Public Service Endowment Grant (PSEG) Application Directions
[Link to downloadable form]
Proposers should keep the following focus in mind: “collaborative interactions with community (Commonwealth based) and related scholarship for the mutually beneficial exchange, exploration, and application of knowledge, information, and resources.” With the objective of sustainability, projects that will lead to competitive proposals for sponsored research will be given the highest priority.
Budget and Uses:
Awards will not exceed $15,000 (unless matched from external sources up to $20K) and typically average $10,000 per project. Projects which request funds for ongoing activities will likely be excluded. Allocations can be made for all categories except release time and summer support of the faculty.
Method of Applying:
An investigator (or group of investigators) must complete the application form and submit not more than five pages of accompanying documentation (excluding the budget and curriculum vita). Simultaneous applications will not be accepted, i.e., investigators can participate on one proposal only. The following items must be included:
- Background and justification of the problem/need to be addressed
- A clear statement regarding who will be targeted by the project and the benefits to be gained by that group
- A description of the project’s objectives and methods for carrying them out (suitable for a non-specialist)
- Means of evaluating success of the project
- Specific plans for proposals and sources of sponsorship after the funds are expended
- Justification of each budget category
- Curriculum vita, short version (2 pages maximum)
Proposals written by non-faculty employees must be accompanied by a letter of support from their unit (institute, center, etc), supervisor or department head at the time of submission.
A review committee will be appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement for recommendations on the evaluation of the applications. The members of the review committee will have a demonstrable record of research and engagement at the University of Massachusetts and represent the major areas from where applications have been submitted. The criteria which will be used to judge the applications, in no particular order, follow:
- The utility of the project. How many people will be impacted directly and indirectly, both during the period of this grant and the subsequent extramural funding that is envisioned? How important is that impact?
- The feasibility of the project. How likely is the project to achieve its goals? Are they applicants equipped to do as they propose?
- Documentation of the collaborative relationship with the community to be engaged in the project, both short and long term.
- Leverage of funding from non-University sources
- Budget justifications. Is the budget appropriate given the objectives of the project? Have all items been justified? Is there alternative funding for this project?
Please fill out the linked form and send it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org along with relevant files for the application including Project Summary, Budget, Budget Justification, Letters of Support (if required), and short versions of CVs. (Document sections can be pasted into the "live" boxes in the word document. The total package should be converted to pdf before sending.) Only electronic submissions will be accepted.
Q: Is there a limit to how long the funds will be available?
A: In principle, the funds should be expended within the fiscal year following the grant (July 1, year1 to June 30, year2). If there is a reason to extend them beyond that period, a small explanation should be included in the budget justification.
Q: Can I apply for a PSEG if I have already received one?
A: There is no restriction on repeat applications. However, the applicant should be demonstrate that the project (even if it's in the same venue) is substantially different from the one that was previously funded.
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