Texas Tech University

Faculty Research and Creativity Activity Awards

Rationale and Objectives

The J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts (TCVPA) is committed to fostering excellence in all aspects of scholarly, creative, and artistic endeavors. From groundbreaking research to trendsetting excellence in performance and exhibition, our faculty are recognized pacesetters throughout the global arts community. To support our faculty members' pursuit of excellence in their scholarly, creative, and artistic agendas, we have revised our approach to internal support for those activities. We are pleased to announce the TCVPA Faculty Research and Creative Activity Awards—a broad internal funding opportunity that will provide financial support to the college's faculty as they continue high-level work in their fields of practice and study.

Eligibility

All full-time faculty members in the TCVPA, including instructors, professors of practice, lecturers, and tenure-track/tenured faculty members, are invited to apply. In all cases, applications must articulate how the project for which funding is requested aligns with the faculty member's position at TTU.

Categories

Two categories will be used to allocate funding. The first tier, the Research and Creative Activity Award—Red (RCAA—Red), consists of awards up to $5,000. The second category, Research and Creative Activity Awards—Black (RCAA—Black), consists of awards above $5,000.

In both cases, these awards serve as internal funding opportunities whose goals will be to support creative- and research-related activities, as well as to catalyze collaborations, external awards, and a more visible presence of Texas Tech's faculty on regional, state, national, and international platforms.

Funding may be used to support creative practice and research projects including (but not limited to) the following: quantitative and qualitative research activities; performances; exhibitions; installations; readings; workshops; panel discussions; and travel for performances, site or archival visits, conference presentations, collaborative meetings, or other travel directly pertinent to an ongoing project. Awardees will complete a brief report to the Associate Dean for Faculty and Creative Activity at the conclusion of the grant lifecycle detailing the activities undertaken, the goals to which they aspired, and the degree of success they enjoyed in reaching those goals within the award period.

For RCAA—Black awardees, at least one application to an appropriate external funding source* for support of the awarded project or activity must be made within six months after the conclusion of the RCAA—Black award period. Formal notification of this submission— including a copy of the external proposal—should be provided to the Associate Dean for Faculty, Research, and Creative Activities within the timeline specified. These awardees will also participate in a colloquium to be held each academic year that includes a discussion and reception to celebrate each year's RCAA—Black awardees. The college will publish a booklet featuring abstracts and researcher biosketches following each annual colloquium.

*Any agencies included in the OVPRI's list of targeted external awards qualify as appropriate. Additionally, recognizing that federal funding is not necessarily germane to many projects, other external funding sources are also appropriate, excluding those with an application process managed for Texas Tech faculty by Institutional Advancement, such as the CH and Helen Jones Foundations.

Guidelines

  • “Principal Investigator” and “Co-Investigator” refer to the project lead and other key personnel, respectively. The Principal Investigator is responsible for directing and administering the project or activity, while Co-Investigators play significant roles in its design, execution, and/or evaluation. All projects should include Principal Investigators drawn from the TCVPA, though Co-Investigators may be from other units or external to Texas Tech.
  • Each project's proposed scope of work should include a clear benchmark event (e.g., a culminating creative event such as a performance; an article or other publication; or another appropriate product/benchmark) at the conclusion of (or within an approved date) of the award.
  • Faculty may serve as project lead on one application and as personnel on two further applications. Further, faculty may serve as project lead on only one RCAA—Black award at any given time.

Submission and Review

For 2020-21 cycle deadlines, please see Special Timeline below.

The application cycle for both awards opens each Fall term on September 15 and closes on November 15. Applicants will complete a submission form online via InfoReady. The following components will be required as part of a completed application:

  • Project Abstract (≤500 words)
  • Project Narrative (≤2,500 words): What are the proposed activities, why are they significant, and what impact is expected? How, when, and where will the proposed activities take place, and how will they support the faculty member's goal? How does the project align with the faculty member's appointment at TTU? This section may take the form of an annotated timeline. Applicants should also detail the importance of the proposed expenditures to the activities undertaken.
  • Budget: Applicants will submit an itemized budget detailing the elements proposed and amount needed for funding. Itemize any equipment proposed for purchase to individual items/groups of like items.
  • Biosketch: no more than 250 words.

The Associate Dean for Faculty, Research, and Creative Activities will appoint a committee with representatives from all three schools to review all applications using criteria articulated in a standardized and published rubric. Reviewing rubrics will be provided to submitting faculty, with additional feedback provided to those applications declined for funding. The reviewing committee either accepts or rejects individual applications in toto, and will not attempt to improve applications by editing or exercising a line-item veto, e.g. The reviewing committee will notify applicants by December 15 or as otherwise specified should additional time for a thorough review be necessary. Committee reviews will be conducted in a double-blind manner, with the identities of both the proposing and reviewing individuals concealed from each other.

Awards

The relevant School-based business office will administer all awards. Faculty receiving RCAA—Red awards will have one calendar year from the date of disbursement to expend their award, while RCAA—Black awardees will have two calendar years from the date of disbursement. For both awards, disbursement will occur on January 15. Unexpended monies at the end of the award period will be returned to the funding pool for future awards. In extenuating circumstances, faculty may appeal to the Associate Dean for Faculty, Research, and Creative Activities to request an extension of their award period. Such extensions are discouraged.

