Internal Funding Sources

Several sources of funding are available to eligible faculty members (see Faculty Handbook for eligibility requirements). Questions about internal funding should be directed to the Senior Assistant for Curricular and Provostial Affairs.

  • The Research & Scholarship Support Fund

    The major change in 2015-2016 to faculty funding applies to the Travel Fund and Limited Research Fund for tenure-line and continuing faculty. In 2015-2016, the Provost’s Office will pilot a program to combine these resources into one fund entitled The Research & Scholarship Support Fund. This change to funding reflects conversations during Spring 2015 with the Provost’s Office, AAC and FAPC, and as announced at Faculty Meeting in April. The fund will allow faculty to apply for up to $3000 in funding on a rolling basis throughout the year to support conference travel and/or research initiatives. At the conclusion of the 15-16 academic year, this fund will be reviewed for its financial sustainability and a decision will be made if it can be continued.

    The fund may be used for expenses related to:

    • research and scholarship materials
    • publication costs
    • travel to off-campus research sites
    • conference travel
      • to give an invited paper, serve as an invited participant, or chair a session
      • to give a contributed talk
      • to serve on the board or as an officer of a learned society
      • to attend a meeting for the purpose of professional development

    How to apply: Apply at any time throughout the year. Full-time visiting faculty are not eligible.

    Funding terms: Faculty must apply and receive approval before using the funds (e.g. apply before traveling, apply before purchasing research related expenses). Annual funding allotment of $3,000 does not roll over. The full allotment is available July 1st and it must be approved, spent and submitted for reimbursement by June 30th of the following year.

    Limitations: The funds cannot be used for the following categories:

    • Salary for student workers (please see the “Student Research Assistant Fund”)
    • Computers, computer equipment, devices or hardware (unless specialized technology needed for research specific purpose)
    • Meals while traveling on a research trip (meals for conferences are allowable)
    • Dues and Memberships
    • Gas receipts for personal car trips (must submit mileage)
    • Per diems
    • Personal reimbursement for payment of professional services (you may apply for funds to hire a professional entity but any entity hired for professional services must be paid directly by the College, not through the faculty member – please have entity submit an invoice)

    Application Form

    • Eligible
    • Tenure-line/ Continuing
  • Faculty Research Grants

    Formerly known as the Faculty Research Fund, faculty research grants provide funding up to a maximum of $6000 for faculty members to initiate new research projects, or complete an existing project. Please note that in 2015-2016 the deadline for applications will continue to fall in January but the funds will be made available July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. This allows the Faculty Research Grants to be on the same award cycle as most funding opportunities available at the college and the change is intended to make it easier and more efficient for faculty to manage their awards.

    How to apply: The application deadline for 2015-2016 is Monday, January 25th. A link to the on-line application will be provided by email announcing the call for proposals. Full-time visiting faculty are not eligible.

    Funding terms: Awards letters are sent in March with funds available as of July 1. Awards are available for one year and funding does not roll over.

    Limitations: This is a competitive process. Requests usually exceed the total funding available. Funding decisions are made by a subcommittee of AAC. A new form is being developed to simplify the application process and to provide the AAC subcommittee better guidance for reviewing applications.

    The funds cannot be used for the following categories:

    • Salary for summer research assistants (see "Student Research Assistant Fund")
    • Meals, catering, or entertainment
    • Per diems
    • Computers, computer equipment, devices or hardware (unless specialized technology for research specific purpose)
    • Deadline
    • Monday, January 25th, 2016
    • Eligible
    • Tenure-line/ Continuing
  • The Book/Materials Fund

    All faculty may spend up to $250 in books or materials to support their scholarship and research.

    How to apply: There is currently no application process. Please submit receipts to your department’s administrative assistant for processing.

    Funding terms: Annual funding allotment of $250 does not roll over, it must be spent and submitted for reimbursement by June 30th.

    Limitations: The funds cannot be used for the following categories:

    • Computers, computer equipment, devices or hardware (unless specialized technology needed for research)
    • Dues, memberships or subscriptions (please inquire with the library regarding subscriptions to scholarly journals)
    • Eligible
    • Tenure-line/ Continuing
    • Full Time Visiting
  • Student Research Assistant Fund

    The Student Research Assistant Fund (sometimes referred to as the Faculty Support Fund) provides funding for faculty members to pay for assistants to support them in their research, primarily during the summer months. Although the primary purpose of the SRA is to provide funding for student research assistants, the Associate Provost may allocate funds from the SRA for faculty members to pay for certain forms of research support provided by non-student assistants or professionals.

