Harpur College Subvention Award

Harpur College Subvention Award

Submit materials electronically via this Google Form.

DEADLINE: March 6, 2020
Please submit in advance of deadline, if possible.


The Harpur College Subvention Award supports Harpur faculty by providing funding for projects involving research, scholarly and creative activities.  This award will help to cover expenses associated with activities such as (but not limited to) archival research, publication, writing, art exhibits, and installations.  Successful proposals do not necessarily require plans for seeking external funding, though we encourage this when possible.


Eligible are all full-time tenured and tenure-track Harpur College faculty, with priority for pre-tenure faculty approaching their tenure decision year who do not currently have research support from Harpur College or Binghamton University (for example, through research accounts awarded as start-up or retention packages).  Priority is given to requests for matching funds (e.g., departmental or external funds). At the conclusion of the award period, awardees must submit a report on their accomplishments, including information on any external funding for which they have applied. Failure to submit a report on time will prevent consideration for future funding.

Award Amount

Awards will range from $1,000 to $5,000. Expenses must be limited to activities and materials directly associated with the completion of the proposed projects. Please note that these funds (1) can be spent only as requested in the proposal and (2) must be used within one year of the award.  Unused funds will not carry over beyond one year.  Applications should include information about cost share whenever possible.

Application Materials

The Google Form includes questions about your project that include:

  • A title and concise description of the work for which you request funding and its role in your larger research agenda or creative plan (max 2,000 words).
  • Information regarding the likelihood that the scholarly or creative work will be published or occur within the academic year (maximum 500 words).
  • Scanned versions of documents related to this request, such as letters from publishers requesting subvention, publisher contracts, invitations to exhibit work, recording contracts, etc.
  • A detailed budget reflecting all costs and sources of funding (in hand or pending), identifying the specific budget items to which a subvention award would be applied (maximum one page). The budget should include information detailing cost share from your department or from other campus sources.
  • Documentation of departmental support, application/notice of award for external funds, agreements for cost-share, contribution from collaborators, if available.
  • Up-to-date CV (max 3 pages).

All materials must be submitted electronically via the Google Form.  Note that you will need to be logged into your Binghamton University BMail Account to access the form.

Use of Funds

Funds may be used for:

  • Travel to libraries, archives, or other research sites;
  • Purchase of supplies and materials;
  • Open access publication fees;
  • Translation costs;
  • Hourly wages for research assistants;
  • Image production;
  • Exhibition or installation costs;
  • Other purposes directly related to and necessary to undertake the project.

We generally do not support the costs associated with indexing. Summer salaries are not supported.  All expenditures must be in compliance with University and SUNY regulations.


All proposals will be evaluated by Harpur’s Internal Awards Committee and by the Harpur College Advocacy Council, which will make funding recommendations to the Harpur College Dean.  The Harpur College Dean will make the final decision about awards.  All awards will be made on a competitive basis. Partial funding may be awarded for projects.

  • The committees will consider:
  • The significance of the project relative to your career trajectory and progress;
  • The proposal’s clarity and coherence;
  • The significance of the project for advancing scholarship in your discipline;
  • The likelihood you will be able to complete the proposed work during the award period based on preparation and previous work;
  • Your record of scholarly accomplishments.


We expect to notify awardees in early November. Note that there will be a spring call for proposal as well with a deadline ca. March 5, 2020.


Contact Diane Horvath or Carl Lipo.