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Important Dates

The FY14 is closed. Please watch for the FY15 dates. 


The Hoppe Research Professor Awards are made to SIUE faculty members in order to recognize and support individual programs of research or creative activities. These Awards recognize faculty members whose research or creative activities have the promise of making significant contributions to their fields of study. Recipients are expected to produce published scholarly works and externally sponsored grants.


All full-time continuing members of the faculty may apply to the Hoppe program.  Research staff members on continuing appointments who have served as an investigator or co-investigator on an externally sponsored grant are also eligible for the Hoppe program.  The terminal degree must be completed by the time of submittal. All applicants must have submitted completed final reports and fulfilled the terms and conditions, including submission of an external grant proposal, of projects previously funded by the SIUE Graduate School at least 5 business days before this program deadline in order to be eligible for this program.

Nature of Award

The Hoppe Research Professorship Awards are designed to support a significant and discrete portion of a faculty member's larger research agenda. The Hoppe Research Professor will be appointed for a two-year period, during which he or she will receive 50% assigned time for research each academic year (cost is shared with school/ college), the services of a one-quarter time graduate assistant (for nine months per year), and $1,000 in support lines. Recipients must wait one year after completion of the appointment before applying again for the Hoppe Research Professorship.

Application/Nomination Procedures

Applicants must have the endorsement of their Department Chair and Dean. 

  • By Monday, January 06, 2014, applications for the Hoppe Research Professor must be first submitted to the Department Chair, who will prepare a Letter of Evaluation.
  • The Department Chair will submit proposals directly to the School/College Research Committee for evaluation by Monday January 20, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
  • The School/College Research Committee will provide an evaluation and rank to each proposal using the School Evaluation Form and submit it along with the proposals to the School/ College Dean by Monday, Feburary 24, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
  • The School/College Dean will prepare a Letter of Evaluation for each applicant and submit the evaluations along with the proposals to the Graduate School by 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 03, 2014 to Campus Box 1046, or Room 2202 in Rendleman Hall
  • The proposals, along with the Evaluations from the Department Chair, the School/College Research Committee and School/College Dean will be reviewed by the Graduate School's RPAB Committee.

Letters of Evaluation
There are no formal guidelines for creating the Letters of Evaluation from the Dean or Department Chair. The evaluations should address the criteria enumerated below under "Selection Criteria," and provide an honest, overall assessment of the applicant’s scholarly potential and ongoing contribution to the school/department. Applicants will NOT receive a copy of the Letters of Evaluation unless provided upon request by the Chairs and Deans.

Proposal Format

Applications must address the individual's overall agenda for research or creative activity and the proposed work and objectives for the two-year award period.

The application package should include the sections below.

  1. Hoppe Research Professor Cover Sheet 
  2. Narrative (10 pages max)
    The Narrative is more than ten (10) pages (excluding References, Vitae, and Appendices) and addresses  (a)the significance of the research or creative activities, (b) the potential for external funding, and (c) the specific role that a two-year appointment to a Hoppe Research Professorship could play in advancing the applicant's work on that agenda.     

The Narrative should be written in a manner that is understandable to a non-specialist and should contain 1” margins and font at Times New Roman 11 or Ariel 10 or higher. Pages must be numbered Stronger proposals will address an audience of educated laypeople from various University units.

Subsections of the Narrative Include

  • Problem Statement
    1. Define the overall goal and significance of the long-term research/creative activity
    2. State the specific scope of work and objectives of the two-year project within the broader research agenda
  • Related Literature
    1. Outline the background literature related to your topic, contextualizing your project within existing literature. Stronger proposals will make an argument for the project’s significance based upon its potential contributions to the field within this larger context.
  • Procedures
    1. Describe the design and methodology of the specific study
    2. Describe special needs of the methodology, e.g. sources of data, equipment, facilities, travel, etc.
    3. State the timetable for completion of the study in the next two years and how this work will continue the overall research agenda
  • References: Include a list of references showing your familiarity with the pertinent literature.
  • External Funding Summary
    1. Identify specific potential sources of external support for the continuation of the project, and how this project will increase chances of success with the external submission.  This information will include, for example, the sponsor, the specific program(s), and the expected submission deadline.  Include a description of how the Hoppe project fits with the sponsor and program’s goals/mission.
    2. Summarize in table format previous external funding projects submitted and awarded in the last 10 years. The table should list the project director and other team leader names; the project title; submission and/or award dates; the target agency; the project start and end dates; the applicant’s role in the project; and a brief summary of outcomes from the project, including scientific outcomes and concrete productions such as publications, patentable products, etc.
  • C.V. (2 pages) or COS Pivot Profile (unlimited)
    1. Submit a copy of your curriculum vitae or your COS Pivot Profile. Curriculum vitae are limited to two pages. If you choose to submit your Pivot Profile, please ensure that your Profile is up-to-date. Reviewers will use your completed Pivot Expertise Profile instead of a traditional curriculum vitae. This document should include activities most relevant to the proposed project and demonstrate expertise to carry out the proposed work.  
  • Appendices
    1. Information may be included in an Appendix if it is necessary to the reviewers’ understanding of the research project and to provide evidence of access to needed resources and people. Such appendices may include but are not limited to: letters of commitment from consultants, sub-contractors and supporting facilities; letters of commitment from foreign contacts and institutions; letters of commitment from library or archive administrators, sample surveys or protocols for human subjects research. Appendixes may not be used to provide data that belongs in the narrative.

Selection Criteria

The Graduate School's RPAB Committee will make its recommendation for the Hoppe Research Professorship recipient to the Graduate Dean. The focus of the selection process will be on identifying the applicant for whom a Hoppe Research Professorship could make the most significant contribution in furthering research or creative activities in the applicant's discipline. The RPAB Committee's evaluation will include, but is not limited to, consideration of the following factors:

  1. Evidence that the award of a Hoppe Research Professorship will enable specific advances in the applicant's discipline.
  2. Evidence of careful planning for an integrated, feasible, two-year program of research or creative activities that will make effective use of the support offered by a Hoppe Research Professorship.
  3. Evidence of professional qualifications to undertake, carry out, and complete the planned program of research or creative activities.
  4. Evidence of the significance.  
  5. The potential for external funding of the planned program of research or creative activities.

Definition of Research

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. This definition of research does not include departmental curriculum development, faculty development (learning an established technique, a language, or a methodology; dissertation research), institutional research (studies related directly to the operation of the University), and public service and consulting activities.

Terms and Conditions

Under no circumstances will the Graduate School consider requests to use GA funds or other budget items for any other purpose than to support the proposed project.

Recipients must submit a mid-term progress report at the end of the first of the appointment by June 30th of the second year. The second year's appointment is contingent upon satisfactory progress.

A Final Report is required within ninety (90) days (October 1st of the third year) after the completion of the appointment. Recipients of the award are expected to produce published scholarly works and externally sponsored proposals.

The applicant must submit at least one external grant proposal by the time of the final report.

Recipients will not be eligible for additional support from the Graduate School until these conditions are satisfied.

Program Contacts

Patience Graybill Condellone
Internal Grants Program Coordinator

Susan Morgan
Associate Dean for Research


Current Guidelines
Hoppe Cover Sheet
School/Unit Evaluation Form

Past Winners

2013-2015: Gregory Fields

2012-2014: Leah O'Brien

2011-13: Andrew Neath

2010-2012: Andrej Lozowski

2009-2011 George Pelekanos

2008-2010: Allison Thomasen

Click here to view a full history of the Hoppe Award and Awardees

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