Faculty Development & Research Committee Grants

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSPR) administers applications to the internal grant funding program of the Faculty Development and Research Committee.

FDRC Application Cycle is Closed

Applications are no longer being accepted. 

FDRC award applications are due by 1:00pm on the first Thursday of the spring semester. Additional information will be posted to this page when the next competition opens.

The FDRC awards provide funding for faculty members to further their scholarship, advance their research, develop material for publication, and/or support the development of scholarly projects that may garner external funding support. While publication may not occur during the project period, evidence of scholarship as defined by the candidate’s college PTRM document must be a long-term goal of any project.

It is your responsibility to submit a complete proposal that adheres to the guidelines. As such, it is critical that faculty members review the application form and guidelines carefully. The FDRC has decided that it will not review proposals that do not confirm with the guidelines including the submission and certification deadline. While the OSPR tries to perform a cursory review for completeness of proposals that are received at least 24 hours prior to the deadline, it cannot be responsible for incomplete or non-compliant submissions.

FDRC Guidelines (PDF)

FDRC Application (PDF)

FDRC Budget Form (XLSX)

Meet the FY22 FDRC Award Recipients

Congratulations to the awardees! The program is a competitive one and this year the committee awarded 26 grants. We wish them every success with their upcoming projects. 

Recipient Project Title award Amount
Gilbert Chen, Department of History Living in This World: A Social History of Buddhist Monks and Nuns in Qing China $5,764
Kate Collins, Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts Infusion (MAIAI) Program Director
YAAAS in Canada: Adapting an Arts-based Curriculum for Refugee Youth $6,000
Melanie Formentin, Department of Mass Communication
Understanding the Experience of Being a Young Black Woman in the Strategic Communication Job Market $5,740
Jason Freeman, Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice
Estimating the Heritability of Religiosity Utilizing GCTA-GREML $6,000
Jillian Fry, Department of Health Sciences Perspectives of Restaurateurs on Shifting Americans Toward Plant-based Foods for Sustainability and Health $6,000
Erin Harberts, Department of Biological Sciences Septic Shock: Defining Alternative Pathways of Activation $5,976
Matthew Hemm, Department of Biological Sciences Evaluating the Efficacy of Small Protein Identification Methods $6,000
Stacey Iobst, Departement of Nursing Predicting Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes by Labor Management Phenotype $6,000
Amanda Jozkowski, Department of Occupational Therapy & Occupational Sciences Science of Solitude (SoS): Using Our OT Skills to Save Ourselves $4,812
Leila Khoshghadam, Department of Marketing We Eat to Cope: The Effect of Emotional Uncertainty on Food Consumption Choice $6,000
Hyang-Sook Kim, Department of Mass Communication Examining the effects of motivational technologies on postpartum weight management $6,000
Kyongseok Kim, Department of Mass Communication  The Role of Eco-Anxiety in Climate Change Communication $6,000
Sarah Longo, Department of Biological Sciences Evolution's multi-tool: investigating 500 million years of hyoid diversity $5,927
Marguerite Lucea, Department of Nursing Perceived Barriers to Post-Sexual Assault Care for Underserved Immigrant Women $5,994
Jon Lundak, Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education The VR Sculptural Place Series: Physical Sculptures within Virtual Reality $6,000
Davi Mázala, Department of Kinesiology Effects of whole body functional training on levels of systemic inflammatory and angiogenic makers in young adults $6,000
Michelle Ness, Department of Nursing The Influence of COVID-19 on Parents and Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus During the Transition to College $5,854
Oluwatoyin Oduntan, Department of History A History of Modern Medicine in West Africa $6,000
Emily Parker, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies A New Scholarly Edition of Simone de Beauvoir's Classic Pour une morale de l'ambiguite $4,366
Desirée Rowe, Department of Communication Studies Social Mobility and Compete Speak in U.S. Higher Education $4,695
Neda Saeedloei, Department of Computer & Information Sciences Decreasing the Resources of Timed Automata for Efficient Verification $6,000
Efe Sevin, Department of Mass Communication Charm City in Our Imagination: An Agent-Based Model Approach to City Branding Communication $5,436
Briana Snyder, Department of Nursing The Lived Experience of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Working with Dissociative Disorder Inpatients: A Phenomenological Inquiry $5,904
Katherine Sterner, Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice The East Codorus Creek Headwaters: A Survey of Pre-Contact Archaeology of the Region $5,559
Peko Tsuji, Department of Biological Sciences Colon Cancer Prevention with High-Polyphenol Sorghum Grains $5,991


FDRC awards are available to any full‐time faculty member (tenured and tenure-track, clinical, lecturer, visiting). Distribution of the award is dependent upon continued employment at Towson.

Applicants may not have an active FDRC award at the time of proposal submission and may receive no more than two awards every five years.

The regular FDRC application cycle requires applicants send their documents to  no later than 1 pm on the first Thursday of the spring semester.

If additional resources are made available, a second funding cycle will be announced via the OSPR Newsletter and TU Today.

The committee will award up to $6,000 for approved projects.

July 1 - May 31

Other project periods will be announced via the OSPR Newsletter and TU Today as additional resources are made available.

The PI is eligible to pay themselves a maximum faculty summer stipend of $4,000. 

Because FDRC grants limit faculty compensation to the summer months, applications submitted for additional deadlines may not include any stipend payments to faculty members.

Awards may be used to cover project‐specific reimbursable, state‐allowed expenses such as travel for research purposes, services, materials, equipment (as appropriate), and student wages.

Project expenses must be explained in the budget justification. Special care should be taken to justify items such as computers, laptops, and iPads. The budget justification should explain why the equipment is needed and what will happen to the equipment when the project is complete.

Funds may not be used to support conference attendance. This includes conference travel, registration, and any other conference-related costs. Travel requests should be justified in terms of the benefit of the trip to the project.

On the day of the deadline, OSPR will initiate a proposal in Kuali Coeus. Once initiated, you and your co-investigators will receive a system-generated email from Kuali no later than 5 p.m. on the day of the deadline. There will be a link in the email that takes you to a page with five certification questions for you to complete as soon as possible. OSPR cannot start the approval process until the questions are answered. After you submit your answers, OSPR will initiate routing. You and your co-investigators will receive a second system-generated email from Kuali prompting you to follow a link to a page for you to approve your application. Your approval is your second and final required action. Both actions must be completed by 1 p.m. on the day after the deadline. 

Once you complete your approval, the proposal will move into your chair and dean's queue. They will have seven (7) days after the deadline to complete their reviews and approvals. No action is required on your part for this step in routing.

Yes! Please make sure to read the full FDRC Guidelines (PDF) carefully before preparing and submitting your application.
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