MCNAIR CENTER GRANTS FOR

RESEARCH AND SERVICE

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DESCRIPTION:

The McNair Center for Research and Service was established with funding from the PSARAS Foundation. In keeping with the mission, the purpose of McNair Center Grants for Research and Service is to fund projects that focus on the general human needs of residents of the Pee Dee region and South Carolina.  Grants will support research, service, and instructional projects that include, but are not limited to, economic, educational, environmental, health, political, and social matters. Successful proposals will be joint faculty/student projects and will demonstrate a potential to provide tangible benefits to the people of the Pee Dee region or the state. Through such projects, Francis Marion University hopes to serve as a catalyst for enhancing the quality of life for the people of the region.

To qualify for funding consideration successful proposals will:

  • Focus on at least one of the concentration areas of research, service, or education.
    • Educational projects must be outside the FMU curriculum and focused on a population other than FMU students.
  • Incorporate student assistants in a valuable educational and service experience.
  • Demonstrate how the project will provide benefits to the people of the Pee Dee region or SC as a whole.

 

GRANT CONSIDERATIONS:

  • Applications will be submitted once a year.
  • Funding requests may be submitted or any amount up to $20,000.
  • Multiple grants may be funded in a grant cycle but the total of all funded grants in a grant cycle will not exceed $20,000.
  • Proposals will be reviewed by a three-person committee, including the McNair Center Director (scoring rubric TBD/ available later) including:
  • Grants are any duration up to one year (January 1 – December 15, 2020)

 

2019 TIMELINE:

  • Grant deadline: December 2, 2019
  • Review grants and select winner(s) about December 11, 2019

 

CRITERIA:

  • Applicants must be full-time members of the Francis Marion University faculty.
  • Joint proposals will be treated as a single grant request and be from FMU faculty.
  • The same applicant may not receive more than one McNair Grant in any given year.
  • Approval of grants using human subjects, radioisotopes, or vertebrates will be predicated upon approval from the Institutional Review Board (for human subjects), the Department of Physics (for radioisotopes), or the Department of Biology (for vertebrates). (A faculty member may apply for a McNair grant before receiving approval from the IRB or Physics or Biology Department, but if the IRB or Physics or Biology Department has not given its consent to the applicant prior to the grant application deadline, the applicant will be disqualified from receiving a grant.)
  • Any grant money left unspent by the end of the award period will revert to the university.
  • All publications produced by the grant must acknowledge both Francis Marion University and the Robert E. McNair Center for Research and Service.
  • Grant recipients are responsible for overseeing grant budgets.
  • At the end of the award period, an applicant must submit a final report to the McNair Center detailing the project. Full report requirements will be provided to recipients but will include the following areas:
    • How the grant money was appropriated and spent.
    • How the grant money allowed the grantee to achieve or approach the objectives detailed in his/her original application.
    • How the grantee’s work benefited the quality of life in South Carolina.
  • At the end of the award period, students involved must submit a final report to the McNair Center. Full report requirements will be provided to recipients.

 

GRANT RESTRICTIONS:

Grants may not be used for the following:

  • To supplement one’s salary or summer stipend
  • To offer stipends or fellowships to students
  • To support projects initiated by students
  • To support the completion of student research (such as an Honor’s or master’s theses, or dissertations)
  • To conduct research that does not meet the criteria set forth above

 

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Applications should be no more than 5 pages (not including the budget and justification) and must include the following:

 

  1. Project description detailing in layperson’s language:
    • The purpose or goal of the project
    • The objectives of the project
    • Background/rationale/justification for the project
    • Procedure and methodology
    • Time frame for completion
    • Project location
    • The use of human subjects, radioisotopes, or vertebrate animals (if applicable)
    • How the project will benefit the people of the Pee Dee region or South Carolina
    • How the students will participate and be involved in the project, the number of students involved, and how they will be recruited
    • Whether the applicant has sought or received funding from FMU or external sources for the project. If money for the project has been applied for or already awarded, the applicant must demonstrate that a McNair Grant is necessary for completion of the project and how the McNair Grant will supplement other funding

 

  1. Detailed budget and justification, with itemized expenses for travel, equipment, software, and other costs. Note the following:
    • Any requests for travel by car must not exceed that permitted by FMU.
    • Any requests for hotel stays must not exceed that permitted by FMU.
    • Per diem requests must not exceed that permitted by FMU.
    • If the applicant requires a computer and/or software, he/she must demonstrate why that particular computer and/or software is essential to his/her work. The applicant must also show that he/she was unable to get funding for that computer and/or software from another source (such as from his/her department or another grant-awarding FMU committee).
    • If the applicant requires specialized equipment, he/she must demonstrate why that equipment is essential to his/her work. The applicant must also show that he/she was unable to get funding for that equipment from another source, be that source internal or external to the university (including his/her department or another grant-awarding FMU committee).
    • If leasing of equipment is an option, the applicant must explain why purchasing said equipment is necessary.
    • Any equipment purchased via a McNair grant becomes the property of FMU.

 

  1. Letters of cooperation, commitment, or support from:
    • Dean or Chair of the Department
    • Community entities that are integral to the grant.

 

  1. Curriculum vita of no more than two pages for all applicants.

 

NOTE: An applicant may not change the original objectives of his/her application without the expressed written approval of the grant committee. If those alterations are approved by the grant committee, a grantee may transfer no more than 25 percent of his/her budget to one of the budget lines provided for in the original proposal.

 

Submit applications to Dr. Ann Stoeckmann (astoeckmann@fmarion.edu) via email before December 2, 2019 as an attached Word or PDF document.