A. General Instructions
In preparing a
proposal, applicants should realize that the RSC is a multidisciplinary group
whose members may not have expertise in the applicant’s field. Please avoid jargon whenever possible, and
explain clearly any technical terms and procedures that are critical to the
must be completed and submitted in the following format:
- Abstract (150-word maximum)
- Previous Projects Funded by RSC
- Abbreviated Vitae (2 page max for faculty) Graduate students should provide a resume that describes your context (employer, etc.), stage in masters program, physical location, etc. (two page max.)
- All RSC proposals that include significant roles from collaborators need letters of intent, whether those are on campus or off campus collaborators. This includes use of lab space, consulting, access to patients or materials, etc.
All graduate student proposals need a letter from their mentor that affirms the appropriateness of the project methodology or design. This only needs to be a statement and not a long justification. The letter also needs to describe the plan for supervising the student’s work if that student is doing
the project somewhere other than Kearney.
Graduate Student Proposals should follow the
same format, but may exclude the previous projects funded by RSC form.
See Section C for submission instructions.
requested must be provided in the format specified. For this reason ALL FACULTY AND GRADUATE STUDENTS MUST MEET WITH THEIR RSC
REPRESENTATIVE TO THOROUGHLY REVIEW AND DISCUSS THE PROPOSAL. This should be scheduled before the
program deadline in order to provide adequate time for any necessary revisions
to the proposal.
adhering to the published RSC guidelines will not be considered for funding.
B. Guide to Writing
must include the cover page, an abstract, and the three additional pages of the
RSC proposal form. All are included in
this packet and available electronically.
Particular attention should be given to the itemized budget and the
budget narrative. A complete and
thorough explanation of projected expenses must be provided. Attached to these pages should be the Project
Narrative section as described below.
Page limitations do not exist, but brevity and clarity are
appreciated. Include survey
instruments if applicable, but extensive bibliography/reference sections and
lengthy manuscripts are not necessary.
1. Project Narrative
to the RSC differ in nature as a consequence of our different support programs
and the different activities proposed.
In all cases where appropriate, proposals should include the following
sections in the Project Narrative (please number the attached pages):
a. Objectives. This section should clearly state the purpose
of the project, e.g. the questions/issues/hypotheses/creative activity to be
The applicant should establish the importance of the proposed project in
relation to the field of study and the applicant’s professional activities and
development. This may include a brief
literature review to establish the theoretical background of the project.
Professional Development Significance. Describe how the project will help with
obtaining tenure, graduate faculty status, or promotion if applicable. Otherwise, describe how it relates to
continued professional development or additional funding. Not required of graduate student proposals.
Methodology and Work Plan. This section should contain a description of
the project design and methods to be used or activities to be executed in
completing the project. The nature of
this information will vary depending on the type of project proposed. The applicant should also provide a timetable
for completing the major components of the project. Note that the RSC does not fund retroactively.
When co-investigators are involved, please explain the role and
anticipated contributions of each.
e. Dissemination Plan. This section should describe how the results
of this project will be shared with outside audiences. The RSC looks favorably upon, and may give
priority to, projects that may lead to external funding proposals. If applicable, please briefly explain your
external funding plan (when, where, etc.).
Projects likely to result in publication may be given priority.
f. Copies of survey
instruments/questionnaires, if applicable.
should include support by the department, college, and other funding sources.
of acceptable support by the department may include paper, stationary, postage,
telephone, basic equipment for lab work, computers, printers, cameras, etc.
that are part of that department’s normal operation. Proposals that seek to purchase project material
or equipment ordinarily provided by the department must include matching funds
from department or college and demonstrate a broader than project use. The idea being that the cost is above and
beyond what a department or the college could absorb by itself.
requests should be limited to major expenses such as plane tickets and
hotels. In-state travel to go to a
library or to interview someone will not be considered. In-state travel for faculty should be an
individual or department/college contribution, but will be considered for
graduate students and calculated at .30/mile. The budget narrative for travel should explain
why the trip is a necessary part of the project and why existing communications
technology will not suffice.
should be for overnight extended trips and not “to cover lunch” during a
day-trip. These expenses could be listed
as an individual, department/college contribution.
the researcher needs to engage the services of someone to complete the
research, services must be paid by the university and not out-of-pocket by the
C. Submission of Proposals
While this packet includes the RSC proposal
form, we wish to encourage people to use the electronic submission process
described below. If you wish to submit the forms in hard copy you may certainly
do so. In that case, we will need the original and 12 copies of the proposal,
with signatures on all copies. In the case of student funding for presentation
at a professional conference, only the original is needed.
For electronic submission, the form may be
found on the RSC website. This form includes the cover sheet, budget, and
budget narrative. In a separate document the applicant should prepare the 150
word abstract and the full project description according to the guidelines
Upon completion of the proposal and after
consultation with the RSC Representative, the applicant should email both
documents to the RSC Representative.
Please contact your RSC representative or the
Dean of Graduate Studies and Research if you have questions or problems with