Terms and Conditions
Deadlines and Submission
Application: Narrative; Budget: Budget Justification; Previous Funding; Bibliography; Appendices; COS Pivot Profile or CV
Timeline and Contacts
Note: Proposals with more than one faculty investigator should receive signed approval from all appropriate department chairs and deans on the Proposal Cover Sheet.
Program Deadline: The deadline for fy2014 has passed. The projected deadline for fy2015 applications is Friday, October 4, 2013. Watch this page for updates regarding deadlines and information.
School/College Deadlines (as reported to the Graduate School):
College of Arts & Sciences: Sept. 28
School of Pharmacy: Sept. 28
Project Period: July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014
Projected Announcement Date: December 19, 2012
Summer Salary Contracts Due: March 15, 2013 and March 15, 2014
Final Report Due Date: October 1, 2014
Seed grants for Transitional and Exploratory Projects (STEP) provides seed funding on a competitive basis to SIUE faculty and staff to support research and creative activities. Seed funding is intended to encourage faculty to initiate new research directions or new research projects. Seed grant funding is not intended to sustain or supplement current research programs but rather to:
This program is limited to tenured and tenure-track faculty and staff with research appointments. The terminal degree must be obtained prior to submittal.
All applicants must have completed final reports and fulfilled the terms and conditions of previously Graduate School-funded research at least 5 business days before the current STEP deadline in order to be eligible for this program. This includes submission of final reports and external grants.
Research and creative activities are broadly defined as all creative, critical, scholarly, and/or empirical activity that expands, clarifies, reorganizes or develops knowledge or artistic perception. This definition includes the demonstration, implementation, and application of research.
Ineligible Activities Include:
Faculty Development – activities such as learning a new technique, language, methodology or completing a thesis or dissertation; Institutional Research – studies related directly to the operation of the University that are not generalizable and have little application beyond SIUE; Public Service and Consulting; and Departmental Curriculum Development, such as the preparation of curriculum materials, curriculum modifications, and student interest surveys. Curriculum Development that includes empirical studies of the effectiveness of new program formats, or techniques and content that are generalizable and have application beyond SIUE may be considered research for this grant program.
A total of $325,000 per fiscal year is available for this program. Funding is for one fiscal year (July 1st – June 30th) and is awarded by budget line item. All line items must be allowable costs. Awards will not exceed $16,000; typical awards will range from $5,000 to $10,000.
An additional $1,000 will be awarded to the best STEP application out of the pool of eligible proposals. Applicants will indicate their desire to be considered for the Annette and Henry Baich Award on the cover page for the STEP program. Details will be provided in the electronic application materials. For further information about eligibility, please visit the Baich Award website.
As a condition of the award, recipients must submit a Final Report and a proposal for external funding through the Graduate School’s Office of Research and Projects before they are eligible for any additional funding from the Graduate School. Failure to submit either the Final Report or a proposal for external funding makes the recipient of an STEP ineligible for all other Graduate School sponsored support. Previous STEP awardees should consult eligibility guidelines above.
The Graduate School will hold this competition annually, the first week in October. Applications are not considered complete without signatures from department chairs and school/college deans. Complete applications including signed cover page should be emailed in PDF-format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please refer to your department chair and unit dean for any internal deadlines that may affect collection of the appropriate signatures.
The primary evaluation criterion is the merit of the proposal. The R&D Committee will oversee the review process under the direction of the Associate Dean for Research using a disciplinary-based review system, as described below. Proposals will be evaluated and scored according to the following criteria:
Proposals will be assigned to one of four discipline-based review panels as indicated below. Applicants may request a specific review panel. Panelists may also suggest a specific area of expertise to be represented on the panel. The members of the R&D Committee will secure appropriate panelist commitments for each four panels, and will chair the panel reviews.
Panel 1: Life Sciences/Biomedical (includes Nursing, Pharmacy, and Dental Medicine)
Panel 2: Physical Sciences and Engineering
Panel 3: Social Sciences, Business, and Education
Panel 4: Arts and Humanities
Each panel will provide scores and comments, which will be entered into the Graduate School’s EPS system using the following scoring scale:
DOES NOT MEET CRITERIA: 1.0 to 1.5
ACCEPTABLE: 1.5 to 2.0
GOOD: 2.0 to 3.0
VERY GOOD: 3.0 to 4.0
OUTSTANDING: 4.0 to 5.0
The R&D Committee will oversee the panel review process, consider the scores and evaluations from the panels, and make final funding recommendations to the Associate Provost for Research and Graduate School Dean.
Download Application Checklist. Submit the following elements as a single PDF to the email@example.com by the deadline date and time. Applications that do not conform to these requirements will be returned without review.
1. Cover Page:
Download and complete the Cover Page. Include all appropriate contact information along with a brief summary of the research project in terms understandable to the non-specialist. Identify on the cover page the review panel that should consider your proposal. Panelists may also suggest a specific area of expertise to be represented on the panel. You may also identify any individual who has a conflict of interest or should otherwise not review the proposal. Identify whether you wish to be considered for the Annette and Henry Baich Award (see Baich Award eligible disciplines at http://www.siue.edu/orp/internalgrants/baich.shtml).
The narrative is to be no longer than 10 double-spaced pages, with 1” margins and font sizes at minimum Times New Roman 11 or Arial 10. The page limitation does not include the cover page, endnotes, bibliography, appendices, budget, budget justification, and vitae. Please note that proposals may not be reviewed by specialists in your specific discipline and care should be written to be understood by an educated general audience. Your narrative must encompass the following sections:
3. Budget: Provide a detailed budget using the cover page (download above). Applicants may request funding for academic year released time, summer salary, graduate assistantships, student wages, travel, commodities, contractual services, equipment, auto, and telecommunications.
Please note the following when preparing your budget:
4. Budget Justification:
Justify the funding request in narrative form (max. 2 pages). Each individual line item request on the Budget Request Form must be fully explained and carefully justified in an item-by-item narrative. Applicants are advised to keep in mind that the review committees rely heavily on the Narrative Budget Explanation and Justification when making decisions about funding. Explanations that are cursory or justifications that are weak can result in a project either not being funded or having its requested funding reduced substantially.
5. Previous Funding:
Complete and attach the Previous Funding Form. This form applies to funding previously received from the SIUE Graduate School (up to five previous awards). Applicants may use one page per previous grant.
6. Bibliography: Include a short, selected bibliography (one page maximum) showing your familiarity with the pertinent literature.
7. Appendices: Information may be included in an Appendix if it is necessary to the reviewer’s understanding of the research project. Such appendixes may include but are not limited to: letters of support from contractors, sub-contractors and supporting facilities; letters of support from foreign contacts and institutions; letters of support from library or archive administrators
8. COS Expertise Profile or C.V.: If applicants do not have a current COS profile, they may choose to submit a 2-page curriculum vitae with a listing of activities relevant to the proposed project.
Final reports are due to the Office of Research and Projects by October 1 (90 days) following the completion of the research project. Both the Final Report and the submission of an external grant through the Office of Research and Projects are required to remain eligible to receive Graduate School funding.
Patience Graybill Condellone
Internal Grants Program Coordinator
The Graduate School/Office of Research and Projects
Acting Associate Dean for Research
The Graduate School
2013-2014 STEP Award Winners
FY2014 Baich Awardee: Jeff Darabi
FY2013 Baich Awardee: David Jennings
Annette and Henry Baich Award Winner: Andrew Neath