Research and scholarship provide the intellectual foundation of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. In order to encourage and support faculty and staff research, the University, through the Graduate School, provides funding for research projects.
The Graduate School's Office of Research and Projects administers many programs that support research. The Seed grants for Transitional and Exploratory Projects (STEP) makes awards available for faculty and staff to pursue promising research projects for the academic year and summer terms. Matching funds are available to support faculty and staff costs for travel to present papers, publication and production costs, and other costs associated with disseminating research results. The Paul Simon Outstanding Scholar Award is presented to an SIUE faculty member to recognize and promote outstanding research and creative activities and the integration of that research and creative activity into excellent teaching. The Hoppe Research Professor Award and the Vaughnie Lindsay New Investigator awards recognize faculty members whose research or creative activities have the promise of making significant contributions to their fields of study. A new faculty orientation session introduces new investigators to the grant proposal process, from drafting initial applications to managing their award. Qualifying faculty members receive a $1500 contribution to their New Faculty Start-Up accounts to support the individual research agenda of new tenure-track faculty after completion of the new faculty orientation with the Office of Research and Projects. Three research competitions are offered on a rotating basis: Equipment and Tools, Assigned Time for Research, and support for Multidisciplinary Teams.
Generally, only full-time faculty and research staff on continuing appointments who have served as an investigator or co-investigar on an externally-sponsored grant are eligible for the Graduate School programs. Faculty may hold concurrent Graduate School awards and/or externally sponsored grants. Certain programs contain additional eligibility requirements. Faculty and staff must review each program's requirements. Internal research grants typically require that applications submit a final report and an external grant application upon completion of the project period. Eligibility for future funding from the Graduate School is dependant upon the completion of terms and conditions of previous internal awards.
The Graduate School programs provide support only for faculty and staff research projects. Research is broadly defined as all creative, critical, scholarly, and/or empirical activity that expands, clarifies, reorganizes, or develops knowledge or artistic perception. This definition of research includes the demonstration, implementation, application and dissemination of research results and those grants designated as research by the granting agency.
DEPARTMENTAL CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT -- includes activities such as curriculum development, the preparation of curriculum materials, curriculum revisions, student interest surveys;
FACULTY DEVELOPMENT -- includes activities such as learning an established technique, a language or methodology; thesis or dissertation;
INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH -- includes activities such as studies related directly to the operation of the university;
PUBLIC SERVICE and CONSULTING ACTIVITIES.
SIUE rules, regulations, and policies regarding the use of human subjects, animal care, biosafety, hazardous waste, radioactive materials, patents and copyrights, royalties and fees, as well as other appropriate University policies apply to all the Graduate School Programs. Faculty and staff are responsible for following the established University compliance procedures regarding these rules and regulations. Faculty and staff may obtain additional information regarding these policies from the Graduate School's Office of Research and Projects. Refer also to the SIUE website for institutional policies and procedures applicable to reserach and creative activities are also applicable to projects funded through the Graduate School.
The expenditure of funds from the Graduate School programs follows normal SIUE regulations. The fiscal control and allocation of funding varies for the programs. Faculty and staff should consult each program's guidelines for specific information on the allocation and expenditure of funds.
Generally, requests for funding from the Graduate School undergo a peer review process. The Graduate School makes an exception to this process in the case of requests to Research and Development (R&D) funds. In those cases, the Graduate Dean decides the disposition of the request.
The Graduate School coordinates two faculty standing committees for the review of proposals. The Graduate Council elects members for the Research and Development (R&D) Committee and for the Research and Projects Advisory Board (RPAB). Ad hoc committees of experts are also used. All final decisions for funding rest with the Graduate Dean.
Faculty and staff may appeal the decision made regarding the review or funding of an application for a Graduate School sponsored research grant. After the Graduate School announces competition awards, an individual may appeal the decision within 30 days of the program award announcement.
The appeal must be submitted in writing to the Graduate Dean and must describe the basis of the appeal. The Graduate Dean may refer the appeal to the Educational and Research Policies Committee of the Graduate Council for its recommendation.
Every applicant for an internal grant has the right to know the basis on which his or her proposal was evaluated. Applicants may request a critique, i.e., a summary of the reviewers' comments. This summary will be provided by the Office of Research and Projects and it may include a summary of the school or college research committee's comments.
Individuals submitting proposals to the Graduate School competitions may not serve on either the Graduate School's review committee or the school or college research committee for that competition. Recipients of Graduate School funding should consider serving on these committees in the future.
Members of the R&D Committee and of the RPAB may not simultaneously serve on a school or college research committee.