The University, through the Office of Research, awards grants on a yearly basis to university faculty for the purpose of advancing knowledge within their academic areas. Individuals from all disciplines are encouraged to apply during an application cycle which happens once each fiscal year.
Annual support of up to $4,500 for the research/creative scholarly activities of faculty is available upon successful, competitive application to Scholarly Research. This support can cover expenses (except for equipment) associated with the faculty person’s scholarly growth activities (preferably peer reviewable). In addition, up to $1500 can be requested in graduate matching funds.
Applying for Internal Research Grants
Pre-Review of Faculty Research Grant Proposals: In order to enhance the quality of research proposals and especially to provide development and growth for faculty in conceptualizing-planning effective programs in scholarly productivity/research, Scholarly Research, through the anonymous, peer review process, provides an early date for proposal submission. The peer review team will evaluate a proposal, make recommendations for its improvement (or if it is in good shape, retain it for the competitive funding review) and return it to the faculty proposer/s for resubmission by the final due date. This opportunity also raises the bar on the expected quality of proposals necessary to achieve funding. Faculty who elect not to take advantage of pre-review may be at some competitive disadvantage.
Upon completion of the review process, notifications are sent out to all applicants. Unspent balances from internal research grants can be carried over to the next fiscal provided that:
(a) justification for why the funds was not utilized within the approved year is submitted and approved and (b) no new internal faculty research grant for the year in which the unused funds is being extended to will be received.
Application for Significant External Funding
Scholarly Research will become especially proactive in supporting faculty in identifying funding sources and preparing effective proposals for external support. Faculty that have received faculty research grants for the previous three years, or four of the previous five years, must submit a proposal for support to an external foundation. Success in receiving external funding is not required. However, good faith submission prior to the end of this period will be necessary in order to continue to receive internal funding.
Assistance with the Development of Proposals to External Foundations
The Scholarly Research team will facilitate in every way possible the development of winning proposals to these external agencies.