Scholarly and Creative Activity (SCA) Awards
The Scholarly and Creative Activity (SCA) award program supports professional activities that do not have widely available extramural sponsorship (e.g., humanities, arts, business, and education) in order to raise NAU’s profile in these disciplines nationally and internationally.
- The SCA program is open to all individuals who qualify as a PI across the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Education, the College of Health and Human Services, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Cline Library and The W. A. Franke College of Business. Faculty members who are both (1) NAU regular employees (i.e. benefit eligible) and (2) eligible to serve as Principal Investigators/Project Directors on extramural grants (as per the NAU PI Eligibility policy) may serve as PI or co-PI on SCA proposals.
- Academic professionals are eligible to apply to the SCA program.
- Regents’ Professors are not eligible to apply to this program.
- No more than one SCA grant may be awarded to a faculty member in a 24-month period (as PI or co-PI).
- SCA program reviewers are ineligible to serve as PIs or co-PIs on submissions during the window of their committee service.
Funding detail Accordion Closed
SCA applicants can request up to $10,000.
SCA awards commence on July 1 and are funded for up to one year. No expenses may be incurred against the SCA funds prior to July 1.
Examples of allowable* uses of SCA funds include:
- Compensation for student assistants (hired as Student Workers) paid hourly wages.
- Funding for activities such as travel, gathering of archive resources, interviewing, and creative production activity.
- Summer salary for faculty on an academic year contract (SCA grant funds that support summer salary cannot exceed 100% allowed salary if combined with other university funds paid for other activities). Please note that the cost of employee related expenses (a.k.a. fringe costs) must be included as part of any salary requests.
*All expenditures must be in accordance with NAU financial and purchasing policies and guidelines.
The SCA program does not fund:
- Projects that fall under the definition of human subjects research but do not have current institutional review board (IRB) certification. IRB certification of proposed work may be pursued in concurrence with SCA applications, but funding to successful proposals will not be released until evidence of IRB approval is provided.
- Curriculum development, in which the product of the proposed activity is a curriculum or textbook to be used in classroom activities.
- Graduate student assistantships.
- Student research projects, theses, or dissertations.
- Faculty dissertation work.
- Faculty professional development activities.
- Travel to conferences or workshops that does not generate a scholarly product.
- Buyout of teaching.
- Equipment, computers, tablets, or other general purpose electronic devices.
- Requests to support activities that will take place during sabbatical leave.
- Salaries of non-NAU employees (as co-Investigator, Collaborator, or Consultant).
- Proposals that describe seed or pilot projects to enable extramural support from NIH, NSF, or similar funding agencies should apply through the Faculty Support Grants program instead of SCA.
Regulatory assurances and compliance Accordion Closed
Projects involving the use of human subjects must be reviewed by the institutional review board (IRB) to ensure compliance with federal regulations and with guidelines established in the NAU Faculty Handbook. Proposed work that requires IRB certification is acceptable under the proposed solicitation, but awards cannot be activated until all necessary regulatory compliance approvals have been received.
Failure to provide necessary regulatory compliance approvals within six months of project start will lead to administrative disqualification of the proposal.
If you need assistance with any assurance and compliance issues, contact the Office of the Vice President for Research at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mechanism of award Accordion Closed
Purchases of goods and services (including payroll expenses) in support of SCA projects will be made through the awardee’s department business office. The department business officer will subsequently submit a transfer request to the SCA Program Coordinator, who will arrange to reimburse the department for the SCA expense.
When to apply Accordion Closed
- Application due date: The SCA application is due October 30 at 5 p.m.
- Please note: Late applications will not be reviewed. The time stamp on the email received by OVPR is the date and time the application is recorded as being received. Please confirm that your e-mail has been transmitted before shutting down your computer. We have many more applications than we can fund; therefore, the first review decision is to discard late applications.
- Award notification: Awardees will be notified on or before February 15, 2024.
- Award activation/Project start date: 5 p.m., Monday, July 1, 2024.
How to apply Accordion Closed
The body of the proposal must be written using the Narrative Template provided, and the document must be saved as a PDF. The PDF document must be saved as follows: SCAYEAR_Last name of applicant_First name of applicant, e.g., SCA2023_Smith_John,
Applications for funding must be submitted electronically through the submission portal. Applicants must complete all informational sections in the portal (I: Applicant Information, II: Abstract (200 words), III: Budget and Budget Justification, IV: Research Compliance checklist and V: Intellectual Property checklist) and attach the completed Narrative Template as a PDF. Please direct any questions regarding this process to email@example.com.
Selection criteria Accordion Closed
Priority will be given to the meritorious proposals that most clearly articulate significance and value, creativity and innovation, the abilities and qualifications of the applicant, the project’s feasibility and work plan, and the applicant’s access to needed resources. Priority may also be given to junior faculty, early career faculty, and those who do not have a recent history of support through the SCA program or similar funding mechanisms. Priority may also be considered for faculty who have an upcoming promotion evaluated on the merits of the body of their scholarly work.