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Faculty Scholarly & Curricular Development Grants Summer 2017

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 2017. As a benchmark, a stipend of $6000 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 upload a signed cover sheet that indicates whether you are applying for a scholarly or curricular development grant and the proposal components described below to the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy at: by Monday, April 17, 2017.


Each proposal must have the following parts:

  • Project Description
    1. For scholarly grants:

A description of the project that follows the guidelines below: (a maximum of two single-spaced pages).

Specific Guidelines for Description of Research Proposals


  1. Identify the question or thesis of your research.
  2. Explain the methodology and how your work builds on existing scholarship in the field or fields involved.
  3. Discuss the significance of your study in terms of the results you anticipate and the contribution your work will make to public policy.
  4. Explain your expectations for publication.
  5. If the research involves human subjects, note your compliance with requirements for such research.
  6. Include a bibliography of relevant material.
    1. For Curricular development grants

A description of the proposed course, including the following details (no more than 2 single-spaced pages)

  1. Explain how the course fits within the goals of the Institute.
  2. Describe the gaps in the curriculum that the course fills.
  3. Describe how often you anticipate teaching the course in the future (we ask at minimum the course be offered twice in the next three years),
  4. Provide a rationale for development funds (i.e. does this course require a significant change in pedagogy, a new area of teaching etc…)

We ask that the course be listed for the Public Policy minor.

For both types of grants:

  • A current curriculum vitae for each participant.
  • List of other Bucknell grants applied for and past grants received.
  • 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.
  • Include a detailed work plan.


Proposals will be prioritized on the following 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. Indication of expected results: course(s), publication, or other effects.
  7. The quality of the proposal: clarity, completeness, organization, and presentation.
  8. 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 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. Finally, grant recipients may be asked to speak at a BIPP function and/or contribute to the BIPP blog/web site o

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