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Nyenhuis Grants

The Jacob E. Nyenhuis faculty development grant program provides funding for summer research.

 Summer 2018 Application Deadline: January 9, 2018 at 8 a.m.

It is funded through the generosity of many donors who have established a collection of endowed funds to support faculty and, in some cases, their student collaborators in their development as scholars.

The program is named for Provost Emeritus Jacob E. Nyenhuis, whose diligent efforts to promote faculty scholarship have resulted in a climate of scholarly excellence notable for a liberal arts college that prioritizes teaching as its highest purpose.

Faculty who are "guaranteed" summer funding for 2018 per their contract or other written agreement, do not need to apply for a Nyenhuis grant. We will contact those faculty in the spring.

Proposal Guidelines

Individual/Collaborative Faculty

$4,000 maximum/person for up to eight summer weeks

Final report deadline: September 18, 2o17

Eligibility
Eligible faculty
  • Full-time faculty except those described as ineligible below
  • Faculty with internal and/or external summer support less than $4,000 may apply for a Nyenhuis to make up the difference.
Ineligible faculty
  • Endowed professors
  • Faculty with internal and/or external summer support of $4,000 or more
  • Faculty who have not submitted a final report from previous awards
  • Tenured faculty who have received Nyenhuis grants in each of the past two years
  • Faculty who do not have a contract for the following academic year
Budget
Faculty Stipend
  • Maximum $3,600/person ($450/week for up to 8 summer weeks)
  • Faculty may elect to reassign their stipend toward direct expenses as long as the total award doesn't exceed the maximum grant. Budget revisions must be submitted to the Provost's Office (provost@hope.edu) by June 1, 2018
Direct Expenses
  • Travel and/or supplies
Prepare and submit your proposal
Cover Sheet
Proposal Narrative

Provide a brief but comprehensive, clear description of the proposed work without jargon. The proposal (not including the cover sheet) should not exceed four pages with a minimum font size of 11 points and must include these sections:

  • Summary of the project
  • Goals and objectives of the project
  • Significance of the project:
    • Relation to other scholar's work
    • Importance to your professional development
    • Benefit to the college, including the impact on students
  • Assessment: A statement of how the success of your project can be evaluated
  • Dissemination: A plan for how you will disseminate your work
Submission

Electronically submit your proposal to the Office of the Provost (provost@hope.edu). Word or PDF files created by a PDF-maker (not scanned) are acceptable. Receipt of your proposal will be acknowledged via email. If you do not receive an acknowledgment within two days of your submission please contact the Provost's Office (x7970 or provost@hope.edu).

Review and selection
Criteria
  • Intellectual significance
  • Quality of the conception, definition, organization and description of the project and the applicant's clarity of expression
  • Feasibility: Applicant(s) ability to successfully complete the proposed work
  • Impact on:
    • Applicant's long-term development
    • The field of study
    • The college community and broader society
  • Preference will be given to pre-tenure faculty

Adapted from NSF, NIH AND NEH guidelines

Review Committee

The review committee consists of the members of the Status Committee and the Deans' Council.

Notification

Award notifications will be sent in February

 
Final Report Deadline

 September 18, 2017

The report must provide evidence that the stated objectives were met. Submit electronic copies to the Office of the Provost (provost@hope.edu), your dean and department chair. A final report from any previous Nyenhuis award must be on file in the Provost's office prior to reapplying.

Faculty-Student Collaborative

$7,2000 maximum for up to eight summer weeks

Final report deadline: September 18, 2017

One award (up to $14,400) will be made for a convergent collaboration of two faculty from two different department (ideally from two different divisions) working with two student collaborators.

