Institute for Research & Scholarship

Butler Awards - General Policies

  • Proposal Quality - The committee has an expectation that proposals will be well written and grammatically correct, with few, if any, errors in punctuation, spelling, etc.
  • Grant Extensions - Grants are issued on a fiscal year basis, May 1 to May 31 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.
  • Computer Purchases - Computer hardware and software will be supported only if they are essential to the unique requirements of the research project.
  • Equipment Purchases - All equipment purchased with a BAC award is the property of Butler University.
  • Professional Association Membership Fees - the BAC will fund conference registration fees but will not fund professional association membership fees.
  • Funding Priority - In the event that two proposals are of equal quality, BAC will give priority to proposals by tenure-track faculty members over proposals by tenured faculty members.
  • The BAC is committed to assisting faculty members in enhancing the quality of their research to produce significant results that are appropriate for presentation at national and international conferences, and/or for publication in peer-reviewed journals, as well as successfully competing for extramural funding. Applicants who have had two or more successful BAC Faculty Research Grants should submit evidence of attempts to secure extramural funding to support their research.