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Funding available for faculty members

Apply for minigrants of up to $2,500 to support new initiatives and the submission of grant applications.

By Sam Jay, Ph.D.

January 26, 2022

Students wearing masks while working at desktop computers in a classroom.During the next fall semester, funds will be allocated from the Provost’s Office Facilities and Administrative Costs Recovery funds to support grant-writing to external agencies.

Startup funds of up to $2,500 are designated to enable faculty members to conduct necessary preliminary investigation activities such as the following:

  • Refining ideas
  • Creating plans and designs
  • Trying out methodologies
  • Collecting preliminary data
  • Procuring supplies or equipment
  • Seeking fellowships
  • Supporting travel
  • Promoting collaboration

Funds may be used for paying students and/or other assistants. The expected deliverable at the end of the semester is a draft-proposal narrative that includes a list of potential external funding agencies.

Please note that this grant is intended to support new initiatives and the submission of grant applications, not for support of ongoing programs. Applications submitted for the same project over multiple years will need to show why the funding for the current application would be considered a new initiative or phase of the project.

Also, unlike in previous application cycles, funds may not be used for faculty salary supplements to cover time and effort within or beyond the semester.

Applications are due to:

1. The applicant’s department chair by Feb. 16.

2. School/college dean by March 2.

3. The University Mini‐Grant Committee by March 30.

4. The provost by April 20.

Applicants will be informed of the provost’s decision by May 4.

Follow this link to learn more about eligibility, the criteria-and-review proces

Topics: Academics, Funding, Grant

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