Internal Support for Faculty Research and Scholarly Activity
The funding options discussed below include:
- College-wide Conference Travel Grants
- Divisional Funding
- The Mellon Language Studies Grant
- The Benezet Summer Research Grants
- Dean's Summer Research Grants
- Mrachek Fellowship
- Faculty Opportunity Grants
- Venture Grant Fund for Student-Faculty Collaborative Research
- Support for Teaching and Learning
- Asian Studies Program Funding
The College provides support towards attendance at one conference per year for all full-time and adjunct faculty. Ask your department chair for details.
- Guidelines for Faculty Conference Travel Funding are available here.
- The Expenses Worksheet is available here.
- A sample check request is available here.
- A sample journal entry charge is available here.
Each of the three divisions has approximately $70,000 to allocate for their faculty’s research and development. Generally proposals of up to $5,000 are accepted early in the academic year for research & development activities that will take place that academic year or the following summer. All three have a deadline in the fall (usually in the beginning of Block 3). Calls for proposals are generally sent by hard-copy once, and to the divisional email list in subsequent rounds. Last year the HEC had only one round in November, the NSEC had two rounds, and the SSEC has three rounds. In the case of both the SSEC and the NSEC, the majority of the funds were allocated in the November round.
In December 2011 Colorado College received a two-year, $509,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to build on the success of our previous 2009 award. Support is provided in three key areas: 1) On-site course development, 2) Intensive Language Study, and 3) Foreign Language Across the Curriculumn course development.
These grants award $4,000 to full-time or adjunct faculty for the start-up or completion of a research project. Typically, about six awards are available per year. The R&D Board reviews these. Generally due in Block 6. Contact Pam Leutz at x6682. See the most recently posted application guidelines.
The Dean’s Summer Research grants are open to all regular faculty members (tenure track, adjuncts, and lecturers) and are designed to provide faculty members with time during the summer to develop, pursue, or complete scholarly projects which have the promise of leading to publication, performance, or exhibition to an audience outside the college. The $4000 funds may underwrite scholarly travel, salary for student research assistants engaged in a collaborative project with the awardee, equipment, books, or other similar expenses related directly to the research project, or may be used simply as a summer research grant to provide release time for the pursuit of the proposed project (in which case the $4000 would be taxable income). Generally due in Block 6. See the most recently posted application guidelines.
This program is restricted to non-tenured, tenure-track faculty members in the first four years of their appointment. Two grants of $4,000 are awarded to underwrite scholarly travel, salary for student research assistants engaged in a collaborative project with the Mrachek Fellow, equipment, books, or other similar expenses related directly to the research project, or to be used simply as a summer research grant to provide release time for the pursuit of the proposed project (in which case the $4000 would be taxable income). The funds may be used over the summer following the conferral of the Fellowship or through the following academic year. Generally due in Block 6. See the most recently posted application guidelines.
In an effort to expand support for scholarship, the Dean’s Office offers resources to faculty members interested in exploring new interests or in reviving projects postponed due to heavy college and departmental commitments. This fund supports a variety of initiatives, including per diem supplements to the standard college conference travel grants, books for reading programs, preparation for collaborative research initiatives, visits to laboratories and libraries for preliminary investigations. Generally due in Block 6. See the most recently posted application guidelines.
Grants for faculty who involve students in the faculty member’s research activities and provide these students with a first-hand research experience as undergraduates. The grant pays $2500 to the students for a ten-week commitment. Faculty mentors receive $500 in their research accounts to defray lab, field or other expenses at their discretion. The Dean’s Advisory Committee reviews these applications. Typically, 10 grants are awarded each year. Generally due early in Block 7. Contact the Associate Dean of the College at x6686.
The Crown Center has limited funding for faculty who wish to pursue work in “learning and teaching.” Priority will be given to faculty 1) who have not previously availed themselves of this funding source, 2) who have exhausted other internal sources of funding, 3) whose proposal has broad implications for the educational mission of CC, 4) whose proposal might be narrow in scope but with implications for other colleagues, 5) who can accomplish the work in the near term so funds can be awarded this fiscal year, 6) who are regular faculty rather than visitors. Proposals accepted at any time. See the most recently posted application guidelines.
Asian Studies has established a research fund for Colorado College faculty who participate in a variety of Asian-related activities. Through the terms of the Gaylord Endowment for Pacific Areas Studies, the program is authorized to support projects in or about countries/regions that touch on the Pacific Ocean. These include, but are not limited to, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Generally due in late fall. Contact the program chair for more information.