    How to apply: The application deadline for 2015-2016 is Monday, January 4th, 2016. A link to the on-line application will be provided by email announcing the call for proposals. Full-time visiting faculty are not eligible.

    Funding terms: Award letters are sent in February, and funds will be available for use based on the award (i.e. summer student award is available until the end of the summer work session, typically the third week of August, and academic year awards are available until the week before commencement).

    Limitations: This is a competitive process. Requests usually exceed the total funding available. Funding decisions are made by a subcommittee of AAC.

    • Deadline
    • Monday, January 4th, 2016
    • Eligible
    • Tenure-line/ Continuing
  • Louis Green Fund

    Funds may be requested to support travel expenses for student traveling (alone, or with faculty members) to present their research at professional meetings or other professional or academic venues. Additionally, funds may be requested to support student scholarly engagement with off-site collaborators at professional meetings or the collaborators' home institutions.

    How to apply: Apply at anytime throughout the year through the online application. Full-time visiting faculty are not eligible.

    Funding terms: Faculty must remind students that they are sponsoring to apply and receive approval before using the funds. The funds can only be used for the purpose and during the time period stated in the application. This is an endowed fund, therefore it is required that those receiving support from this source provide a summary of their experiences in a letter addressed to the donor to be included in our annual stewardship report.

    Application Form

    • Deadline
    • Monday, January 25th, 2016
    • Eligible
    • Tenure-line/ Continuing
  • Research Continuity Fund

    Faculty members whose research has been supported recently by extramural funds may apply for support from the Research Continuity Fund (RCF) to provide funds for materials and supplies. Learn about the requirements and reporting expectations for this fund.

    How to apply: Apply at anytime throughout the year by contacting the Associate Provost. Full-time visiting faculty are not eligible.

    Funding terms: Awards are typically available for up to two years upon award date. No support is provided for summer salary and other terms are negotiated with the Associate Provost.

    • Eligible
    • Tenure-line/ Continuing
  • Visiting Faculty Travel Fund

    Full time visiting faculty members may apply for funding to support travel. Visitors should consult their appointment letter for the amount available to them. The Travel Fund can be used:

    • to give an invited paper, serve as an invited participant, or chair a session
    • to give a contributed talk
    • to serve on the board or as an officer of a learned society
    • to attend a meeting for the purpose of professional development

    How to apply: Apply at anytime through the online application. Visitors must designate on the application whether the request will be supported from their Limited Research or Travel funds.

    Funding terms: Faculty must apply and receive approval before using the funds. Annual funding allotment does not roll over. The full allotment is available July 1st and it must be spent and submitted for reimbursement by June 30th

    Limitations:

    The funds cannot be used for the following categories:

    • Gas receipts for personal car trips (must submit mileage)
    • Per diems

    Application Form

    • Eligible
    • Full Time Visiting
  • Visiting Faculty Research Fund

    Full time visiting faculty may apply for funding to support their research. Visitors should consult their appointment letter for amount available (amounts are sometimes based on years of appointment). Limited Research can be used for research materials and supplies; travel to off campus research sites; living expenses for research trips (except meals); publication costs; and academic year research assistants.

    How to apply: Apply at anytime through the online application. Visitors should designate on the application whether the request will be supported from their Limited Research or Travel funds.

    Funding terms: Faculty must apply and receive approval before using the funds. Annual funding allotment does not roll over. The full allotment is available July 1st and it must be approved, spent and submitted for reimbursement by June 30th.

    Limitations:

    The funds cannot be used for the following categories:

    • Salary for summer student workers
    • Meals while traveling on a research trip (meals for conferences are allowable)
    • Dues, memberships or subscriptions
    • Computers, computer equipment, devices or hardware (unless specialized technology for research specific purpose)
    • Gas receipts for personal car trips (must submit mileage)
    • Per diems
    • Personal reimbursement for payment of professional services (you may apply for funds to hire a professional entity but any entity hired for professional services must be paid directly by the College, not through the faculty member – please have entity submit an invoice)

    Application Form

    • Eligible
    • Full Time Visiting