Butler Awards Committee Faculty Research Grant
Up to $5,000 ($6,000 with
PLEASE NOTE: THE GRANT ONLY PROVIDES FUNDS FOR ONE
BAC Faculty Research Grant Application
Deadline: Faculty Research Grant applications
have a deadline of the first Friday of February, by 5:00 p.m.
Program: The BAC Research Grant supports
original, creative, and scholarly faculty projects in the fine
arts, humanities and social sciences (qualitative or mixed
methods research - see note below for further
information). If you are trying to decide whether your
application should be submitted to the BAC or the HAC, the Director
of BIRS will help you decide the most appropriate committee for
for faculty research grants is limited to faculty who are in a
tenure-track or tenured position at the time of the grant
Proposal Format: It is extremely important for
the applicant to remember that the proposal will be reviewed by
professionals in other disciplines and that the proposal should be
in clear and concise language that can be evaluated by the
reviewers. The statement should be typed and formatted in
the following way: 1.5 line spacing, standard Times New Roman 11 or
12pt. font, one inch margins all around, and no more than five
pages. Proposals that do not conform to these
guidelines or are submitted on outdated forms will be deemed
non-compliant, will be returned without evaluation and will not be
forwarded to the BAC committee.
Your application must include:
1. Program Statement
Your proposal must include a program statement. Please attach a
description of the proposed project following the outline listed
below. Proposals will be evaluated by readers who are not
necessarily experts in the specific field of the proposal. The
application should be written for a general audience to
- Background - The background for the project including the
problem or need, related work and the underlying rationale.
- Objectives - The objective(s) of the project.
- Significance - The importance or significance of the research
and the relation of the research to the applicant's previous and
future work. State how the project contributes to scholarship
within the field.
- Methods - Describe the methods applicant will use to achieve
his/her objectives including any of the following that apply: the
creative procedures or experimental methods, equipment required,
data gathering and analysis, time schedule, evaluation and
reporting of results.
- Analysis - Describe information to be collected and how it will
be used or analyzed.
- Timeline - An anticipated timeline for the proposed project
should detail how the work will be completed over the granting
- If appropriate, suggest how research completed through this
grant will create opportunities for future external funding.
- References and Bibliography - In this section, applicants must
include all relevant references cited in the application and may
include a complete bibliography. This section is not part of the
Program Statement and is not included in the five page limit.
2. Budget: The budget is an important part of
the application and care should be taken to ensure the budget is
clearly defined and the proposed expenditures are justified. A
budget justification narrative must be included with the
application that carefully details all expenditures and how they
are related to the proposed work. Expenditures not fully
justified will not be funded. Use the budget form from the online
- Stipends: Up to $3000 of the overall
award can be designated as a stipend to compensate the applicant
for the extensive time invested in conducting scholarship, creating
art, writing a play, or creating a proposal for a book.
- A faculty summer stipend up to $3,000 is permitted. Faculty
should indicate any other grant that funds this work during the
- Stipends for other personnel, including students are also
permitted up to $3,000 per person. It is expected that all
personnel would be paid by the hour. Summer payments to
undergraduate students not enrolled in at least six hours must
include funds to pay FICA. Students' work need not be limited to
the summer. Butler students can not receive Butler funding from
more than one source.
- Multiple Collaborators: The $3000 maximum
faculty stipend may be divided among several colleagues. Two or
more faculty members may submit multiple proposals for the same
project, but limited resources make it unlikely that more than one
grant would be funded in any one given year.
- Travel/Conferences: Allowable travel costs
include food and incidentals, actual lodging costs, actual travel
fares and mileage. The BAC committee will not fund food per diem
for more than 14 days. Faculty members are encouraged to use
college or department funds for other travel expenses or to apply
for a BAC Travel-to-Present award. Travel within a 50 mile radius
of Indianapolis will not be supported.
- Books: Generally speaking, applicants should
be careful in their request for the purchase of books and
other texts. Applicants must justify the purchase of books
not otherwise available in the library in their budget
- Computer Hardware and Software will be
supported only if they are essential to the unique requirements of
the research project
- Exclusions: These awards are not to be used to
support the completion of a graduate degree program. In addition,
proposals will not be accepted for projects for which the faculty
member is already being compensated, such as writing a book for
which there is anything more than a nominal honorarium already
being paid by the publisher to the author.
- Supplemental Funds: The maximum amount of the
award is ordinarily $5,000. Proposals up to $6000 will be
considered in the case of extraordinary travel or equipment needs.
In such cases, however, it is the responsibility of the applicant
to justify the extra expenses. In no case, however, may the stipend
requested exceed $3,000.
3. Curriculum Vitae: Include a two-page
curriculum vitae that includes education, skills and
experience. In addition to the basics, the CV should
include research and teaching experience, publications relevant to
the project, grants and fellowships, professional associations and
licenses, awards and other information relevant to the funding for
which you are applying. Make sure dates are on all
4. Appendix A (Report on Previous BAC-funded
research): Applicants who have previously received a
Faculty Research Grant must include a report on the results of
work funded by the most recent BAC grant, and (if applicable) how
the new work relates to the previous project.
5. Appendix B (Report on Extramural Grant
Applications): Applicants who have received two or more
Faculty Research Grants must provide evidence that they
have attempted to secure extramural funding to support their
The proposal should be signed by the applicant, the chair of the
department or program, and the dean of the college or library.
Proposals that do not conform to these guidelines will
be returned without evaluation. Use the
form that is currently on the website. Proposals submitted on
outdated forms will be deemed non-compliant and will not be
forwarded to the BAC committee.
Evaluation Guidelines: Click
here for more information on BAC research
proposal evaluation guidelines.
Duration: The grant period is from May 1st to
May 31st of the following year. In exceptional circumstances, an
extension of the grant period (for annual grants) is permitted. If
an awardee requires additional time to complete his/her project, a
request for an extension should be submitted no later than one
month prior to the end of the grant period. No new grant money will
be released until the first project, including the final report, is
Report: A report detailing exactly what was
accomplished and the results of the project is due in the Institute
for Research and Scholarship office no more than 60 days following
the end of the grant period. This report can be a paper that has
been submitted for publication. Failure to submit this report will
jeopardize chances for future BAC funding.
methods research is a research design with philosophical
assumptions as well as methods of inquiry. As a methodology, it
involves philosophical assumptions that guide the direction of the
collection and analysis of data and the mixture of qualitative and
quantitative approaches in many phases in the research process. As
a method, it focuses on collecting, analyzing, and mixing both
quantitative and qualitative data in a single study or series of
studies. Its central premise is that the use of quantitative and
qualitative approaches in combination provides a better
understanding of research problems than either approach alone (from