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Vaughnie Lindsay New Investigator Award

Xin Awarded 2016 Vaughnie Lindsay New Investigator Award

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Guidelines for the FY16 Vaughnie Lindsay New Investigator Award Competition are in development. The estimated deadline is set for January 06, 2016. Please keep abreast of this website for further deadlines. The previous year's guidelines below may be used as a guide until the 2016 updated guidelines are posted. For further information about the Graduate School FY16 internal grant competition deadlines, visit:

Important Dates

Monday, February 09, 2015: Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. to the applicant's Department Chair for evaluation. Chair submits directly to School/College Research Committee.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015: Applications due by 4:30 p.m. to the School/College Research Committee for Review. Committee submits directly to School/College Dean.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015: Applications due by 4:30 p.m. to the School/College Dean for preparation of Dean Evaluation
Friday, April 3, 2015: School/College Dean submits proposals and evaluations to Graduate School.

Estimated Announcement Date: May 08, 2015
Project Period: July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016
Final Report: October 1, 2016


Dr. Steve Hansen, Graduate School Dean Emeritus, established the Lindsay Research Professorship Endowment that funds the award in honor of Dr. Vaughnie Lindsay, who served as graduate dean from 1973 until 1986 and was responsible for creating much of the infrastructure that supports faculty research and scholarly activity. Faculty and the emeriti faculty at the time of the award's conception donated the funds to endow the award.

Those wishing to help support new investigators through the Vaughnie Lindsay Award may make a donation to the Graduate School section of the endowment at:


The New Investigator Awards are made to tenure-track 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, their respective school/department and to SIUE in general. Recipients are expected to produce published scholarly works/products and externally sponsored grants/contracts.


Eligible applicants must have earned appropriate terminal degrees in their disciplines and have regular full-time tenure track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level. Eligible junior faculty may apply any time after successful completion of their first year at SIUE and before promotion to Associate Professor. Recipients must be at the Assistant Professor level throughout the duration of their New Investigator award. Previous recipients of the New Investigator Award, or recipients of external awards over $30,000 while at SIUE, are not eligible to apply. 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

Up to two Vaughnie Lindsay New Investigator Awards will be made per year. These awards are designed to support a significant and discrete portion of a faculty member's larger research agenda. A cost-share equaling 20% of the total award is required from the applicant’s school/department. Each recipient of the New Investigator award will receive $10,000 from the Graduate School and $2,500 from their unit for a total of $12,500 for a one-year period. Summer funding is not included in this award. Funds may be expended for:

  • Academic Year Course Release (at the call-staff rate and approved by Department Chair and Dean);
  • GA or RA support;
  • Travel;
  • Commodities;
  • Equipment;
  • Contractual services.

Application/Nomination Procedures

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

  • Monday, February, 9, 2015, applications for a New Investigator Award 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 Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 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 Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 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. Friday, April 3, 2015 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. The evaluation should also include a clear statement from the applicant's school/department outlining its 20% cost-share commitment, preferably indicating the budget line items the unit would like to support. Applicants will NOT receive a copy of the Letters of Evaluation unless provided upon request by the Chairs and Deans.

Proposal Format and Instructions

1. Cover Page and Checklist (Required)

2. Project Summary Page (1 page)

Please include a brief description of your project in a paragraph of no more than 100 words. Content should include the following points:

  • Problem Statement: Define the overall goal and significance of the long-term research/creative activity
  • Scope of Work: State the specific scope of work and objectives of the one-year project within the broader research agenda.

3. Narrative (10 Pages)

Applications must address the individual's overall agenda for research or creative activity and the proposed work and objectives for the one-year award period. Each application must be supported by a narrative of no more than ten (10) pages (excluding References, Vitae, and Appendices). Pages must be numbered. The Narrative addresses:

  • the significance of the proposed research or creative activities,
  • the potential for external funding, including the identification of specific funding opportunities
  • the specific role that a one-year appointment as New Investigator could play in advancing the applicant's work on the overall research agenda as well as contributing to the discipline and SIUE
  • procedures: describe the design and methodology of the specific study; special needs of the methodology, e.g. sources of data, equipment, facilities, travel, etc.
  • a timetable for completion of the study over the award period.

