Faculty Research and Teaching Grants Guidelines for 2019-2020

Endorsement Required

Project proposals must be endorsed by the academic unit heads (AUH) of all faculty members included on the proposal. Applicants should share their proposals with the AUH(s) in a timely manner in the interest of comprehensive planning and successful application completion.

Proposals involving more than one faculty member must be submitted by ONE who will act as the lead faculty and/or PI. Applicants serving in this role will not only need an endorsement from their academic unit head, they will also need to confirm in the online submission process that they are acting with the advance agreement of the AUH for any other colleague(s) involved.

Due date for applications is Friday, October 4, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. EST

Teaching and Research Grants for 2019-2020 are available!

Before beginning this process, please have the following documents ready to submit to the web page. There is a link at the bottom of the page for your use in submitting the required items.  The electronic submission will generate an automatic email to you, documenting receipt of your materials and containing a link that your academic unit head(s) will use for submitting the endorsement letter.  You will need to send that link to your AUH(s) to ensure that the endorsement letter is submitted to complete your application. Academic unit heads will have until Friday, October 11 at 5:00 p.m. EST to submit their endorsement letter. Arrange your submission plans with your academic unit head to ensure that he or she will be available to receive that link and to respond on your behalf in a timely manner.




The College of Health and Behavioral Studies (CHBS) will offer research grants and teaching grants for the 2019-2020 academic year. The purpose of the Faculty Research & Teaching Grants program is to stimulate and assist teaching effectiveness, advance one's scholarship agenda, and reflect academic unit, college, and university-wide goals. Proposals in any field of creative activity may be submitted, and faculty members are encouraged to consider projects involving student activity and those of an interdisciplinary nature. Grants are to be used to sustain activities necessary to complete the proposed activities, including travel expenses and other related costs (see budget section for restrictions). Each grant award will not exceed $5,000.

Faculty Eligibility

The program is open to full-time faculty members of the College, including academic unit heads. Each grant is awarded with the understanding that the recipient will devote sufficient time and energy to ensure successful completion of the project. Faculty members are eligible to apply for both a research grant and a teaching grant for the same year; however, only one grant will be awarded. Proposals will be accepted from individual faculty members for solo projects or on behalf of a team. If proposals are submitted on behalf of a team, the lead faculty or PI must be a full-time faculty member in the College of Health and Behavioral Studies (CHBS).

Please be cognizant that a candidate submitting a proposal cannot currently be serving on the College Faculty Development Committee.

Reports and Acknowledgements

At the completion of grant activities, a written report detailing project accomplishments and describing the benefits of the grant activity must be submitted to the Office of the Dean (CHBS) by September 1. Also, the report should be submitted to the academic unit head as part of the FAR (Faculty Activity Report) for the academic year. Additionally, the recipients may be asked to share information about their grant-funded activities in a CHBS or campus forum or event.

Guidelines for Proposal

The CHBS Faculty Development Committee strongly recommends conforming to the following format:

Project Summary:

Include a short and descriptive project title and a one-paragraph abstract.


Project descriptions will vary with specific intentions of the principal investigators.  The proposal must provide information on methodology, scholarly and/or pedagogical significance and other relevant matters; however, the proposer should not presume extensive knowledge of the subject by the reviewers.  This description of the project is the only demonstration that the College Faculty Development Committee will have of the substance and potential of your proposed activities.  Therefore, since members of these committees may not have a specialized knowledge of your field, the proposal must describe the project in plain, non-technical English.

  • State clearly and briefly a problem to be addressed.
  • Incorporate statements concerning justification of the project, including a concise review of pertinent literature or state of affairs.
  • State the objectives of the project and their relationship to individual professional goals, unit mission and goals, and/or University mission and goals.
  • State the procedures to be used.
  • Indicate the nature and extent of student involvement, if any.
  • Include a timeline covering all project activities and major benchmarks for assessing progress.
  • State what future scholarly activities or pedagogical intervention/development might be expected as a result of the grant.

The proposer will also note research and scholarly activities that might occur after conclusion of the grant, enabling the investigator to seek external funding for long-term project support.  These activities could include continued research, publication or presentation in a professional forum.

The narrative of the proposal is not to exceed four double-spaced typed pages or 1,000 words.


A detailed budget is required.  The budget should clearly link specific activities of the proposal with anticipated costs.  College support of each grant will not exceed $5,000.  Review the Guidelines for Expending Funds (PDF).  These regulations and rules are very important when planning for the Grants you will be submitting.  All awarded funds must be spent no later than May 15, 2020.  All travel, supply purchases, payments to subjects etc. must be completed and paid for by this date also.  Please include as much detail as possible for each budget item included in the proposal and avoid general categories such as “miscellaneous supplies.” Some requests may need to be explained in more detail (for example, how were honoraria calculated/what criteria were used).

Current Vita:

The proposer shall provide an up-to-date outline of professional activities and accomplishments relevant to the proposed project and indicative of one's ability to successfully carry out the proposed project.

Note that the College Faculty Development Committee will evaluate grant applications first and foremost on the merit of the proposal.  Professional credentials will be considered when reviewing proposals of equal or comparable merit and when determining the applicant's potential to successfully accomplish grant activities.

Criteria/Governing Policies

The Faculty Development Committee will make recommendations based on the following criteria and governing policies:

Evaluation Procedures

The College Faculty Development Committee will review all proposals eligible for consideration.  The Faculty Development Committee shall make recommendations regarding funding to the Dean.  Grants will be awarded on the basis of the merit of each proposal.  The Faculty Development Committee's recommendations are not subject to appeal, but the committee will maintain records of its deliberations and, upon written request of an applicant, can provide a brief summary evaluation of the applicant's proposal after the announcement of the recipients.

Notification of Grant Award

The Dean of the College will notify grant recipients in writing by the end of the 2019 fall semester.

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