CRADLE: Creative and Research Activities Development and Enrichment

The Office of the Provost and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) coordinate the Creative Research Activities Development and Enrichment (CRADLE) initiative. Up to 10 fellows participate for two years. Preference is given to applicants entering years 2-5 of a tenure-track appointment.

Purpose
CRADLE aims to develop competitive external proposals that support multiyear research projects and creative activities. Fellows receive assistance from both internal and external consultants to improve their grantsmanship and to articulate a 5-year career plan that incorporates proven strategies for developing and funding superior research and creative activities.

The Award
Fellows receive group and individual training with grants consultant David Bauer over a two-year period as well as assistance from ORSP.  They also receive a $5K summer stipend to focus on the program, half paid in the summer between the first and second years and the other half at the end of the second year, as well as a $1K travel supplement. Receipt of the summer stipend is contingent on workshop attendance and participation each year.

The Program
Fellows contract with the Office of the Provost and ORSP to participate fully in the Initiative as follows:

September/October, Year 1

  • Attend part one of an intensive two-part grants seminar
  • Participate in an individual interview with an outside grants consultant to clarify their proposal agenda and professional development plan (PDP)

December, Year 1

  • Attend part two of an intensive two-part grants seminar
  • Participate in an individual interview with the grants consultant to review progress on the PDP
  • Develop a project outline for approval as potentially fundable by the grants consultant
  • Identify three top scholars in the field who might be approached for proposal review

April/May, Year 1

  • Participate in a half-day seminar on Quality Circles*
  • Participate in an individual interview with the grants consultant to review and adapt strategies on the PDP
  • Establish phone or email contact with at least one scholar who will serve as a proposal mentor
  • Refine white paper into 5-10 page scope-of-work
  • Identify potential funding sources and develop letters of inquiry, making site visits to top scholars and funding sources as necessary

*participants will be expected to put their proposals through a quality circle improvement exercise and assist other CRADLE Fellows by acting as participant reviewers or as a quality circle leader

Summer/Early Fall, Year 2

  • Develop a full proposal for submission to a funding source
  • Have the proposal reviewed by the proposal mentor
  • Have the proposal reviewed and approved by the grants consultant
  • Make site visits to top scholars and sponsors as necessary

September/October, Year 2

  • Participate in an individual interview with the grants consultant
  • Participate in a half-day seminar on Forming Productive Groups and Teams
  • Refine and submit proposals not submitted in the summer

December, Year 2

  • Participate in an individual interview with the grants consultant
  • Discuss proposal reviews/feedback as received
  • Refine and resubmit proposals for funding

April/May, Year 2

  • Participate in an individual interview with the grants consultant
  • Discuss proposal reviews/feedback as received
  • Refine and resubmit proposals for funding

September/October, Year 3

  • Participate in an individual interview with the grants consultant
  • Discuss proposal reviews/feedback as received
  • Refine and submit proposals for funding