AU Competitive Outreach Scholarship Grants

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The Office of the Vice President for University Outreach announces the 2014-2015 call for proposals for the Competitive Outreach Scholarship Grants Program (COSG). The COSG program is intramural and is made available to promote faculty engagement in outreach enterprise.

Purpose and Scope of Grants

The purpose of the Competitive Outreach Scholarship Grants Program is to encourage and support faculty engagement addressing critical societal needs in Alabama and beyond. This program is a collaboration of the Office of University Outreach and AU faculty, and is intended to enhance public engagement as part of the university strategic plan and vigorously promote outreach scholarship as defined in Chapter 3 of the Faculty Handbook. Each proposal will be judged on its merit and the project’s potential benefit to the State and to Auburn University.

Amount of Grants

Grants will range in value up to $25,000 for one year, with the possibility of renewal.

Administration of Grants

Successful proposals will have met all of the application requirements and will progress to the COSG committee for review and evaluation. Those who receive grants will be contacted for a meeting to discuss grant cycle requirements before the grants are distributed. These requirements include the development of a MOU and Partnership Agreement with University Outreach and the establishment of a FOAP for funds distribution. In addition, grant recipients will be asked to submit a midyear grant cycle report (six months into the project), a final report summarizing the project and evaluating its impact on the target constituency at the conclusion of the grant cycle. Additionally, grant recipients will be required to present their engagement activities at the 2015 Outreach and Engagement Scholarship Symposium (February 23 – 25, 2015 ) and the resulting outreach scholarship of the project as well as submit a proposal for presentation at the 2015 or 2016 Engagement Scholarship Consortium conference. These reports of outreach engaged scholarship may be used in future Outreach publications, and grant recipients are encouraged to plan their own individual submissions for publications as well.

COSG Program Information Sessions

Three colloquia are being provided this this year to inform interested faculty about the Competitive Outreach Scholarship Grant (COSG) program. If you are interested in learning more about the application, review, award and post award features of the program as well as requirements, email or call (334) 844-5700 to reserve your seat for one of the following sessions.

  • Thursday, September 18th, 2014
    11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Charles E. Davis Aerospace Engineering Hall, Room 355
  • Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
    11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Charles E. Davis Aerospace Engineering Hall, Room 355
  • Thursday, October 16th, 2014
    11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Charles E. Davis Aerospace Engineering Hall, Room 355
Application Requirements

The following requirements should be carefully considered before submitting a COSG proposal:

  1. Proposals for 2014-15 Competitive Outreach Scholarship Grants program are due on Monday, November 10th by 4:45 p.m.
  2. Only Auburn University full-time tenured, tenure-track or clinical faculty members, whose departments consider scholarly productivity in the conferment of promotion, are eligible to apply. Faculty may submit only one application for the 2014-15 grant cycle.
  3. All proposals must meet the university definition of outreach as stated in Chapter 3 of the Faculty Handbook and include letters of support from both the faculty member’s department head (or director or dean, as appropriate) and a representative of the external constituency. Auburn University has defined outreach as “the function of applying academic expertise to the direct benefit of external constituencies in support of university and unit missions.” The department head’s letter must tell how the proposed project serves a university or unit mission and how it will contribute to the investigator’s scholarship. The external support letter must explain the need for the project and describe how the external constituency will participate in providing direction, support, and evaluation for the project as a collaborating partner.
  4. All applicants must utilize the application proposal form and the excel budget proposal form. Do not include this page as the firstpage of the proposal. The first page of the proposal should be a cover letter on letterhead. The proposal application form (beginning on page 2 of the application, including page header) and the excel budget form combined should not exceed nine pages. The nine page limit does not include supporting documents. Please include all supporting documents at the end of the proposal. The proposal application form, excel budget proposal form, and all supporting documents should be combined and converted into one multi-page proposal PDF file before submission.
  5. Proposals received using any other format or exceeding the specified page limit, will not be eligible for committee review. Proposals not submitted as one multi-page PDF document by the aforementioned deadline will not be eligible for committee review. Please refer to the call for proposals checklist before submitting a proposal.

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Applicants will receive three email notifications. The first email notification will confirm receipt of the proposal. The second email notification will be sent after the submission deadline indicating whether or not the proposal met minimum requirements for committee review. The third email notification will delineate the outcome of the committee review and the award disposition. All applicants can expect to receive the third and final notification in January/February 2015.

Contact Information

For further information, please contact the Director of Faculty Engagement, Dr. Chippewa Thomas, at or call (334) 844-5700. For administrative assistance, contact Gail Gauntt at or call (334) 844-5700.

Previous Grant Recipients

2013-14 Competitive Outreach Scholarship Grant Recipients

2013-14 Competitive Outreach Scholarship Grant Recipients

Last Updated: September 18, 2014