Diversification Mini-Grants Award Program

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Funded by the VP for Research office, Center for Faculty Excellence, and ADVANCE: Project TRACS, proposal solicitations will be announced each year to all faculty with priority given to outstanding applications by women in STEM/SBS. We are anticipating 4 awards per year. The mini-grants can be used to diversify one’ s research or teaching and could include requesting funds to collect pilot data, collaborate on an interdisciplinary project, develop multi-department research proposals or courses, pair new faculty with senior faculty across departments, request funds for retreats, workshops, or speakers, travel to other campuses and conferences, add a diversity component to existing research and courses, etc.

2015 Call for Proposals 

ADVANCE Project TRACs Mini-Grants:  All proposals submitted for the Faculty Excellence Grants Program will also be considered for support under the ADVANCE program for the same level of support.  The purpose of the ADVANCE grants is to strengthen the research programs of women faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines and underrepresented areas of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS). Priority for funding from ADVANCE will be given to grants requesting funds for interdisciplinary research projects.


 The following process will be utilized for AY15-16:

  1. A faculty member submits a request for a Faculty Excellence Grant to her/his Department Head.  In the request, she/he will describe the activity they propose to engage in and indicate if the activity is for fall or spring semester of AY 15-16.  The proposal should include a brief (one-page) overview that clearly describes the benefits to be gained from the proposed activities and provides a rationale based on the faculty member’s professional development goals.  In addition, a budget summary and a current brief vita must be included.  Please combine into one document in a PDF format.
  2. The Department Head will provide an assessment of each request from her/his department and a ranking of all requests from the department to the Dean.  TheDepartment Head’s ranking should provide an explanation of how each proposal will have a substantial impact on the individual’s scholarly activity and career.
  3. Each Dean will review the requests from her/his college and send a prioritized list, including the proposed activities and requested dollar amount in PDF format, to Marilyn Lockhart, Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in care of Christy Kuntz at Christy.kuntz@montana.edu.  The Dean’s prioritized list will include an explanation of the prioritization process and rationale which includes how the proposals would have a substantial impact on the individual’s scholarly activity and career. Deans can consider input from others in the department for their ranking.  If the Dean does not support the request, she/he is to notify the faculty member that her/his request is not being submitted for further consideration.  A faculty committee will be appointed to review all proposals and make a recommendation to the Provost and Vice President for Research regarding proposals to be supported.  Faculty will be notified of the decision during the week of May 4, 2015.
  4. Faculty who are successful in securing a FEG will be expected to submit a statement of accomplishments to their Dean by February 1, 2016 for summer and fall semester 2015 awards and July 1, 2016 for spring semester 2016 awards.  The Dean will evaluate the statement and notify the Provost and the Vice President for Research of what was accomplished and whether the accomplishment was acceptable performance.

 Questions about the Faculty Excellence Grants Program should be directed to

Marilyn Lockhart at lockhart@montana.edu or 994-4555.

 Information sessions regarding will be held on the following dates:

·         Tuesday, February 17  at 12:00 p.m. in SUB 232

·         Monday, February 23 at 2:00 p.m. in SUB 236



Mini-Grant Winners for 2013!

These outstanding proposals rose to the top and are this years 2013 awardees supported by the ADVANCE Project TRACS initiative to Enhance Research Capacity and Opportunity. These awards are made possible in large part by the Vice President for Research Office, which is highly committed to broadening the participation of women in STEM/SBS. These awardees serve as role model to many women students and faculty at MSU and are to be commended for your scholarly achievements.

Name Department Proposal/Project Title
Dr. Lisa Rew Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

Ecological Statistics Workshop

Dr. Graham Austin Business Course Buy-out
Dr. Sarah Codd & Dr. Joseph Seymore Mechanical & Industrial Engineering / Chemical & Biological Engineering Joint Application for Travel Expenses
Dr. Lisa Davis Mathematical Sciences Course Buy-out
Dr. Andrea Litt Ecology

EURING Analytical Meeting & Workshop

Dr. Elizabeth Shanahan Political Science

International Conference on Public Policy

Mini Grant Announcement: http://www.montana.edu/teachlearn/documents/FEGAnnouncement_S13.pdf

Mini-Grant Winners for 2014!

Name Department Proposal/Project Title
Dr. Jennifer Green Mathematical Sciences  Multi-institutional, interdisciplinary STEM research
Dr. Laura Hildreth Mathematical Sciences  
Dr. Stephanie Wettstein Chemical & Biological Engineering  Travel to increase collaborative research opportunities