9.1 Funds for Classroom Activities
A portion of the Mellon Foundation Grants to the University’s undergraduate colleges for Curriculum Development is set aside each year by the Dean’s Office for classroom or co-curricular activities. Eligible categories for support from the Mellon funds include: a) field trips; b) guest lecturers ($100.00 per lecture of normal length. Only outside lecturers are eligible, and there is a limit of two per course.); c) lengthy photocopying that falls within the copyright laws and cannot be supported by the departments’ or programs’ budgets; d) academic travel that has a clear and direct relation to the enhancement of a course; e) hiring a student to serve as a tutor or assistant teacher; and f) purchase of instructional videos, software and books for the library or audio-video centers.
Faculty members are encouraged to apply in writing for funds to enrich the academic experience. Theater excursions are partially rather than completely funded. Applications should be sent to the Dean or the Associate Dean of the college in which the course is offered in advance of the event, and receipts must be presented for reimbursement.
9.1.1 The Challenge Fund: Fordham College at Lincoln Center
The Challenge Fund is designed to support faculty in carrying out projects that will enhance curriculum and teaching. Annual guidelines along with a request for proposals are issued at the beginning of the Spring Term. One eligible category normally involves support for special workshops and public programs involving distinguished guest scholars and artists.
Full-time faculty and adjunct faculty who have taught at least six courses in the past six semesters are eligible to apply. The selection committee consists of the Associate Dean and a group of representative faculty.
9.2 The Office of Research
The Office of Research is responsible for the coordination and facilitation of the University’s research policies and programs, and promoting research activities across the University’s academic units and among faculty and students. The office is comprised of several research units:
Office of the Chief Research Officer
Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)
The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) assists faculty with the development, review and submission of external grant and fellowship proposals, and is responsible for approving and submitting all such requests on behalf of the University. Faculty members should contact the OSP in the early stages of any proposal for help in locating possible funding sources, assistance with budgets and compliance with University and grantor regulations. The OSP staff’s review, comment and collaboration with faculty throughout the proposal process has demonstrably increased Fordham researchers’ prospects for receiving the external funding critical to explore, implement and disseminate their work and ideas.
Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) ensure that federal, state and University standards are met for the conduct of any research by any member of the Fordham community involving human subjects (IRB) and vertebrate animals (IACUC). All research conducted by members of the Fordham community is subject to review and approval by the IRB and IACUC.
Faculty directing research seminars or conducting classes where students conduct research using human subjects should make inquiries at the IRB Office about the review process, (718) 817-0876 after consulting the IRB website, www.fordham.edu/IRB.
Information on all of the programs offered by these various offices is summarized below and provided in greater detail online at the Office of Research’s website:
You are also encouraged to review the Faculty Research Manual, found on the Office of Sponsored Programs’ website:
Faculty Research Manual
9.2.1 Faculty Fellowships
Through the Chief Research Officer, Academic Year Faculty Fellowships and Summer Faculty Fellowships are awarded to tenured faculty and non-tenured tenure-track faculty to carry out study and research required for academic development. Awards are made on the basis of demonstrated research competence of the applicant, the value of the project submitted, and its potential contribution to the University, the applicant’s scholarly community and the professional development of the requesting faculty member. Applications for academic year 2015-2016 are due September 15, 2014.
All faculty who receive one of these fellowship awards should subsequently collaborate with the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) to develop the work from their Fordham fellowship into a future externally funded fellowship, grant or publication (see 9.2 above).
9.2.2 The Faculty Research Grant Program
Through the Chief Research Officer, the Faculty Research Grant Program enables tenured and tenure-track faculty to pursue research projects that will lead to new publications and successful external funding applications. Grants provide seed money by providing funds to cover the costs of conducting research. The program gives priority to promising new lines of research, especially by junior faculty, and to pilot work for external funding applications. The deadlines for application are:
• New faculty 2014
Deadline October 1, 2014
(awards announced by December 15, 2015)
• Veteran faculty
Deadline January 15, 2015
(awards announced by April 1, 2015)
All faculty who receive one of these grant awards should subsequently collaborate with the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) to develop the work from their Fordham funded grant into a future externally funded fellowship, grant or publication (see 9.2 above).
9.2.3 Faculty Research Expense Program
The Faculty Research Expense Program [FREP] provides a small amount of funding to tenure and tenure-track faculty to encourage research. While FREP has been administered by the Office of Research in the past, as of July 1, 2014, FREP is administered by individual departments. This means that FREP guidelines, applications, and decision procedures may vary across departments and schools. Please contact your department/school for more information.
9.3 Academic Computing Environment
Fordham University’s Academic Computing Environment (ACE) is a digital space for faculty to conduct research and experimentation with innovative technology projects. As part of our “Building Learning Spaces” grant funded by the New York State Economic Development Agency and working with the Faculty Senate Technology Committee, we have designed and built an infrastructure where virtual server builds are available to faculty who will be able administer their projects themselves, with Fordham IT support available in the background. Information on all the ACE initiatives may be found at its webpage at
• Research Computing Cluster (RCC)
The RCC is intended to serve the research computing needs of all full-time Fordham faculty, making available a powerful set of multi-core computers running the Linux operating system to which you have secure access 24-7 from any internet connection. The RCC is administered by faculty, fellow researchers who understand the critical importance of having prompt one-to-one help in troubleshooting hardware and software issues, so that you can concentrate on implementing your research ideas.
To obtain an account, simply email the RCC Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org providing your office location and preferred phone and indicating a choice of days and times when you are available to meet to set up your account.
• A “Sandbox” Environment
ACE purposefully lends itself to experimentation and research on projects before bringing them to teaching or funding environments. This can be a private space where you work on and test a project before making it public.
• Furthering Grant-Based Research
Faculty members can now include ACE resources as part of projects that support university initiatives, such as Faculty Innovators grants, Growing Research at Fordham grants, etc., where computing resources such as ACE are necessary evidence for the academic viability and institutional commitment in successful grant applications.
ACE can also be a collaborative space where you can work on a project with your colleagues at Fordham and beyond.
• Types of Projects
Projects will be quite varied from hard core data crunching to large scale survey analysis to digital humanities projects, from meta-text ventures to media presentations. Projects for ACE will come from faculty exclusively and will be faculty driven.