About the Fund
The Faculty International Research and Development Fund supports MSU faculty and professional staff to conduct international research and creative activities abroad and to contribute to the development of MSU's on-campus international teaching, research and engagement initiatives. The Fund provides grants up to $3,000 with most grants averaging $1500. The Fund sponsors two competitions per year and funding decisions are made by a peer review committee composed of the Associate Provost of International Programs and MSU faculty. The Fund is capitalized by indirect cost contributions (IDCs) from grants awarded to the Office of International Programs.
Each competitive round has a theme or regional emphasis. Proposals addressing either the competition theme or regional emphasis are given preference. The Fund also gives preference to proposals which include departmental cost-sharing .
For Fall 2016/Spring 2017 the regional emphasis is Latin America. Proposals focusing on a research/creative activity involving international partners or topics in Latin America will be given preferred consideration.
Proposals are due November 7, 2016. Award Announcements for Fall 2016 will be made
on the first day of International Education Week (November 14, 2016).
Spring 2017 proposals are due February 17, 2017 and Award Announcements will be made on March 3, 2017.
Since its inception the fund has awarded almost $100,000 to 70 faculty and professional staff. Our projects are:
|Johnston, Glen||1997||F||Music||Germany||Germany hunting horn|
|Martell, Richard||1997||F||Psychology||Georgia||Market economy transition & ethnic strife|
|Thomas, David||1997||F||Mathematics||Russia||Earth system materials|
|Wells, Michael||1997||F||Mechanical Engineering||New Zealand||Graduate teaching in-service|
|Smith, Robert||1997||F||Art||Japan||Photograph art studios|
|Myers, Michael||1997||S||Modern Languages||Germany||Journalism and science fiction|
|Raymond, Bruce||1997||S||Business||Multiple||People to people exchange|
|Schmodt, Jay||1997||S||Art and architecture||Mexico||Ceramics workshop|
|Rydell, Robert||1997||S||History and Phylosophy||France||Book research|
|Young, Greg||1997||S||Music||Multiple||Initiation interdisciplinary course in A&A|
|Zauha, Jan||1997||S||Libraries||Multiple||Electronic information management|
|Semones, Linda||1997||S||Modern Languages||Ecuador||Ecuador exhange project|
|Eggert, Norman||1998||S||Mathematics||Kazakihstan||Gain teaching position|
|Fisher, John W||1998||S||Sociology and antropology||Namibia||Field research|
|Good, Jonathan E||1998||S||Music||Britain||Guest conductor and lecturer|
|Montagne, Clifford||1998||S||Plant and soil science||Mongolia||Community development of three bioregions|
|Noel, Joanne||1998||S||Art||Spain||On site research of monuments|
|Obbink, Kim||1998||S||Burns Technology Center||Argentina||Exploratory partnership|
|Peterson, Elanie||1998||S||Libraries||Germany||How best to deliver electronic information|
|Volkersz, Willem||1998||F||Art||Bali||Special programes to study arts and culture|
|Christopher, John||1998||F||Health and human Dev.||Multiple||Psychology of well being|
|Caditz, David||1998||F||Physics||Argentina||Distance education development|
|Butterfield, Philip||1999||S||Biofilm engeneering||Multiple||Research and information about water biofilm|
|Dent, Jimmie||1999||S||Civil engeneering||France||Research and consult|
|Jonsson, Johan||1999||S||Music||Italy||Historical research in italian renaissance|
|Smith, Vincent H.||1999||S||Agriculture||Multiple||Research for alternative crop insurance programes|
|Tobias, Ronald||1999||S||Art||Sweden||Film program and student internship|
|York, Victoria||1999||S||Libraries||Brazil||Writing basic textbooks on electronic info sources|
|Dunkel, Florence||1999||F||Entomology||Mali||Research mentoring in Mali|
|Hill, Christopher||1999||F||Museum of the Rockies||Egypt||Geological Research|
|Kevane, Bridge||1999||F||Modern Languages||Peru||Research Peruvian Chronicler|
