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University Research and Creative Activity 

A. Purpose and Overview:

The UW-Eau Claire University Research and Creative Activity Grant Program is specifically designed to encourage faculty and academic staff to engage in research, scholarship, and creative activities.

There are three forms of support:

  1. Project Support: Funds required for working with data, primary materials, research travel, supplies, services, and student research collaboration. Project support normally ranges from $500 to $3,000, which is the maximum award. Travel to professional meetings is not funded under this program.

  2. Time Reassignment: Release from one class (up to 5 cr) may be requested to conduct the scholarly project. Departments will be reimbursed $1,250/credit for reassignment and provided with appropriate FTE.

  3. Summer Stipend: Faculty research stipends of up to $1,250 are available though funds are limited.

While outcomes vary by discipline, project, and type of support, an historical analysis reveals that two-thirds of grantees publish a journal article or book manuscript within 24 months of receiving an URCA award.

B. Eligibility:

Faculty and academic staff with .5 FTE or greater appointment are eligible to apply. Those with approved sabbatical leaves are encouraged to apply for support through this program. No faculty or academic staff will receive URCA support in two consecutive years. Applicants are not eligible to receive summer stipends from the URCA program and the Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (SREU) program in the same year.

C. Writing Guide:

These proposals are reviewed by peer faculty members who are unlikely to be in your discipline. You should be mindful of the reviewing audience as you communicate the key elements of your scholarly project. In particular, please avoid technical jargon that is specific to your discipline. If such terminology is necessary, please define all terms. This will allow reviewers to evaluate the project fairly in terms of goals, significance, importance to the scholarly trajectory of the proposer, feasibility, and need for URCA funding to accomplish the project.

New Online Application Process

The University Research and Creative Activity grant application will now be processed in the BPLogix eForm system using electronic stamps associated with your university ID as your signature. For more information about BPLogix and instructions, see our Eforms page. Click here to log in to BPLogix using your UW-Eau Claire ID and password.

Initiating the Eform

To start the form, go to the 'Start New Form' tab in BPLogix. Then select ORSP to pull up the list of forms (Select ORSP- Unversity Research and Creative Activity. Once in the form, under 'Program', select University Research and Creative Activity (URCA). Fill out the form. The narrative and professional vita can be uploaded as attachments to the form. Select the names of the individuals in the routing order area at the bottom using the userpicker button. This must be done prior to submitting the application to ensure that those in the routing process have access to the form to approve it.

Submit the application when complete. When you click 'Submit' or 'Send', the form will be routed to the next person in the workflow who must approve the form before it is sent to ORSP (e.g., Faculty/Staff Initiator sends to Chair, Chair sends to Dean, Dean to ORSP). The initiator should receive an email that confirms the form has been submitted along with a PDF of the form. When first submitting the form, the initiator will receive an email that confirms the form has been submitted along with a PDF of the form. If you do not receive the email or have any questions about this, please contact ORSP or 715-836-3405. NOTE: Any person in the workflow can convert the form to a PDF format by selecting "Print" at the bottom of the form, and printing to Cute PDF.

If you need to pause before finishing the form, click "Save to Edit Later." The form will remain accessible in the 'My Tasks' section (homepage) of BPLogix. Once you submit the form, it may be tracked, but NOT changed, in the 'View Forms in Process' section while it is being reviewed by others. NOTE: If you keep opening forms from under the 'Start New Form' section, you will have several duplicate forms. Try to avoid this. You may delete duplicate forms by opening the form under 'My Tasks' and clicking the button at the bottom "Delete Form and Workflow."

Remember to Attach:

  • A Narrative (no more than six double-spaced pages in a word-processed document, with page numbers) addressing each of the following:
    • Purpose and objectives
    • Significance of the proposed project and its contribution to the state of knowledge in the field
    • Project description including its background, methods, and procedures to be used
    • Timeline
    • Plan for disseminating results
    • Budget justification and potential for extramural support
    • Justification for time release (if applicable)
    • Bibliography or list of appropriately cited literature (this portion is outside of the six-page limit)

  • Professional vita (not to exceed four pages in a word-processed document)

Optional Documents

  • A Letter of endorsement from your department chair is encouraged. Your chair may wish to attach his/her letter when the from is routed to him/her.
  • You may attach other letters of support may also be included as appropriate to the project.

The Screening Committee considers a number of points as it ranks URCA proposals. Click here to see the evaluation form used by the committee. Please contact Assistant Vice Chancellor Karen Havholm with questions.

D. Deadline for Application:

The proposal is due to the dean (or equivalent) by January 30.

E. Final Report:

The final report on the URCA grant should be 2-4 pages long. It should review the goals outlined in the proposal and then describe the accomplishments, describing reasons for any changes in direction or scope. The report should be submitted to the chair with copies to the appropriate college dean and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs by October 15 following the grant period.