MEG Research Grants for FHSS

Call for Proposals

Proposal Deadline

Submit proposals through the “submit an application” link at the top of this page no later than midnight on October 15th. Address questions regarding proposals and submission instructions to the Associate Dean of Faculty Development.

Background

The purpose of College Mentored Environment Grant (MEG) research funding is to support full-time faculty members in conducting their research while also involving undergraduate students in a meaningful mentored learning experience. Although graduate students are often fundamental in supervising undergraduate research assistants and the overall project, the predominant focus of the MEG funds must be on the financial and mentoring support of undergraduate research assistants. Full-time faculty members are invited to submit a MEG research grant proposal. The grants can range in size from $6,500 to $20,000. Generally, the college will not consider applications from first-year faculty who have received startup money as part of their hiring contract. The submitted proposals are reviewed by the College Research Committee, supervised by the Associate Dean for Development. Faculty research should focus on high-quality projects that contribute to the ongoing scholarly discourse in the faculty member's discipline and require the input of undergraduate research assistants in order to be successful.

Proposal

The College Research Committee is comprised of faculty members from a variety of disciplines. Craft your thoughts in terms that social scientists outside your discipline can understand. The proposal should include the following (please keep the proposal to 1200 words or less, not including the budget or reference page):

  1. An abstract that summarizes the project in 300 words or less (this does not count in the 1200-word limit for the overall proposal)
  2. Background and importance of the project
  3. Description of the methods and procedures, including the analysis plan
  4. Timeline for completion and publication plan
  5. Background experience and anticipated outcomes related to undergraduate research mentoring
    • In the past three years, how have you successfully mentored undergraduate research assistants, with or without a formal MEG grant?
    • How many students will be mentored in the proposed project?
    • How much contact will mentored students have with you and in what context?
    • What scholarly experiences will the students have? Describe any opportunities for students to increase skills and assume greater responsibility as the project progresses.
    • How will the mentored environment enable your students to prepare for the future, including academic or professional careers?
  6. Detailed budget (ranging from $6,500 to $20,000) and justification
    • At least 50% of the budget must be devoted to direct student support (Undergraduate RA wages)
    • The remaining budget can be focused on research participant payments, equipment costs, supplies, and travel expenses incidental to the conduct of research
    • Do NOT include budget items such as faculty wages, graduate student wages, and conference travel support (see your department chair and Scott Dunaway for departmental and college support for student conference travel)
    • Once an award is made, the funds should be spent as outlined in the budget. If unexpected circumstances justify expenditures that are different from the original budget, a request to modify the budget should be sent to the Associate Dean for Development. The request should outline the proposed change and explain why it is necessary. The funds may not be expended until the modified budget request is approved.
  7. References cited page (OPTIONAL and not included in the 1200-word limit)

Application Process

Faculty may only submit one MEG grant application at a time, either as a P.I. or co-P.I. Generally, faculty may receive a MEG grant (either as a P.I. or co-P.I.) every other year. Exceptions to this policy may be applied in rare circumstances. Address questions regarding exceptions to the Associate Dean of Faculty Development. Please prepare your proposal and budget as a single Word document or a PDF file and submit it by following the instructions under the "Submit an Application" tab (shown in the black ribbon above). You will be asked for additional details about your budget on the application submission page.

Chair Recommendations

After the application is submitted, it will be forwarded to your chair or unit head for an evaluation. Chairs or directors address the following questions:

  1. How important is this research for the discipline, your department and the faculty member?
  2. Can the faculty member complete the research as outlined?
  3. How realistic are the research, mentoring, and publication plans?
  4. Is the budget reasonable? Should certain budget items be reduced?
  5. How effectively has this faculty member mentored students in the past? How well does this project allow for mentored learning opportunities that will prepare students for the future?

MEG Grants Research Reports

To ensure accountability, faculty members who receive College funds are required to submit a short progress report on January 15th of each successive year for three years. These reports should summarize accomplishments and expenditures including any presentations or publications from the research. Given that journal articles, book chapters, and books are often not produced immediately, we will ask for reports for three straight years in order to obtain evidence of scholarly output over the two years following the conclusion of the first year of research. In addition, these reports need to identify students who are involved, provide contact information (email addresses) for the students and mention how the students benefited from working on the project. Faculty members who do not submit reports will be precluded from receiving future College funding.

  1. Undergraduate student RA names and emails (all students working under a MEG grant must be continuing or matriculated BYU students; we will contact these students for testimonials about their mentored learning experiences with your project)
  2. Amount of funding received and how it was spent
  3. Whether any of the student funding support was need-based
  4. Brief description of the results of the project and any products or outcomes of the research (e.g., conference presentations, published articles, book chapters, or books)

Faculty members who do not submit reports will be precluded from receiving future College funding.

Example Reporting Schedule

Funding disbursement
1/15/18

1st report due by
1/15/19

2nd report due by
1/15/20

Final report due by
1/15/21