The following criteria will be used to evaluate SoTL proposals:
- Quality of the proposal (i.e., significance, relevance of methodology, importance of findings, value to larger academic community, etc). Proposals should be framed in a manner easily understood by someone outside your discipline. Proposals must meet high professional standards in presentation, including spelling, grammar, and proper budgeting.
- Potential for peer-review publication, presentation, exhibition, etc.
- Budgetary appropriateness.
- Potential for disseminating research to broader academic community.
- Value for professional development of faculty member.
Review questions include, but are not limited to:
- Does the proposal communicate the importance of the work?
- Is the importance of the project within SoTL and its field made clear?
- Will successful completion of the project have an impact upon the field?
- Is the project significant to the development of a program of scholarly activity by the lead investigator?
- Are the objectives clearly defined, and is the basic question to be answered clearly identified?
- Are all necessary facilities available?
- Does the lead investigator have the necessary background and expertise?
- Are project activities well planned, and do they realistically fall within an appropriate timetable?
- Have all items requested been justified?
- Is the amount requested reasonable and consistent with the total funding available to this grant program?
- If equipment is requested, has the possibility that it is already available elsewhere on campus been addressed?
- If support for students is requested, is it clear that their activities are essential to the research program?