FY 2022 Request for Proposals

Fall deadline: October 1, 2021         Decision: November 15, 2021      Award start: December 1, 2021

Spring deadline: March 1, 2022       Decision: April 15, 2022              Award start: May 15, 2022

The Scholarship & Creativity Grant (S&C) program supports scholarship and creative activity in the humanities, arts, and social sciences (HASS).  Full-time tenure-track faculty at Montana State University who have earned terminal degrees are eligible to apply. S&C funds are intended to support individual HASS faculty research and creative activities as well as research teams seeking to pursue a larger grant (e.g., HASS internal grant or external funding such as NSF or foundation grants).  


MSU faculty representing the humanities, arts, and social sciences will evaluate proposals according to the following criteria:

  • The project’s intellectual significance or artistic merit and its potential impact and contribution to the field.
  • The appropriateness of the project’s methodologies, theories, or strategies.
  • The qualifications and expertise of the artist or scholar in relation to the project goals and the stage of the applicant’s career.
  • The potential for success, including the likelihood that the project will be completed within the projected timeframe.
  • The appropriateness of the budget.
  • If applicable, provide a succinct discussion of how the proposed work addresses any Grand Challenges of MSU’s Strategic Plan.

Please address each criterion in your proposal and write in a way that is accessible to those who may not be in your discipline. 

Each applicant/team may submit only one application to the S&C program over a 12 month period, unless invited to resubmit. Preference will be given to projects that have not been previously funded; please explain if this proposal is related to another on-going project and, if you have collaborators, how they are involved.

Within three months of completion of the project, successful applicants shall provide a written report of grant activities and outcomes to the Vice President of Research, Economic Development, and Graduate Education (VPREDGE) Office, the chair of the S&C Executive Review Committee (ERC), their dean, and their department head.  Recipients are also strongly encouraged to present the results of their work to the university community through an exhibit, seminar or other appropriate forum.  The submission of this final project report is required as a criterion for future S&C proposal consideration.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the chair of the S&C ERC, Liz Shanahan ([email protected]) with questions about program requirements and expectations. Questions concerning electronic submission (ePCF) can be directed to Shana Wold ([email protected]). 


Applicants may request funds for supplies, an approved course buyout, travel (e.g., archival work), and other expenses necessary to complete the proposed project.  S&C grants will not support summer salary. Award amounts will vary, with a minimum of $4,000 and a maximum of $16,000. After 12 months from award activation, these funds will expire and revert back to the VPREDGE Office.

Budget requests should be itemized and also contain a budget narrative that explains the need and the amount of the budget expenditures.

  • If a course buyout is requested, the application must include a letter of support from the department head or school director that includes the cost of the course buyout (best to check with your College’s budget administrator). The cost of a course buyout should be the departmental cost for an NTT to teach the course rather than based upon the faculty member’s salary. Explain in the budget narrative the need for a course buyout.
  • For travel expenses, explain projected travel expenses in the budget narrative, being as specific and realistic as possible about the cost of transportation, lodging and other expenses. When budgeting for travel, please follow State approved In-State, Out-of-State and International rates regarding per diem, mileage and lodging.
  • Budgets must include the 6% admin fee that will be assessed to your award by the Vice President for Finance and Administration Office.
  • The following items are unlikely to be funded unless specifically justified: computers; equipment, unless it has a direct and clearly explained relation to the proposed project; post-production costs of books, articles or other creative activities; travel to professional conferences regularly attended by the applicant.


Please submit your proposal electronically to the Office of Sponsored Programs via the Electronic Proposal Clearance Form (ePCF). A full proposal needs to be submitted with MSU Vice President of Research (MONVIC001) selected as the sponsor.  Please enter the Program ID MSU S&C 2022. Instructions and a link to the forms can be found on the OSP website: http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/  

Applicants should submit their S&C proposal as a single PDF document, which will be distributed to external reviewers and S&C ERC members. The proposal should include all of the following and be attached to the “Required Program Document” section of the ePCF.

  • A cover sheet, including a brief abstract of the project (see attached below).
  • A project narrative of no more than five single-spaced pages that describes the scope of work, the above criteria, and a timetable for completion of the project.
  • A budget itemization and an accompanying budget narrative.
  • A maximum 3-page curriculum vitae/biosketch.

Applicants who have received S&C grant(s) in the last three years should also attach the following within the ePCF:

  • “Miscellaneous Attachments”– the narrative, budget and final report of any internal grant you received in the last three years (i.e., S&C, REF, HASS). Submit each year’s funded grant as a single PDF document.

Review Process:

Once an S&C proposal is submitted, it will be forwarded to the chair of the S&C review committee (Dr. Shanahan). The chair will identify two to three reviewers for the proposal, with at least one reviewer being from a different department/college. Reviewers will be asked to provide their comments and recommendation within three weeks.  After receiving the independent reviews, the S&C chair will share comments and recommendations with the S&C ERC. The S&C ERC will review comments and your proposal and make a recommendation to the VPREDGE within approximately one week. When coupled with some administrative review time on the front and back end of the review process, applicants can expect to receive feedback approximately 6 weeks after submission. Potential outcomes of the review are 1) highly meritorious and fund immediately, 2) invitation to resubmit based on specific criteria identified by the S&C ERC, or 3) not competitive and do not fund.

Cover Sheet

Scholarship & Creativity Grants, FY 2022


PI name:                                              Department or School:


Rank:                                                  PI Email: 

[if this proposal is a team, please list co-PIs information as well here]


Title of Project:


Amount Requested:                           


Award Period Requested (select one):   ____  Fall        ____  Spring    


Abstract of Proposal (not to exceed 250 words)