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About Junior Faculty Summer Research Program

Junior Faculty Summer Research Program (JFSRP)

Funding is to support selected junior faculty for the purpose of advancing their research, creative projects, and scholarship.

Program Criteria

Eligibility is open to junior faculty holding a full-time, tenure-track position with the rank of assistant professor. Preference will be given to

  • faculty in the first three years of their probationary period at TCU;
  • those not already receiving University/College summer funding (NOT including summer school teaching salary).  Those receiving summer salary support from an external grant and/or contract remain eligible to apply for JFSRP support as long as they are not already compensated for 100% of time.  Faculty must be at TCU for the full year of the award, summer through the following spring.

Award Amount

The amount of summer salary available to a successful applicant is $6,000 plus the 8% FICA contribution. (Note that taxes will be withheld.)  No funding will be paid for retirement benefits. Successful applicants will also be eligible to teach in no more than two regular summer school sessions contingent upon departmental need and the availability of funding for summer school classes.

Number of Awards

Awards are made as long as funding remains.

Proposal Submission and Evaluation

Proposals are to be submitted along with a proposal for the Research and Creative Activity Fund (RCAF).  A full proposal is required from each applicant.  If no additional funding is requesting from RCAF, the budget will simply include the summer research salary.   If RCAF monies are also sought, then the budget can include both those funds and the summer salary.

The proposals will be reviewed by the TCU Research and Creative Activity Fund (RCAF) Committee. The evaluation criteria are the same as those used in the review of RCAF proposals. Faculty are encouraged to submit a RCAF proposal to complement their summer salary request which could provide funding for travel, supplies, or other items in support of the project.

There is no separate application form.  Application is made through the RCAF process.  As specified on the RCAF webpage, proposals are to be prepared according to the guidelines. One pdf file containing the complete submission should be submitted electronically to Laurie Heidemann at in the Office of Sponsored Programs by the deadline specified in the call for proposals. Note: If you cannot create a PDF file, contact Laurie Heidemann for assistance at least two days before the submission deadline.

Reporting Requirement

A final project report is due in the Office of Sponsored Programs no later than October 31 of the award year.  The report should describe how the project time was spent and the accomplishments that resulted.  It is recommended that faculty share their report with the appropriate college dean.

RCAF Committee Members

Name Dept
Carol Thompson, Chair Sociology & Anthropology
Lisa Ball Computer Science
Michelle Bauml Education
Black Hestir Philosophy
Emily Lund COSD Communication Science Disorders
John Horner Biology
Hana Dobrovolny Physics
Jessica Zeller Dance
Michael Strausz Political Science
Patricia Warrington Interior Design & Fashion Merchandising
Ken Richardson Mathematics
James Petrovich Social Work
William Wempe Accounting
Tim Barth Interim Director of Sponsored Programs
Bonnie Melhart Associate Provost & Dean, liaison
Administrative Oversight Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Nowell Donovan