BIPP Grant Opportunities

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 and curricular development.

Eligibility

All full-time faculty who have an affiliation with the University 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 staff, students and others.

Funding

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 the grant year. As a benchmark, a stipend of $5,000 would warrant the equivalent of two months of full-time work. A faculty member may submit more than one proposal, but at most one will be funded.

Procedure

Prepare a full proposal that responds to the guidelines below. 

Application Deadline: Monday, April 13, 2020

Submit application materials

Proposal Requirements

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.
  • 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.

Curricular Development Grants

In your proposal include a description of the proposed course, including the following details (a maximum of two 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.
  • 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

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

Review Criteria

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.

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. Grant recipients may be asked to speak at a BIPP function and/or contribute to the BIPP blog/website.

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 
  • 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.
  • List the course as an elective or methods course for the public policy minor. 
     

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