Eligibility
ELIGIBLE FACULTY
  • Full-time faculty except those described as ineligible below
  • Faculty with internal and/or external summer support less than $4,000 may apply for a Nyenhuis to make up the difference.
  • Non-senior students (as they will be required to present their research findings the following academic year)
INELIGIBLE FACULTY
  • Endowed professors
  • Faculty with internal and/or external summer support of $4,000 or more
  • Faculty who have not submitted a final report from previous awards
  • Tenured faculty who have received Nyenhuis grants in each of the past two years
  • Faculty who do not have a contract for the following academic year
  • Graduating senior students
  • Note: Ineligible faculty may still apply for student funding using student budget guidelines
Budget
FACULTY STIPEND
    • Maximum $3,600/person ($450/week for up to eight summer weeks)
    • Faculty may elect to reassign their stipend toward direct expenses as long as the total award doesn't exceed the maximum grant. Budget revisions must be submitted to the Provost's Office (provost@hope.eduby June 1, 2018
STUDENT STIPEND
  • Maximum $2,800 ($350 per week for up to eight summer weeks) to paid at a rate of $8.75/hour via time card submission.
  • Students are expected to work a 40-hour week. Due to overtime restrictions, no other campus employment is allowed during the grant period.
DIRECT EXPENSES
  • Travel and/or supplies, including a requirement of $400 designated for student dissemination travel.
Prepare and submit your proposal
COVER SHEET
PROPOSAL NARRATIVE

Provide a brief but comprehensive, clear description of the proposed work without jargon. The proposal (not including the cover sheet) should not exceed five pages with a minimum font size of 11 points and must include these sections:

  • Summary of the project
  • Goals and objectives of the project
  • Significance of the project:
    • Relation to other scholar's work
    • Importance to your professional development
    • Benefit to the college
    • Describe the value of the project to the student
  • Student essay: A one-page (maximum) essay on how she or he would participate in and benefit from the project
  • Assessment: A statement of how the success of your project can be evaluated
  • Dissemination: Faculty-student teams receiving funding must present their findings at the annual Hope College Celebration of Undergraduate Research & Creative Performance and at NCUR or an appropriate disciplinary conference.
SUBMISSION

Electronically submit your proposal to the Office of the Provost (provost@hope.edu). Word or PDF files created by a PDF-maker (not scanned) are acceptable. Receipt of your proposal will be acknowledged via email. If you do not receive an acknowledgment within two days of your submission please contact the Provost's Office (x7970 or provost@hope.edu).

Review and selection criteria
CRITERIA
  • Intellectual significance
  • Quality of the conception, definition, organization and description of the project and the applicant's clarity of expression
  • Feasibility: Applicant(s) ability to successfully complete the proposed work
  • Impact on:
    • Applicant's long-term development; on the field of study; on the college community and broader society
  • Preference will be given to pre-tenure faculty

Adapted from NSF, NIH AND NEH guidelines

REVIEW COMMITTEE

The review committee consists of the members of the Status Committee and the Deans' Council.

NOTIFICATION

Award notifications will be sent in February.

Final Report Deadline

September 18, 2017

The report must state how the objectives were met. A separate student-written report must be submitted summarizing the project and its contributions to the student's professional development. Submit electronic copies to the Office of the Provost (provost@hope.edu), your dean and department chair. A final report from any previous Nyenhuis award must be on file in the Provost's Office prior to reapplying.

Convergent Scholarship

Up to $14,400

The Deans' Council — acting in support of the college's 2015 strategic plan — is pleased to offer one grant from the Nyenhuis summer program to support a team of two professors from two departments (and ideally from two divisions) working with two students on a project that involves transdisciplinary methods and understanding of a significant scholarly problem or issue.

Convergence is a new paradigm that can yield critical advances in a broad array of sectors, from healthcare to energy, food, climate and water. It involves the bringing together of different fields of study through collaboration among research groups and the integration of approaches that were previously viewed as distinct and potentially contradictory (MIT, 2011).

Teams wishing to submit a proposal for the Convergent Scholarship grant should follow the Faculty-Student Collaborative guidelines and application instructions and simply double the standard (single team) budget request. The same eligibility requirements/restrictions apply to Convergent Scholarship grants.