More internal grant applications were awarded by the Scholarly and Creative Activity Committee this year than at any time in the past six years. In December, more than 270 awards were presented for the 2007-08 year, up from 238 in 2006-07.
In addition, the number of applications submitted increased this year from 326 to 356. Over time, the percentage of applicants who have been successful in applying has increased from approximately 50 percent to more than 70 percent.
"This reflects an increased demand for funding among faculty,” said Jim Till, associate vice president for research and external support. “We have a number of new faculty who are participating in many research and creative projects. While we have seen greater demand, we have also been able to increase funding from a variety of sources.”
A total of $1.3 million in grants was awarded this year. Thirty-one percent of faculty received summer stipends, 7 percent received mini-grants and the majority, 62 percent, received assigned time awards, affording them release time to work on scholarly or creative projects.