Internal Funding Opportunity Available to Advance Faculty Scholarship

Faculty members in creative arts, humanities and some social sciences can now apply.

Texas Tech President Guy Bailey said the funding opportunity is one way the school can offer support to faculty.

Texas Tech President Guy Bailey said the funding opportunity is one way the school can offer support to faculty.

Texas Tech University faculty members in the creative arts, humanities and some social sciences can now apply for funds to bolster their scholarship.

The 2011 Internal Competitive Funding Opportunity to Advance Scholarship in the Creative Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will provide a pool of about $500,000 in the first year.

“We intend for faculty to use this funding opportunity to advance their scholarship,” said Guy Bailey, Texas Tech president. “We value the scholarly and creative efforts of all of our faculty members and this is one way we can offer support.”

“For many faculty members in the creative arts, humanities and some social science areas there is little in the way of external funding as compared to the sciences and engineering,” said Taylor Eighmy, vice president for research. “We also hope that this funding encourages faculty to collaborate both within and outside of their home department in an effort to expand their scholarship.”

Promoting Scholarly Efforts

Faculty will be asked to submit proposals for awards on one of three levels. Level 1 is for requests of less than $3,000; Level 2 is for requests of less than $10,000; and Level 3, less than $20,000. There are specific requirements expected of the faculty member based on the level of award received.

“These funds are intended to promote collaboration, provide free time for thinking and creating, and generally support scholarly efforts,” said Bob Smith, Texas Tech provost. “We expect faculty to conduct research and write manuscripts that are attractive to top publishers, travel for presentations at leading conferences, support applications for distinguished faculty awards, along with early scholarship development.”

The funds can be used in many ways including purchasing equipment or computers, travelling to conferences, or for collaboration, supporting graduate students or undergraduate research efforts.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Oct. 10 to Michael San Francisco, associate vice president for research/faculty development, who is chairing the competition. Guidelines for proposal submission, requirements and expectations of the faculty member are available here.

Applications will be examined by a peer review committee of 15-25 people. The committee will evaluate each submission using specific criteria for each level of award. A summary of detailed comments will be provided to all applicants.


Office of Research and Innovation

The Office of Research and Innovation is tasked with facilitating excellence in research, scholarship and creative activity for Texas Tech students, faculty and staff. The office promotes an academic environment embracing creativity, curiosity, innovation, diversity, ethics and integrity.

Among other programs, the OR&I supports responsible and safe conduct of research, faculty development and recognition, interdisciplinary collaborations, externally sponsored research, partnerships with industry and community stakeholders, international research collaboration and the application of research for the benefit of society. The OR&I promotes a culture of creative expression, discovery, innovation and collaboration with the goal of advancing Texas Tech’s status as an elite national research university.

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