The Bucknell Institute for Public Policy (BIPP) is committed to supporting faculty development and scholarship. To advance these ends, the Institute offers grants to full-time faculty for scholarly research projects.


All full-time faculty who have an affiliation with the University, and who are expected to continue, are eligible to apply. Previous recipients of BIPP grants may apply, however those individuals funded in the previous year will have lower priority for funding in the current year.

Team proposals are eligible as long as at least one faculty member is centrally involved. Teams may include professional and classified staff, students, and others.

Faculty members who have received a CLA grant, a Scholarly Development Grant, a Curriculum Development Grant, or a Faculty Project Grant for the summer of 2014 are not eligible to use these grant funds for pay. Grantees can use the funds to be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred, as demonstrated by submission of receipts.


Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. Individual or small team projects may be funded up to $1500 depending on the length of time involved and the complexity of the project. It is expected that the majority of the funded portion of the work will be completed during the summer of 2014. A faculty member may submit more than one proposal, but at most one will be funded.


  1. Prepare a full proposal that responds to the guidelines below. The original and two copies (a total of three) of the full proposal, each to include a signed cover sheet, an abstract, a budget, a description of the project, a bibliography, and a current curriculum vitae for each applicant should be delivered to the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy by Monday, April 21, 2014.
  2. Submit to Meg Martin:

Requirements for Proposals

In order to be considered, each proposal must have the following parts:

  1. The amount of funds requested, and a budget, which may include expenses such as, fees for consultants, travel to collections, or the acquisition of resource materials not generally available.
  2. A description of the project that follows both the general and the specific guidelines below: (a maximum of two double-spaced pages).
    -- The description should present a rationale for the work, describe the proposed project, and state the objectives.
    -- The description should explain the methodology or the procedure for accomplishing the work.
    -- The description should indicate a plan for the results of the proposed work, such as the outline of a book, the production of an article, or the description of a new or revised syllabus.
  3. A bibliography of relevant material.
  4. A current curriculum vitae for each participant.

Specific Guidelines for Description of Research Proposals

  1. Identify the question or thesis of your research.
  2. Explain how your work builds on existing scholarship in the field or fields involved.
  3. Discuss the significance of your study in terms of the result you anticipate and the contribution your work will make to your discipline and to scholarship on race, ethnicity, and gender and their intersections with other aspects of difference.
  4. Identify, if you can, the ways in which this research will be useful in courses you or others teach at the University.
  5. Describe the work to be done during the funded period and how that works fits into your overall plan for the project.
  6. Explain your expectations for publication.
  7. Submit a budget and indicate past support received for this project, and the amount and source of any funding being currently sought.
  8. If the research involves human subjects, note your compliance with requirements for such research.

Review Criteria

  1. Suitability of the project to BIPP goals.
  2. Contribution and significance of the project.
  3. Clarity of the rationale and the objectives.
  4. Feasibility of the research or curricular development effort.
  5. Effectiveness of the methodology or procedure.
  6. Specific indication of work to be funded.
  7. Indication of expected results: course(s), publication, or other effects.
  8. The quality of the proposal: clarity, completeness, organization, and presentation.
  9. Degree of applicant's awareness of suitable resources.
  10. Appropriateness of the budget or funds requested.

End-of-Grant Responsibilities

At the end of the funded project, all grant recipients are required to submit a descriptive assessment of their summer activity to the Director of the Institute. Faculty awarded research grants should notify BIPP of papers read or material published, acknowledge BIPP's support in the resulting publications, and supply BIPP with a copy of those publications. Finally, grant recipients may be asked to speak at a BIPP function.


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