COR research grants are awarded to support specific research projects conducted by UC Santa Cruz faculty.
All full-time members of the Academic Senate, including emeritus professors, faculty on sabbatical and other forms of leave, and lecturer SOE are eligible to apply. Persons appointed for two quarters or less are not eligible. Graduate students are not eligible. Assistant professors and newly-appointed
faculty are particularly encouraged to apply.
The maximum amount that will be awarded to a single faculty member in one year for a Faculty Research Grant (FRG) is $1,500 for tenured faculty and
lecturers, and $2,000 for assistant professors, new faculty research grant (NFRG). In some cases, proposed research is only partially funded, especially when budgeted items are not carefully justified. FRG awards are for a single fiscal year (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019); award notification will be sent out in April 2018.
FRG applications are prepared and submitted online. Faculty will receive an e-mail message early December containing the Call for COR Grant Applications and information on submitting electronic applications.
E. Policy and Guidelines
proposals for funding must be complete, including project objectives, a
narrative portion explaining how these objectives will be achieved, and a
detailed justification of all budget items. The FRG program is competitive, and
successful proposals will be written in non-expert language and will
compellingly justify all expenses.
evaluating proposals, COR is guided by the following considerations:
- The goals, rationale, and intellectual thrust of the
proposal must be clear to the broad-based, interdisciplinary group of COR
faculty. COR recommends that applicants ask a colleague from a different
discipline to review a submission and ensure it is readily understandable
and compelling to a non-expert.
- COR funds have been reduced significantly over the last
several years. Due to limited resources, only the most compelling
applications will receive funding.
- The proposal must describe all COR grants received
during the last three years, including the date, amount funded, title of
the grant, the progress that was made, and a list of
publications/exhibits/performances over the same period. These items must
be provided for a proposal to be considered. COR will support ongoing
projects if the PI well justifies further support and if progress is
clearly described (e.g. a 5-year book project with milestones indicated).
The committee is not obligated to maintain projects indefinitely and
applicants are expected to seek extramural support for continuing
- Allowable Expenses
- Funds may be used to hire undergraduate
assistants on an hourly basis in conformance with appointment rules and
regulations of the University. Undergraduate assistant pay rate ranges from
$9-25. Proposals requesting support for undergraduate assistants must contain a
statement of their specific duties, number of hours, and justification for pay
rate. Assistants should aid in, but not substitute for, the scholarly work of
the faculty member. Assistants should not be independent investigators.
- Proposals requesting support for
graduate assistants must indicate how the rest of the GSR will be paid. Go to UC Salary scales and find GSR rates on page 31.
Supplies and Equipment: Funds may
be used to purchase research equipment and expendable supplies. The
research-related nature of these items must be itemized and well
justified. In an attempt to create awareness around shared labs with
specific research equipment, COR has begun creating an inventory of
equipment on the UCSC campus. Applicant
should be clear why the requested equipment is not available currently on
campus, or make COR aware of restrictions on that equipment if it does
already exist on campus. All
purchasing of supplies and equipment is subject to standard university
policy. Policies governing purchasing of supplies and equipment can be
found online by clicking here. COR encourages the use of
shared research equipment and funds should be used to recharge equipment
- Preference will be given to on-campus
assistants when available. Information about work-study students and GSRs can
be obtained by calling the divisional personnel assistant.
- COR grants are designed to assist the
PI's research. The application must describe how student research activities
facilitate the research in the proposal.
Computer-Related Expenses: COR
does not support general replacement of faculty computing equipment. Computer
equipment is an allowable expense provided that it is an essential
component of the research project and is well justified in the
application. Upgrades to basic computers, or specific programs that are
essential for the applicant’s research are an allowable expense. All
inventorial equipment must be ordered through the PI's divisional
business office (see the link above for university policy).
Field Research Travel: Use of
research funds for field and travel expenses incurred by the faculty
researcher may be allowed when appropriate, as in the collection of
research data or inspection of materials that cannot be procured online
or through e-mails, loans, microfilms or photostats. These expenses may
include domestic or foreign travel to museums, archives, libraries, as
well as field trips to collect research data. Appropriate categories are
the most economical transportation and lodging, and these must be
justified in the application.
Occasionally, acquisition of new research skills or knowledge area can
only be reasonably accomplished through participation in a seminar or
course of instruction, or apprenticeship with an expert. Requests for
such funding must be well justified and closely related to the described
Research Involving Human
Subjects: All research involving the use of human subjects must first be
approved by the Human Subject Research (HSR) Review Committee before funds
will be distributed by COR. The required forms can be found by clicking here. Both the forms and the FRG
research proposal should be sent to the Office of Sponsored Projects. HSR
review can require several weeks or more, so PIs are encouraged to begin
this process now.
Animal Subjects: Proposed
research involving the use of animal subjects must be approved by the
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Click here for information.
- Summer salary
- Course relief
- Food and meals (unless part of
- Expenses related to the basic
infrastructure of teaching or research units
- Editing journals or conference
- Curricular, administrative or
- Book subventions or costs
associated with copying and distributing products of scholarly work
- For research that is not
culminating in publishing, but rather exhibition or performance, parallel
guidelines are now in place to restrict expenses related to those
activities. Framing expenses,
performer payment fees for public presentation, space rental, event
marketing, etc. are not allowable. Please inquire directly to COR if you
have questions about this restriction
- Support for ongoing lab or studio
- Scholarly Meeting Travel, conference
registration fees or society membership registration
F. Budgetary Information
- Questions concerning accounting procedures, including current balances, should be directed to the appropriate division business office.
- All funds must be expended in accordance with normal university procedures for the acquisition of supplies and equipment, travel and the hiring of personnel. In particular, inventoried equipment should be purchased through divisional business offices. It is especially important that
grantees arrange for the employment of assistants through their divisional business office. This aspect is essential because payment for services rendered may b
e prohibited prior to the signing of the State oath.
- FRG funds expire on June 30th, the end of the fiscal year. Unless there are specific liens already established, any balance
remaining in the grant will be returned to COR and used to fund future grants. Because year-end deadlines run much earlier, grantees are urged to expend their
funds by June 1st of each fiscal year. Equipment purchases must be made before May 15th, and earlier if they are above the threshold to require sole source justification.
- The committee supports specific research projects. The grantee must request COR's permission prior to any change in use for
which the funds were originally allocated.
- As a result of cuts to the COR budget, COR will not be granting extensions of FRG funds.
Successful FRG applications must satisfy requirements intended to ensure that COR's limited funds will have the greatest positive impact on the campus research enterprise. These grants are competitive. COR will evaluate FRG proposals and make funding decisions according to the following criteria:
- Quality and innovative character of the proposed research.
- Potential for impact on the discipline/field of the applicant.
- Potential to improve the research portfolio of UCSC and UC overall.
- Evidence of recent research activity in the form of major publications, exhibitions and performances.
- Compelling justification of expenses (for example, potential to leverage external funding)
If you have further questions, please contact the COR Analyst, Kim Van Le, firstname.lastname@example.org, 459-3431