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College of Liberal Arts

Summer Research Support

Questions concerning faculty summer research support should be directed to the Office of the Associate Dean for Faculty.


Summer Support - Non-Sponsored Funds

The use of non-sponsored research support funds provided by the College of Liberal Arts and/or the University of Minnesota and/or the academic unit 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.

Summer Support - Sponsored Funds

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 Effort Certification.


Summer Support - Non-Sponsored Funds

Faculty on nine-month appontments (B-term) with available, non-sponsored research support funds provided by the College of Liberal Arts and/or the University of Minnesota and/or the academic unit may may apply to use these funds to provide up to two months of summer research support during the summer months (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.

  • No more than two months of summer research support may be drawn per summer from non-sponsored funds.
  • Summer research support is contingent on the faculty member being in residence in the following academic year.
  • Summer research support is paid as salary.
  • One month of full-time summer research support is equivalent to one-ninth of the B-term base salary for the immediately preceding year, plus corresponding fringe.
  • One month of full-time summer research support anticipates approximately full-time effort for one month.
  • Summer research support is contingent on the faculty member being in residence in the following year.

Requests

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 amount of summer research support requested per month may vary, up to a maximum of one-ninth of the base salary for the immediately preceding year. For administrative purposes, one month of summer research support may be paid over two pay periods. Requests for summer research support must include:

  • the complete account string for the source of funds;
  • the dates of the pay periods for the summer research support to be paid;
  • the amount of summer research support requested and corresponding fringe;
  • signatures of the faculty member, a representative of the financial services team to confirm funding; the unit chair/director; and the associate dean for faculty.

Request Form

Tax Liability

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; Summer 2013

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