Designing independent living environments for adults with autism; examining how geography and institutions lead to conflicts and cooperation over water; and extending collaboration with faculty in Europe; — these are only a few research topics from the 40 winning proposals in the inaugural Texas Tech Internal Competitive Funding Opportunity to Advance Scholarship in the Creative Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
“I am delighted that we are able to fund so many proposals in this first round of the internal funding opportunity competition,” said Guy Bailey, Texas Tech president. “We have exceptional faculty in every discipline; unfortunately there is not external funding available in some areas. I believe that these grants will help our faculty advance their scholarship and creative endeavors.”
There were 89 proposals submitted. Forty faculty members will receive $441,506 in funding through the newly created annual peer-reviewed competition. Announced in September, the program is a means to support the scholarship and creative activity of faculty in disciplines with little external funding opportunities as compared to the sciences and engineering.
“These faculty members are going to use the grants to support students, collaborate with colleagues around the globe, plan a major international conference here at Texas Tech, complete book manuscripts and travel to enhance their scholarship,” said Bob Smith, Texas Tech provost. “This is exactly the type of activity the internal funding opportunity program was designed to encourage. An added plus is that these faculty members will, in turn, support graduate and undergraduate students, and that will further enhance their education.”
“The proposals we received are excellent and demonstrate the breadth of the scholarship and creative activity on our campus,” said Taylor Eighmy, vice president for research. “Texas Tech has superb faculty working and teaching in every discipline. What is most exciting about this internal competitive funding opportunity is that it helps us recognize excellence in scholarship across all disciplines. Great public research universities also have great scholarship in the creative arts, humanities and social sciences.”
Applications were examined by a 35-member peer review committee. The committee evaluated every submission using specific criteria for each of three award levels. There were 27 requests for Level 1 funding of up to $3,000; 11 proposals were funded. There were 33 requests for Level 2 funding of up to $10,000 with 14 proposals funded; and 15 of the 29 proposals were funded at Level 3 for up to $20,000. All applicants will get feedback from the reviews.
The funds can be used in many ways including purchasing equipment or computers, traveling to conferences, collaboration purposes, or supporting graduate students and undergraduate research efforts.
The list of winners and their topics are available here.