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Scholarship and Creativity Grants for the Advancement of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
FY 2010

Call for Proposals
Deadline: January 14, 2009

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Forums will be held for potential applicants (Need only attend one):

Thursday, November 6 - 3:00 pm
2-257 Wilson Hall (Bradley Conference Room)

Wednesday, November 12 - 1:30 pm
2-257 Wilson Hall (Bradley Conference Room)

This program, funded through the Office of the Vice President for Research, Creativity, and Technology Transfer will provide financial support for scholarship and creative activity in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, that is, areas for which there are few private and federal funding sources.  The program is open to full-time, tenured or tenure-track MSU-Bozeman faculty with terminal degrees. 

Applicants may request funds for salary and benefits, supplies, travel, and other expenses directly related to the work on the project during the academic year 2009-2010.  The amount of awards will vary, but most will range between $6,000 (minimum) and $22,000 (maximum).

Successful applicants will be expected to provide, within six months of the completion of the grant, a written report to the Vice President for Research, Creativity and Technology Transfer, their dean, and their department chair.  Grant recipients are also strongly encouraged to present the results of their work to the university community through an exhibit, seminar, or other appropriate forum.

Applications should consist of the following:

  • a cover sheet with a brief project abstract (form attached and also available at;
  • a narrative that discusses the importance and impact of the project and explains how it will advance your artistic or scholarly program; and a plan of work that includes a description of the methodologies or processes to be used and a timetable (maximum five single-spaced pages, font size 12 or larger);
  • a budget, with items explained in the narrative or budget notes (maximum one page);
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three appropriate evaluators whom we may contact, all external to MSU-Bozeman.  These referees should be specialists in the field but should not be former dissertation advisors.  (You should contact potential referees in advance to be certain that they agree and will be available to evaluate your proposal between January 14 and February 23, 2009);
  • a completed OSP Proposal Clearance Form (available in your department or 309 Montana Hall or ) with requisite signatures. Lois Evans, x 6513,  is the contact person in the Office of Sponsored Programs to help with your budgets, benefit costs with salaries, and so on.  Please make an appointment well in advance to see her prior to finalizing your budget and submitting your proposal.  As a reminder, OSP does have a 48-hour deadline to review proposals/budgets.

Proposals will be evaluated by a committee of faculty from the arts, humanities, and social sciences according to the following criteria, and applicants should therefore address all of the following: 

  • the intellectual significance or artistic merit of the project, including its potential contribution to the field;
  • the appropriateness of the methodologies, theories, or strategies, and the feasibility of the plan of work;
  • the qualifications and expertise of the artist or scholar in relation to the project goals and the stage of the applicant’s career;
  • the promise of quality and the impact of any resulting publication or work of art;
  • the potential for success, including the likelihood that the project will be completed within the projected time frame, and the appropriateness of the budget. 

Remember that your proposal will be reviewed not only by specialists in your field but also by MSU scholars in other academic disciplines, and the proposal should address both audiences.
Please submit 10 copies of the entire proposal (one copy of the PCF) to Lois Evans, Office of Sponsored Programs, by 5:00 p.m. on January 14, 2009.  If you have received a previous S&C grant(s), you must include as part of your proposal 10 copies of the proposal narrative, budget, and final report of your most recent S&C grant.  We welcome proposals from new faculty, from faculty who have not applied before, and from previous grant recipients.  Note, however: Even though some applicants have received funding in consecutive years, the committee recently has tended not to support applicants who have been funded by this program in the previous year. 

Awards will be announced in mid-March, 2009, so that successful applicants can move forward with projects, which can begin May 15, 2009.  Questions about applications may be directed to Mary Murphy (, history professor and committee chair. 

Notes on proposal budgets: (It is a good idea to check your budget with Lois Evans in advance of applying)

  • Items that are often requested and funded include research/creativity trips, a course buy-out to provide time for the applicant to undertake the project, summer salary, and sabbatical supplementary salary.
  • The maximum summer salary that will be funded is $6000.  You must also add approximately 32% of $6,000 for benefits.  Please check with your department administrative assistant for the exact amount, as this may vary from department to department.   To apply for the maximum salary, therefore, include a budget item of $7920.  In this example, your actual take-home summer salary would be $6000 minus benefits and taxes normally withheld from your paycheck. 
  • Travel Expenses: we usually approve only $36/day per diem (for out-of-state and abroad), in addition to hotel and other travel costs, so please construct your budget accordingly.
  • Remember to include an additional 4% of the total budget as the cost charged for administering the grant.
  • A course buy-out will be considered, but only with pre-approval by departmental chairs (as indicated by their signatures on the OSP Proposal Clearance Form).  Consult your chair to determine the total amount required (usually including approximately 32% benefits, if necessary) to buy out a course in your department.
  • The following items usually are not funded: more than one course buy-out annually; equipment, unless it has a direct and evident relation to the proposed project that is specified by the applicant; post-production costs of books, articles, and other creative activities; conference trips, since other sources of MSU funding are available.

Note: Each applicant may submit only one application to the S/C program this year.

Note: Applicants for this program are encouraged also to apply to the BEST program at MSU. (Watch for announcement at:


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