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Scholarly Activity Improvement Fund (SAIF)

Purpose

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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Eligibility

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, 2015 and must be expended by June 30, 2016.

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Process-Please strictly follow the guidelines.

  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 signed by the PI, the department chair and college dean (be sure to attach your proposal, as a separate document, for the dean to review).
  4. Electronically submit your proposal and the cover page(as separate documents) to orsp@uwplatt.edu in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat (<10mb) by the ORSP March 2, 2015.
  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 encouraged.
  11. The Research and Ethics Committee will forward ranked proposals with funding recommendations to the ORSP by April 1, 2015.
  12. The ORSP will send the Research and Ethics Committee rankings and recommendations to the provost/vice chancellor by April 2, 2015. The provost/vice chancellor will notify applicants by April 10, 2015.
  13. SAIF grants will be administered by the ORSP.
  14. Final written reports are submitted via e-mail attachment to orsp@uwplatt.edu by Sep. 1, 2016. The report should describe the results of the project and how they were disseminated to the university community. Participation in Faculty and Staff Research Day is strongly encouraged. 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 Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
  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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Restrictions

  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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AMOUNT AVAILABLE

  • $72,000 (University Wide)

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timeline

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RESPONSIBLE PERSON

TIME/DATE

SAIF guidelines and forms available to faculty/staff

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

January 5, 2015

Electronic version of SAIF proposal due to ORSP

Faculty/Staff

March 2, 2015

SAIF proposals forwarded to Research and Ethics Committee

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

March 6, 2015

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

Chair of the Research and Ethics/SAIF subcommittee

April 1, 2015

Committee recommendations transmitted to Vice Chancellor

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

April 2, 2015

Faculty/Staff notification with feedback and Authorization for Payment Form

Vice Chancellor

April 10, 2015

**NEW** Authorization for Payment Forms and Final Budgets are due Faculty/Staff May 1, 2015
**NEW** Account Numbers released to Faculty/Staff Office of Research and Sponsored Programs May 13, 2015

Funds available

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

July 1, 2015

Funds expended and projects completed

Faculty/Staff

June 30, 2016

Final written reports due 

Faculty/Staff

September 1, 2016

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