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


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.


Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. Individual or small team projects may be funded 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 2019. As a benchmark, a stipend of $5000 would warrant the equivalent of 2 months of full-time work. A faculty member may submit more than one proposal, but at most one will be funded.


Prepare a full proposal that responds to the guidelines below. Please submit all materials by Monday, April 15, 2019.


Each proposal must include:

1. Project Description

The information asked differs depending on whether you are applying for a scholarly or curricular development grant.

For Scholarly Development Grants:

Include in your proposal a description of the project that includes the following information (a maximum of two single-spaced pages excluding the bibliography):

  • The question or thesis of your research
  • The methodology and how your work builds on existing scholarship in the field or fields involved
  • The significance of your study in terms of the results you anticipate and the contribution your work will make to public policy
  • Your expectations for publication
  • If the research involves human subjects, note your compliance with requirements for such research
  • A bibliography of relevant material

For Curricular Development Grants:

In your proposal include a description of the proposed course, including the following details (a maximum of 2 single-spaced pages):

  • How the course fits within the goals of the Institute
  • The gaps in the curriculum that the course fills
  • How often you anticipate teaching the course in the future (we ask at minimum the course be offered twice in the next three years)
  • A rationale for development funds (i.e. does this course require a significant change in pedagogy, a new area of teaching etc...)
  • Acknowledgement that the course can be listed as an elective for the Public Policy minor

For Both Types of Grants also include in the proposal document:

  • Budget: The amount of funds requested, and a budget, which may include expenses such as, fees for consultants, student research assistance, travel, or the acquisition of resource materials not generally available. Faculty may use the funds for a summer stipend
  • A detailed work plan

Additional Required Materials:

2. A current curriculum vitae for each participant
3. List of other Bucknell grants applied for and past grants received


Proposals will be prioritized on the following criteria.

  • Suitability of the project to BIPP goals
  • Contribution and significance of the project
  • Clarity of the rationale and the objectives
  • Feasibility of the research or curricular development effort
  • Effectiveness of the methodology or procedure
  • Indication of expected results: course(s), publication, or other effects
  • The quality of the proposal: clarity, completeness, organization, and presentation
  • Appropriateness of the budget or funds requested


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 scholarly research grants should notify BIPP of presentations and/or publications resulting from the work, acknowledge BIPP's support in the resulting publications, and supply BIPP with a copy of those publications. Faculty awarded curricular development grants are expected to offer the course at least twice in the following three academic years and to list the course as an elective or methods course for the public policy minor. Finally, grant recipients may be asked to speak at a BIPP function and/or contribute to the BIPP blog/website.