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Faculty Research Funds Program - Deadline Dates and Progam Information


Regular Faculty Research competition                            November 22, 2013

Scholarly Materials and Equipment competition        November 22, 2013

Summer Faculty Research competition                           February 28, 2014

Presidential Research and Creative Achievement
Award Nominations                                                                 March 3, 2014

Please Note:  The Regular Faculty Research and the Scholarly Materials and Equipment competitions have the same deadline (November 22), but have separate application guidelines.  If eligible, individuals may apply for both awards.  Remember, funds requested must not depend on funding from other FRF competitions.

The Regular Faculty Research competition supports work that can be completed in one year and provides research support other than faculty salaries.  The Scholarly Materials and Equipment competition is for the acquisition of equipment or library collections.  The Summer Faculty Research competition provides $7,500 awards for faculty summer salaries for a minimum of 1.5 months research effort.

Program Information:

1.         Approximately $49,000 is budgeted for the Regular Faculty Research competition and the Scholarly Materials and Equipment competition combined (6-8 awards are expected to be made); and approximately $90,000 is budgeted for the Summer Faculty Research competition (12 awards are expected to be made).

2.         Faculty members receiving substantial start-up funds are ineligible to receive awards from the FRF Program for a period of two years after the start-up monies have been spent; however, if the substantial start-up package did not include summer salary, the faculty member may apply for the Summer Faculty Research competition.

3.         The University currently has dedicated Maine Economic Improvement Fund (MEIF) monies to invest in specific research and development areas (advanced material and composites, biotechnology, precision manufacturing, aquaculture and marine sciences, information technologies, environmental technologies, and forestry and agriculture).

It is therefore intended that priority for FRF funds will be given to faculty outside those areas.  As a part of each application, faculty must list and describe the financial resources available for use under his/her direction during the current academic year, including gifts, grants and contracts, and ALL internal funds (start-up funds, cost-sharing, R&D funds, etc.).

4.         When the Faculty Research Funds Committee weighs funding decisions for comparable proposals, it gives priority to tenure-track members of the UM faculty and to faculty members who propose to redirect their research programs.

The purpose of the FRF Program is to assist faculty in establishing or maintaining high quality research programs.  Funding is made available from the Vice President for Research (in part by the Coe, Somers, and Weppler Funds).  Eligibility is limited to full-time faculty.  This includes tenured, tenure-eligible, and soft-money faculty for whom research is an expected component of their appointment.  Faculty are eligible to receive the same award every three years.  Proposals will not be considered from individuals with delinquent reports from any previous FRF awards.

The Faculty Research Funds Committee represents a broad range of disciplines from the entire University of Maine faculty.  Consequently, proposals should be written for a general audience (except the Methods and Materials section, where discipline-specific details are necessary).  Applicants may contact Lyn Whittlesey, 1-1506, if they would like to review successful applications kept on file.

The deadline for receipt of nominations for the Presidential Research & Creative Achievement Award will be announced in the near future.  This award is made to a faculty member who has attained distinction in research or creative achievement.


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Contact Information

UMaine Research
5703 Alumni Hall, Room 209
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207.581.1506 | Fax: 207.581.1300
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System