Butler Awards Committee
Internal Grants for Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
(qualitative research methods)
The BAC promotes faculty research in all disciplines and
recognizes that scholarly activity can take different
forms across disciplines. Fundamentally, we begin with a
premise or assumption that scholarship is work that advances
knowledge. We consider basic or applied research in a
discipline, or reflective analysis of another's research as a
traditional path or outcome, but there are numerous other starting
points, approaches and products of scholarly activity. Scholarship
is more broadly understood as scholarly activity such as, but not
- Music composition and performance, dance choreography, theater
production and performance, literature criticism and creative
writing (e.g. poetry, short story, non-fiction novels), educational
research on curriculum and pedagogy, human subjects research, basic
or applied research in business, economics, communication (e.g.
journalism, documentaries, social media), art (e.g. visual, video,
performance, installations, design).
It could involve the collection of original data (through
interviews, surveys or other methods); the analysis of data;
reviewing, analyzing, and/or translating/interpreting original
texts or objects of art or antiquity; the creation of an original
work. While final products might vary, in the broadest sense a
proposal for funding needs to be clear to reviewers both within and
outside the discipline. Keep in mind the following:
- A statement of need, artistic opportunity, gap in the
literature, or research question. Frame the topic to convey its
importance, or urgency.
- Approach to the work - describe how you will conduct the work
and why your approach is appropriate. If your work involves travel,
explain why it is critical to your endeavor.
- Outcomes of the work - aspires to and demonstrates action
toward a peer reviewed or juried product appropriate to the field -
for example: a published article, book chapter, or book; a
conference presentation and article; a performance; a performance
and recording of the presented work; a finished piece of art and
Who May Submit Proposals
- Research grants: eligible faculty who are in a tenure-track or
tenured position at the time of the grant award.
- All full-time faculty are eligible for Short Course/Workshop
Attendance Grants, Instructional Development Grants,
Mini-Grants, and Travel-to-Present Grants as long as they are
employed in a full-time status at the time of the grant award.
If you are trying to decide whether your application should be
submitted to the BAC or the HAC, please contact either the Chair of
BAC or HAC, who can help you decide the most appropriate committee
for your proposal.
The BAC Funding History
2009-2013 (fellowships and research grants)
- Total proposals submitted - 103
- Total proposals funded - 65
- Average award - $3,999
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