ARGUS is an Alfred University Program operated by the Office of the Provost to provide funding for research and scholarly activities of current Alfred University students in all fields. It is operated by a committee of faculty who are recommended by Alfred Deans and appointed by the Provost.
Note: If your project involves the use of human subjects, your project must be approved by the Human Subjects Research Committee prior to submitting your proposal to the ARGUS committee. Your proposal should include a clear indication of this approval and a copy of the approval letter from the Human Subjects Research Committee. It may take as much as three weeks to obtain that approval, so please plan accordingly. Your project sponsor will be able to tell you how to submit your project idea to this committee.
The application procedure for requesting ARGUS funding is fairly straightforward. You will submit an application that consists of a cover sheet, a brief proposal, and the names of 2 persons who have agreed to write confidential letters of recommendation (one letter should be from your project advisor). The proposal will be evaluated by the ARGUS Committee (see below) and other faculty members against a common rubric. The rubric evaluates proposal quality in each of the required proposal elements as well a asking faculty referees to estimate the likelihood of your project being successful and assesses the impacts of funding the work. When all proposals for a given funding cycle (fall, spring, summer) have been evaluated, you will be notified whether the committee elected to fund your proposal.
Proposal deadlines during the 2018/2019 academic year for ARGUS funding are as follows:
The review process will take several weeks or longer...remember that our faculty reviewers are volunteers. Proposals should be submitted electronically via email to the ARGUS account with your last name and the desired funding period as the subject (ex. Smith Summer 2017). Please ask your faculty recommenders to submit their letters of recommendation to the same email with your last name, the word "recommendation", and the funding period (ex. Smith Recommendation Summer 2017).
The ARGUS Committee consists of faculty members representing all units of the University. Questions about proposal submission or review should be directed to the chair of the ARGUS Committee Dr. Frederic Beaudry. The other members of the committee are:
Robert Reginio, English
Grzegorz Pac, Business
Steve Pilgrim, Engineering
The various steps involved in submitting and evaluating an ARGUS proposal are outlined below.
What happens after a proposal is submitted?