FR&D (Faculty Research & Development) is a standing committee of the Faculty whose primary work is receiving, evaluating, and approving proposals related to faculty research and development (see Faculty Handbook). All proposals for FR&D awards are due in the fall, between the months of September and November, and are for awards in the following summer or academic year. FR&D does not award funding for a current academic year and does not have a spring cycle of awards.
Due to Covid-related budget stresses, FR&D awards are frozen for the 2021-22 academic year. Therefore, FR&D is not soliciting, reviewing, or awarding funds during the 2020-21 academic year.
Detailed information about specific awards can be found on the Faculty Funding site, where awards for FR&D and other sources are categorized under the headings of “Funds for Stipend,” “Funds for Replacement,” and “Funds for Reimbursement.”
FR&D receives a number of questions each year about what makes a strong proposal, distinctions between awards, application processes, etc. Most questions can be answered in one of the following two documents or by following the links provided on this page. Please be sure to review these resources, even if you have previously submitted proposals to FR&D.
Applying for FR&D Awards
Proposals for all FR&D awards are submitted electronically. However, faculty are required, first, to develop proposals in Word, responding to a standard set of questions for all FR&D proposal types (see “Open-ended Questions” link below). Faculty then convert their proposals to PDF before uploading them through the application site.
In order to ensure full consideration and blind review, proposals must be anonymized. Do not include one’s name anywhere within the proposal or in the name of the file being uploaded. Also, any internal citations or bibliographic information should not include the author’s name.
All proposals must be submitted by the due date: late proposals are not accepted.
Are you ready to begin developing your proposal?
Click the following link – Open-ended Questions for Online FR&D Application – to begin drafting your proposal. Save your work in Word, and then when your proposal is finalized, convert it to a PDF.
Once you are certain your proposal is complete and fully anonymized, go to the FR&D application site, where you will be prompted to complete some standard information and directed to upload your proposal.
If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact the FR&D Chair, Alfred Simkin.