Purpose of the grant: Summer Faculty Research Grants (FRG) are distributed through the Center for the Humanities. Summer FRG funds enable successful applicants to conduct scholarly work and research during the summer. Applicants in all disciplines are urged to apply to additional funding sources. Eligible faculty may also submit concurrent applications for the Roland Grimm Travel Award, the NEH Summer Stipend, and the Summer Research Seed Grant. Faculty applying for both the FRG and Summer Research Seed Grant will be awarded only one of the grants. As part of the application process, applicants must disclose other funding sources that could be used to support a portion of the research that is relevant to the program of the FRG.
Grant amount: Up to $7,000
Application deadline: October 2, 2017 at 12 pm central time
Award notification: By December 1, 2017
Grant period: May 15–August 31. Research must be conducted for at least eight weeks, not necessarily consecutive, during the grant period.
Eligibility: All assistant professors, associate professors, and professors at Washington University who have not received an FRG award within the last two years (for summer 2016 or 2017). Applicants in health and the natural science areas are encouraged to seek other funding sources.
Application requirements: Submit your application as a single pdf to: firstname.lastname@example.org using the following naming convention for your application pdf: FRG Only - Last Name First Name FRG, Grimm Only – Last Name First Name Grimm, For Both – Last Name First Name FRG.GRIMM.
Applications must include:
1. Completed and signed Application Cover Sheet (see link below)
2. Completed Budget Sheet
o All expenses should be reasonable, realistic and directly related to the activities that will be conducted as part
of the project.
o Research travel and book purchases are allowable expenditures.
o Award may not be used for faculty salaries.
o If salary support is requested for a research assistant who is a graduate student at Washington University, the
stipend rate should be approximately $1,100 per month and the proposed work must be done between May and
August in the summer for which the grant is awarded. The research assistant’s specific role in the project must be
3. Narrative: No more than three single-spaced pages using a font size no smaller than 11 point.
o Within the narrative, applicants should provide an intellectual justification for their projects, conveying the ideas,
objectives, methods and work plan. A simple need or intent is insufficient.
o The narrative should not assume specialized knowledge and should be free of technical terms and jargon.
It should include the following sections:
- Research and contribution: Describe the intellectual significance of the proposed project. Provide an
overview of the project and explain the basic ideas, problems or questions examined by the study. Explain how
the project will complement, challenge or expand relevant studies in the field.
- Methods and work plan: Describe your method(s) and clarify the part or stage of the project that will be
supported by the award(s). Provide a work plan, describing what you will accomplish during the award period.
For a book project, explain how the final project will be organized.
- Final product and dissemination: Describe the intended audience and the intended results of the project.
If relevant, explain how the results will be disseminated and why these means are appropriate to the subject
matter and audience.
4. Short CV (2-page max)
Application download: (link to application form)
Evaluation criteria: Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee convened by the Center for the Humanities and ranked according to:
1. The potential to advance the field of study in which it is proposed and make an original and significant contribution to knowledge.
2. The quality of the proposal with regard to its methodology, scope, theoretical framework, and grounding in the relevant scholarly literature.
3. The feasibility of the project and the likelihood that the applicant will execute the work within the proposed timeframe.
Grant Administration: Awardees will be given the option to have the FRG administered through the Center for the Humanities or through their home department.
- Funds will be made available in an appropriate account by May 1. Once distributed, FRG funds may not be moved to circumvent more restrictive departmental policies.
- Grantees are expected to adhere to the administrative and financial policies of the University and those specified in the Center for the Humanities’ “Guidelines for Center Grants” issued to grantees upon award notification.
- All funds must be used within the grant period. The University will not reimburse for expenses incurred after the end of the grant period even if grant funds remain.
- If there is a balance in the FRG account after October 1, the balance will revert back to the Center for the Humanities research account.
- The Grantee is required to submit a report of project accomplishments to Jean Allman, Director of the Center for the Humanities, no later than October 1.
- The Grantee and their grant administrator are required to give a detailed report of the expenditures of the grant to the Center’s contract and grant coordinator, Kathy Daniel, no later than October 1.
- Publications resulting from FRG activities must contain an acknowledgment of support by The Center for the Humanities and the following sentence: “Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect those of The Center for the Humanities.”