Research and Sponsored Programs


The purpose is to encouraging research or scholarly activity which advances knowledge on issues of importance to students, college/school, university and society. Research is broadly defined as creative achievement and/or the scholarly pursuit of knowledge using recognized procedures in the principal investigator’s discipline or area of study.

Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 and the principal investigator awarded will receive one course release (3-4 credits maximum) during the academic year of a grant award.

Established in fall 2005, the Hellervik Prize is made possible by donor, Dr. Lowell Hellervik. St. Cloud State University Alum, Dr. Hellervik, co-founded Personnel Decisions International, a global consulting firm. He received the Distinguished Professional Contributions Award by the Society for Industrial Organizational/Psychologists in 1999.

Eligibility requirements

  • Tenured, probationary or fixed term faculty at the time of application and time of award activity.
  • Awardees agree to present their research results or scholarly works, in a format appropriate to the discipline.

Submission instructions and requirements

Application Materials

Proposal Narrative
Budget Spreadsheet

Deadline: February 15, 2018

Electronic submission of the signed proposal narrative and budget spreadsheet to is preferred, however, one original can be delivered to AS 210.

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 St. Cloud State University).
  • Computer services.
  • Personnel (e.g., clerical/student salary/compensation and fringe costs).
  • Other identifiable costs
    • If you request compensation for an expert outside of St. Cloud State, you must provide the individual’s credentials, justification for the award, and explanation of your relationship with the individual.

Award selection

Review of applications will be in collaboration with Dr. Lowell Hellervik, the Associate Provost for Research and the Scholarship, Research and Creative Achievement Committee.

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.

Previous recipients

Previous recipients are showcased in RSP’s annual report.