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Fine Arts Award for Excellence in Creative / Research
International Travel Funding
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CVPA Awards for Sponsored Funding for Research


Because obtaining grant funding is ancillary to their positions, faculty members of units in the CVPA are eligible for the award.



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Fine Arts Awards for Excellence in Creative/Research


Number of Awards: 3 (one per unit)
Number of Reimbursement Awards: 2

  1. Nominations proceed in accordance with the form, materials, and timeline required for nomination to the university’s Barnie Rushing, Jr., Award for Distinguished Research (see OP32.24 and attachments). Criteria include significance, publication, and sustained activity in creative / research. Dossiers must observe published restrictions in page length.
  2. Self nominations are accepted if the nominee provides all required materials in a completed dossier that complies with format requirements, and if s/he explains the significance of research, honors, and so on, for use by the college’s Faculty Awards and Research committee should the self nomination be selected as the college’s nominee.
  3. All nominations must be routed through the unit’s Chair or Director, who may add commentary for consideration by the college’s Faculty Awards and Research committee. Should a self nomination be selected as the college’s nominee, the Faculty Awards and Research Committee will act as the nominating committee.
  4. The Faculty Awards and Research Committee ranks all dossiers received. The highest ranking dossier is sent forward as the college’s nomination for the Barnie Rushing, Jr., Award and is named the college’s outstanding creative / researcher at the university’s spring convocation.
  5. In addition, the candidate nominated for the Rushing Award will be designated that unit’s recipient of the Fine Arts Award for Excellence in Creative / Research.
  6. The top ranking candidate in each of the other two units will receive the Fine Arts Award for Excellence in Creative / Research, and, in addition, a stipend worth $500.00 credit for reimbursement of allowable research expenses during the next academic year.
  7. Fine Arts Awards for Excellence in Creative / Research will be announced at the CVPA convocation each autumn.

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International Travel Funding

APPROVAL OF INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL (official travel application)
Revised December 2015

All international travel by state employees on state business, immaterial of funding source (e.g., official, personal, or third party), will be submitted for approval to the Vice Provost for International Affairs for evaluation of safety/security factors. The new system allows zero cost applications to be submitted – so the traveler will still be covered by an official travel authorization even if personal funds are used.
The preparer or traveler must print a copy of the online travel application with the signature lines. The application must be signed by the traveler, the fund/org manager and the Director or Dean, as appropriate. The signed application must then be sent to the Office of International Affairs (OIA) at M.S. 5004. The application will be reviewed by OIA for safety/security considerations, and that office may schedule consultations with the traveler if specific circumstances so warrant before approval. OIA will forward the application to the Provost for final approval. The approved application will be returned to the originator to be included with the online travel voucher.


  1. Complete the form for Consideration of International Travel funding below, and route to the dean's office via your school's director, who will indicate funds to be provided by your home unit. The college will designate an amount to be funded, monies will be held in reserve for your use, and application for airfare funding will be submitted to the OIA (if applicable).
  2. Complete the official application for travel and sumit it to the CVPA at least SIX weeks in advance of your trip in order to allow time for it to be approved by various offices.
  3. Please inform the college as soon as possible should your plans change so that funding can be directed to others' use.

Application for International Travel Consideration

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Grants Application Outline - Arts & Humanities


  1. First paragraph: Introduction.
    1. Opening Sentence.
    2. Important Knowns. (2-3 sentences)
    3. Gap in the Knowledge Base, or Critical Need, that needs to be Addressed. (2-3 sentences)
    TIP: At the conclusion of this first paragraph, the reviewer should fully understand that there is a scholarship problem that critically needs to be addressed. The reviewer should also have a sufficient knowledge base to appreciate why there is a problem and to be sufficiently educated that s/he can understand everything that will follow in the proposal without having to learn additional new ‘knowns’.
  2. Second paragraph(s): 'What's Going to be Done by Whom' Paragraph
    1. Your Long-Term Goal. (1 sentence)
    2. Objective of this Application. (1-2 sentences)
    3. Central Hypothesis or Statement of Need. (1-2 sentences)
    4. Statement of Rationale. What will become possible after the proposed studies are completed that is not possible now? (1-3 sentences)
    5. Why you are well-prepared to undertake the study or activity and how your environment/institution will be an asset. (1-3 sentences)
    TIP: At the conclusion of the second paragraph, the reviewers should know:
    1. in general what you plan to do;
    2. that what you are proposing will fill the gap in the knowledge base or address the problem that you have delineated;
    3. that yours is the best prepared group to undertake the proposed work;
    4. and that it will be done in an environment and at an institution that are conducive to its success.
  3. Third paragraph(s): Specific Aims/Goals/Objectives Paragraph.
    1. Specific activities that you will undertake to achieve the objective of the proposal.
    Note: In this paragraph(s), the objective is to delineate for the reviewer exactly what the specific steps are that you will take during the tenure of this project. These specific aims/goals/objectives are the ‘Approach’ that you will use to either test your central hypothesis or fill the critical need that was identified in the second paragraph.
  4. Fourth paragraph: 'Payoff' Paragraph
    1. Innovation.
    2. Expected Outcomes.
    3. Impact.
    TIP: The fourth, ‘payoff’ is another one of those rare chances you have to develop enthusiasm and advocacy for your application. This paragraph describes the return that the reviewers can expect, should they decide to ‘invest’ in your application. For that reason, a great deal of effort should be spent making it as exciting as you possibly can, without stepping across the line of over-promising what can be expected.

Adapted from The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook: Guide to a Competitive Application by David C. Morrison and Stephen W. Russell, 2003.

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