Foundation Faculty Research Award (FFRA)


Program Description and Guidelines

Purpose: The Foundation Faculty Research Award (FFRA) was started in 2007 and is sponsored by the Kean University Foundation. The fundamental goal of the FFRA is to help faculty better position themselves to apply for and receive external funding for their research, scholarly, and creative activities. Recipients are expected to become actively engaged in submitting proposals to external funding agencies, both public and private.

: The program is open to all full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty. Lecturers and adjunct faculty may participate in a project but cannot apply independently. Applications are encouraged from all disciplines.

: The award provides up to $5,000 in direct costs support for one year. Continuation awards of up to $4,000 may be considered for one additional year for the same project. A continuation application must be submitted the year immediately following the initial award to be eligible for continuation funding.
A detailed, line-item budget is required as part of the application. Budget requests must be directly related to the project.

 Eligible expenses include:

  • equipment, materials or supplies required for research/creative activity
  • student stipends for students directly engaged in the project
  • travel required for primary research or for presentation of results
  • specialized software
  • license fees to access databases needed for research purposes

Ineligible expenses include:

  • faculty salaries or stipends
  • publication costs
  • computer equipment, including tablets and printers

Award Period: The award period is the Foundation's fiscal year, July 1 to June 30. All funds awarded must be used by the award end date. No carryover funds will be allowed.  

Reporting: Interim reports are due to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs by December 15 of the award year. Final reports are due by July 30, 30 days after the end of the award period.

Award Administration
: The FFRA is administered by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) on behalf of the Kean University Foundation. ORSP will announce the awards on the date established by the calendar for that year.
Notice of awards will be accompanied by guidelines outlining purchasing procedures, budget revisions, changes in project activities, and submission of reports. FFRA funded projects must comply with all University policies and procedures related to sponsored projects. The ORSP Grants and Contracts Resource Guide and Policy Manual is available online and from the ORSP office.