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Grant Writing Fund

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The Grant Writing Fund  is  available to support and encourage faculty and staff to seek external grant funding for research and scholarly activities.



The Grant Writing Fund provides an incentive for faculty and staff to seek external funds to support research, creative, and pedagogical projects.  Funding for this initiative is provided by allocated indirect cost funds.



The Grant Writing Fund will provide an award of up to $3,000 to a principal investigator (PI)/full-time University employee or team who  commit to the development and submission of a major proposal to an external funding source. The proposal should seek funds that equal or exceed $8,000.

Examples of appropriate expenditures include:

  • Release time during the academic year, or a summer stipend
  • Select travel expenses (visits to funding agencies, etc.)
  • Office and computer supplies, including software
  • Hourly wages for assistants

All funding must be used within one year of the grant award date. In the event that the principle investigator (PI) fails to submit a proposal to an external funding source, the PI will not be eligible to receive Research and Grants program funding for a period of two years. 



To apply, please complete a  Grant Writing Fund application (hard copy or electronic version).  Detailed instructions are provided on the form.  Forward the signed application with listed documentation to the Office of Sponsored Programs.  

Applications will be reviewed quarterly by the Sponsored Program Advisory Committee.  Recommendations will be made to the the appropriate Senior Vice Chancellor who will make the final decisions for the awards. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions after the quarterly meeting. 

The awardee(s) will be required to submit a copy of the completed grant proposal to the Office of Sponsored Programs within one year after receiving the award. The Office of Sponsored programs should be provided with a copy of the letter from the external agency that notifies the applicant of the funding decision.



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