The UW-Eau Claire University Research and Creative Activity Grant Program (URCA) is specifically designed to encourage faculty and academic staff to engage in research, scholarship, and creative activities.
You may apply for one or both of the following:
- 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.
- Time Reassignment: Release from one course (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.
If you apply for both, you will be asked to identify which one is the higher priority for you. Please understand that the review committee may not be able to support both and may not be able to respect your preference for priority.
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.
Faculty and academic staff with .5 FTE or greater appointment are eligible to apply. Those with approved upcoming sabbatical leaves may apply for support through this program. No faculty or academic staff will receive URCA support for two consecutive years.
Deadline for Application: January 12, 2024, to Chair or equivalent
Application Process/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.
The University Research and Creative Activity (URCA) grant application is processed in BP Logix and must be initiated by a faculty member. Please visit the Using eForms and BP Logix page for a detailed explanation of the eForm system.
The URCA review committee uses these evaluation criteria to rank and recommend proposals for funding.
Go to the eform application for additional application information.
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.