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Baltimore Renaissance Scholars Seed Fund 2011

Date: April 28, 2011
To: All UB Faculty
From: Jessica Elfenbein, Associate Provost
Re: Baltimore Renaissance Scholars Seed Fund 2011

The seventh round of the Baltimore Renaissance Scholars Seed Fund (BRSSF) competition is now underway. BRSSF aims to support projects that create University of Baltimore involvement with the greater Baltimore community through action research, service-learning, or other forms of academic engagement. It is based on the belief that for UB, deliberate and purposeful initiatives with the larger community is an appropriate way to pursue our scholarship, teaching, and service. Furthermore, such projects work best when an external partner (a civic, community, or nonprofit organization; a governmental entity; or a business) actively participates.

Building on UB’s tradition of community engagement and action research, BRSSF seeks to support new initiatives or extensions of existing ones. We encourage projects that have the potential to generate external funding, institute a new policy or program, generate a product desired by the community, or otherwise lead to lasting change and benefits.

Projects in Central Baltimore are of special interest (the area from our campus north to Hopkins’ Homewood campus and from Greenmount Cemetery on the east to the railroad tracks and 83 on the west – please see attached map). Tina Dudley (, 410-837-5338), UB’s Central Baltimore Higher Education VISTA, is available to support faculty as they explore potential community partnerships.

Deadline and Copies Required:
The full BRSSF application should be submitted electronically by 4:oo p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 to Jessica Elfenbein,

Decisions are expected by June 3, 2011.

Full-time UB faculty members are eligible. Part-time UB faculty qualify if they are teaching in Fall 2011. While past SEED Fund winners are encouraged to apply, funding will not be granted for consecutive awards.

The BRSSF will provide support up to $5,000 for projects that strengthen UB’s faculty and student engagement in our region.
Successful applications must meet criteria 1 below, and one or more of criteria 2-5:

  1. Projects that actively involve external constituencies in the Baltimore metropolitan area.
  2. Research projects that add to the base of knowledge on the Baltimore area.
  3. Instructional projects that teach, or develop new curriculum or teaching methods
  4. Applied or service projects that involve students and/or faculty in directly assisting public, private, or nonprofit organizations in the Baltimore area.
  5. Projects with the potential to generate external funding, institute a new policy or program, generate a product desired by the community, or otherwise lead to lasting change and benefits, rather than one-time activities.

All work must be completed by June 30, 2012. Those funded are required to present about their projects during the fall of 2012.

Format of Application
Proposals should be written in language appropriate for an informed lay audience. Please number all pages consecutively following the list below. Do not exceed one page for each section, unless otherwise noted.

  1. BRSSF application form
  2. Summary statement of proposed project.
  3. Project description, background, significance of proposed project and plans for future funding or continuation, and work plan (six pages double-space maximum, exclusive of literature references, tables or drawings, survey instruments or letters from collaborators).
  4. Budget and itemized budget justification.
  5. Time-line for project and budget expenditures.
  6. Letter of support from community partner(s)
  7. Short (two pages maximum) C.V. including relevant research, teaching, service and grant activities.

Please request the minimum amount of funds that will allow you to conduct the project, itemized and justified. We expect to make 6-10 awards, most ranging from $250 to $3,500.

  1. All salaries and expenses, including faculty summer salary, directly related to the project are allowable. In general, allowable expenses include salaries, consumable supplies, required travel, and necessary equipment.
  2. Equipment requires a 50% match.
  3. Projects may begin on or after July 1, 2011 and must be completed by June 30, 2012. Funds must be expended in Fiscal Year 2012 (with all purchases and expenditures in process by May 15, 2012 and completed by June 30, 2012).

Help Available:
Tina Dudley, UB’s VISTA, is available to support faculty in finding relevant community partners. Please contact her at or at 410 837-5338.

Click here to access application: Baltimore Renaissance Scholars Seed Fund (BRSSF) Application

For a list of previous recipients click here: Past Recipients

Last Published 6/17/15