Call for Proposals: College of Forestry Research Support Faculty Professional Development Fund
Current Proposal Deadline: May 29, 2017 by 11:00 pm
Proposal opens May 15, 2017
Award announcement: mid June, 2017
Funds can be used to pay for events occurring between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Another call for proposals will occur in November 2017 for the same period.
The purpose of this fund is to support the professional development of Research Support Faculty (RSF) in the College of Forestry to attend trainings, conferences and workshops that meet the goals of the individual’s professional development plan*. Individual awards will be up to $2000 each. RSF may receive at most one award per fiscal year.
Who is eligible?
- Faculty Research Assistants (and SFRA I, SFRA II)
- Research Professional Faculty1
- Research Associates2
1 Only Professional Faculty with job responsibilities that emphasize research are eligible. Eligibility for Research Professional Faculty is restricted to those who work to support another faculty member’s research program. Professional Faculty who lead their own research programs for more than 50% of their FTE are ineligible.
2 Research Associates on ‘postdoc’ appointments are ineligible
What types of professional development activities are covered?
- Professional conferences
- Trainings and workshops (technical and soft skills)
Use of Funds
Funds may be used to pay for:
- Registration fees
- Miscellaneous expenses (e.g. meals and parking)
Funds may NOT be used pay for:
Professional Development Plan
Before completing the application you should have a good understanding of how your proposal links to your professional development goals. To develop a simple plan follow these directions and use the included template.
Applications are accepted online only. Complete all relevant sections of the application form and follow submission instructions on the application form. Required fields are marked with an asterisk. Applicants are required to obtain support from their supervisors for attendance at the event, either by paying salary or approving leave time. If the award does not cover the full cost of the event, applicants will be asked to specify how the remaining balance will be paid.
Use the following link to fill out and submit your application: RSF Professional Development Application Form
Incomplete proposals will not be considered for funding.
The RSF Committee will assess the completeness of each application including whether the applicant meets the following basic eligibility requirements:
- Is the proposed budget complete?
- If the applicant has previously received an award from this fund:
Has more than one year transpired since funds were last awarded?
Has the applicant submitted a report for the prior activity?
If the answer to any of these questions is no, the application will not receive further consideration.
All applications that meet the basic eligibility requirements will then be submitted to the Selection Committee for final selection and approval. Criteria include the following:
- How clear is the connection to the applicant’s professional development plan?*
- How clear is the connection to the goals of the RSF professional development fund?
- How long has the applicant been employed in the CoF?
- When did the applicant last attend a professional development activity?
- When did the applicant last receive an award from this fund?
For complete evaluation criteria and scoring approach, see the RSF Professional Development Evaluation Form.
Award recipients will be notified via email by the end of February. At that time, recipients will be asked to provide verification of supervisor support to pay salary or approve leave time for the duration of the event. If total costs exceed the award amount, recipients will also be asked to provide an index for the additional charges incurred. Awardees will be responsible for tracking expenses paid to ensure that charges to the award index do not exceed the amount awarded.
Post-Award Report Requirements
Award recipients will be required to submit a short written report to the RSF Committee within 6 months following the event, describing the specific benefits that resulted from attending the professional development event. Individuals are not eligible to receive additional awards until reports have been submitted for all prior awards. See the RSF Professional Development Recipient Report Form.
For More Information
The full text of the proposal submitted to FEC is available at: CoF RSF Professional Development Plan Proposal. For questions regarding the application, evaluation or reporting processes, contact the RSF Committee.