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External Grants Overview

Faculty regularly have ideas about new professional projects, ranging from personal to College-wide - ideas that usually require funding to implement. Faculty are encouraged to become familiar with the variety of funding sources - both internal and external - that are available to make these projects a reality.

Faculty should first explore internal funding sources. These include departmental funds, divisional funds, programmatic funds, and Dean's Office funding. Funding usually ranges from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand and is generally available through competitive processes at different points throughout the year. If you would like to learn more about internal funding, I invite you to attend one of my "Grants Orientation" sessions.

(Any special internal funding requests for the Dean's consideration should use the Qualtrics submission format.)

Faculty with substantial funding needs (more than $5,000 or so) and those wanting to plan for a full-year sabbatical should explore external funding sources. The single best advice I can provide is to imagine and plan on a "long runway" to an application ~ and use this long runway to engage in strategic activities that will make you more competitive for funding. I elaborate on these in my trainings ~ I'm looking forward to seeing you there!

In the meantime, if you are interested in learning more about grant and fellowship activity at the College more generally, the following offer:

If you are interested in learning more about the self-study of the position of Director of Faculty Research Support, please see the Self-Study Updates page.

Thank you so much for your interest in external funding. I look forward to working with you!

~ Tess Powers, Director of Faculty Research Support

Report an issue - Last updated: 10/13/2021