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Research and Creative Activities Fund


The Research and Creative Activities Fund offers support for faculty scholarship. Its primary purpose is to provide seed money to attract external funding or to assist faculty members with taking initial steps toward research projects. Proposals are evaluated by the Mini-Grant Program Review Committee, and recommendations are submitted to the Dean. The Review Committee reserves the right to accept or deny applications based on availability of funds.

Please submit applications to Dr. Chris Michaelides, Associate Dean, at cmichaelides@ulm.edu.


Application Cycles

Applications will be considered twice per year.

Spring Application Deadline: November 1st (for grant period January through August)
Fall Application Deadline: March 30 (for grant period May through December)


The applicant must be a full-time faculty member wishing to begin or continue a research project. Funds can be used for almost any aspect of that research project but cannot be used to supplement the applicant’s salary. Allowable expenses include but are not limited to purchase of equipment or software, printing, data collection, student stipends, and travel. Any items purchased with these funds (e.g. a laptop) will remain the property of ULM.

Available Funds

Proposals will be divided into two tiers: Tier One, proposals up to $500; Tier Two, proposals up to $1,000.

How to Apply

o   Complete a Research and Creative Activities Fund Application. Refer to the evaluation criteria below and scoring rubric form when completing the application.

o   Attach a two-page curriculum vitae for all primary participants (i.e. applicant, graduate assistant(s), colleagues).

o   Please submit applications to Dr. Chris Michaelides, Associate Dean, at cmichaelides@ulm.edu.

Final Reporting Requirements

If your proposal is funded, you will be required to submit an Award Recipient Final Report summarizing the outcomes of your project. The report should include a complete budget detailing your use of the funds. Reports are due one month after the grant period ends:

Spring Grants: October 1st (For grants funded January through August)
Fall Grants: February 1st (For grants funded May through December)

Expenses must follow Louisiana’s Travel and Purchasing Policies. To learn more about this, please see the Controller’s Office Website. Proposals involving human subject research are subject to the requirements of the University Institutional Review Board 

Evaluation of Proposals

The evaluation committee uses a Scoring Rubric to evaluate all proposals.

The following criteria will be considered by the committee when evaluating funding proposals. Evaluation of Tier Two proposals will be more stringent than Tier One proposals:

o   The scholarlymerit of the proposal and its value to the faculty member, the college and the university.

o   Proposal quality. The faculty member provides a complete application and cv, as stated above. The project description is clear to all reviewers; terminology that may be unfamiliar to non-specialists is defined.

o   The feasibility of the proposal over the projected timeline. If a multi-stage project, the description indicates what part the grant plays within the timeline.

o   Itemized overall budget, including any other available sources of funding.

o   Broader impacts/Future benefits: impact on students and/or potential opportunities for external funding. If items are purchased, explain what purpose they will serve beyond the initial scope of this project.