About SAS Faculty Research Support
In conjunction with teaching and service, research is a fundamental responsibility of the School of Arts and Sciences standing faculty throughout their careers. Our faculty produce original scholarship in a wide range of diverse disciplines and sub-fields, and through that work contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the world globally and advance the reputation of the School and University. That research is inextricably tied to their undergraduate and graduate teaching, both when students are collaborators in the work and when the faculty brings the process and results of their work into the classroom.
Faculty receive funding for their research from multiple sources. The School and University expect that, as appropriate, the primary support for their scholarship will come from external sources, including governmental granting agencies and foundations. These grants bring prestige to the faculty member and School, and can help to pay for the School’s costs in maintaining the facilities and administrative costs of supporting that research. The University, through the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, provides resources for the support of faculty research for targeted purposes. The School of Arts And Sciences also plays a significant role in supporting the research activity of faculty, where there is no externally available source of funds. This support can take many forms, including the provision of relief from teaching, conference sponsorship, funding for research-related travel, and resources to enable the production and the dissemination of scholarship.
It is a fundamental principle that while a faculty member has the primary right of use of funds allocated by the School to him or her in support of research-related activities, these funds ultimately belong to the School. In providing these resources, the School seeks to promote both collective and individual research. When faculty are allocated discretionary research funds (for example, funds accruing to an endowed chair), in addition to using them for their own research needs, they are encouraged to contribute them to collective intellectual endeavors, such as the support of students, departmental and cross-departmental activities, or faculty recruitment.