Application Deadline:
Project Completion and Final Report Deadline:

October 14, 2016, 4:30 p.m.

June 30, 2017
March 2, 2017, 4:30 p.m. June 30, 2017


The purpose of the New Researcher Award is to support research and scholarly activity that moves the applicant toward
eer-reviewed dissemination of their work OR submission of a proposal for external funding.

The project described in the application must support the groundwork required to move the applicant towards peer-reviewed
dissemination of their research, or towards the submission of a proposal for external funding.

The maximum award for an individual project is $4,000. The maximum award for a multidisciplinary project is $8,000.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be probationary SCSU faculty and staff within their first five (5) years of service.
  • Applicants may submit one (1) application for each deadline. If an application is denied, an individual may re-apply during the
    next submission period.
  • Applicants may receive only one (1) University Researcher OR one (1) New Researcher award in any given fiscal year.
  • Applicants can be awarded a maximum of one (1) New Researcher award every two (2) years per principal investigator.

Submission Requirements:

Application Requirements- Applications must be fully signed and include the following:

  • Proposal Cover Sheet
  • Proposal Narrative
    • All sections must be completed within three (3) pages. It should be well written and at a level which allows reviewers, who are not
      experienced within the applicant’s discipline, to fully understand the proposed work/project.
  • Budget
  • Budget Justification
  • Supporting Documents (if applicable)




  • The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Directors and Assistant Directors will review the proposals. Funding recommendations
    are then provided to the Associate Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, who will make the final funding decisions.
  • Proposals are reviewed using the criteria outlined in the New Researcher Application Evaluation Form at the end of this application.
  • Given proposals of comparable ratings, greater consideration is placed on those applicants who have not received funding.

FY17 New Researcher Awards

Michele Mahr and E. Justin Page, Department of Community Psychology, Counseling, & Family Theraphy, project entitled "A Multidisciplinary Approach to Impacting Physical Activity in College Students with Disabilities" was awarded $7,998.87

John Sinko, Department of Physics and Astronomy, project entitled "Target Chamber Optimization for Laser Tractor Beam Astronaut Retrieval" was awarded $4,000.00

Nathan Bruender, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, project entitled "Expression and Purification of Phosphoribosyl Transferase Enzyme from streptomyces rimosus" was awarded $3,998.45

Louise Millis, Department of Biology, project entitled "The Threat of Mosquito Borne Viruses in Minnesota, a Problem at the Virome Level" was awarded $3,661.00


FY16 New Researcher Awards

Kevin Ahlgren, Department of Geography & Planning, project entitled “A Gravimetric Geoid Model for Bolivia” was awarded $3,996.50
Nimantha Manamperi, Department of Economics, project entitled “An effective way to assess quizzes in an upper level macroeconomics class: Open book vs. Closed book quiz comparison” was awarded $4,000.00
Janet Tilstra, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, project entitled “Piloting dynamic assessment as a method to distinguish second language learning patterns from language/learning impairment in Somali English Learners” was awarded $3,898.00


FY15 New Researcher Awards

Kannan Sivaprakasam, and John Sinko, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, project entitled “Development of Smart Materials for Solar Energy Conversion” was awarded $7,999.80

Benjamin Witts, Department of Counseling, Community Psychology and Family Therapy, project entitled “A Method for Analyzing Precursor Responding to Assess Lying-as-Risky-Betting in Poker” was awarded $3,247.00

Matthew Davis, Department of Biology, project entitled “Evolutionary relationships of the Flagfin Fishes (Aulopiformes: Aulopoidei) and the Description of a New Species of Flagfin from Deep-Water Reefs of the Galapagos Island” was awarded $3,992.00


FY14 New Researcher Awards

Amy Hebert and Roxanne Wilson, Departments of Counseling & Community Psychology and Nursing, project entitled “Interdisciplinary
Project: Improving Care for Persons with Disabilities”
was awarded $9000.00

Godfrey Leung, Department of Art, project entitled “Slow Art, or a Social Life of Reproductive Media in the Digital Age” was awarded $4,000.00

Marcia Scherer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, project entitled “Systematic Review of Recruitment and Retainment of Underrepresented Students into Baccalaureate Nursing” was awarded $4,000.00

Robert Mann, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, project entitled “Recovering Micro Material Remains at the Little Elk River
Mission Site”
was awarded $4,000.00