UB Faculty Research Grants

Research Grants.

The Baldy Center supports research by UB faculty members in the broad, interdisciplinary arena of law, legal institutions, and social policy. The Center welcomes stand-alone and collaborative proposals, as well as proposals aimed at producing a pilot study or baseline research for external funding proposals. The Baldy Center research grants are available to full-time University at Buffalo faculty members.

The 2021 application period has ended. Our next call for grant proposals is anticipated in Spring 2022. Thank you for your interest.

Proposal Guidelines

I. GUIDELINE OVERVIEW

Research grant proposals are invited for a maximum of $5,000. Funded projects typically range from $2,500 to $3,500. The amount of funding requested should be carefully calibrated to the necessary costs of the research, as proposals will be reviewed in part based on their efficient use of funds.

Grant recipients are responsible for ensuring that actual expenditures do not exceed the amount awarded and that all expenses and appropriate documentation are submitted by the end of the grant cycle. For 2021 grants, the funds are available for expenditures from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

II. APPLICATION GUIDELINES

Eligibility

Baldy funded projects must be conceived, designed, and conducted by non-adjunct UB faculty members who will devote significant effort to the project.

Application Form

Please apply using our online form. If you have problems completing the form or any other general questions relating to eligibility and criteria, please contact The Baldy Center, (716) 645-2102 or BaldyCenter@buffalo.edu.

Activities Supported

Fieldwork, archival research, data collection, transcription, subject fees or incentives, data sets, and student research assistants may be supported by The Baldy Center research grants.

  • Limited travel expenses to conduct fieldwork, gather data, or collaborate with co-authors can include airfare, mileage ($.58 per mile), or rental car (if mileage costs exceed actual economy class auto rental) and only 50-percent of actual lodging expenses while traveling (for a maximum of three months). Per diem or meal expenses may not be included. 
  • Proposals that include non-UB personnel for single, short-term tasks should provide a detailed justification explaining why UB students cannot do the work.
  • Student research assistants must work directly on tasks related to the funded research project. The research grant application should detail what research assistants will do. Research assistants are paid $12.50/hour and must conform to the UB Student Employment Policy. When planning your budget, allocate $13.00/hour for student assistants to account for fringe charges.

Activities NOT Supported

• Conference travel or registration.
• Office supplies and expenses such as postage, telephone, or photocopying; these are assumed to be available from the PI's department.
• Computer software.
• Purely curriculum-oriented projects.
• Purchase of equipment or books.
• Compensation for the principal investigator or collaborators.
• Food or per diem while traveling.

Selection Criteria

Research award proposals will be evaluated by The Baldy Center research grant committee according to:
• Significance for interdisciplinary research on law, legal institutions, and social policy.
• Originality, clarity, and overall scholarly merit.
• Concrete plans to use as seed money to pursue outside funding.
• Appropriateness of budget.
• Likelihood that research will lead to publication, external grant funding, or other important benefits.
• Record of publication from past Baldy Center grants.
• Evidence of outside funding (or attempts to seek it) to complement The Baldy Center funding.

Publications

The Baldy Center research grants are generally expected to lead to publications, and published works should acknowledge The Baldy Center support. Grant recipients agree to provide copies of their Baldy Center supported working papers and other publications to the Center.

III. GUIDELINE FOR SPENDING AND REIMBURSEMENT PROCEDURES

General Requirements

  • Research grant recipients are expected to operate on a reimbursement basis, excepting only personnel costs. Reimbursements should follow costs described in the approved and awarded budget.
  • Reimbursement requests must be submitted through Concur. Please contact The Baldy Center at BaldyCenter@buffalo.edu for specific instructions on filling out the header portion of your expense report to be sure the reimbursement is routed to The Baldy Center and not your home department. Expenses must conform to policies described on the UB Travel and Expense website
  • State taxes cannot be reimbursed on purchases or hotel bills paid within New York State. A tax-exempt certificate should be presented when paying. Certificates are available at The Baldy Center or can be downloaded here.
  • Your Concur reimbursement must be submitted and accepted by UBF before the fiscal year ends on June 30. Please be sure to keep your receipts for your records. 
  • Reimbursement checks must be cashed immediately, as checks will not be reissued after they expire.
  • Personnel expenses may include invoices from non-UB individuals. Please confer with The Baldy Center for instructions for payment, as specialized tax forms are required.
  • Student research assistant employee processes are described below.

