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External Grants for Faculty

New SEGway Funding Program

Each faculty member has individual needs regarding what kinds of investments would help them become better positioned to apply for and receive external research grant dollars. The SEGway funding program (Spur/Support External Grants) is designed to support faculty as they become better positioned for external funding, as well as to support faculty who have active grants so that their grant-funded work is successful.  The formal call for proposals is available here.

There are a wide variety of funding sources available.

Some are government sources; some are private.  Some funders support only particular fields; some give only to particular geographic regions.  Some funders require little more than a personal statement and a CV; others require a great deal of explanation and documentation. Some funders have been supporting Colorado College for decades; others may not have heard of us before. Many funders enforce limits on the number of proposals an institution may submit in a given year.

Nearly all are highly competitive. The National Science Foundation tends to fund about 20% of its proposals. The funding rate for the National Endowment for the Humanities is closer to 10%.

Because of the complex and highly competitive nature of applying for external funding, there are two offices that support faculty who are seeking external funding:

Where to Go for Help

  • Tess Powers, a member of the Dean’s Office, can support individual faculty in their search for support for their individual research agendas and creative activities
  • Members of the “Grants Office” in the Advancement Division work with faculty who seek support for a programmatic or curricular project that will be sponsored by the College as an institution.