The University of Toledo Research Enterprise

Summer Research Awards and Fellowship Program

Deadline: Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The Summer Research Awards and Fellowships Program supports full-time, tenured and tenure-track faculty. Funds are awarded through a competitive, peer-reviewed process to support research, scholarly activities, and creative artistic projects; to advance a faculty member’s professional career; to position a faculty member for additional external support; or to provide assistance in developing a promising research program.

This program does not support the preparation of textbooks or other instructional material.

The maximum award is $12,000 and may support summer salary and fringe benefits (to a maximum of six weeks), students, travel, equipment, materials and supplies. With the approval of the department chair and dean, funds may be used to buy out one course during the academic year. Funding becomes available in May 2015 with all expenditures completed by 31 December 2015. Awardees may not teach during the summer if they receive summer salary under this program. Awardees must submit a written report to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs by 30 March 2016 summarizing the results of the project and including a list of presentations, publications and proposals that were a direct result of the project. A final report form is available on the Web at

Research Council members will review proposals and may seek additional reviewers from on and off campus. The evaluation process will take into consideration the faculty member’s rank, discipline, level of student involvement, the nature of the proposed project, and funding. For assistant professors in all disciplines, the most important consideration is the likelihood that a successful project will lead to a productive and meaningful research and scholarship program. The council members also will consider the extent to which the proposed project will lead to self-sustaining external support. Although preference will be given to untenured, tenure-track professors, proposals from tenured faculty will also be considered. For an associate or full professor, the proposal must explain how the project will take the individual to higher national stature through significant contribution to the discipline or move that faculty member into a promising new area of research or scholarship.

Tenured or tenure-track faculty who are not on 12–month appointments and who will be at the university during the 2015–2016 academic year are eligible to apply.

See General Guidelines for additional eligibility criteria.

Submission Requirements
See General Guidelines. The following items must be included:

  1. The official Summer Research Awards and Fellowships Program cover page (available at
  2. An abstract written for a general audience that summarizes the project and its expected outcomes. The abstract must not exceed 250 words.
  3. A project description that includes sections on objectives, significance, methodology (or approach), and outcome. The outcome section should indicate how a successful project will contribute to the individual’s professional growth. The project description must not exceed six (6) pages-- double-spaced with one-inch margins, including all figures, and diagrams. The description should provide council members with sufficient information to show the contribution of the project to the discipline.
  4. cited literature reference list.
  5. A detailed budget and budget justification
  6. A two-page CV. Use the biosketch template provided.
  7. A copy of the final report from all awards received under these internal awards programs during the past five years.
  8. No appendix material will be accepted.

Proposals that do not follow the above guidelines or do not meet eligibility criteria will not be accepted. Proposals will be reviewed by members of the Research Council, who may obtain additional reviews from individuals on and off campus. The council broadly represents all disciplines on campus. Therefore, it is important that the proposal clearly communicate the goals of the project to the readership.

See "Submission Procedures" for instructions.

Award Notification
See General Guidelines.

Last Updated: 3/23/15