SEGway Call for Proposals
The 2020-2021 is the seventh year of the SEGway Program!
I) Seed Funding – stimulating external research grant activity or making proposals for external research funding more competitive
II) Research Support Funding – supporting faculty who have received research grant funding, through matching grants, for example
III) Infrastructure Funding – supporting the College’s overall competitiveness for external research funding through investments in the College’s research environment
And new this year:
IV) SEGway funding for Institutional Grant Proposals - the SEGway committee wishes to extend an invitation to faculty and/or staff who are considering developing a proposal for external funding to support an institutional or curricular development project.
Deadlines for 2020-2021
Third Friday of Block 3: Friday, Nov. 6th
Third Monday of Block 6: Monday, March 15th
Calls for proposals will be issued once each semester, however the SEGway committee will consider "off-deadline" requests if a time-sensitive opportunity arises.
- Please review the SEGway proposal form. This PDF is not fillable; the document serves only as a guide for what the proposal should include. We request that you enter your responses into the Word version of this form. Please contact Tess Powers for a copy of the Word version.
- Please use the Budget guidelines for R&D proposals.
- Please submit your proposal to Tess Powers, the Director of Faculty Research Support.
The following activities are highly encouraged, and will be approved in an expedited manner (via email request to Tess):
- serving as a grant reviewer for a funder that you anticipate approaching in the future (NSF, ACLS, NEH, for example) - $1,000 stipend
- attending a funder-sponsored grant-writing workshop - costs of attendance
- requesting feedback from a colleague who has been funded by the program to which you plan to apply - $600
For SEGway requests of a modest nature (amount TBD, likely less than $500), the Director of Faculty Research Support shall be empowered to address those needs individually whenever possible, while also being as strategic and equitable as possible.
Stipend Supplement Track
For the third year the SEGway Program is offering a track in the Research Support category in order to better support faculty research, particularly in less well-funded disciplines. Specifically, the SEGway Program will provide a $4K stipend supplement to externally funded proposals that meet the following conditions:
- The external proposal was submitted after September 1, 2019
- The external proposal is funded before Dec. 31, 2020
- The external proposal requests more than $5,000 and less than $20,000*
- Eligibility for this Stipend Supplement is confirmed in writing prior to submission of the external proposal
*Some external funders support time at libraries and archives, providing free housing and modest monthly stipends. These opportunities are also eligible although they may not reach the $5,000 minimum.
The expectation is that the work funded by the external grant will take place during the summer when faculty typically have more time to focus on research, but this may vary depending on the funded project.
During 2019-2020, the SEGway committee will set aside three $4,000 stipend supplements for funded external proposals that are submitted during the 2018-2019 academic year.
History of SEGway
During 2013-2014 the Faculty Scholarship Action Team developed ten recommendations to enhance the environment for external research grant activity at the College. Our full report is available here.
One of these recommendations suggested that the College 1) make specific financial investments in individual faculty and the College’s “research infrastructure” as a whole and 2) make the availability of funding to support such efforts more transparent and readily accessible.
In response, the College established a pilot program during 2014-2015, titled the SEGway program (Spurring/Supporting External Grants).
[18-19 recipients forthcoming]
Review of SEGway Proposals
SEGway funding is distributed through a competitive process conducted by a three-person committee representing each of the divisions, in consultation with the Director of Faculty Research Support. In addition, the Dean's Office reserves the right to make expeditious decisions when needed.
For more information, please contact Tess Powers, the Director of Faculty Research Support.