The narrative should be written in a manner that is understandable to a non-specialist. The document must be formatted using at least 1.5 line spacing and at least 11-point Times New Roman font or 10-point Ariel font with 1-inch margins.

4. Budget and Budget Justification (2 pages)

You may download a brief budget template to facilitate your budget outline. Please note that the budget justification should be as detailed as possible, explaining the estimated costs for each portion of the project and its necessity for completion of the project. The Budget and Budget Justification are not included in the narrative page limit.

  • Requests for academic year assigned research time should be based upon the call staff rate at the investigator's individual school. Fringe benefits for call staff may not be charged to the grant.
  • Please note that applicants wishing to hire SIUE employees under contractual services should calculate the total cost of services according to the consultant’s base salary, including fringe benefit rates and a 3% cost of living increase for the following fiscal year. The total amount of time and effort pledged by the consultant to the project should also be included in the budget justification.
  • It is strongly recommended that applicants coordinate with their school to determine which budget line items are best supported by the School in order to meet the School’s $2,500 cost share.

5. References: Include a list of references showing your familiarity with the pertinent literature.

6. CV (2 pages): The curriculum vitae is limited to two pages. This document should include activities most relevant to the proposed project and demonstrate expertise to carry out the proposed work.  

7. Appendix: 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.

8. Letter of Evaluation from Department Chair (to be added by Department Chairs to proposals and submitted directly to the school/college research committee on deadline date)

9. Proposal Critique Form from the School/College Research Committee (to be added by Research Committee Chairs to proposals and submitted directly to the school/college dean on deadline date)

10. Letter of Evaluation from School Dean (to be added by School Deans to proposals and submitted directly to the Graduate School on deadline date)

Selection Criteria

The Graduate School's RPAB Committee will make its recommendation for the New Investigator Award recipient to the Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Dean. The focus of the selection process will be on identifying the applicant for whom a New Investigator Award 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 New Investigator Award will enable specific advances in the applicant's discipline.
  2. Evidence of careful planning for an integrated, feasible, one-year program of research or creative activities that will make effective use of the support offered by a New Investigator Award.
  3. Evidence of professional qualifications to undertake, carry out, and complete the planned program of research or creative activities.
  4. Evidence of the significance and the potential for external funding of the planned program of research or creative activities.
  5. Evaluation of the application from the Department Chair, the College/School Dean and the School’s Research Committee.

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

A Final Report is required within ninety (90) days after the completion of the appointment, October 1, 2016. Recipients of the award are expected to produce published scholarly works and externally sponsored grants.

At least one external grant proposal must be submitted by the time of the final report.

Eligibility for future internal funding from the Graduate School is dependent upon the fulfillment of these two requirements.

Program Contact

Patience Graybill Condellone
Internal Grants Program Coordinator


  1. Download Cover Sheet and Checklist
  2. Download Sample Budget Template
  3. Download Current Guidelines
  4. For School Administrators: Download School/College Evaluation Form

Past Winners

Vaughnie Lindsay New Investigator Awardees

2014 (FY15) Pui-Ling "Melissa" Chan, Department of Environmental Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
(FY 14)

Dan Welch, Department of Growth, Development and Structure, School of Dental Medicine
Georgiann Davis, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies, College of Arts & Sciences

(FY 13)
Xin Chen, Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, School of Engineering
Jennifer Gapin, Department of Kinesiology, School of Education
(FY 12)
Kristine Hildebrandt, Dept. of English Language and Literature, College of Arts & Sciences
Jason (Jake) Williams, Dept. of Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
(FY 11)
Edward Navarre, Dept. of Chemistry, College of Arts & Sciences
Jason Stacy, Dept of Historical Studies, College of Arts & Sciences
(FY 10):
Kevin Rowland, Department of Applied Dental Medicine, School of Dental Medicine
Joseph Schober, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy
(FY 09):
Guim Kown, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy
Lucian Stone, Department of Philosophy, College of Arts & Sciences
Vaughnie Lindsay Research Professor Awards
2006 - 2007
(FY 07-08):
Louise Flick, Department of Family and Community Health Nursing, School of Nursing
2005 -2006
(FY 06-07):
Leah O'Brien, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts & Sciences
2004 - 2006
(FY 05-06):
Margaret (Peg) Simons, Department of Philosophy, College of Arts & Sciences
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