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SBS Grants

SBS Faculty and Staff Professional Development Grants


SBS Staff Professional Development Grant

These grants are open to all full-time staff within SBS and are intended to provide professional development opportunities not otherwise available through existing units. Opportunities may include conference attendance, trainings, webinars, bringing in outside speakers or trainers, and other forms of professional development.

The deadline for applications is March 27, 2020. We anticipate at least ten grants recipients per year, of up to $1,000 each from SBS, to be matched 1:1 by departments, for a total maximum grant of $2,000 per person or group. Departments that provide staff with professional development funds can redeploy those funds towards the departmental match.


SBS Associate Professor Research Leave Grant

These grants are open to full-time tenure system SBS Associate Professors and are intended to promote the development and sustenance of research that will lead to promotion to Professor and continued scholarly achievement. Preference will be given to faculty who have been at the rank of Associate Professor for five or more years and those whose progress towards promotion has been constrained by significant service obligations.

The deadline for applications is October 16, 2020. We anticipate up to two grants per year. Ideally, this grant will be attached to a one-semester sabbatical, effectively providing the recipient with a full year’s leave and limiting the service burden on the department. Each grant recipient will receive:

  1. Semester-long release from teaching, with departments compensated by the college
  2. Departmental and college service leave for one semester
  3. A research stipend up to $3500


SBS Non-Tenure System Faculty Professional Development Grant

These grants are open to full-time faculty outside the tenure system and are intended to recognize past achievements in teaching, advising, leadership, and service and provide opportunities to further enhance success in these areas.

The deadline for applications is October 16, 2020. We anticipate at least eight grants per year, of up to $1,000 each from SBS, to be matched 1:1 by departments, for a total maximum grant of $2,000 per person. The grants can be used for conference attendance, curricular development, research related to teaching/advising, and other responsibilities related to the faculty member’s position.


SBS Faculty and Staff Professional Development Grants past recipients

SBS Faculty Grants

In order to support the development and growth of the diverse and excellent faculty research in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Dean’s Research Council offers the following grants each year:

Research Support Grants
Research Support Grants are intended for generating new research activity. Up to $7,000 per Principal Investigator. Up to $14,000 with two PIs from SBS. Faculty should review the Research Support Grant details prior to applying. 

Conference and Visitor Grants
Conference and Visitor Grants are intended for bringing a speaker or colleague to campus or to hosting a conference or workshop on campus. Up to $2,000 support with a 1-1 match from other sources. Please indicate the source of the matching funds. Faculty should review the Conference and Visitor Grant details prior to applying.

The quality of faculty research proposals is high and the funds are limited, making it a competitive funding process. A strong preference is given to generating a new research project or a new direction within an existing project. Priority in most cases is given to those new projects that are likely to lead to external foundation or government funding; however, SBS has smaller grants to support high-quality, meritorious research for which opportunities for extramural funding are limited.

All ranks of tenure track faculty and lecturers whose major responsibilities include research are eligible to apply to both categories. The Fall 2019 deadline is October 18, 2019 and the Spring 2020 deadline is March 27, 2020. For any questions about these grants, please contact Jennifer Lundquist, Senior Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development.

For assistance in preparing your budget, including information about RA costs, please contact Karen Mason. For any questions about the grant submission process, please contact Saulo DePaula.


SBS Faculty Grants past recipients