Research Travel

  • Flights must be booked by the traveler and will be reimbursed when travel has been completed. Only coach or economy class travel will be reimbursed. The flight itinerary and receipt must indicate method of payment (ex. Paid by CC ####).
  • Please note: your flight documentation is required. Such documentation can include, either, the paper boarding passes,  or a photo-file of your boarding passes. The flight documentation must be submitted or flight costs will not be reimbursed. Submit the flight documentation with your Concur expense report. You may be asked to submit the paper boarding passes prior to flight cost reimbursement.
  • Requests for personal vehicle mileage reimbursement made on Concur must include a map of origin and destination along with total actual miles traveled. If mileage costs exceed rental car costs, a vehicle should be rented.
  • Lodging costs during research travel will be reimbursed at half the rate paid.

Student Research Assistants

Student research assistants must fill out UBF employment paperwork and complete the hiring process at The Baldy Center before beginning work, assuming they conform to all UB student employment policies. The faculty grantee is responsible for monitoring the student research assistant’s work, signing each bi-weekly time sheet as the supervisor, and ensuring that research assistants submit time sheets promptly after work is performed. Student research assistants can be employed only during the time period for which the grant is awarded and will not be paid beyond the limit of the award.

QUESTIONS

Questions about the guidelines should be directed to The Baldy Center (716) 645-2102.

For Concur-specific questions, please contact your home department administrator. 

CONTACT

The Baldy Center
511 O’Brian Hall
Buffalo NY 14260
716-645-2102

Email:  baldycenter@buffalo.edu
 

ABOUT THE UB FACULTY GRANT APPLICATION

To apply, please adhere to the application guidelines listed above and submit the on-line application form along with the four required documents that pertain to your proposal.

Funding for grants awarded in any given cycle will be available during that fiscal year (FY) from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 for activities performed during that time.

The proposal form includes the following items: 

—Your name, email address, UB departmental affiliation; 

—Title of Project;

—New proposal or project renewal;


FOUR REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
The application requires four documents to be uploaded as pdfs.

REQUIRED PDF DOCUMENT 1. — PROJECT DESCRIPTION (3 pages)
With key citations, including:

Research 

  • Research questions, working hypotheses, and larger research context;
  • Importance of the project to understanding law, legal institutions, and social policy;
  • Relevance to applicant’s scholarly field;
  • Expected findings.

Methodology

  • Sources of information, including specific information about sources and/or archives (website, addresses, interlocutor-interviewee context, IRB requirements, etc. as relevant);
  • Strategies for obtaining information;
  • Rationale for selection of research sites, data sets, interviewees;
  • Role of any research assistants.

Expected outcomes and products.

 

REQUIRED PDF DOCUMENT 2. — CAREER NARRATIVE AND RESEARCH TRAJECTORY (1 page)

  • Narrative of applicant’s research trajectory;
  • Proposed project’s contribution to applicant’s research;
  • If renewal request, progress and output since previous award;
  • Justification for pursuing entirely new avenue of research, if relevant.

REQUIRED PDF DOCUMENT 3. — RESEARCH PROJECT BIBLIOGRAPHY (1 page);

REQUIRED PDF DOCUMENT 4. — BUDGET AND BUDGET DESCRIPTION (1-2 pages)

  • Total proposed cost;
  • Total funding requested from The Baldy Center;
  • Projected non-Baldy Center support amount and source;
  • Student research assistants (graduate students): total hours requested. budgeting $12.50 per hour for wages + fringe costs; Specifically describe work to be done by student;
  • Materials, Supplies and Services: amount requested. Itemize estimated costs and justify materials, supplies, and services, such as transcription, not available from department or university; 
  • Travel: amount requested. Itemize estimated costs and justify travel, including local transportation, and accommodations. For accommodations, list the number of nights and the cost per night divided in half;
  • Other: amount requested. Itemize and justify other estimated costs.

Post-Grant Reporting

Each awardee agrees to provide The Baldy Center with a report on the findings and publications/products resulting from the project. This report is due three months after the award period ends, or after the award is expended. Please use the online form to submit your report.

Awardees agree to acknowledge The Baldy Center support in publications and other resulting products and agree to forward pdfs of resulting publications to The Baldy Center.