SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY
FGSR RESEARCH COMMITTEE
STATEMENT OF POLICY AND PROCEDURES
INTERNAL GRANTS FOR NEW FACULTY
The FGSR Research Committee invites new (in their first year of employment) full-time faculty
members of Saint Mary's University to submit applications for Internal Grants in aid of their research.
Applications must be received before October 15 or the next business day if the 15
th
falls on a weekend.
Decisions of the Committee will be announced by the end of November.
The amount of these grants awarded is up to $5,000. Support is intended to alleviate personal financial
loss or sacrifice, including travel and living expenses, in the pursuance of research. No financial gain to
a researcher shall result from disbursement of funds by this Committee. All applicants must supply as
much detail as possible on their requirements for travel and living expenses.
Decisions by the Committee on applications for support will be final.
All grantees are responsible for ensuring that their research is consistent with university policies and
accepted practices on research ethics and integrity, especially where human participants or animals are
involved in the methodology.
The grantee is required, 12 months after the award, to submit a detailed Progress Report on the work
accomplished with the aid of funds from the Committee including an itemized account of how the funds
were spent. A grant normally is made for a period of one year but it may be extended for an additional
year at the discretion of the FGSR Research Committee. Unless the Committee agrees to an extension
of a grant, any outstanding balance in the account will be returned to the Committee’s account.
Grant monies are deposited in individual accounts and are disbursed by Financial Services as and when
accounts, invoices, or other documents are produced. The grantee may be advanced travel and living
expenses. A complete financial statement, including receipts, will be submitted for these expenses.
Equipment and supplies should be ordered directly by the researcher through the University’s
Purchasing Department. All materials and equipment purchased from grant monies shall become the
property of Saint Mary’s University.
Saint Mary's University
FGSR Research Committee
Application for a University Grant in Aid of Research
Name: ___________________________________
Department: ______________________________
TITLE OF PROPOSED PROJECT:
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Does your proposal involve human beings as research participants? If yes” you
must have your proposal approved by the Saint Mary's University Research
Ethics Board (REB) before money is released.
Yes ___ No ___
Does your proposal involve animals as research subjects? If “yes” you must
have your proposal approved by the Saint Mary's University Animal Care
Committee before money is released.
Yes ___ No ___
TOTAL AMOUNT REQUESTED $____________
S.E. Bean
English
5000
Beckett, degeneration and the politics of Irish fertility
1. State in non-technical terminology the objective(s) of the proposed research, and
provide an outline of the method by which the objective(s) will be reached. Describe
any work related to the project that has already been completed. (4000 characters)
I will use this grant to produce a book on Samuel Beckett’s engagement with the
concept of degeneration as a way of accounting for the decline of Ireland’s
Protestant ascendancy. As early as 1931, Beckett was taking extensive notes
from Max Nordau’s Degeneration, and an early unpublished essay, “Censorship in
the Saorstat [sic],” written in 1934, is clearly cognizant of the debates about
contraception and ‘race suicide’ in an Irish context. Far from being aloof from
these issues, Beckett was keenly interested and aware of their implications for
Irish society and, following his visit to Nazi Germany in the 1936-7, Europe more
generally.
Degeneration theory provided an important resource of myth for a post-Darwinian
world that had been shaken to its very foundations, providing an important outlet
for anxieties caused by the massive social changes that attended urbanization,
industrialization and the democratization of political life in the mid-to-late
nineteenth century, identifying a new set of outcasts threatening society at its very
core. My project will demonstrate the extent to which Beckett’s work developed
from a prescient and precise refusal of the entire logic of degeneration as he
encountered it in Europe and, in particular, Ireland.
In order to complete this research, I will travel to the Harry Ransom Research
Center at the University of Austin, Texas, to consult their extensive collection of
Beckett manuscripts, in particular the holdings on “L’Expulse” (Box 3.6); “Le
Calmant” (Box 1.90); “Premier Amour” (Box 5.6); Molloy (Box 5.1); Malone Dies
(Box 4.30); Malone Meurt (Box 4.4); and L’Innomable (Box 3.10 and 4.1).
Certain materials at the Beckett International Foundation at the University of
Reading in England will also be central, including MS3000; MS5000; MS1656. By
tracing the evolution of Beckett's most important post-war works, I hope to
demonstrate the extent to which his revisions worked to underline more and more
clearly the degenerate nature of his characters who, it will be argued, are meant to
stand over and against the increasingly sinister discourses around national and
individual 'fitness' sponsored by eugenics and degeneration theory.
In order to complete my archival research, I will need to purchase a laptop
computer.
2. Estimated completion date of the project: __________________________________
3. List your research funding for all current research projects agency, title and
amount:
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4. List sources of funding sought for this project. If no sources have been sought,
please explain.
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5. Please attach a list of publications and/or patents over the last three (3) years
(including those submitted).
Harry Ransom Center - Andrew Mellon Visiting Fellowship ($3,000)
SSHRC standard 3 year grant, 2011-14 ($45,000)
Harry Ransom Center - Andrew Mellon Visiting Fellowship ($3,000)
BUDGET
Summary of Proposed Expenditures Expenditure
1. Personnel Costs including salaries of student research
assistants, technical and professional assistants _________
2. Transportation Expenses _________
3. Living Expenses _________
4. Materials, Supplies and Services _________
5. Purchase or Rental of Equipment _________
6. Other (specify) _________
Total Research Grant requested $_________
Detailed explanation of proposed expenditures:
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Duties of Research Assistant(s) if applicable:
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Signatures:
Applicant _________________________ Date _________________
Faculty Dean _________________________ Date _________________
N/A
$2750
$6800
$1999
11549
1 * flight to London + Transfers @ 1275 + Return train fare to Reading @ 150 = 1425
1 * flight to Austin, Texas + Transfers @ 1325 = 1325 (Total Travel = 2750)
2* weeks at the Hooby Gannit Inn, Texas @ 14 * 120 = 1680
2 * weeks at the Where Inn the World, Reading @14 * 166 = 2320
14* Per diem (US) @ 75 ($1050) + 14* Per diem (UK) @ 125 (1750) = 2800
1* iBook @ 1999 (Total Equipment = $1999)
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