Maureen Keller-Wood Prosper Excellence Awards

The Maureen Keller-Wood Pharmacy Recurring Opportunity Seed Program for Education and Research (PROSPER) program is available to all faculty members in the college. The PROSPER program is funded from the earnings from the on-line (off-book) programs. These funds will be used to support faculty innovation, pilot projects, and various other projects within the college.

The PROSPER program will focus on three principal award areas:

Polices and Guidelines for each of the three areas will be developed and governed by the following administrative personnel and college committees:

PROSPER proposals not following the guidelines of the three areas listed above will be administratively withdrawn from the current funding review cycle and must be resubmitted in a future cycle. Each Associate Dean will make recommendations from their respective areas to the Executive Committee for final approval.

During any given funding cycle, each PROSPER program area will be allocated funds in the approximate proportions indicated below. In addition, during any one funding cycle the proportional shares listed below may change to accommodate priorities identified following review of all in-cycle proposals.

  1. Research Enhancement (≈70% of allocated PROSPER dollars)
  2. Teaching Innovation and Improvement. (≈20% of allocated PROSPER dollars)
  3. Faculty Development. (≈10% of allocated PROSPER dollars).

Common features of each of the areas in the PROSPER Program will include the following:

  • There will be two calls (cycles) for funding each academic Approximate timelines for each cycle in any given academic are the following:

Fall Semester

September: the initial call will go out to all faculty identifying funding levels in each program area.

  • October: proposal submission for respective program areas
  • -November: review and notification of awardees and release of

Spring Semester

  • January: the initial call will go out to the faculty identifying funding levels in each program
  • February: proposal submission for Teaching Innovation and Faculty Development awards
  • March-April: review and notification of Teaching Innovation and Faculty Development
  • awardees and release of
  • May: proposal submission for Research Enhancement awards
  • May-June: review and notification of Research Enhancement awards and release of funds

Funding for PROSPER Teaching Innovation and Improvement, Faculty Development, and Research Enhancement Fast track and Grant review funding categories will also be available on a rolling basis.

Awards are for a maximum of 1 year period ending December 30 for Fall awards and June 30 for Spring awards. I tis expected that the planned project is executed as described in the proposal and the funds fully expended in the budget year. Under extenuating circumstances a no-cost extension request will be considered by the Dean’s Office.”

  • The number of proposals funded for each PROSPER area will be determined by both the award cap determined in each area (see below) and the total amount of PROSPER dollars allocated for a given
  • At any given cycle, a faculty member can be a PI or Co-PI on only one proposal in each of the respective areas (Research, Education, Development).
  • In any given PROSPER award category (Research, Education or Development), a faculty member who has received, as PI, a previous PROSPER award or similar award through any University internal competitive funding programs identified on the Provosts Office website: will not be eligible in the like funding category only, during the time that award is active. (No-cost extensions are considered an “active” award). Examples of these conflicts within the institution could be:

PLEASE NOTE: Individual faculty should consult with the Dean’s Office to determine eligibility if there is a potential conflict to be considered.

  • Review of each respective program area will be based on rubrics established for each program area (see below) and will be a two-step process
  • Committees will be selected at each cycle by respective administrative personnel and committees and will be determined based on needed expertise for the proposals submitted. Each review team will include at least one member from the respective committees (Research, Curriculum or Faculty Development), as well as senior and junior faculty members from within the college or from outside the College with associated expertise.
  • To assure funding priorities in any given PROSPER funding area cycle, final dollar amounts per review cycle and PROSPER area will be finalized in consultation with each of the administrative coordinators. The Executive Committee of the College will serve as the “council” to review awards and levels of
  • Final reports, not to exceed 2 pages in length should be submitted within one month after the closure of the award (January 30 or July 30). Theses should be submitted to the respective associate dean/administrative unit. The final report should include explanation of goals or aims achieved, including publications, grant submissions or other milestones achieved as a result of the PROSPER