During the 2015-2016 Academic Year, Spelman’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), reviewed 103 research proposals, a 15.5% increase from the 2014-2015 AY. The committee consisted of 17 members, seven of whom were new members. The majority of proposals, 65% come from the social science. All proposals during this period were expedited reviews (no anticipated risk or minimal risk to human subjects) and were reviewed electronically. Most proposals, 58, were reviewed and approved in 6 weeks or less.
As of June 30, 2016, Spelman OSP is managing 54 active grants, totally nearly $13.5 million in external funding. This amount is split almost evenly between the STEM departments and the Social Science departments. The majority of Spelman’s grants (63%) were funded by governmental agencies. The National Science Foundation is the source of the largest number of awards.
During the 2016 fiscal year, Spelman College received 28 new awards, totaling nearly $5 million . Over 64% of these grants were awarded for faculty research, 35.7% for student support, and 28.6% were for curriculum and pedagogical projects. The largest award received in FY 2015-16 was the $2.6 million U.S. Department of Education First in the World grant awarded to a team led by the Center for Academic Planning and Success and including faculty from three social science departments.