Dr. Govenar, with the help of M.S. student Janis Hall, is researching the impacts of environmental changes on marine invertebrates that live in coastal salt marshes and at deep-sea hydrothermal vents.
Internal Funding Opportunities
PIs are also encouraged to consider the following funding opportunities, provided through committees and grants.
Faculty Research Committee
The College, through its Faculty Research Committee (FRC), makes annual grants for research projects conducted by full and part-time faculty. Funding for these awards is provided through generous support of the college and RICF. Please visit the Faculty Research page for more information, application instructions and previous awards.
Faculty Development Fund
The Faculty Development Fund is established through negotiations between the Rhode Island Board of Governors and RIC/AFT Local 1819. The amount of the fund and composition of its award committee is determined as part of these negotiations. Please visit the Faculty Development Fund page for more information, application instructions and previous awards.
Reassigned-Time for Scholarship, Creative Endeavors, Public Service and/or Applied Research
Through an Agreement between the RIC/AFT and the Rhode Island Board of Governors of Higher Education, the Administration provides at least 48 faculty load hours per semester for the purpose of reassigning faculty from direct teaching responsibilities to specific and approved projects. These projects involve scholarship, creative endeavors, public service, and/or applied research (including, but not limited to, research on student performance). Please visit the Faculty Resources page for more information and application instructions.
Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)
The RI EPSCoR program, funded through a National Science Foundation (NSF) statewide grant award and supported by the RI Science & Technology Advisory Council (STAC), provides funding to local colleges and universities to encourage new and innovate science projects and research. Rhode Island College hosts an internal competition for faculty summer fellowships with its share of EPSCoR funds. Information and application instructions for the fellowship program are typically announced in the spring of each year through the College Briefs weekly email bulletin. Interested parties can also contact Dr. Breea Govenar to see if funding is available.
Idea Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)
The RI-INBRE program, similar to EPSCoR, is a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded grant to stimulate innovative biomedical and behavioral scientific research in the state of Rhode Island. While Rhode Island College does not host an internal competition for these external funds, interested science faculty should contact Dr. Eric Hall to see if funding for new investigators is available.