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Scholarly Activity Improvement Fund (SAIF)


The purpose of the Scholarly Activity Improvement Fund (SAIF) is to promote scholarly activity among the faculty, librarians, and instructional academic staff of UW-Platteville.

Funds are to support research activities, scholarship, or creative endeavors that will form the basis of more extensive scholarly activities.

  • "Research" is categorized as discipline-based, basic (pure) or applied, and/or pedagogical that is qualitative or quantitative in methodology.
  • "Scholarship" refers to updating and extending an area of study within the professional life of a faculty member.
  • "Creative endeavor" refers to the production of creative work by faculty.

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Faculty, librarians, and instructional academic staff who normally teach one-half time or more for the entire academic year and are returning to the university the following year are eligible to apply for SAIF grants. Faculty may receive one SAIF grant per year. Newly appointed faculty, librarians, and instructional academic staff are encouraged to apply.

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Time Period

SAIF funds will be available after July 1, 2014 and must be expended by June 30, 2015.

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  1. SAIF proposal reviews are blind; the cover page is removed before the proposal is sent to the Research and Ethics Committee. Therefore, do not include personal identifying information in the proposal.
  2. The proposal should not exceed seven single-sided pages (including all attachments); use a 12-point font, with double spacing and 1-inch margins.
  3. The cover page should be printed out, signed by the PI, the department chair and college dean and submitted to ORSP, 5th Floor Pioneer Tower. Be sure to attach your proposal for the dean to review.
  4. An electronic version of your proposal (excluding cover page) should be submitted to in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat (<10mb) by the ORSP due date.
  5. When the research involves human participants or animals, it must be approved by either the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or the Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC), respectively, prior to the onset of data collection.
  6. The ORSP will forward proposals to the Research and Ethics Committee.
  7. The Research and Ethics Committee will evaluate the proposals primarily on the basis of their clarity, objectives, methodological integrity, and worth.
  8. The committee has the discretion to adjust proposal budgets.
  9. Projects that actively involve students are strongly encouraged.
  10. Projects that actively address race, ethnicity, diversity, and exclusivity are strongly encouraged.
  11. The Researchand Ethics Committee will forward ranked proposals with funding recommendations to the ORSP by April 11, 2014.
  12. The ORSP will send the AIRC's ranking and recommendations to the provost/vice chancellor by April 14, 2014. The provost/vice chancellor will notify applicants by April 28, 2013.
  13. SAIF grants will be administered by the ORSP.
  14. Final written reports are submitted via e-mail attachment to by Sep. 1, 2015. The report should describe the results of the project and how they were disseminated to the university community. If the project required approval from the IRB for Human Subjects Research and/or the ACUC for animals, a copy of the approved IRB/ACUC protocol must be attached. Grant applications, publications, or other tangible outcomes of the project should also be attached. Final reports will be sent to the provost/vice chancellor, and be kept on file in the ORSP.
  15. Any faculty, librarian, or instructional academic staff member who fails to (1) submit a final written report and, if applicable, documentation of approval from the IRB or ACUC, and (2) share the results with university colleagues will be ineligible to receive additional funding opportunities in the future, including but not limited to CIF, SAIF, AAF, and sabbaticals.

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  1. The maximum award for a SAIF project is $4,000. These funds may be used for salary, travel to the sponsoring agency/organization, honorariums, consultants, release time, or other project-related expenses.
  2. SAIF funds should not be used in projects that focus on curriculum development, attendance at conferences, workshops, or conventions.
  3. SAIF funds cannot be used to support graduate study leading toward a terminal degree. SAIF funds cannot be used to purchase printers, computers or computer monitors, or reproduction costs for CD duplication or self-published research and/or scholarly activity.
  4. Faculty, librarians, and instructional academic staff members may receive one SAIF grant per year.

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  • $70,000 (University Wide)

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SAIF guidelines and forms available to faculty/staff

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Feb. 10, 2014

Electronic version of SAIF proposal due to ORSP

Faculty/Instructional Academic Staff

March 24, 2014

SAIF proposals forwarded to Research and Ethics Committee

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

March 25, 2014

Recommendations of SAIF subcommittee forwarded to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Chair of the Research and Ethics/SAIF subcommittee

April 11, 2014

Committee recommendations transmitted to Vice Chancellor

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

April 14, 2014

Faculty/Staff notification with feedback

Vice Chancellor

April 28, 2014

Funds available

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

July 1, 2014

Funds expended and projects completed


June 30, 2015

Final written reports due 


Sep. 1, 2015

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