The guidelines below summarize the contents of three (3) separate documents, which have served as the implied policy for the University Research Grant (URG) Program in the recent past. These documents include:
What follows integrates these three separate sets of guidelines into a single university-wide guideline for the University Research Grant Program. Recommendations by College Research Coordinators and members of the University Research Council as of April 21, 2005, have also been incorporated.
The purpose of the Illinois State University Research Grant Program is to provide faculty with funds to:
NOTE: Illinois State University defines research as: "A formal procedure which contributes to the expansion of basic knowledge or applies such knowledge to the solution of problems in society or exemplifies creative expression in a specific field of study. The results of research are communicated to professionals outside the university through a peer review process in a manner appropriate tothe discipline." This definition applies to the University Research Grant Program.
Colleges are required to establish their own College Research Grant Program Guidelines; guidelines are submitted no later than June 1st of each year for review and approval by the University Research Council.
The following essential elements must be included in each college's URG Guidelines:
Distribution of URG funds is based on a three-year average of each of the administrative unit's (six colleges and Milner Library) proportional share of three identified elements. Research and Sponsored Programs will calculate a new distribution of funds each year based upon a three-year average* as described below.
*The three year average for FY03 = FY98, FY99, FY00
FY04 = FY99, FY00, FY01
FY05 = FY00, FY01, FY02
FY06 = FY01, FY02, FY03, etc.