Faculty Research Grant

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The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement invites proposals from Colby faculty for funding for collaborative research on topics related to public affairs or civic engagement. To qualify for funding under this program, research projects must be undertaken by two or more members of the Colby faculty from more than one discipline or interdisciplinary program. Colby students must play a role in the research enterprise. Non-Colby faculty may, but need not be involved in the research enterprise.

Funding: Grants may be for up to $5000. Funding may cover any legitimate research expenses including, but not limited to, stipends for student assistants, purchase of research materials, travel to or from Colby and associated lodging. Summer stipends for faculty are permitted within the total grant budget. The project may commence any time before the end of or during academic year. The Center hopes to fund two or three projects from this round of applications.

Proposals: Applicants should submit a proposal that clearly lays out the following information:
● a brief abstract (150 words or less) describing the project
● the nature of the specific project
● the topic’s connection to the mission of the Goldfarb Center
● a detailed research design to include:
○ the specific research questions to be examined
○ a brief literature review that indicates the significance of your research questions
○ description of methodology, including a clear indication of how data will be gathered and how variables will be defined
○ a proposed timeline for data-gathering and writing
● a proposed budget with itemization of projected expenses and rationale
● the intended product
If the project involves human subjects, the proposal should be submitted to Colby’s Institutional Review Board simultaneously with submission to the Goldfarb Center. Your project must be approved before we will disburse funds.

Product: The proposal should specify the intended end product for the project and at least preliminary thoughts on means of dissemination. If students are involved, it is hoped that they will make separate presentations as part of the Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium. It is expected that grantees will submit the product to the Colby Digital Commons (note: this can be done so as not to prejudice publication rights). Faculty researchers will be named as Goldfarb Center Fellows for the academic year in which the project takes place and should include that designation as well as academic titles in all publications resulting from this grant. NOTE: Included in the end product of the research, recipients are required to submit to the Goldfarb Center Assistant Director, a detailed report of all expenses paid for by the grant money (including copies of receipts organized by date). Failure to do so will preclude future grants. Reports are due 10 days after the completion of the project.


Deadline: Applications for the next round of funding are due by April 2, 2014 by 5PM. Please submit all materials electronically to goldfarb-grants@colby.edu. Proposals will be evaluated by the Center's Grants Review Committee, which will make a recommendation to the Goldfarb Center Director.