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CHBS Collaborative Grant Guidelines - Spring 2019 Applications

Funds are available for projects that will be completed during the 2019-2020 academic year!

The College of Health and Behavioral Studies (CHBS) highly values interprofessional and innovative collaborative efforts between departments and programs within our College. To support those collaborative efforts, the Dean makes every effort to offer Collaborative Grants each year. Grant funds may support interprofessional and/or collaborative work through a wide range of activities. Successful grant applications will emphasize scholarship and/or education that crosses traditional boundaries (e.g., cross-departmental programs that serve a diverse range of CHBS students). Examples of supported activities include new directions in scholarship, innovative teaching and learning approaches, faculty development, and projects to advance teaching evaluation and/or student assessment. Small start-up and pilot projects with the promise of attracting future external funding are encouraged. Proposals that represent innovations or significant extensions beyond existing programs or collaborations are requested. Collaborations may include scholars or professionals outside of CHBS; however, funding is designated for CHBS faculty only.

Award Amount

Grants will be awarded at a maximum of $10,000 per project. The total number of awards given will depend on the number and quality of the applications received. 

Funded Activities Timeline

  • Activities may be supported as early as July of the application year (e.g., grants awarded in April/May 2019 are available for use in July 2019).
  • All expenditures must be completed by May 15 of the following year (e.g. grants awarded in April/May 2019 for the 2019-2020 academic year must be spent by May 2020). Funds can be used to cover CHBS faculty summer salary, reassigned time, supplies and equipment as well as other project costs. (Funds are not available for the subsequent repair or replacement of equipment purchased).

Proposal Review Criteria

Review of proposals will be based upon the following criteria:

  • Interprofessional and/or collaborative focus – Projects must involve collaboration between programs or departments representing different disciplines, and/or may advance interprofessional education, practice or research. Proposals must be submitted by full-time faculty collaborators in two or more separate programs or departments within CHBS. Collaborators from other Colleges may be involved in the project but at least two faculty members from CHBS (different programs) must be included. Preference will be given to proposals that involve multiple CHBS units. Proposals must clearly articulate the critical role of each collaborator to the success of the project.
  • Innovation - Goes beyond traditional methodologies or teaching and learning processes and holds promise for a novel contribution.
  • Implementation - Is achievable with the allocated time and money.
  • Evaluation - Includes effective strategy for evaluating project's success.
  • Budget - Costs are well-justified. Itemized budget justification form (attached) is completed and accompanies the proposal. Use of funds must follow JMU guidelines. (See "Use of Funds" below).
  • Composition - Proposal makes the case clearly and cogently.
  • Endorsement from AUHs - Once you submit your proposal, you will receive a link that must be forwarded to the appropriate AUHs in which they can simply acknowledge (or deny) an understanding and agreement with the proposal. The AUHs do not need to submit a letter; they simply click on the approval or denial acknowledgment provided in the link. It is strongly recommended that AUHs are consulted early in the proposal process to ensure they understand and agree with resources being requested that might affect the department (e.g., release time from teaching, storage or upkeep of equipment) before significant time is invested in the proposal.

Use of Funds

Funds may be used for the following:

  • To support CHBS faculty salaries, staff salaries and/or student wages. Faculty release time must be approved by department heads at the time of application. Though other departments outside of CHBS may be involved in the proposed project, funding will only be allotted for CHBS faculty, staff or students.
  • One-time purchase of equipment and supplies if the budget justification demonstrates that it is an integral part of the project and not available from other sources. Funds are not available for the subsequent repair or replacement of equipment purchased.
  • Travel that is essential to the accomplishment of the project may be included. Expenses for non-CHBS collaborators are not covered.

All guidelines and spending regulations for CHBS apply to these projects. Although dates and deadlines will change in 2019-2020, you may find it instructive to view the accompanying document, Guidelines and Spending Regulations for CHBS.”

Application Timeline and Process

Applications are due by 5:00 pm (ET) on Friday, February 15, 2019. Late submissions cannot be accepted.

  • Step 1: Please submit full applications via the link below by February 15.
  • Step 2: Once your submission is made, you will receive an email that must be forwarded to your AUH for endorsement. Applications are not complete until the AUH(s) complete(s) their endorsement.

Decisions are announced around mid-April with funds available in July.


  • The recipients of the College’s Collaborative Grant will be asked to share their projects with colleagues via a short presentation at a CHBS event to be determined.


  • Proposal not to exceed 10 pages (double-spaced), reflecting careful attention to the review criteria above. A bibliography is not expected.
  • Itemized budget justification form - (This form is required. You will need to download the form, fill in your information and then upload it to the application web page.)
  • You will be asked to verify that you have reviewed the Guidelines for Expending Funds (PDF) which also includes information regarding laboratory safety and handling of chemicals.


NOTE: You will need to login to the VPN client in order to access the form off-campus. VPN software and instructions are available on the JMU website.