Emeritus Faculty Development Grants
Fall round closing dates: October 8, 2021 (for grant period of December 1 through May 15)
Spring round closing dates: Friday, April 15, 2022 (for grant period of June 1 through November 15)
Emeritus faculty development grants are designed to help retired faculty begin new projects, to help retired faculty enhance existing professional work, or for seed money to finance application for external grants. Applicants must qualify for retiree status according to Human Resources criteria.
Guidelines and Procedures
- All financial documentation and itemized receipts need to be submitted by the end of the grant period to the Office of the Human Resources. The final narrative report should be submitted to the Office of the DOF/VPAA within one month of the end of the grant period. Failure to do so will disqualify the recipient from consideration for all future grants awarded by the FDC.
- Travel reimbursement may cover the cost of transportation, lodging and food. Grants may support travel to professional conferences as well as for research or consultation. Please note: Original, itemized receipts for all items $10 or over must be attached to expense reports. Your credit card bill showing the total amount paid for restaurant charges is not considered adequate proof of purchase.
- Subsidy for production or publication shall carry no obligation for repayment. It is expected, however, that grantee(s) will acknowledge support of the college on exhibition or publication.
- Aid cannot be applied toward reimbursement for work completed, nor is aid to be used as honoraria for award recipients.
- Any equipment purchased under the approved research grant will remain the property of the college after the grant period is completed.
- Projects funded by the FDC are not intended for personal financial gain. Should financial gain (profit) be realized, grant recipients are strongly encouraged to reimburse the college for the costs of the profitable enterprise it has supported.
- Projects funded by the FDC are not intended for hiring student assistants.
- Grants may support payment to independent contractors, subject to IRS 1099 regulations. Such contracting is the responsibility of the grantee and is unrelated to any college employment program (including student assistants).
- Proposals that involve human subjects or the use of human tissues are subject to the requirements of the College’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) (IRB guidelines, FAQs and forms are available at: https://www.skidmore.edu/irb/. Proposals that involve the use of vertebrate animals are subject to the requirements of the college’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). IACUC guidelines and forms are available by contacting the IACUC chair. IRB and IACUC approvals are not a prerequisite to submitting an Emeritus Faculty Development Grant but are required prior to the commencement of the research.
- Proposed projects must be in compliance with Skidmore College policies and procedures. See, in particular, the Policy on Political Activity (https://www.skidmore.edu/vote/political-activity-policy.php), the Standards of Business Conduct Policy (https://www.skidmore.edu/dof-vpaa/policies_guidelines/Standards-of-Business-Conduct.pdf ) and the Travel and Entertainment Policy (https://www.skidmore.edu/financial_services/documents/SKIDMORECOLLEGETRAVELPOLICY.pdf).
- The FDC will advise recipients of awards via email.
- Deliberations of the FDC are strictly confidential and decisions on awards are not to be discussed with individual committee members. All inquiries regarding awards shall be addressed to the chairperson.
Criteria for Evaluation of Grant Applications/Proposals
- Proposals will be assessed on their merit. A proposal for scholarly research or creative work will be evaluated relative to the contribution that the project may make to its respective field. In certain instances consultants may be requested for expert advice.
- Proposals from emeritus faculty who have not recently received research grants will be considered more favorably than those who have recently been granted faculty research money.
- Applications from emeritus faculty who have in the past used grant money effectively for the pursuit of scholarly or creative work will be considered in a more favorable light than applications from those who have received grants but have not yet productively employed them.
- Applications from emeritus faculty who have not filed completed narrative final reports and/or expense forms on the use of previous grants awarded by the FDC will not be considered.
These development grants are designed to help emeritus faculty begin new projects, enhance existing professional work, or for seed money to finance application for external grants. Awards for proposals can range from very modest sums (less than $100) to support a highly specific limited need to $1,500 to support a more comprehensive design of study and work. Emeritus faculty should understand that limits to resources and the wish of the committee to provide funds for the largest possible number of deserving proposals make it unlikely that proposals requesting more than $1,500 will be supported beyond that limit. The decision to provide partial support (up to $1,500) of proposals requesting more than $1,500 will be influenced by evidence that such support will indeed help launch the related projects and that faculty can and will find the additional funds needed to finance the work they propose.