Stony Brook Trustees Faculty Awards
To encourage and support promising early career faculty, the University, through the
Provost’s Office, provides research, scholarship and art-making funding opportunities.
Stony Brook Foundation Trustees Faculty Awards of $20,000 each are competitively available to early career faculty.
Eligibility: Full-time second-term Assistant Professors, i.e. those who have had a successful
review process after being in residence at SBU for at least three years.
Award Details: The awards recognize early-career faculty whose research, creative activities, and
scholarly achievements predict an exceptional trajectory.
Selection Process: Nomination packages are reviewed by an ad-hoc committee of faculty and academic leadership.
Recommendations are provided to the Provost who, in collaboration with academic leadership,
selects the recipients of the award.
- Nominations are made by Deans or Center/Institute Directors
- There is no limit to the number of nominations a Dean/Director may submit, but units
are strongly encouraged to rank nominees and put forth only the strongest candidates.
Nomination Materials and Submission Procedure
Compile the following nomination materials into a single PDF application file and
submit the nomination file electronically to Vice Provost Mónica Bugallo and Faculty
Affairs team at
Dean/Director nomination letter (up to 3 pages) to include:
- Nominee name and date of faculty appointment at SBU.
- Summary of nominee’s qualifications, as well as specific examples; evidence will vary
by discipline but could include publications, performances, monographs and inventions.
3 letters of reference (up to 3 pages each)
- One of the letters must be from
external referee and exclusive of former mentors.
Nominee’s curriculum vitae
Project Narrative (5-page limit, 12-point font, single spaced -- references are not included in the
The project description should address the following criteria:
- Document the creative significance of the project.
- Describe the project. Clearly explain the objectives of the proposed project, the
methods you will use, and the expected outcomes. Use language easily understood by
readers from other disciplines.
- Explain the relationship of the proposed project to your overall program of scholarship.
How will the project impact your professional growth?
- Describe what aspects of the proposed project you will complete during the award period.
If you cannot complete the entire project, state when you anticipate completing the
project. Include a timeline for the project.
- Prepare a budget outlining how the award funds will be used. Provide a budget justification
explaining the individual budget items (indirect/administrative or graduate tuition
costs are not allowed on these awards).
- If you are receiving or applying for additional funds from other sources, provide
the name of the agency/program, details on what part of the scope of work and budget
are included in other proposals, and what scope of work and budget items will be funded
by the Award.
Deadlines and Award Start
- Nominations should be submitted beginning
February 1, 2022.
- The deadline for nominations is
April 1, 2022 April 15, 2022
- Awards start
July 1, 2022.
Grant Information and Restrictions
The funds are provided to pursue research, scholarship and creative art. Budgets may
include materials and supplies, travel to a research site, or student assistants to
help with research. In addition, the funds may be budgeted and used for professional
development activities such as conference registration and travel. The faculty member
must engage in the professional development activity within 12 months of the award
date. The expenditure of funds will follow normal University policies and procedures.
The awards are anticipated to be expended within one calendar year. A no-cost extension
of the award for a second calendar year needs to be justified prior to the end of
the year of award.
Criteria for selection include consideration of the following:
- Applicant's achievements as a faculty member, with emphasis on the quality of research
and publications, scholarship and art making;
- Institutional impact of achievements and potential for continued professional growth;
- Clarity, quality and significance of long-term future research, scholarship and creative
activity and their probable impact upon SBU and the scholarly community within the
- Significance of the proposed work to the field, supported by appropriate evidence.
- Clarity of objectives and project description.
- Feasibility of the project within the project period.
- Impact on applicant’s program of scholarship, research, or art-making.
- Appropriateness of how the budgeted funds will be used.
SBU rules, regulations, and policies regarding the use of human and animal subjects,
biosafety/biohazards, radioactive materials, patents and copyrights, royalties and
fees, export controls as well as other appropriate University policies apply. Faculty
are responsible for ascertaining that they follow University compliance procedures.
Faculty may obtain additional information regarding these policies from the Office
of Sponsored Programs.
Recipients of the
SBU Trustees Faculty Award are required to submit a brief report (up to 2 pages) of creative work completed
within 60 days following the end of the use of award to the Office of the Provost.