|Leech, Karen||1999||F||Music||England||Concert performances|
|Scheerer, David||1999||F||Media and Theater||Germany/Scotland||Research on production of films on findings|
|Cripps, Cathy||2000||S||Plant and soil science||Switzerland||Alpine fungi research|
|Helzer, Richard||2000||S||Art||Italy||Italian art study abroad program development|
|Johnson, Jerry||2000||S||Political science||Turkey||Exchange opportunities|
|Llewellyn, Clark||2000||S||Architecture||Korea||Exchange opportunities|
|O'Donnell, Victoria||2000||S||Honors||England/Scotland||Exchange opporunities|
|Baumbauer, David||2001||S||Agriculture||Multiple||Cultivation program|
|Liu, Jian-yi||2001||S||Earth Science||China||A case study of Beijing|
|Smith, Robert||2001||S||Art and architecture||England||Printmaking|
|Stein, Otto||2001||S||Civil engineering||New Zealand||Enhancing Exchange between MSU and U of Canterbury|
|Ni, Xinzhi||2002||F||Entomology||China||Integrated wheat pest management|
|Rupavatharam, Krishna||2002||F||Physics||Sweden||Quantum information processing with rare earth crystals|
|Karahan, Sitki||2002||F||Business||Turkey||Turco Islamic studies focus at MSU|
|Sears, John||2002||F||Chemical engineering||New Zealand||Collaboration|
|Perkins, Steve||2003||S||Civil engineering||Norway||Research and teaching|
|McGlynn, Brian||2003||S||Agriculture||Amazon||Mentored research and teaching|
|O'Donnell, Victoria||2003||S||Honors||Ireland||Irish rebellion of 1798|
|Carter, Denise||2003||S||Art||Scotland||Thistle and wool research|
|Aig, Dennis||2004||F||Art||Mediterranean||European deep water wrecks|
|Bailey, Sandra||2004||F||Health & Human Development||Ukraine||Supporting older children of intl adoptions|
|Croy, Elizabeth||2004||F||Art||China||Concert tour of Beijing and Xi'an|
|Dickensheets, David||2005||S||Electrical Engineering||Switzerland||Nano-optics and MOEMS|
|Klapper, Isaac||2005||S||Mathematics||England||Computational biofilm modeling|
|Brody, Michael||2005||F||Education||Morocco||Science and ecological education project|
|Gerlach, Robin||2005||F||Biofilm engeneering||Germany||Re-igniting student exchanges and research collaborations|
|Frick, Marty||2006||S||Agriculture||Croatia||Joint Croatian agribusiness curriculum|
|Gibson, Susan||2006||S||WWAMI||Mongolia||WWAMI medical program students to Mongolia|
|Borkowski, John||2006||F||Mathematics||Thailand||Research and exchange|
|Thompson, John||2006||F||Modern Languages||Argentina||Politics of memory|
|Beaubois, Terry||2008||S||Architecture||Spain||Virtual technology|
|Austin, Eric||2008||S||Political science||Ukraine||Natural resource management|
|Amin, Ruhul||2011||S||Mechanical/Industrial Engin||Bangladesh||Collaborative research|
|Byker, Carmen||2011||F||Health & Human Development||Cuba||Health Equity and Community Engagement in Cuba|
|Burkle, Laura||2011||F||Ecology||Iceland||Ecological effects of an invasive species|
|Szilagyi, Robert||2016||S||Chemistry||Hungary/Japan||Dual degree programs in PhD in Chemistry|
|Lageson, David||2016||S||Earth Sciences||Nepal||Field research, Graduate program development|
|Kwapisz, Agnieszka||2016||F||Business||Poland||Business Incubators|
|Rink, Elizabeth||2016||F||Health & Human Development||Finland||Sami health research|
|2016||F||Entomology||Italy||Food security, Insect-human disease|
All members of the faculty and professional staff at MSU-Bozeman are eligible to submit proposals to the Fund. Applicants must anticipate remaining at MSU in a faculty or professional staff position for the duration of the project submitted.
The Fund will provide up to $3,000 for each project supported. However, applicants requesting amounts under $1,700 will be given preferential consideration in order to support the largest possible number of applicants. For this reason, only very strong proposals should be submitted requesting more than $1,700. Awards not used within one year will be recycled back into the Faculty Fund for redistribution.
