Oct 02, 2014


Research and Creative Activity

The purpose of the President's Fund for Research and Creative Activity Program (PFRCA) is to support projects with potential to lead to significant external funding of research and/or scholarship. Faculty members from both Unit A and Unit B are eligible to apply.

Applicants agree to submit at least one proposal for external funding within 12 months of the end of the PFRCA grant. The total amount of external funding requested must meet program guidelines. PFRCA proposals are evaluated by external reviewers and by an internal advisory board appointed by the president of EIU. The president makes all final funding decisions.

Proposals for up to $20,000 will be accepted. Successful applicants can expect to begin spending funds starting July 1, 2015.

Upcoming Deadline: The proposal must be submitted to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, 1102 Blair Hall, by noon Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Visit the ORSP website to access program guidelines and application instructions.

BOB CHESNUT, Director, Research and Sponsored Programs
Posted: Sep 26, 2014

Todd Bruns, institutional repository librarian at Eastern, has been named a 2014 IR All-Star by the bepress Digital Commons group. Since the launch of EIU’s repository, The Keep, in early 2012, Bruns has dedicated himself to making it a successful, supportive and vibrant part of campus. The Keep, an electronic, open-access database, contains materials generated on campus or of local interest.

More than 30,000 documents have been added to the database, with more added daily. Those materials have been downloaded by users from across the world more than 234,000 times. The Keep is accessible through the library’s website.

Among the unique collections in The Keep that were cited by bepress officials are the EIU theatre arts collection and the Wesley Whiteside Botanical Garden collection.

More on Bruns' award can be found on the Booth Library website. In addition to serving as EIU’s institutional librarian, Bruns serves as a reference and research librarian at Booth Library. He may be contacted at 581-8381 or via email at tabruns@eiu.edu. To access The Keep, visit here.

ELIZABETH HELDEBRANDT, Library Services -- Dean's Office
Posted: Aug 27, 2014

If you are working on an article, a book chapter, a grant report or any other writing project, you might be interested in the “write-on-site” group that meets in the Faculty Development Office (in Booth Library's basement, below the north entrance), from 9 to 11 a.m. every Wednesday.

What does it mean to write on site? Kerry Ann Rockquemore coined the term to describe people coming together to work on their particular projects for up to two hours at least once a week. Writing together in one place can provide the accountability of showing up, cultivate the sense that we are part of a community of writers and help create that energy buzz that comes from being around others who are doing the same thing. Please join us. Bring your laptop to the Faculty Development Office, check in, grab a cup of tea or coffee and start working.

WANDA KAY ROBINSON, Faculty Development
Posted: Aug 27, 2014

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