**The Research Council will now be run by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Please reach out to Kathy Jo Cotterill for any questions**
Research Council Grants & Subventions (RCG)
The Research Council is a committee of faculty that advises the Senior Vice President for Research on faculty awards which are made as the result of peer review of requests submitted by the faculty for funding of research and other scholarly and creative activities. The Council also provides subvention for certain categories of scholarly books.
By means of small grants, the Research Council supports studies leading to significant outside funding and publication in all fields of learning represented in the University as well as for creative work in the arts. Applicants may request funds for a variety of research needs, such as equipment and supplies, research assistance, publication subvention, research colloquia and essential travel related to research – in short, funds to cover expenses directly related to research and other creative endeavors. Requests for wages of labor must be justified fully in convincing detail.
Applicants may request a maximum of $5,000. Award amounts may be less, depending upon the amount of funding available and number of applications recommended for funding. The average award amount in 2018-2019 was $2,900. Requests exceeding $5,000 will not be reviewed.
Only full-time members of the Rutgers faculty at the time of application may apply. This designation includes non-tenure-track, tenure-track, and tenured faculty. The following are not eligible to apply: coadjutant appointees, teaching and research assistants, post-doctoral fellows, visiting faculty members, and full-time administrators. All awards are made on the basis of merit, although priority is given to tenure-track faculty in their first or second three-year probationary appointment who have not yet been evaluated for tenure, and to proposals from faculty who have not received an award in the past three (3) years.
Subventions provide partial subsidies to university and other highly regarded scholarly presses for the publication of scholarly books authored by full-time faculty, given that in some cases, such presses ask authors to cover a portion of the cost of publishing a scholarly book in order to make it more affordable. This program is designed to assist with those costs.
Please note that this program assists scholarly presses with costs that they would otherwise incur in the publishing process. It does not assist authors with costs that they would normally incur: Costs to authors for manuscript preparation, such as purchase of or permission to use illustrations or other materials, preparation of tables, the expense of hiring an indexer should the author choose not to perform that task her/himself, are not eligible for this program. (Authors seeking help with those costs should apply instead for a regular Research Council Grant.)
Only books authored by full-time Rutgers faculty members are eligible for subventions. Visiting faculty members, post-doctoral associates, research associates, and full-time administrators are not eligible for this program. Edited books and textbooks are not eligible for this program. Also ineligible are self-published books and books for which the publisher requires the author to cover the entire cost of publication.
The typical subvention amount awarded by the Research Council is $2,500 or less. Only under exceptional circumstances can larger subventions be considered, to a maximum of $4,000
Please note: Faculty members in the biomedical sciences may apply to the Research Council or to the Busch Biomedical Grant program, but not to both, for support of a health-related research project. Since Research Council funds are in extremely short supply and must be used for all disciplines, faculty members in the biomedical sciences are strongly encouraged to make the Busch program their priority. Proposals to the Research Council in this discipline should be of a scope and scale appropriate to this funding mechanism.