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 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

Deadline: January 29, 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 Hellervik Prize application and upload associated supporting documents:

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

DISCLAIMER: Applicants are encouraged to submit their electronic application early to avoid potential access issues. Applications after the deadline will not be considered without official confirmation of campus-wide accessibility/technical outages. Previous versions of application forms will not be considered and will be denied.

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

2018 Recipient

Heiko Schoenfuss - $9,543.85
Biology, “How Do Changes in Selective Pressures Over a Lifetime Affect Adult Performance?”

Previous recipients are showcased in RSP’s annual report.