funding.

Prospective investigators may request up to $25,000 in funding from each participating institution.  Proposals are due at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 for projects to be performed during the 2016 fiscal year (specific project dates may vary based on the fiscal years of the participating institutions).

If you are interested in applying, contact the Scott & White Healthcare Office of Academic Research Development (OARD) to request an application.

Click here for more information about the CFRIP program or contact Blake Thomas at 254-710-3153 with questions.

September 8, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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OVPR announces changes to internal grant for arts & humanities research

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research has announced a change in the application and review procedures for proposals to the Arts & Humanities Faculty Research Program. Under the new procedure, AHFRP proposals will be evaluated twice per academic year with one application deadline in the fall semester and another in the spring. Previously, proposals for the grant were accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

The next application cycle for AHFRP grants will be in the spring 2015 semester. Applications will be due at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 for projects to take place during the 2016 fiscal year (June 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016).

Please contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR at x3153 with any questions.

August 4, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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OVPR announces new internal funding program for research equipment acquisition

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research has announced a new internal funding program designed to help established investigators purchase new or replacement equipment for use in their research.

Through the Research Equipment Acquisition Program (REAP), faculty members can apply for up to $35,000 in matching funds to help purchase equipment that will enhance and expand research capabilities on campus. The grants require investigators to provide one-to-one matching funds, allowing instrument acquisition up to a total price tag of $70,000.

Dr. Truell Hyde, Baylor’s vice provost for research, says the Research Equipment Acquisition Program (REAP) targets faculty who have a demonstrated record of success in attracting competitive external funding.

“With the REAP program, we want to help investigators retire aging equipment and replace it with new devices necessary for the continued success of an established research program,” said Hyde. “Obsolete equipment can place investigators at a disadvantage when applying for their next grant, so this program will help our most productive faculty acquire and replace equipment vital to their research.”

Click here to view the full program guidelines and application forms on the OVPR website. Contact your academic unit’s assigned OSP coordinator to begin the application process.

May 22, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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OVPR announces application dates for FY 2016 internal grants

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research has announced the application deadlines for fiscal year 2016 internal research grants. FY 2016 funding is available for projects which take place between June 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016.

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.

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.