Conclusions

With these Research and Creative Activity Awards, the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts affirms its commitment to supporting our faculty in the excellent work they undertake each day as artists, teachers, and researchers. Beyond welcoming faculty applications to this revitalized internal funding framework, we also actively solicit feedback and suggestions from the faculty for improving its structure. These awards are part of an evolving process to develop award mechanisms and opportunities that meet the multiplicity of faculty needs across the college.

Standard Timeline

Summer – Award guidelines, rubrics, and timeline distributed to TCVPA faculty

September 15 – Application portal opens (InfoReady)

November 15 – Application deadline

December 15 – Decisions from committee to applicants

January 15 – Award period begins

Subsequent January 15 – RCAA—Red award period ends for previous year's awardees; RCAA-Black award period ends for awardees from two years prior.

Subsequent late February/early March – RCAA—Black awardees colloquium

Subsequent July 15 – Copy of external funding application due to Assoc. Dean for Research from RCAA—Black awardees

Special Timeline for 2020-2021

This timeline will apply to academic year 2020-2021, given the timing of the program's release in late Fall 2020.

Late Fall 2020 – Award guidelines, rubrics, and timeline distributed to TCVPA faculty

December 20, 2020 – Application portal opens (InfoReady)

February 15, 2021 – Application deadline

March 12, 2021* – Decisions from committee to applicants

*** Notification delayed until March 18 ***

March 22, 2021 – award period begins

March 11, 2022 – initial RCAA—Red award period ends

January 15, 2023 – initial RCAA—Black award period ends

Late February/early March, 2023 – RCAA—Black awardees colloquium

July 15, 2023 – Copy of external funding application due to the Associate Dean for Faculty, Research, and Creative Activities from RCAA—Black awardees

Evaluation Rubrics

The points for evaluation listed in the rubrics below indicate important considerations when scoring each category; they are not intended to be comprehensive. Further, a proposal need not generate a strongly affirmative answer to all points in a given category to be funded. For example, collaboration is a positive, but its absence is not necessarily a negative. Reviewers are encouraged to develop their own definition of activity that represents these three categories, and apply it consistently across all proposals.

RUBRIC FOR RCAA—RED (UP TO $5,000)

Scope of Work: Evaluation of the proposed scope of work (weight = 70)

  • Does the proposed project hold artistic and/or scholarly merit?
  • Does the proposed work expand our understanding of the arts or of artists?
  • Is the proposed project innovative?
  • Does the proposed project develop the faculty member's professional, scholarly, intellectual, and/or artistic skills?
  • Does the project present new or strengthen preexisting collaborations within/beyond the faculty member's immediate?

Logistics: Evaluation of the feasibility of the scope of work given resources, as well as the appropriateness of the project's use of resources (weight = 10)

  • Does the project's budget adequately and realistically meet the needs of the work?
  • Does the project represent a sound investment of college funding?
  • Is the project's budget proportional to the results/end product expected at the award's conclusion?

Impact: Evaluation of the potential impacts of the project beyond the conclusion of the award period. (weight = 20)

  • How will the knowledge, benefits, and/or purchases acquired during the project positively impact the awardee, their students/peers, and their profession?
  • Will the project result in a product, such as a performance, a publication, or other form of deliverable?
  • What potential exists for the project to catalyze further research and/or creative activities?
  • Could we include a line about the number of people, organizations,communities, geographic areas, etc. impacted by the proposed project?

RUBRIC FOR RCAA—BLACK (OVER $5,000)

Scope of Work: Evaluation of the proposed scope of work (weight = 60)

  • Does the proposed project hold artistic and/or scholarly merit?
  • Does the proposed work expand our understanding of the arts or of artists?
  • Is the proposed project innovative?
  • Does the proposed project develop the faculty member's professional scholarly, intellectual, or artistic skills?
  • Does the project present new or strengthen preexisting collaborations within/beyond the faculty member's immediate sphere?
  • Is the project interdisciplinary, either within or beyond the college?
  • Does the project contain an appropriately proportional deliverable?

Logistics: Evaluation of the feasibility of the scope of work given resources, as well as the appropriateness of the project's use of resources (weight = 10)

  • Does the project's budget adequately meet the needs as outlined in the scope of work?
  • Does the project represent a sound investment of college funding?
  • Is the project's budget proportional to the results/end product expected at the award's conclusion?
  • For equipment or other purchases, does the project draw on existing resources or other sources for those needs?

Impact: Evaluation of the potential impacts of the project beyond the conclusion of the award period. (weight = 30)

  • How will the knowledge, benefits, and/or purchases acquired during the project positively impact the awardee, their students/peers, and their profession?
  • Will the project result in a product, such as a performance, a publication, or other form of deliverable?
  • What potential exists for the project to catalyze further research and/or creative activities?
  • Does the proposed project's impact extend to a regional, national, or international level?
  • What is the project's potential for catalyzing larger-scale funding—preferably from federal or other non-local sources—in the future?

Current Year Applications

More Information

Peter Martens
Associate Dean for Faculty, Research and Creative Activity

Kelsie Jackson, Ph.D.