Faculty Research Funding

The College of Liberal Arts will distribute a pool of faculty research funds each year. The minimum amount available each year will normally be $15,000. Recommendations for awards will be made by a committee of faculty, with the chair of each department having the opportunity to appoint a member of this committee.

CLA Research
CLA Faculty have a multitude of diverse research spaces available to meet their various research needs.


The following guidelines have been established in consultation with the committee. Changes in the guidelines may be made as experience in making the awards suggests modifications. The guidelines and application for the CLA Faculty Research Award (FRA) can be found here.


Application Schedule:

The Faculty Research Advisory Committee will welcome applications twice a year; once near the beginning of the Fall term and again at the beginning of the Spring term. Awards made in the Fall will be for the current fiscal year only, meaning that allocated funds will need to be spent before June 15 of the current year.  Proposals for awards reviewed in the Spring term (normally February) may specify whether the request is for funds in the current year or funds that will be spent after July 1 and during the subsequent year.


Application Requirements:

All tenure line faculty are eligible for Faculty Research Awards. Applications may be made by submitting the cover sheet that follows these guidelines and a description of the proposed work in narrative form that can be understood by colleagues in different departments (avoid discipline-specific jargon). The description may not exceed 750 words. If the project involves human subjects research, the IRB approval should be attached to the proposal. A budget showing the specific expenditures for which the award is requested should also be included and will not count as part of the 750 word description. Applications should be submitted to the Office of the Dean in hard copy, or, if the application form is fully signed before scanning, in a single scanned document to . Normally, the application deadlines will be October 1 and February 1.


Guidelines for Funding:

  1. The Committee will strive to recognize fairly the different needs of different disciplines.
  2. Chairs must sign off on proposals affirming the project involves substantive research in the field, appropriate to recognition as scholarship during the colleague evaluation process.
  3. College of Liberal Arts research funds will not pay for faculty time.
  4. The maximum amount approved for a single grant will be $2500. The committee may recommend grants of less than the amount requested based on its judgment of appropriate expenditures or the limitations of available funds.
  5. In reimbursing travel, the Committee will seek first to address the basic costs of allowing the faculty member to reach the location required for the research proposed, which may involve airfare, train travel, mileage by car, or another form of transportation. Research funds will not normally be able to cover the full costs of housing or other expenses in another location, but the committee may consider a limited subsidy of some costs based on the context involved in the application. Normal University rules on the process of reimbursement for travel will apply.
  6. The committee will welcome both requests related to the exploratory phase of a potential new research project and applications related to projects at a more advanced stage of work. Normally, the committee would not expect to recommend a grant of more than $1000 for a project in the exploratory stage.

Expectations for Subsequent Funding:

  1. A report on the use of all awards must be submitted to the Dean’s Office upon completion of the project. Faculty who have not submitted a report on a prior award will not be eligible for additional awards. Normally reports should not exceed two pages.
  2. For projects receiving larger grants or the maximum of $2500, the Committee would expect the project to result in published scholarly work. The faculty member would not normally be eligible for additional awards until there was proof of publication or acceptance of a manuscript based on the prior work.
  3. For projects funded in the range between $500 and $2000, the Committee would expect that the research involved would lead at least to a presentation at a recognized professional conference. The faculty member involved would not normally be eligible for additional awards until there was evidence that such a paper had been delivered.
  4. For projects funded at less than $500, the Committee would expect the report on the work to be completed but would not otherwise restrict eligibility for additional funding.
  5. The Committee may recognize that conditions beyond the faculty member’s control blocked the completion of prior work and waive the expectations for subsequent funding. The Committee may also determine in the future to allow eligibility when a period of years has passed since the end of the prior award.

Established September 2015