Academic Research Council (ARC) Grant

ARC Grant Fall 2017 Call for Proposals
Monday, Sept. 18, 2017
ARC Grant Submission Deadline
Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 (4:30pm)
ARC Grant Spring 2018 Call for Proposals
Monday, April 9, 2018
ARC Grant Submission Deadline
Friday, July 6, 2018 (4:30pm)

The faculty-led Academic Review Council (ARC) is an Ad Hoc Committee established on a yearly basis to review and make recommendations of the ARC Grant proposals to the Provost/VPAA using the ARC Grant Rubric. The next call out to serve on the ARC will be Thursday, May 3, 2018.


The Academic Research Council (ARC) grant has been established at the College to provide faculty with funding to enhance professional expertise, to enhance the student learning experience, and to provide the College learning community with new or enriched student learning experiences.


The ARC Grant awards may be used by successful applicants to assist in the development or expansion of scholarly activity conducted at Florida SouthWestern State College. ARC Grant funds are intended to support scholarly projects that contribute to a culture of creativity, innovation, and intellectualism that positively impacts the learning experience of students and of the College community. Specifically, ARC Grants are intended to support the following goals:

  • Generation of scholarly products that contribute to a culture of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship that positively impact students and the college community
  • Providing seed money for pilot projects that can be incorporated into applications for external funding to federal or state agencies or private foundations
  • Fostering student participation in faculty-mentored research projects


FSW full-time faculty members only may apply for the ARC Grant award. Individuals may apply once a year if funded, but may re-apply during the same academic year if funding on initial proposal has been denied.

Award Amounts+

The typical maximum award amount per proposal is $5,000. Award amounts can vary slightly based on need. Reasonable funding requests will be considered by the committee. Expenses incurred in excess of the awarded amounts are paid by the individual or through other funding sources.

Deadlines and Review Process+

Applications will be reviewed during the academic year. Dates and deadlines are listed at the top of the page and are updated annually. Applications are to be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs & Research via email by the deadline dates, and will be reviewed by a faculty-led Academic Review Council (ARC). The ARC will rank proposal applications using the ARC Grant Evaluation Rubric included in this material and will make recommendations to the Provost/VPAA. The committee reserves the right to recommend proposals at higher or lower than requested funding levels. The Provost/VPAA will make the determinations of the final awards. Proposals are blind reviewed. ARC committee members sign nondisclosure agreements prior to the review process.

Application Procedure+

To be considered, eligible applicants must submit the ARC Grant application, via email, to , in the Office of Sponsored Programs & Research. The completed application form must be signed and approved by the Dean of the applicant’s school. The Dean must sign-off that the methodology of the proposed research complies with the policies and practices of the department, that equipment requests (when made) meet needs of the department, and that the proposal has been reviewed and is approved by the Dean.

Post Project Requirements for Award Recipients+

Award recipients are expected to make a contribution to the intellectual climate of the College by sharing the results of their ARC Grant research with the College through a formally scheduled and advertised department, school, or College event. Award recipients are also expected to complete an Interim Report and Summary Report of their research contributions as the project progresses.

Application Instructions+

Applicants for the ARC Grant are encouraged to read through the ARC Grant Proposal Rubric prior to completing the application process.

To best prepare to complete the application form, below lists the application form requirements. When you are ready, please complete the application form linked here.

  1. Cover Page (page 1 of application form) {Chair/Dean approval signatures required for this}
    1. Title of Proposal
    2. Principal Investigator (PI) Faculty Member, School or Division, Job Title or Titles
    3. PI’s email address and telephone number
    4. Project period of the proposal
    5. Amount of funding requested
  2. Project Description (as word or PDF file)
    1. Introduction and Background
      1. Goals and significance
      2. Timeline
    2. Research Design
      1. Research question and hypothesis
      2. Purpose statement - explains the final conclusions the research study hopes to reach
      3. Any rival explanations to research
    3. Research Methodology
      1. Type of research
      2. Outline of methods
      3. Data collection
      4. Evaluation/outcome measurement
    4. Future Research - Include potential avenues for external funding
  3. Project Budget (page 2 of application form and pages 3 and 4, if travel and equipment are required)
  4. Personnel (as word or PDF file)
    1. Background and experience of PI
    2. Academic Vitae of PI and all investigators participating in study

Completed applications must be emailed directly to , Office of Sponsored Programs.

For more information, visit site of the Office of Sponsored Programs & Research

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Sample Successful Grant Proposals+

To assist potential ARC Grant proposal writers, below is a short list of successful ARC Grant proposals. Please keep in mind that the ARC forms and procedures are constantly updated so not all areas may be compatible. However, because content sections tend to be consistent over time, these may be helpful to ARC Grant writers.

Complete List of ARC Grant Awards+