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Program Details

The Faculty Fellow Awards (FFA) provide a semester of full release time (from teaching and administrative tasks) at full salary to tenure-line faculty for scholarly/creative projects OR to support pilot studies for external funding proposal submissions.

 Starting in FY22, the FFA will have two application tracks:

  • Track 1: Release time for scholarly and creative research
    Departments of faculty awarded under Track 1 will receive $15,000 to defer the cost of the awardee’s release time. Faculty awarded under Track 1 are eligible to apply to the Faculty Small Grant Program (FSGP) to carry out their creative/scholarly research agendas.
  • Track 2: Release time for pilot project and external funding proposal submission
    Departments of faculty awarded under Track 2 will receive $15,000 to defer the cost of the awardee’s release time. Faculty awarded under Track 2 will also receive up to $10,000 for their pilot project.

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals are evaluated on:

  • The significance and soundness of the proposed research
  • The impact of the proposed research on advancing the applicant's career
  • The impact of the release-time on advancing the applicant's career and/or personal research mission
  • The impact of the proposed research on the Department's, College's, and University's research missions
  • The likelihood that the project will bolster the University’s profile of research excellence
  • The equity and inclusivity of the final awardee pool (including gender, race/ethnicity, research fields, faculty status, etc.)
  • For Track 2 applications: Likelihood that the applicant would be funded by the identified sponsor and targeted program

Application Materials

Abstract up to 1 page, PDF Format Only. Abstract must include:

  • Project goals and research questions
  • Overview of action plan or research methods
  • Overview of planned outcomes

Project Narrative up to 3 pages, PDF Format Only. Project Narrative must include:

  • Precise description of scholarly/creative work intended to be completed during release time
  • Full action plan and/or research methodology
  • Plan for project dissemination
  • Estimated project timeline
  • Impact of release time on the applicant

Abbreviated CV or BiosketchPDF Format Only

  • Applicant must provide most up-to-date CV or biographical sketch. Abbreviated CVs are strongly encouraged.

Abstract up to 1 page, PDF Format Only. Abstract must include:

  • Project goals and research questions
  • Overview of action plan or research methods
  • Overview of planned outcomes

Project Narrative up to 3 pages, PDF Format Only. Project Narrative must include:

  • Precise description of pilot project including research aims and impact
  • Full action plan and/or research methodology
  • Plan for project dissemination
  • Estimated project timeline
  • Impact of release time on the applicant/how release time would support the applicant in pursuing external funding

Abbreviated CV or BiosketchPDF Format Only

  • Applicant must provide most up-to-date CV or biographical sketch. Abbreviated CVs are strongly encouraged.

Budget OutlineExcel or PDF Format Only

Sponsor and Program Information – up to 1 page, PDF Format Only

  • Track 2 applicants must identify the targeted sponsor and program they intend to apply to using FFA funding and release time, AND a brief explanation as to why the identified program is a good fit for the proposed research. Applications that do not clearly and adequately respond to this requirement will not be considered by the URC for funding.

Application Process

  1. Application Submission: ALL applicants will submit their full application via InfoReady (HERE).
  2. College Review: The VPR Office will provide College Deans and/or Associate Deans for Research all applications. College leadership is expected to review and identify up to ten applications to receive URC review. Applications submitted by College leadership should be ranked in priority order. Departmental review is no longer required. 
  3. URC Review: The University Research Committee (URC) will review all applications approved by Colleges and make funding recommendations to the VPR. Members of the URC will not vote on applications from their own departments. 
  4. Awardee Notification: Awardees and their Department Chairs will be notified of award status. Both will be asked to finalize the award.

Final Report Information

The recipient of a Faculty Fellows Award must submit Final Report within 3 months of the award end date. The FFA final report guidelines and requirements can be found HERE. The awardee will not be eligible for additional VPR funding until a final report from the previously awarded grant is submitted and approved. Please submit your final reports to vprgrants@utah.edu.


Submit an Application 

Applications are due by 11:59pm (MST) on Wednesday, December 1st, 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.

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Last Updated: 10/11/21