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Summer Research Grants

The Office of the Dean is please to support faculty research development each summer. Tenure-track faculty, tenured faculty, adjunct professors and lecturers are invited to apply. Typically, updated calls for proposals are sent in March and the application is due in Canvas in early April.

Below is information applicable to 2019 summer grants. Award amounts and the number of available awards may change for Summer 2020.

Please await the updated call before submitting a proposal.

Mrachek Fellowship Program

Eligibility: Pre-tenure, tenure-track faculty members in the first four years of their appointment

Purpose: Two awards of up to $4,000 to underwrite scholarly travel, equipment, books, salary for student research assistants engaged in a collaborative project with the Mrachek Fellow, or other similar expenses related directly to the research project. Funds may be used to provide release time to pursue the proposed project (in which case the $4,000 would be taxable income).

Benezet Summer Research Start-up and Completion Grants

Eligibility: Tenured and tenure-track faculty, adjuncts, and lecturers; recipients may not teach in the summer for which they have received a Benezet grant

Purpose: Award of up to $4,000 to underwrite scholarly travel, equipment, books, or other similar expenses related directly to the project. Grants are intended for research or creative work that national experts can judge. They are not intended to further programs of reading, to assist in course preparation and curriculum development, or to initiate investigations with no clear promise of completion.

To apply for a Benezet Start-up grant:

  1. Describe the central aims of the project and its potential contribution to existing or new areas of scholarship or creative
  2. Provide a timetable of specific activities to be accomplished during the summer as well as activities to be undertaken toward the anticipated date of project completion. Submit a report of summer activities to the Research and Development Board by the following November 1st. The report should be suitable for presentation to a professional organization (such as a research report or proposal for an exhibition or a performance) or for

To apply for a Benezet Completion grant:

  1. Explain the status of your research project and how the project will add to original scholarship, resolve or reveal significant questions or issues in the field, or contribute to creative
  2. Provide a detailed timetable of activities, and explain how you will complete the project within one year after the summer award. “Completion” refers to publication or to presentation to a professional organization or to scholars outside Colorado

Dean’s Summer Research Grants

Eligibility: Tenured and tenure-track faculty, adjuncts, and lecturers

Purpose: Award of up to $3,000 to 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. May be used to support initiatives and new research directions; may be used to provide release time to pursue the proposed project (in which case the award would be taxable income).

Guidelines for Submission of Research Proposals:

All proposals must include the following information in this order:

1) A description of the project, its significance and objectives, and the proposed use of funds. For projects that include expenses, the proposal must include a detailed list of expected expenses.

2) A detailed timetable that includes the expected time within which the project will be completed and specific activities to be completed. Recipients are expected to devote full-time to the research project during the period of the

3) A list of other summer grants the applicant has applied for or awards already received; specify years in which applicant has received awards related to the proposed research. Awards include research and development blocks, Jackson Fellowships, divisional research funds, department and other internal college funds, Dean’s office funds, and grants from outside the college. If an applicant receives a comparable grant for the proposed project, the applicant should notify the R & D Board and relinquish the Dean’s summer

4) A vita including the applicant’s recent publications, presentations, current research activity, and preparation for the proposed

Please upload completed applications as Word or pdf files to the Office of the Dean’s Canvas Site. Look for “YEAR Office of the Dean Summer Research Grants”:

  • “Mrachek Fellowship Program”
  • “Benezet Summer Research Start-up and Completion Grants”
  • “Dean’s Summer Research Grant”

The submission portal on Canvas will be open for application uploads for approximately three weeks.

Recipients must submit a report of their work to the Dean of the Faculty by November 1st. . Failure to do so may compromise opportunities for grant awards in the future.