Quantitative Collaborative Internal Faculty Sabbatical

The Quantitative Collaborative (QC), an initiative supported the College of Arts and Sciences, is dedicated to transforming quantitative research and teaching in the social sciences at the University of Virginia and directly to shape public policy at the highest levels. The QC nurtures nascent partnerships across the quantitative social sciences in the exploration of new avenues of research and in tackling key issues facing the modern world. The QC’s four core thematic areas are Data Analysis/Quantitative Methods, Mathematical Modeling, Experimental Social Science, and Data-Gathering Methodologies. For more on the QC see: http://qc.virginia.edu/.

Call for QC Internal Faculty Sabbatical Proposals

The QC announces its call for proposals for its internal faculty sabbatical program. This is an exciting initiative designed to incentivize greater participation in our highly successful seed grant program. More generally, the QC internal faculty sabbatical program aims to encourage external grant writing among quantitatively-oriented faculty in the College and to provide support and recognition to those conducting externally funded research. Due to the kind generosity of a donor and with support of the College, the QC will hold a competition in which we will offer funds for teaching release for ONE COURSE in FALL 2017 or SPRING 2018. Faculty eligible for teaching release are full-time tenure- track members of the College of Arts & Sciences who previously won a QC faculty seed grant and subsequently obtained external research funding in an amount equivalent to or exceeding US $100,000.00 for the proposal originally elaborated in the seed grant. We anticipate awarding release to ONE faculty member per year.

Internal faculty sabbaticals may be awarded to faculty members conducting externally funded research on their own or as part of a team. Faculty working as part of a collaborative team should clearly outline their individual contributions to the grant writing process as well as the genesis and execution of the research project (see instructions below).

Proposals should consist of:

1. a project summary (15 pages maximum, 12 point font) describing: a. the nature and significance of the research question;
b. the data utilized by the project (if study is empirical in nature);
c. the quantitative research design of the project;

d. the interdisciplinary social science aspects of the project;
e. managerial activities associated with running the grant, including training and supervising graduate and undergraduate research assistants;
f. individual contributions to grant writing and project execution (for those in collaborative teams);
g. initial findings of the project;
h. broad implications of the findings, especially policy-relevant implications;
i. a brief bibliography.
2. external grant information (granting agency, amount, beginning and ending date of award) 3. publications or working papers already generated by the external grant (three maximum) 4. a detailed CV and;
5. a calendar of activities outlining how the time offered by course release would be utilized and explicitly stating the proposed term of the course release.

Grantees are required to:

• present their supported research at the internal QC research seminar during the 2017-2018 academic year
• serve as a mentor to faculty in related fields within the College who are seeking to write their first external grant proposal
• attend monthly QC research seminars each semester, if teaching schedules permit;
• interact with the QC graduate student fellows;
• participate in QC special events, such as external speakers’ series and research retreats;
• acknowledge QC support in any publications resulting from the support provided by the QC; • submit a three page report on research activities during the sabbatical semester by June 1, 2018.

All parts of the proposal should be combined into a single .pdf file and submitted electronically to Carol Westin (caw2rd@virginia.edu) by noon on Friday, March 17th, 2017, with “QC Internal Faculty Sabbatical” in the subject line. Awards will be announced around early April.