Faculty Development Grants

Faculty Development Grants


Faculty Development Grants are intended to be used for the development or enhancement of academic or co-curricular programs, to pursue innovative creative or research projects, to organize or participate in professional development opportunities on or off-campus, or for any other activity that will make participants more productive and innovative professionals. Previously funded projects have included, community outreach, information technology, diversity issues, or innovative instruction, research or creative work, the development of workshops, master classes, guest lectures/artists, formal study at conferences, workshops, attending an international summit, or inviting a keynote speaker to ECSU. Professional development opportunities may also be organized for part-time faculty. NOTE: Part–time faculty within a department should also be urged to apply, as a separate fund is available for them.

A maximum of $1500 for each full-time faculty member is available if the grant application is approved. A maximum of $1000 for each part-time faculty member is available if the grant application is approved. Requests for Faculty Development Grant proposals are usually sent out by Karen Karas, early in the Fall semester. Notifications of awards are usually sent out within several weeks after the deadline.

Proposal request forms can be located under “Forms”.

Guidelines for Submissions of Grant Proposals

  1. Applicants should submit complete applications that follow the directions on the proposal form (e.g. abstract should fit in designated area, length of narrative and CV) and fit with the goals of the Faculty Development Grant versus other funding sources.
  2. Applications should be proofread for grammar and spelling as well as include complete narratives that explain how the proposal meets the purpose of the Faculty Development Grants or “activities by and for members that enhance their ability to be productive and innovative professionals.
  3. Budgets submitted should be clear, complete and detaild and include any supporting documents.
  4. Applications are rated by the committe according to the following criteria:
    1. clarity and detail of the proposal including the narrative as well as supplementary documents to support the budget and aims of the grant (travel estimates, meeting agendas)
    2. benefit to the individual or how the grant will enhance the applicants training
    3. Connection of the activity to the applicant’s experience and training (e.g. refer to the applicants CV)
    4. Significance of the proposal to the applicant’s department and or the University (submission of results to Wednesday Seminar or Research and Creativity Forums).