Summer Research and Creativity Award

2015 Faculty Summer Research and Creativity Award


The Professional Development Center is pleased to announce the Faculty Summer Research and Creativity Award program, which provides support for faculty research and creative activity conducted over the Summer Session. As a regional, public liberal arts institution, State University of New York at Fredonia values a wide variety of scholarly and creative activities, as described in the Handbook on Appointment, Reappointment, and Promotion (HARP):

  • Basic research that provides new foundations upon which others can build;
  • Original works of art, music, dance, creative writing, and theatre;
  • Applications of basic theories and research that solve problems in the discipline or in practice;
  • Interdisciplinary scholarship that brings together perspectives from two or more fields;
  • Scholarly approaches to teaching and learning that go beyond practice to contribute to the pedagogy of one’s field or to significant curricular or assessment initiatives;
  • Community-based research (scholarship of engagement) that may include partnerships.
  • The goal of the award is to promote excellence in research and creativity and to enhance the dissemination of that work.

Funded by the generous support of the Fredonia College Foundation, $25,000 has been allocated for Summer 2015 in response to the Power of Fredonia’s call to “expand support for faculty scholarship and creative activity to ensure the intellectual and creative vitality at the heart of a modern university.” The review process will be coordinated through the Professional Development Center, and a review committee appointed by the Provost is responsible for the review of applications and for making recommendations on awardees to the Provost for Academic Affairs.


Tenure-track and tenured faculty and librarians are eligible to apply, including those on leave. Due to limited funds, faculty members may submit only one proposal per award period. Joint applications will be accepted. Preference will be given to applicants who do not qualify for other campus awards. To be eligible, proposals must involve original research or creative activities by the principal investigator.  Awards are offered as alternative to teaching summer session.

Preference will be given to applicants who did not receive funding in the 2014 award cycle.

Amount: Awards up to the amount of $3,000 will be disbursed to awardees in June 2014.

Application Procedures:

Please review the electronic submission form before writing your proposal. Proposals should highlight major points of inquiry and the specifics of your research or creative activity. Proposals should include the following: conception and definition of the project, significance of the project, plan of work or methodology, the mode in which the results will be published or performed, the impact of the award on your research, and the impact your proposal will have on the mission of the university, and a budget for the proposed project.

Electronic Submission Form: The deadline for submissions has passed.

Deadline: Friday, February 20th at noon

Reporting Procedures:

Awardees will be asked to submit a final report to the PDC Advisory Board by the end of the Fall 2015 semester. Prior award winners must submit their final report in order to be eligible for new funding.

Click here to view descriptions of award winning projects from the previous year.

Professional Development Center (PDC)

126 Reed Library
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-4864