FTREG.

Deadline: October 31, 2019

Overview

The Provost’s Office is again offering support to Duke faculty via a Faculty Teaching/Research Enhancement Grant (FTREG). Faculty may use an FTREG for one of two purposes:

  1. To acquire additional skills, knowledge, or experiences outside of or beyond their main discipline that will enhance their capacity to carry out original research and/or provide excellent learning experiences for Duke students. Supported activities include: a cognate training workshop; field work opportunity that includes specific training; short-term engagement with a community organization relevant to a new line of research; travel to meet with a leading scholar or group of scholars working in an area highly relevant to the applicant’s scholarly growth or teaching trajectory.
  1. To underwrite a trip to undertake fieldwork, interviews, or archival exploration in order to scope out a new direction for research.

Grant funds may not be used for attendance at conferences, nor for salary support.

Funds awarded will most likely fall within the range of $2,000-$5,000. In unusual circumstances, funding may be available up to an absolute cap of $10,000.

Recipients from the first year of this grant represent a broad range of activities. The average grant award given last year was $4,378.

Eligibility

Any Duke regular rank faculty member with a primary appointment in a school other than Medicine or Nursing may propose faculty teaching/research enhancement activities.

A preference will be given to faculty at the assistant or associate level.

Selection Criteria and Review Process

Proposals will be evaluated based on the extent to which the proposal articulates how the experience will contribute to broadening the applicant’s research and/or teaching. Successful proposals will make a compelling case for how the proposed experience would amplify the faculty member’s intellectual trajectory and benefit the Duke community.

Applicants should provide a letter of support from the faculty member’s department chair or dean, as appropriate. And requests for funding to visit a leading scholar or group of scholars should also include a letter of support from that individual or group.

Proposals will be reviewed by a faculty panel convened by the Executive Vice Provost, the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, and the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies. Final decisions will be made by the Vice Provosts in consultation with the Provost. Decisions will be announced in December 2019 and funds will be awarded in February 2020. Awardees will be expected to provide updates on their activities during the year and an eventual reflection on the impact of those activities on the trajectory of their research and/or teaching.

Proposal Requirements

The Provost‘s Office uses Formstack to submit applications.

You will be asked to provide the following information:

  • an updated, short curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages);
  • a brief narrative that articulates the proposed activities, how the experience will contribute to broadening research/teaching, how it fits with overall academic, research, and professional plans (no more than 3 pages);
  • a budget and timeline for use of the funds;
  • a letter of support from a departmental chair or dean, commenting on the benefits of the proposed training or experience to the applicant and her/his intellectual community;
  • for those applicants seeking to visit a leading scholar or group of scholars: a letter of support from that individual or group;
  • information on other funding already obtained or requested (if applicants receive news about other funding proposals after the deadline, they should provide updated information to Mindy Miller, mindy.miller@duke.edu).

To apply, visit https://dukeinterdisc.formstack.com/forms/ftreg_fall2019.

Timeline

RFP released 09/04/2019
RFP deadline for submission 10/31/2019
Project winner(s) notified 12/13/2019
Funds made available* 02/03/2020

*Funds to be expended by 06/30/2021.

Contact

For any questions regarding your proposal, please contact: Mindy Miller, mindy.miller@duke.edu.

FAQ

Who can apply?

All current regular rank faculty with a primary appointment in schools other than Medicine and Nursing may propose faculty teaching/research enhancement activities. A preference will be given to faculty at the assistant or associate level.

What kinds of items and expenses would FTREG funds be able to cover?

Funds may be used to cover a cognate training workshop; field work opportunity that includes specific training; or short-term engagement with a community organization relevant to a new line of research. Funds may be used for travel to meet with a leading scholar or group of scholars working in an area highly relevant to the applicant’s scholarly growth or teaching trajectory. Funds may be used to support a trip to undertake fieldwork, interviews, or archival exploration in order to scope out a new direction for research.

How are the FTREGs different from other grants, like the Intellectual Community Planning Grants (ICPG), and Collaboratories?

FTREGs are aimed at individual faculty members who wish either to scope out a new research project or to acquire additional skills, knowledge or experiences outside/beyond their main discipline that will enhance their capacity to carry out original research and/or provide excellent learning experiences for Duke students. In contrast, both ICPGs and Collaboratories support groups of faculty. Collaboratories support groups of faculty working on more established projects that seek to provide tangible solutions to targeted problems. ICPGs provide seed funding to groups of faculty wishing to explore a new collaboration around a shared intellectual interest.