Special Research Program Awards

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Applications must be received via electronic submission on KAS webpage by November 15 prior to the year in which an award is sought.

Proposals should be as brief as possible, consistent with the following guidelines and restrictions. The program of KAS special research awards is directed particularly to faculty in Kentucky higher education institutions, public or private, involved primarily in undergraduate education; i.e., institutions which do not award the Ph.D. degree.

Proposals may be for work related to the subject matter of any of the sections of the Kentucky Academy of Sciences.

Awards are for one year and do not cover indirect overhead costs. Funding for an additional year may be requested by reapplying the following year and competing with newly submitted proposals. Awards of up to $5,000 will be available as funding allows. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Is the primary investigator a member of the Academy.
  2. Significance of the proposed project(s) within the context of the subfield of the proposed work.
  3. Feasibility of the project, given the resources available. And measurable goals that can be assessed to verify progress of the investigation.
  4. Qualifications of faculty member or scientist and of students. Priority will be given to new investigators, including senior faculty who are initiating research in a new direction, over established investigators. Priority will also be given to research involving undergraduate students.
  5. Encouragement and support from the local educational institution.
  6. Well thought out budget design.

Contents of Proposal:

  1. Brief description of proposed project(s), not more than three pages, with student(s) role described and cover sheet Download PDF cover sheet form   |   Download cover sheet in a Word document
  2. Time-table anticipated for research progress
  3. Plan for dissemination of research results
  4. Letter of support from the appropriate Department Chair or College Dean
  5. Budget design, including the following identified categories:
    • personnel support specified for faculty or scientist , not to exceed 1/3 of the requested funds,
    • separately, personnel support specified for students, not to exceed $2.00 above minimum wage,
    • equipment to be purchased in furtherance of the project,
    • materials and supplies,
    • in-country travel, where necessary to the project,
    • consultant costs
  6. Degree of support of local institution, and other local support where appropriate and available
  7. Brief vita for faculty mentor, not to exceed two pages, listing most recent publications and grants.
  8. A conflict of interest form should be completed by each applicant (students and faculty members) and included with the project Download PDF conflict of interest form   |   Download conflict of interest in a Word document

Accountability: Progress of the project must be reported within one month after the anniversary of the award, in the form of a report (not to exceed six pages, exclusive of papers submitted for publication and abstracts for meetings) to the KAS President-elect. The entire project as proposed need not be completed, but the portion completed should be described.

Send to:

George F. Antonious, Ph.D.
Kentucky State University
Department of Plant and Soil Science
Water Quality/ Environmental Toxicology
218 Atwood Research Center
Frankfort, KY 40601

Office: 502/ 597-6005
Lab: 502/ 597-6253
E-mail: george.antonious@kysu.edu

All Applications will be evaluated based upon:
  1. Significance of the proposed project within academic discipline, justification for the project, innovation, advancing educational quality, and problem-based focus (30 points)
  2. Feasibility of the project given available resources and major objective(s), methodology, plan of operation, timetable, expected products and results (30 points)
  3. Qualifications of the student and faculty sponsor who will develop and carry out the project objectives (15 points)
  4. Institutional support, equipment, and/or materials available to carry out the project objectives (15 points)
  5. Budget and cost-effectiveness. Elements considered include the degree to which the project maximizes the use of limited resources and educational value of the dollar (10 points)