FCAR Grants FAQs

Spring 2024 Proposal Submissions

No, all CUSE Grant awards are made as two-year awards and cannot be ended early to apply for FCAR. If your project ends May 2024, you may apply for FCAR in the summer 2024 cycle.

Yes, you are eligible to apply as a PI if you are a Co-PI on an active CUSE grant.

No, FCAR funds may not be subcontracted out to other institutions, as they are intended to further the research that is conducted by SU personnel.

While PIs are not required to receive department approval for their FCAR budget, you should work with your departmental or college budget administrator when planning your budget to ensure it is correct and appropriate for the project and for any department, school, or college-based budgeting considerations, such as hourly rates for students.

There is no prescribed balance for funding distribution between categories. All budget items should have a good explanation of the role of item in the overall project. Funding for consultants should note the necessity of the work for the project and the special expertise a consultant brings to the project.

Yes, open access publication costs are an allowable budget item.

Yes, the PI can designate a Proxy to start, submit, edit, and/or submit a proposal. The PI must designate that person as a Proxy in the system. Please see detailed instructions here.

Faculty may apply to FCAR if they have other sources of funding other than active CUSE or FCAR funding. However, applicants should list all existing funding sources in their CV. In the project narrative, applicants must explain why the requested FCAR funding is necessary and why existing funds cannot be used to accomplish the project. Priority will be given to applications from faculty who do not have access to other sources of funding to accomplish their proposed goals. Faculty with existing funding are strongly encouraged to contact the Office of Research Development to discuss whether their proposal is appropriate for FCAR prior to submission.