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 University Researcher Award is to support the development of preliminary results for proposal submission, OR
enhance the skills necessary to be successful in seeking mid-level funding from an external agency.

The project described in this application must support the groundwork required to lead to the submission of a competitive grant proposal. 
The request should be made to an external funding agency in the amount of $25,000 or more to support research, scholarly or creative activity.

The maximum award for an individual project is $5,000. The maximum award for a multidisciplinary project is $10,000.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be probationary or tenured St. Cloud State University faculty and staff.
  • 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 may be awarded a maximum of one (1) University Researcher award every three (3) 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 University 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 University Researcher Awards

Mikhail Blinnikov, Department of Geography & Planning, project entitled "Tracking origins of agriculture in Bolgar, Tatarstan through soil micromorphology and phytolith analysis" was awarded $4,829.00

Daren Protolipac, Department of Psychology, project entitled "Generalization of the Strong Interest Inventory in Chines Culture: A Translation, Validation, and Cross-Cultural Comparison Study" was awarded $4,896.00
Kannan Sivaprakasam, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, project entitled "Acquisition of dedicated cooling system to collect preliminary results for external proposals submission (NSF RUI and REU), was awarded $4,937.86


FY16 University Researcher Awards

John Sinko, Department of Physics and Astronomy, project entitled “Propellant Development for Astronaut Retrieval by Laser
Tractor Beam” was awarded $5,000.00

Grama N. Rangamani, Rebecca Crowell, and Amanda Hemmesch Breaker, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, project entitled “Undergraduate Research and Inter-Professional Educational Practices for Promoting Health and Wellness in the Aging Population of Central Minnesota” was awarded $9.933.19


FY15 University Researcher Awards

Rebecca Krystyniak, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, project entitled “Utilizing a Learning Assistant Model to Recruit, Prepare and Support STEM Teachers” was awarded $5,000.00

Latha Ramakrishnan, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, project entitled “Advancing Scholarship of a Learning Community of Aspiring Chemists through Scientific Discovery” was awarded $4,990.00


FY14 University Researcher Awards

Ann-Marie Finan and Monica Garcia-Perez, Departments of Sociology & Anthropology and Economics, project entitled “Attitudes and Perceptions About Immigrants and Immigration in Non-Metro Minnesota” was awarded $10,000.00

Dennis Guster and Kevin Haglin, Departments of Information Systems and Physics, project entitled “Optimizing Nano-tube Characteristics to Increase the Hydrogen Absorption Rates in Hydrogen Fuel Cell Design” was awarded $9,992.00

Daren Protolipac, Department of Psychology, project entitled “Dispositional, Situational, and Motivational Approaches to Workplace Safety”was awarded $4,000.00

Mark Schmidt, Department of Information Systems, project entitled “Computer Security for Pre-College Students” was awarded $5,000.00

Melissa Hanzsek-Brill, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, project entitled “The Linguistic Structure of Number Names and its Impact on Elementary Students’ Number Sense: A Study of Native English Speakers in a Chinese Language Immersion Program” was awarded $4,282.00

Tim Vogt, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, project entitled “3D NanoFab Preliminary Process Development” was awarded $5,000.00