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Vaughnie Lindsay New Investigator Award

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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 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 $50,000 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 Lindsay New Investigator Awards will be made per year, pending availability of funds. Awards will fund projects that will start on July 1 and end on June 30 of the fiscal year following awarding. 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 salary funding is not included in this award.

Funds may be expended for:

  • academic year course buyout at the call-staff rate and approved by Department Chair and Dean
  • RA support
  • travel related to research data collection
  • commodities
  • equipment
  • contractual services
  • study participant incentives.

 Consult with the program coordinator regarding the eligibility of costs not explicitly mentioned above. 

Important Dates are posted on our Internal Grants Schedule website:

Application/Nomination Procedures

  • 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.
  • The School/College Research Committee will provide an evaluation of and rank each proposal using the School Evaluation Form and submit it along with the proposals to the School/ College Dean.
  • 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. 
  • 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 R&D Committee.
  • The R&D Committee may request an ad hoc reviewer at their discretion. If applicants wish to exclude specific individuals from review, applicants may contact the program coordinator directly.
  • The R&D Committee makes funding recommendations to the Associate Provost for Research.

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 copies 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)

Include a brief description of your project in a paragraph of no more than 100 words. 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 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 single 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 from the Downloads section of this page to facilitate your budget outline. 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 may not be charged to the grant.
  • Applicants wishing to hire SIUE employees under contractual services must 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 is to 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. Include activities that are 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 by deadline)

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 by deadline). Forms are available in the Downloads section of this page.

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

Selection Criteria

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 R&D 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 90 days of the completion of the appointment. Recipients of the award are expected to produce published scholarly works and externally sponsored grants or contracts.

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. 

Other Resources:


Lisa Lawrence
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

2015 (FY 2016) Huaibo Xin, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, School of Education, Health and Human Behavior
2014 (FY 2015) Pui-Ling "Melissa" Chan, Department of Environmental Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
2013 (FY 2014)

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

2012 (FY 2013) Xin Chen, Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, School of Engineering
Jennifer Gapin, Department of Kinesiology, School of Education
2011 (FY 2012) Kristine Hildebrandt, Dept. of English Language and Literature, College of Arts & Sciences
Jason (Jake) Williams, Dept. of Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
2010 (FY 2011) Edward Navarre, Dept. of Chemistry, College of Arts & Sciences
Jason Stacy, Dept of Historical Studies, College of Arts & Sciences
2009 (FY 2010) Kevin Rowland, Department of Applied Dental Medicine, School of Dental Medicine
Joseph Schober, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy
2008 (FY 2009) 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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