The purpose of the Research Services Council (RSC) is to encourage research and creative activity by UNK faculty and graduate students. Several support programs have been developed for this purpose, described in detail in the next section. The RSC places special emphasis on seed-money grants for projects potentially leading to external funding, projects that demonstrate the potential for publication or other appropriate forms of dissemination, and projects that involve students in the research enterprise.
All UNK faculty and graduate students are eligible to apply for RSC funding. Funds are not provided to support faculty research that is part of degree requirements (e.g., dissertation) or on-going projects where funding has previously been provided. All RSC programs are competitive, and not all proposals can be funded. It is expected that all faculty proposals will include funding from sources other than the RSC (e.g. department, college, other). When applications exceed available funds, the first order of priority for awards will be to those tenured or tenure track faculty working toward tenure, graduate faculty status or promotion as verified by their professional development plans. RSC research grant funds may not be used to pay for registration or expenses related to attendance and participation in professional conferences, workshops, or clinics.
All proposals must adhere to the RSC guidelines described in this document. Proposals not meeting the detailed guidelines, including the budget limitations, will NOT be given consideration by the RSC. For this and other reasons, it is absolutely necessary that proposals be thoroughly reviewed by an RSC representative prior to the closing date.
Final reports of all supported projects and activities are expected within six months of project completion. Manuscripts submitted for publication are acceptable as final reports. Final reports must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies & Research before consideration can be given to future proposals.