Summer Research Assignments

Request for Proposal, 2020-2021

The College of Education Summer Research Assignment (SRA) provides up to two months of summer salary funding for assistant and associate professors in the College of Education to concentrate on research and writing during the summer. Awards are to be used for research purposes, such as to prepare grant proposals or write papers or chapters. 


Assistant professors are eligible for an SRA after their third year in-rank. That is, the first time they can be awarded an SRA is the summer following six long sessions in-rank.

Associate professors are eligible for an SRA within three years in-rank. That is, they can be awarded an SRA until the summer immediately following six long sessions in-rank. Assistant professors who received an SRA in summer 2020 are not eligible for an SRA in summer 2021. Assistant professors who received an SRA in summer 2019 are eligible to apply, but applications are given lower priority than those who have not received an SRA. Applicants must notify their department chairs of submission of an SRA. Exceptions will be considered by the Dean.

Return-to-Service Requirement

The recipient is expected to return to normal duties at the university for at least one academic year—Sept. 1 through May 31—following the SRA. A recipient who elects to leave the university without returning for an academic year, whether because of resignation or retirement, is obligated to reimburse the university for funds (gross salary plus fringe benefits) expended in support of the FRA.

Application Materials

Submit the following (using Times New Roman font size 12 with no less than one-inch borders):

  1. Project proposal that is no longer than three single-spaced pages (references are not included in the page count)
  2. 4-page CV highlighting relevant research publications and funding. Clearly indicate if/when SRA previously has been awarded.

The proposal should include a title and outline the project rationale and significance, research questions, and a research plan that clearly specifies the methods and methodology, as well as the short-term (e.g., peer-reviewed articles, chapters) and long-term goals and products of the proposed project (e.g., grant proposal – which must include the intended granting agency). Preference for awards will be given to proposals that outline a clearly defined, well-justified and feasible project that will contribute to the submission of a proposal for external funding or provide support for research complementary to existing external funding. If the project includes human subjects, IRB approval must be received before funds are released.


This application must be submitted to the graduate school through the Graduate School Awards System and is due no later than October 14, 2020. Submission portal and additional information can be on the Graduate School's website. Successful applicants will be notified in December. Successful applicants will be required to submit a 1-page brief report detailing research activities to the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies within one month of completing the SRA.

If you have any questions about the proposal, please email Alexandra Loukas