Q: What are the criteria for making the awards? Level/amount of current research support?

Lack of current funding will be one of the criteria considered for awards, but the value of the research proposal itself is the more important criterion.

Q: How long should the proposal be? Should it include a budget?

Three pages maximum for the research proposal, plus one additional page that contains a brief budget. Any research-related expense, such as student assistants, equipment, or travel would be a legitimate expenditure. Travel expenditures should conform to systemwide (UC Policy and Regulations Governing Travel) and University policies (found in the Berkeley Accounting Handbook).

Q: What is the duration of the award? Should the project/proposal budget be for one year or longer?

One year. If an award recipient is unable to use the funds in one year, an extension for the continued use of the funds must be requested. Award recipients are required to spend all funds before their tenure case is approved, and to submit an updated timeline plan. The award cannot cover expenses retroactively.

Q: The award cannot include salary for the professor, but can it include salary for a student or research assistant?


Q: Can the award pay salary during a summer period during which state funded salary is not received?


Q: Is there overhead charged to this award?


Q: Can an assistant professor apply more than once for a Hellman award?

Yes. Due to the limited funding available and the very high quality of proposals received, faculty are encouraged to apply again, as long as their tenure case is not yet being considered.

If you have any questions, please contact Yasya Goretsky, Program Manager (yasyavg@berkeley.edu).