2015-2016 Faculty Scholarship Initiative (FSI) - Guidelines


The Faculty Scholarship Initiative (FSI) was established to facilitate faculty scholarship and research.  As CSU moves toward becoming the region’s urban research university, the scholarly reputation of each discipline is vital to our mission.  The FSI funds faculty conducting quality research, or other creative or scholarly activity, that advances the respective field or discipline. Funding may cover travel to library and archival collections, graduate student assistance (based on hourly employment), manuscript preparation, and necessary materials. The FSI does not fund travel to attend conferences, provide salary replacement, or cover student tuition or stipends.


Full-time members of the graduate faculty1 who have regular tenure-track and tenure appointments are eligible to apply for research funding up to $5,000. Faculty who are currently members of the University Research Council are not eligible to participate.


FSI proposals will be evaluated by the University Research Council.  In order to assist in the preparation of successful applications, the evaluation form that will be used to evaluate the proposals is provided below. With faculty reviewers from many different fields across the University, the proposal should be written in plain English that is clear and unambiguous so that the proposal is understandable to readers completely outside the discipline. Nonetheless, the intellectual underpinnings of the research should be clear.

Deadline and Restrictions:

Proposals should be submitted via email to Joy Yard at by March 06, 2015. Previous awardees are eligible if it has been three years since the end date of their previous award and they can document success from their previous award (e.g., publications, performances, exhibitions). Questions concerning the FSI may be addressed to Joy Yard, 687-9364,


Work on a funded project must begin within the twelve months following the date of award activation.  If awarded, the account will be established starting June 1, 2015 and all funds must be expended by May 30, 2016. A one-time no-cost extension of no longer than six months may be approved only in exceptional cases, and must be requested no later than one month prior to the end date of the award.

Reporting Requirements:

A final report must be submitted to the Office of Research no later than 30 days after the end date of the grant. The report should present the accomplishments of the project including a summary of findings as well as the securing of book contracts and/or article acceptances.
One copy of all papers, books, or other publications that result from the FSI support must accompany the final report.  Each publication resulting from the grant must carry an acknowledgment that the project was carried out with support from a Faculty Scholarship Initiative Award from Cleveland State University.

Proposal Preparation Guidelines:

Handwritten materials will not be accepted. Applications must be prepared using a 12-point or larger font on 8 ½" x 11" paper with 1" margins, and should consist of the following sections:

  1. Cover Page: The application cover page should list the title of the project, the applicant’s name, rank, department, and email address.
  2. Page Two: One page should consist of a summary of your proposed research project that explains the significance and originality of this research in your discipline. Be sure to explain why the proposed work is submitted from a field/discipline that is disadvantaged in terms of internal and external competition for grants.
  3. Page Three: Provide one page outlining your qualifications for this research and how this work fits into your ongoing scholarly profile.
  4. Page Four: One page devoted to justifying your budget. Provide proposed expenses and a brief justification for each expense. Describe how each budget item requested is essential to the project, and why resources are not available through other sources.
  5. Page Five: Provide a one page discussion of the logical venues for your work, such as book publishers, articles targeted for specific journals, grant proposals to specific agencies, or alternative forms of presentation such as performances or exhibitions.

Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae: Provide an abbreviated maximum two page curriculum vitae. Include details of education, dates attended, field(s) of study and degrees granted; include employment details and list of publications and research in the last three years.

The evaluation form is attached to the end of the PDF version of the guidelines below.

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1. Under the revised guidelines for graduate faculty membership, effective spring 2014, applicants must have Level I Membership.