Professional Development Fund Fall 2012 call for proposals

During the past year the Professional Development Fund has provided support for Yuriko Saito’s release time to work on her Oxford Press publication “Everyday Aesthetics and World-Making”, Peter yeadon’s research on the use of biological sensors to detect arsenic in water; Masha Ryskin’s artist residency in Reykjavik, Iceland, and Lee Boroson’s MassMOCA installation. A wide spectrum of other creative and scholarly projects were also funded by the Professional Development Grant Fund.

Since its inception, the Professional Development Fund has granted more than $1,700,000 in release time, research, travel, and creative projects. Awards usually range from $1000 – $5000, with an average of $2400. $37,500 will be disbursed during the Fall application cycle.

The Professional Development Grant Committee urges all faculty, librarians and museum curators to submit applications for research and creative projects to be undertaken between January 1 and June 30, 2013.

The deadline for complete proposals is 11:59pm Wednesday, November 7, 2012.

Please read the following the policy and procedure on eligibility, on-line submission of applications and post award considerations.

You are welcome to review past proposals and project reports and or to ask the committee’s secretary for editorial assistance and budget review prior to your application submission.

Professional Development Fund Policies and Procedures

The Professional Development Fund was established to foster excellence in the fields of art and design and the advancement of knowledge in related fields. The Fund provides financial support for the extraordinary costs of studio work, research projects that could not be done otherwise, the development of publications, and other work in progress undertaken by full and part-time faculty, museum curators, and professional librarians. This non-taxable support is granted in the form of direct payment of project related expenses or release time for full-time faculty.

Eligibility and frequency of award

• Full-time degree program faculty, museum curators, professional librarians
• Part-time degree program faculty who have completed two years of service
• Recipients must wait two years before applying for a new grant.

Pre-application registration
Contact Margaret Lewis no later than October 31. A google site will be set up for your application and supporting materials. You will have access to the site until the deadline passes. After the deadline, only the members of the Professional Development Fund Grant Committee will have access to your site.

Budget development/editorial and technical assistance
Applicants are encouraged to submit draft applications no later than 3 working days before the deadline so that they may receive requests for clarification of the budget or project description and/or recommendations for revisions that will strengthen their proposal. You may also ask for help in uploading your files to your google site.

Required parts of the application

• Project description (no more than 750 words)
• One paragraph on how your project will contribute to your creative, intellectual, artistic growth and development.
• A detailed budget
• A current curriculum vitae
• Work sample
o Visual work: no more than 10 images Jpeg files 1024×768 pixels
o Written work: 10 pages
o Time-based work: via Youtube, Vimeo or other web-based link

Proposals may be accompanied by a statement of support by someone in a position to evaluate the proposal, such as department head, dean, director of the applicant’s area, or experts in the applicant’s field.

Selection process
The Professional Development Fund Committee is chaired by the Provost and composed of three full-time faculty members elected at large by the Faculty Meeting, and members appointed by the Provost who may include administrators, librarians, curators, or part-time faculty. The Committee reviews all proposals and supporting materials and meets as a group to select projects to support at either full or partial funding.

The criteria established by the Committee for evaluating merits of the project proposals include:

• clarity of the proposal as expressed in the written statement and supporting materials
• coherent and detailed budget
• feasibility
• how well you describe either a specific outcome to be achieved by the project or how this component of the project will concretely contribute to the achievement of a long-term project.
• evidence of commitment to your discipline or field of research and how the project will contribute to your creative, intellectual or artistic development

The Fund does not support:
The Committee does not fund artists/designer fees or salary payable to grant recipients; meals; release time for adjunct faculty, curators or librarians; or support of the ongoing, essential costs of establishing or maintaining a professional practice (e.g. rent, utilities, permanent staff), or capital expenses. The Committee will consider discrete components of larger projects if the applicant can provide evidence of funding secured from other sources for other parts of the project.


Availability of funds
Professional Development Fund grants are not cash awards to the recipient but either direct payment of or reimbursement for project expenses. As such, your grant is not considered taxable to you by the IRS. Grants awarded in the Fall are available immediately but must be spent no later than June 30 of the current fiscal year; grants awarded in the Spring are not available until July 1st and must be spent no later than June 30 of the next fiscal year.

Financial and Narrative Reports
Recipients are required to submit receipts and documentation to the Committee’s secretary for the preparation of pertinent financial reports. The Committee requires that each recipient of a grant submit a written report on the progress of the funded project at the conclusion of the granting period. Failure to submit a report renders the recipient ineligible for future applications.

Acknowledgement of RISD Professional Development Fund
The RISD Professional Development Fund should be acknowledged in all print and media resulting from a grant you receive.

Use rights
The Committee retains use rights to narrative reports and descriptions of funded projects for archival purposes, review by potential applicants, and promotional purposes (e.g., the call for applications, Intranet or, xyz, etc.)

Sample of work
Recipients must donate a copy of a published book, exhibition catalog, or dvd produced with Professional Development Funding grant money to the Fleet Library at RISD.

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