Institute for Research & Scholarship

Butler Awards Committee Faculty Research Grant

Up to $5,000 ($6,000 with justification). 


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 your proposal. 

Eligibility:  Eligibility for faculty research grants is limited to faculty who are in a tenure-track or tenured position at the time of the grant award.

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 Proposals that do not conform to these guidelines or are submitted on outdated forms will be deemed non-compliant, will be returned without evaluation and will not be forwarded to the BAC committee.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 understand.

  • 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 period.
  • 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 application.

  • 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 summer months.
    • 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 narrative.
  • 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 publications included. 

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 research.

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 completed.

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.



NOTE: Mixed 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 www. )