Research Grant

Research grants for scholarship are intended to support the scholarly work of all full-time, continuing faculty as they advance their professional careers. Funds can be used for course release, expenses to travel to research sites, attend a conference or workshop, and/or purchase supplies, but not capital equipment (defined as equipment costing more than $3,000). Two levels of support can be requested for a project (see further description below under Awards).

TENURE-TRACK FACULTY may be supported a maximum of twice during the pre-tenure period (see Restrictions below for timing). These applications are typically funded at Level 1 (up to $4800 for one semester).

Research grants awarded to TENURED FACULTY are designed to support faculty engagement in and continuation of their current scholarly work, in new directions in their scholarship, or for large, multi-year projects. The support requested for this award must be justified by the scope and merit of the project and may vary from Level 1 to Level 2.

Other full-time faculty with documented research expectations may apply for any level of support, in consultation with their department Chair or Dean.

Restrictions: Faculty who have held a Faculty Development Distinguished Early Career (DEC) grant, a University Scholars grant (USG), or a Research grant within the past three years are not eligible to apply. Consult this chart to determine eligibility:

Final year grant was held Year eligible to apply
2013-14 2017-18
2014-15 2018-19
2015-16 2019-20
2016-17 2020-21
2017-18 2021-22
2018-19 2022-23




Application Deadline: Proposals must be submitted by 4 p.m., on February 1, for support the following academic year(s) or summer. Funds are not available until after July 1 of that year.

Final Report Deadline: The Final Report is due October 1 of the year following completion of the project.

Awards: There are two levels of support for scholarship:

  • LEVEL 1: up to $4,800 in any one semester (e.g., completing a manuscript for publication; analysis of data leading to presentation at a professional conference)
  • LEVEL 2 up to $9,600 in one semester or over a year (e.g., for larger-scale projects, such as several book chapters, or multiple manuscripts resulting from analysis of data)

The basic amount, $4,800, represents the majority of the cost of a replacement adjunct for one course release. It is expected that departments will support applicants by contributing the remainder. Applicants should negotiate with their department chairs and dean to determine whether to apply for an expense award (e.g., for supplies or travel) or course release, or a combination of the two, and the level of the request. All applicants need to carefully justify how much they request. Since full time faculty have access to travel funds through their departments, applicants requesting travel funds need to demonstrate that they have first depleted available funds from the department.

Application Process: The Research Grant application must be filled out completely, including a narrative that addresses all of the criteria for evaluation of the grant proposal, a timetable for the project, and a bibliography and curriculum vitae in the required format. Applicants for this grant must demonstrate how the proposed activities will enhance their own scholarly development. In addition, they must carefully justify the level of support for the requested funds. The application deadline is 4 p.m. on February 1; complete applications should be e-mailed as one Word or PDF format document to the Faculty Development Center (

Applicants are encouraged to seek external funding for their research project and to show evidence of such activity in the application.

The applicant's current Chair or Dean must submit a letter of support directly to Faculty Development. The applicant must fill out the top portion of the Chair/Dean Letter of Approval document and send it to the Chair/Dean for completion. The application deadline is 4 p.m. on February 1; the letter of support should be e-mailed as a Word or PDF format document to the Faculty Development Center (

Selection Criteria: Proposals should be written in a way that minimizes disciplinary jargon as much as possible (if necessary to include, provide definitions) and is understandable for a non-technical reviewer. They will be judged on the basis of the quality of the narrative and the applicant’s ability to convincingly justify the requested level of support. Applications from current recipients of a Faculty Development or other grant for the same project are not encouraged.

Priority for funding: Priority for Research Grant awards has been established by the Faculty Development Committee as follows:

  1. Untenured and has never had a Research Grant or any other UST research funding.
  2. Tenured but has not held a Research Grant or any other UST research funding within the past three years.
--Updated 08/10/2016