The purpose of the Early Career Grant is to support research and scholarly activity that moves the applicant toward peer-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 expected product is a manuscript/publication OR Grant Submission. The award range is $4,000-$8,000 and expenditures must be concluded during the current and following fiscal year.

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.
  • Individuals with an active Early Career Grant are not eligible to apply.

Submission Instructions and Requirements

  • Deadline: February 15, 2018
  • Proposals need to be submitted electronically through our Proposals SharePoint portal. All required attachments for submission are found in the Application Material section below.
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Application Materials

  1. Request for Proposals: Early Career Grants
  2. Proposal Narrative
  3. Budget Spreadsheet

Award Requirements

  1. Final Report

Award Selection

  • The Scholarship, Research and Creative Achievement Committee 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.
  • Reviewers may take the following into consideration: the quality of the proposal and the project; the likelihood that the project will be completed; the likelihood that the grant will lead to future external funding; and the likelihood that the project will lead in the foreseeable future to a publication/grant submission or a significant contribution to student learning.
  • Proposals are reviewed using the criteria outlined in the Evaluation Form at the end of this application.
  • Given proposals of comparable ratings, greater consideration is placed on those applicants who have not previous received funding through this program.


Nathan Bruender - $3,998

Chemistry and Biochemistry, "Expression and Purification of Phosphoribosyl Transferase Enzyme from streptomyces rimosus"

Matthew Davis - $3,999

Biology, "The Repeated Evolution of Bioluminescence across the Evolution of Pelagic Lizardfishes (Aulopiformes: Alepisauroidei)"

Michele Mahr and E. Justin Page - $7,998

Community Psychology, Counseling, and Family Theraphy, "A Multidisciplinary Approach to Impacting Physical Activity in College Students with Disabilities"

Mehdi Mekni and Ben Witts - $7,871

Computer Science and Information Technology/Community Psychology, Counseling, and Family Services, "Automated Modular Invertebrate Research Environment (AMIRE)"

Louise Millis - $3,661

Biology, "The Threat of Mosquito Borne Viruses in Minnesota, a Problem at the Virome Level"

John Sinko - $4,000

Physics and Astronomy, "Target Chamber Optimization for Laser Tractor Beam Astronaut Retrieval"

Lindsey Vigesaa - $3,965

Criminal Justice, "An Examination of the Characteristics, Criminal Histories and Barriers Encountered by Residents Housed at the OIF Dream Center in St Cloud, MN"



Kevin Ahlgren - $3,996

Geography and Planning, “A Gravimetric Geoid Model for Bolivia”

Nimantha Manamperi - $4,000

Economics, “An effective way to assess quizzes in an upper level macroeconomics class: Open book vs. Closed book quiz comparison”

Janet Tilstra - $3,898

Communication Sciences and Disorders, “Piloting dynamic assessment as a method to distinguish second language learning patterns from language/learning impairment in Somali English Learners”



Matthew Davis - $3,992

Biology, “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”

Kannan Sivaprakasam and John Sinko - $7,999

Chemistry and Biochemistry, “Development of Smart Materials for Solar Energy Conversion”

Benjamin Witts - $3,247

Community Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy, “A Method for Analyzing Precursor Responding to Assess Lying-as-Risky-Betting in Poker”