To be eligible for funding, the applicant is encouraged to demonstrate cost-sharing commitments from the applicant's college, academic department, or other source at least equal to the amount requested. Confirmation from the applicant's college or department should be submitted along with the application. Applicants may use grants and other non-MSU funds as cost-sharing with appropriate documentation. Personal resources may also be used but are a less desirable source of cost-sharing. A departmental letter of support must also accompany a proposal using personal or non-departmental resources as cost-sharing.
The Fund will provide support for all activities related to projects meeting the requirements specified. Applications will not be considered for the purpose of attending international conferences or meetings unless such activities can take place as part of the activities an applicant wishes to undertake, so long as they are not the primary purpose of the proposal. In addition, the Fund will not normally provide funds to meet the cost of individuals other than MSU faculty and professional staff, even if they are involved in an approved project of an eligible MSU applicant.
Fund Priorities: Research & International Program Development
The Fund has two primary objectives both of which must be addressed in each proposal:
- The Fund supports the enhancement of the international expertise of the MSU faculty and professional staff. This objective is best achieved by assisting the faculty and staff to conduct international research or other kinds of academic creative activities. All proposals must include research and/or a creative activity as a substantial element. The research or creative activity must have a substantial international dimension. This can take the form of activity undertaken abroad or activity which is international by virtue of its subject matter or content. All applications to the Fund should fully discuss the nature of the research and/or creative activity proposed and the international nature of this work.
- In addition to research and creative activities, the Fund seeks to contribute to the further development of MSU international programs. The Fund will give priority to proposals which involve cooperative activities with MSU's international partner institutions, contribute to the development of new, desirable, approved, sister-institution partnerships, or are submitted by individuals serving in leadership roles relating to the internationalization of their college or department.
APPLICATION, REVIEW, SELECTION, AND AWARDEE RESPONSIBILITIES
The Faculty International Research and Development Fund Application Form and Guidelines can be downloaded and printed in Adobe Acrobat format or emailed to you as attachments by contacting email@example.com.
Please use the following checklist before submitting a proposal. Applications with missing components will be disqualified. If you have any questions about how to satisfactorily fulfill the following requirements for your proposal, please call Yvonne Rudman (994-4032) for consultation prior to submission.
Application must include:
- An application received on or before the application deadline.
- A request for under $3,000, preference given to requests for approximately $1,700.
- Description of both the international research and program development activities.
- Defined work plan and timeline.
- Principal investigator curriculum vitae (Short version).
- International partner identification and email or letter verification of the collaboration.
- Budget with defined expenses and cost-sharing amounts.
- Cost-sharing support letter from College or Department, external grantor, or foreign partner. If personal resources are used, please identify them as such. Letter from department is still required when personal funds are used as cost-sharing. Preference given to applications with MSU cost-sharing.
Review and Selection
A revolving committee of MSU faculty and staff meet to review the proposals and make FIRPRD awards. Members of the committee serve an average of two rounds after which new members are invited to serve on the committee. If you are interested in becoming involved in the review and award process, please contact Yvonne Rudman at 994-4032. Committee members are briefed about Fund goals, priorities, and requirements and make awards based on the merit of the proposal and accuracy of the application. The degree of competitiveness varies from round to round depending on the number of proposals submitted, the amount of funds requested, and how cost-sharing requirements have been met by the current pool of applicants.
If you are successful in obtaining a Faculty International Research and Program Development award, you will receive an award letter from the Office of International Programs on or before the award dates listed below. The letter will inform you about how award funds are dispersed, minus the MSU 6% administration fee. For example, if your award is $1,700 you are entitled to submit expenses to the account for $1,598. The administrative portion of your grant is $102.
If for any reason a proposed project must be canceled after an award has been made, you should notify the Office of International Programs. Your award will be voided and funds will be returned to the Faculty International Research and Program Development account for faculty awards in the next round. Faculty must use funds within one year of the award date, and are entitled to funds for completed projects only. Faculty have the responsibility of returning 100% of awarded funds that were spent on incomplete projects.
After the completion of a project, faculty will submit a brief summary of the project's activities and outcomes and a financial summary for how awarded funds were spent. This should be accomplished within three months of project completion.
DEADLINES AND AWARD SCHEDULE
FALL 2016: November 7, 2016
SPRING 2017: February 17, 2017
For assistance, please contact:
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