Internal Faculty Research Grants

Internally Awarded Funding: Call for Proposals

Internally-awarded funding is available for research, scholarship and creative work to be conducted by members of the Harvey Mudd College faculty in 2021. Awards will be made in these two categories:

1. Student-Faculty

Research Awards: In support of faculty-led summer research projects in any discipline.

The base amount of each award is $6,000: $5,000 for a student research stipend plus fringe benefits; $1,000 stipend for supplies or travel related to the research project.

2. Faculty

Research, Scholarship or Creative Work Awards (without a student). In support of faculty
projects that advance professional and scholarly development. Base amount: $3,500 for supplies, travel, supplemental salary or other expenses.

Notes to Acknowledge

A. Proposers may request up to $1,000 in additional funding with justification. No budget is required for the base-amount Award in category 1; budgets are required in category 2. The Research Committee may adjust Award amounts – up or down – based on the strength of the proposal and the availability of funding.

B. In Category 1 and 2, there is additional funding this year from the Hixon-Riggs Forum for Responsive Science and Engineering, supporting faculty and student research that examines the social dimensions of science and/or technology. If you would like your proposal to be considered for this funding, please indicate this in your project description.

C. In the past, there was potential for faculty conducting summer research to receive 6K in summer salary. No decisions about summer research salary for summer 2021 will be made until early in the spring term, after we have determined whether students can return to campus.

D. Funds should be spent between Jan. 1, 2021 and Dec. 31, 2021. Student-faculty research award stipends should be used during the summer months.

E. Any funds used to pay faculty must account for 32.9% in fringe benefits. E.g. if dedicating $1,000 USD from an award budget to pay a faculty member, $329 USD must be used for the fringe benefit and the faculty member should only request $671 USD in payment.

Eligibility

Tenured professors, tenure-track professors, and visiting instructors of the Harvey Mudd College faculty are eligible to apply and receive awards.

Proposal Submission

Given the extenuating circumstances of this year, we have created an expedited application and review process with a single date to apply for both types of internal funding. Faculty must submit a full proposal via formstack link below by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Faculty who submit their proposal by this date will receive a decision to fund the proposal by Dec. 11, 2020. Applications submitted after Dec. 4 will be considered on a rolling basis if funding is still available after the initial set of awards. Full proposals should be submitted electronically to the following formstack links:

Summer 2021 Student-Faculty Research Mentorship Awards

Summer 2021 Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Works Awards

Proposals should be understandable by any member of the Harvey Mudd College faculty. Please avoid highly technical language, extensive use of chemical or mathematical formulas, unnecessary illustrations, and bibliographical references unless they are germane. You may include an appendix but be sure to make your case in the main part of the proposal. You may add an additional page if you are requesting additional funding and are including a budget. Please include text explaining and justifying the additional funding.

To apply for internal funding awards, please provide:

  1. A descriptive project title.
  2. A 400-word (or less) description of the proposed project including:
    1. a description of the novel contribution to the field of study that this work will attempt to produce.
    2. a description of the activities the scholar or student(s) will participate in.
    3. a description of how the proposed work integrates within the context of the applicant’s career.
  3. The number of summer research students for which funding is requested.

The minimum criteria for quality of an application will be met if the applicant includes, within the 400-word description:

  1. A statement that describes the novel contribution to the field of study that this work will attempt to produce.
  2. A statement that describes the activities the scholar or student(s) will participate in.
  3. A statement that describes how the proposed work integrates within the context of the applicant’s career.

Assuming the minimum criteria of quality is met, we will attempt to award the equivalent of funding for one student to each faculty applying for awards. If there are sufficient funds to provide all applicants with the equivalent of one student worth of funding, which seems likely, we will also award untenured faculty applicants the equivalent funding for a second student. If there are still additional funds, we will then award the equivalent funding for a second student to faculty starting a new project.

If, however there are insufficient funds to provide all applicants with the equivalent of one student worth of funding, we will prioritize funding untenured faculty. Specifically, we will first award the equivalent funding for one student to untenured faculty. If there are still additional funds, we will award the equivalent funding for one student to faculty starting a new project.

Beyond these guidelines, the RPI committee will use their discretion to provide awards with the priority given to applications

  1. submitted by untenured faculty
  2. that generate new projects
  3. that advances the career of the applicant

Please contact Chris Clark (clark@g.hmc.edu) if you have any questions or run into any issues. The Research committee looks forward to reading your proposals!

Internal sources of funding exist to encourage and strengthen scholarly activity and foster a community of scholars across disciplines at Harvey Mudd. Promoting faculty professional development, internal grants also couple research and education, and enhance experiential learning on campus.

Funding Categories

Reviewed by the Faculty Research Committee

  • Beckman Endowment funds
  • The Rose Hills Foundation Science and Engineering Summer Research Fellowships (includes a $1250 stipend or discretionary funds for faculty).
  • The Sherman Fairchild Foundation Summer Research Fellowships (includes funding for supplies/travel and $1,000 for faculty)
  • The Fletcher Jones Foundation Summer Research Fellowships (includes $2,000 for supplies/travel related to the research project)

Reviewed by Special Groups with Separate Requests for Proposals

  • Rasmussen Summer Research Fund for environmental projects
  • Presidential strategic initiative projects

Beckman Endowment and General Support Research Grants

Proposals for Beckman Endowment and general support research grants are reviewed and recommended for funding by Harvey Mudd’s Faculty Research Committee. In recent years, the Beckman Endowment has provided in annual support for six to eight projects.

Rasmussen Summer Research Fund

The Rasmussen Summer Research Fund supports student and faculty research in the area of environmental sustainability. Funding is for student research, but a proposal may be initiated either by a faculty member or by a student with a confirmed faculty advisor.