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Faculty Research Awards Committee

Standing Bylaw Committee of the
Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering

MEMBERSHIP: 2016-2017

Term: Five (5) years

Name and Link to
Directory Listing
Department Title Term Role Note
Berry, Jeffrey Political Science Professor 2013-2018 Chair  
Baghdiantz-McCabe, Ina History Professor 2015-2017    
Campana, Alessandra Music Associate Professor 2015-2020    
Dorfmann, Luis Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor 2016-2021    
Hofkosh, Sonia English Associate Professor 2014-2019 Vice-Chair  
Hopwood, Jeff Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor 2013-2018    
Nitecki, Zbigniew Mathematics Professor 2012-2017    
Pechenik, Jan Biology Professor 2015-2020    
Shultz, Mary Jane Chemistry Professor 2012-2017    
Vu, Mai Electrical & Computer Engineering Associate Professor 2016-2017    
Zabel, Jeff Economics Professor 2015-2020    
Brizuela, Bรกrbara School of Arts and Sciences Dean of Academic Affairs   Ex officio, nonvoting  
Omenetto, Fiorenzo School of Engineering Associate Dean of Research   Ex officio, non voting  
Rohrbach, Augusta Office of the Vice Provost Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives   Ex officio, non voting  
TBD Corporate and Foundation Relations Director   Ex officio, non voting  


The function of the Faculty Research Awards Committee (FRAC) is to distribute funds in support of research conducted by members of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering. The main responsibility is for members of FRAC to carefully review each proposal and come to the meetings prepared to discuss why each proposal should or should not be funded. Determinations concerning the distribution of funds shall be made by majority vote; in the event of a tie, the committee chair shall vote to break the tie. The committee is responsible for reviewing applications submitted to it, and, where appropriate, review evaluations, in support of applications, from experts in the applicant's field. These evaluations may be sought from persons within and outside the university. In making awards, the committee promotes faculty development by funding selected small projects and providing seed money for larger ones. The committee represents the faculty in seeking new internal and external sources of funding for the awards which it administers.

The committee consists of eleven members of professorial rank (assistant, associate and full professors). The membership shall include at least one member from each of the following areas: arts, engineering, humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences. The following administrators or their designees shall be members ex officio without vote: the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences or designee, the dean of the School of Engineering, the director of the Office of Research Administration, and the director of the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations. The committee may appoint such additional members, without vote, as it deems appropriate. Members are appointed to a five-year term. The committee shall elect its chairman at the last meeting of the spring semester and the secretary of the faculty shall serve as secretary of the committee.

Committee members attend approximately three meetings per semester to consider various types of research proposals from the A&S&E faculty. Current committee members are ineligible to apply for faculty research funding awarded by FRAC, with the exception of Grants-in-Aid (awards up to $2,000). This committee is not appropriate for tenure-track faculty members.


Information will be posted as it becomes available.


FRAC applications from the tenure-stream faculty are considered throughout the academic year. For more information and to submit an application, click the button below.


  1. Keep in mind that your application will be read by people across the disciplines in Arts & Sciences and in Engineering. Explain the what, why, and how of your research project clearly and concisely so that people outside your field can understand it.
  2. Avoid technical or specialized language.
  3. Explain how the grant money will be spent (in addition to your attached budget).
  4. Do not cut and paste from another grant proposal.
  5. If the grant is to support a student, explain how the student's work will contribute directly to your own research project.

2016-2017 deadlines:

Award Type Application Deadlines
Grants in Aid Monday, October 17, 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016
Monday, January 9, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
Monday, March 27, 2017
Monday, May 8, 2017
May-June 2017 (rolling until funds are expended)
Faculty Research Fund Monday, September 26, 2016
Monday, January 30, 2017
Senior Faculty Research Semester Fellowships Monday, October 17, 2016
Mellon Awards Monday, October 17, 2016
Summer Faculty Fellowships Monday, November 7, 2016
Open Access Publishing Applications accepted throughout the academic year until funds are expended.
Distinguished Scholarship Awards (Engineering) Wednesday, March 1, 2017

FRAC awards from 2015-2016 >
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FRAC awards from 2012-2013 >
FRAC awards from 2011-2012 >


Visit Arts, Sciences and Engineering Bylaws for more information regarding this committee's bylaws.