Mini-Grant Awards


Limited funds are available to full-time A&S College faculty, including lecturers, for "mini-grant" proposals. These mini-grant awards have an upper limit of $2,000 for equipment and $1,200 for other research-related expenses. Mini-grants in the latter category are often used to support small research projects; foreign travel support for field, museum, library or laboratory work; travel to accept an award or when serving as the organizer of a conference; trips to visit funding agents or attend funding workshops.

Preference will be given to requests from untenured, tenure-track faculty in any discipline and to requests from tenured faculty in disciplines where extramural funding is not generally available.

Faculty are eligible to apply for one mini-grant each fiscal year. Support will be limited to one foreign trip per fiscal year.

Requests for mini-grant funds (including the attached "Application Cover Sheet") may be submitted at any time and will be reviewed promptly. Faculty should submit a letter to the dean of the College of Arts & Sciences that describes the nature of the request and the benefits to the faculty member's research program. Faculty should append statement from the department chair indicating that funds for the project are not available through any other source. This statement is particularly important since units receiving incentive program awards are expected to accommodate such requests with these funds.

Following the use of these funds, the faculty member is required to send a brief report "College Research Activity Award Summary Report" (CRAA Report) to the dean’s office describing how the funds benefited the faculty member’s research effort. These reports are necessary to document the use of these funds.

All  requests should be sent directly to Carrie Oser, Interim Associate Dean for Research, and copied to Camille Harmon at
All requests must be submitted via email.  If you have questions, please call 257-3966.


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