Questions concerning faculty summer research support should be directed to the Office of the Associate Dean for Faculty.
The use of non-sponsored research support funds provided by the College of Liberal Arts and/or University of Minnesota for faculty summer support is subject to the discretionary approval of the chair of the department and the associate dean for faculty of the college. This requirement applies to summer support taken from internal research funds provided by the college and University where faculty have been instructed that they may use these funds to provide various kinds of research support, including summer research support.
Prior approval from the college is not required for summer research support funded by sponsored funds (e.g., external grants) or funds specifically designated for this purpose. Summer support drawn from sponsored funds is subject to the University’s administrative policy on Sponsored Project Effort on Summer and Part-Time Appointments.
Faculty on nine-month appontments (B-term) with available, non-sponsored research support funds may may apply to use these funs to provide up to two months of summer research support during the summer (i.e., periods outside the regular B-term appointment), subject to fund availability and discretionary approval by the chair of the department and by the associate dean for faculty of the college. Summer research support will be paid as salary. One-month of summer research support is equivalent to one-ninth of the base salary for the immediately preceding year, plus corresponding fringe. Summer research support is contingent on the faculty member being in residence in the following year.
Requests for summer research support drawn from non-sponsored funds provided by the college and/or University must be submitted to the Office of the Associate Dean for Faculty at least one month prior to the start of the pay period desired for the summer support.
The University has advised the college that potential tax liability issues may arise when faculty have the option to use research funds for summer support. When a faculty member has sole discretion on whether to use a portion of research funds for summer support, the faculty member may be deemed to be in "constructive receipt of income," thereby subjecting the entire research allocation to taxation, whether the funds are used for summer support or some other purpose. The University's Tax Management Office has endorsed CLA's request and approval process as a way to reduce or eliminate this risk.
Effective Spring 2009
Revised Spring 2012