Research and Sponsored Programs

Early Career Grant

The purpose is to support research and scholarly activity required that moves the applicant toward peer-reviewed dissemination of their work OR 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 St. Cloud State faculty and staff within their first five (5) years of service.
  • Applicants may submit one (1) application. 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: Feb. 28, 2019

Step 1: Download Adobe PDF document and save to your computer by right-clicking Narrative and Budget (PDF) and select "Save Link As" OR "Save Target As" option.

Step 2: Obtain electronic signatures on completed PDF document.

Step 3: Login to Huskies Connect and complete Early Career application and upload associated supporting documents:

  • Completed and signed proposal narrative and budget
  • Optional: Budget justification documentation (i.e. quotes or verification of item within the budget)

Budgetary guidelines

  • The budget will be judged on how realistic it is in relation to being able to accomplish your project. Therefore, it is important to accurately calculate the direct costs and obtain current rates for all items.
  • Correctly place each cost under the appropriate heading and include a notation of how it was computed.
  • The budget justification describes –
    • Responsibilities for personnel receiving compensation.
    • Connections between the requested budget expenditures and the strategy of the project.
    • Concise description of the need for each requested item in carrying out the proposed project.

Allowable budgetary items:

  • Travel related to the project.
  • Supplies and equipment needed for the project (purchases remain property of SCSU).
  • Computer services.
  • Personnel (e.g., clerical/student salary/applicant compensation and fringe costs).
    • Compensation of up to $2,000 for the applicant is allowed. It should be calculated into the budget as $2,000 compensation + $440 (22% fringe) and should not exceed $2,440.
    • Funds CANNOT be used to reduce the applicant’s workload.
  • Other identifiable costs
    • If you request compensation for an expert outside of SCSU, you must provide the individual’s credentials, justification for the award, and explanation of your relationship with the individual.

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.

Recipient responsibilities

  • Awarded funds are to be used exclusively for the work outlined in the proposal narrative.
  • Recipients are responsible for the submission of a final report  to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs within 30 days after the project’s scheduled completion date. The report should clearly demonstrate that the work has moved the applicant towards peer-reviewed dissemination of their work, or the submission of a proposal for external funding.  


2018 Recipients

Christina Cama - $7,715
Chemistry & Biochemistry, Copper Iron Phosphate Electrodes for Lithium Ion Batteries”

Amanda Hemmesch - $3,299
Psychology, Social Skills Intervention for Individuals with Facial Paralysis”

Ning Hou - $5,388
Management, Online Personality Profiling: Content Development and Online Presence Growth”

Mili Mathew - $7,681
Communication Sciences & Disorders, “Gestures in Persons with Aphasia: What do their hands tell us?

Juli Pitzer - $7,990
Mass Communications, Identifying the Voice of the Film Exhibitor: CinemaCon and Art House Convergence Industry Conventions”

Ilya Simakov – $6,000
Theatre & Film Studies, “Post-production of Keep It Quiet

John Sinko - $8,000
Physics & Astronomy, “Removal of Aluminum Space Debris by Laser Vaporization

Alan Srock - $7,900
Atmospheric & Hydrologic Sciences, “Predicting Wildland Fire Growth with the Hot-Dry-Windy Index”

Previous recipients are showcased in RSP’s annual report.