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FAHSS Research and Interdisciplinary Initiatives Fund

The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Provost are pleased to invite applications for grants to fund research and other academic endeavors for College of Arts and Sciences faculty in the Fine Arts, Humanities, and (lettered) Social Sciences (FAHSS). These grants are funded by the Offices of the Provost, Vice President for Research (OVPR), and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).

Research Initiative Grants for Faculty in the Fine Arts, Humanities, and Lettered Social Sciences (FAHSS)

Types of Awards

Two types of research grants are awarded through this competition:

  1. Individual Research Projects — for faculty in the relevant FAHSS departments or programs. Maximum Award: $3,000.
  2. Interdisciplinary Research Projects for three or more faculty in the relevant FAHSS departments or in conjunction with faculty from other CAS departments or other colleges. Maximum Award: $6,000.


Grants for Individual Research:

Full-time faculty from the Fine Arts, Humanities, and lettered Social Sciences may apply for up to $3000 for funds to provide seed money for research projects and creative activities, matching funds for grants, publication subsidies for newly published work, research personnel, travel grants for research, research materials (e.g., special equipment), and other such research-related activities or creative projects. We do not provide funds to travel to conferences or other such professional meetings, and the Research funds cannot be used for summer salary. A preference will be given to applications from junior faculty, from faculty who are first time applicants, and from faculty who have not received an award in the last three years.

Grants for Interdisciplinary Projects:

A group of faculty from two or more FAHSS departments may apply for grants of up to $6,000 to encourage new research partnerships or new curricular initiatives. Faculty from non-FAHSS departments and from other colleges may also be included. The grants can be used for special events such as colloquia, conferences, performances, and exhibitions. Projects should contribute to the development of interdisciplinary contacts across CAS departments, help build partnerships with other areas across the campus, and engage with national and international discussions about the future of our disciplines. Projects pertinently involving non-CAS departments, especially those not likely to be funded by science agencies, are also welcome. Preference will be given to applications from faculty, who have not received an interdisciplinary award in the last three years. Preference will also be given to interdisciplinary projects that are self-sustaining or seek one time funding (i.e., not requiring year-to-year finding from FAHSS).

The proposal should be submitted by a lead author and the other participating faculty should write letters of endorsement. Additionally, if a department, institute, or center is providing funds to the project, the head of that area should submit a letter confirming that support.

General Notes:

  • Special attention for both the Individual and Interdisciplinary awards will be given to projects that are intended to lead to the development of proposals and applications for external grants and fellowships.
  • Grant recipients who submit a grant proposal to an external agency or foundation within one year of the grant period will receive an additional support allocation of $500.
  • PLEASE NOTE: The Fall 2019 deadline for receipt of applications is: Sunday, November 10th, 2019 (11:59pm)

Successful candidates will be required to submit a report on research outcomes after the grant period.

Policy on the Purchase of Equipment and Software:

The FAHSS Committee discourages funding requests for durable equipment (i.e. equipment that will not be consumed in the course of the research project) and software. Though requests will be considered, they will be given lower funding priority and applicants are strongly encouraged to keep their equipment costs below $500.

Further, if equipment and/or software requests ARE made, the submitted application must meet the following criteria:

  1. The applicant must demonstrate with supporting documentation that every effort has been made to use existing University resources, borrow equipment, and/or rent equipment.
  2. The applicant must demonstrate that the equipment or software is a vital and intrinsic part of the proposed research project.
  3. The applicant must include a statement explaining what will happen to the equipment when the project is over.

The committee evaluating The Research Initiatives Grants for FAHSS is listed at the FAHSS Committee Page.

Please direct inquiries about guidelines or proposal preparation to David Mather at


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