Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be judged on the scholarly/creative merit of the project, the ability of the applicant to perform the proposed work successfully, the potential for the research to be awarded funding from external agencies, and the likelihood that the project will result in work that makes an original contribution to its field or attains national or international recognition. When evaluating previous accomplishments, the reviewers will take into consideration that junior faculty members may not be in a position to present an extensive record of scholarly/creative production.

Applications will also be judged on the appropriateness of the budget proposals. Budget modifications will not be made; successful applications will be funded in full.

The Review Panels will consider the following questions when evaluating the proposals:

  • Does the proposal clearly state its goal or the hypothesis it will test?
  • Does the proposal include a well-conceived research or creative design that demonstrates promise for successful execution?
  • Does the completed project have the potential to make an original contribution to its field?
  • Does the proposal explicitly state expected outcomes? (Examples of tangible outcomes include: data collected, scientific papers accepted or completed, scholarly articles or chapters in books; examples of potential outcomes include contributions to the discipline, institutional strengthening, and proposals for external funding.)
  • Does the proposal state the significance of the project by relating its specific goals to long-term objectives?
  • Does the proposal include evidence of past and ongoing scholarly or creative productivity or promise?
  • For research projects in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities-does the proposal demonstrate familiarity with the scholarship in the field and identify gaps in the literature?
  • For research projects on curriculum development, improvement in teaching or the relation between technical and liberal arts education-does the proposal demonstrate familiarity with the relevant scholarship on pedagogy, curriculum and education?
  • For creative projects-does the proposal demonstrate familiarity with the creative field and indicate how the project would advance or contribute to the field?
  • Is the budget complete and accurate, appropriate for the project, and does it include sufficient detail to justify the need for and cost of each item?