Guidelines

 

T he mission of the Sea Island Institute (SII) is to promote programs and research that grow out of the extraordinary location of USCB, which includes the region’s rich history, strong and multiple cultures, and fragile environment worth protecting.  The SII is interdisciplinary, providing outreach, research and education services that support sustainability of our treasured community.  The SII combines the expertise of local researchers and outside partners in an effort to sustain the region’s economical, ecological, social, and cultural vitality.

Eligibility

All full-time faculty are eligible to apply for funds.  Tenured and tenure-track faculty applications are especially solicited.  Projects will be judged on their merit.  

Awards

Grants are awarded each year.  Multi-year grants and grants strictly for travel will not be accepted.  Project grants and seed grants for larger grants will be considered and are encouraged.  All grants must establish a regional context for research, and preference will normally be given to research that fosters a greater understanding of the region.  The award year will be from January 1 through December 31.

Deadline

Applications are due on November 15 and should be submitted to the Office of the Executive Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by the SII Steering Committee and such others as the Steering Committee may appoint on the basis of their success in managing previous grants or their knowledge of the region’s needs.

Restrictions

Funds may not be used to pay for educational expenses.

Applicants may submit only one proposal per funding cycle.

Fund recipients must be employed by the University for the duration of the grant year.  Outside partners receive their funding through the fund recipient and may be contracted to serve for a period less than the grant year.

Award Amount

Award amounts may vary based on the merits of the proposal and on the need to distribute funds equitably.

Application Materials

All support materials will be appropriate to the applicant’s discipline and research proposal.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

For research concerning the region’s history or culture, broadly interpreted, applications should include:

  • A descriptive title;
  • A brief (2pp) project description;
  • A statement of the research design, including its purpose and expected outcomes; 
  • An itemized budget using the enclosed form;
  • If experimentation is involved, a statement on how ethical treatment will be observed (IRB compliance may be necessary);
  • A curriculum vita relative to the project;
  • Previous research or work projects (if any) that relate to the project.

  For research concerning the region’s environment, broadly interpreted, applications should include:

  • A descriptive title:
  • A statement of the research question and the theory and hypothesis it tests;
  • A detailed statement of the methodology to be used;
  • A review of relevant literature;
  • If experimentation is involved, a statement on how ethical treatment will be observed (IRB compliance may be necessary);
  • An itemized budget using the enclosed form;
  • A curriculum vita relative to the project;
  • Previous research or work projects (if any) that relate to the project.

Grant Review Criteria

Applications must exhibit evidence that the research proposed has local relevance and that it conforms to appropriate standards for research in its discipline.  The project should be well planned, feasible, and realistically budgeted. 

End of Project Report

The grant recipient must submit a written report to SII at the end of the project.  The report should be given a descriptive title and prepared as a monograph, which the Institute will edit, bind, and distribute as appropriate.  If the report is published, the Institute requests that the publication acknowledges that the research was conducted under the auspices of USCB’s Sea Island Institute.

Guidelines