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Grant Improvement Fund!

Individual faculty members have unique needs regarding the kinds of investments and professional development that will help them become better positioned to apply for and receive external grants and fellowships. The GIF provides support to help faculty make their external grant applications more competitive and fundable. It is expected that faculty who receive funding will apply for an external research grant or fellowship within one year of their support.

Eligible Activities:

  • Funds to hire an expert to review and critique a proposal prior to submission;
  • Fundin​g to participate in grant writing workshops, webinars, or online courses;
  • Travel support to meet with program officers or grant collaborators;
  • Funding to attend a writing workshop or retreat to prepare manuscripts for submission and thereby improve one’s publication record.

​​To apply for support, submit an email to Kris Monahan​. In the email please include the following:​​

  • The external grant or fellowship program for which you plan to develop an external proposal, its deadline, and award amount.

  • Three paragraphs that summarize (a) your research program; (b) the proposed grant improvement activity and associated costs, and; (c) how this support will enhance your professional development and promote future grant activity.

  • ​​​A copy of your current CV.​


Sponsored Research & Programs

​​What is the Office of Sponsored Research & Programs? What do you need it to be?

Whether you’re looking for help developing grant proposals, identifying funding opportunities, ensuring compliance,​ or simply need some guidance on your research objectives, the Sponsored Research & Programs office wants to be your partner. Our​ goal is to be your guide, your eyes and ears, and your voice f​rom start to finish — allowing you to focus on your research and the new knowledge it will produce.​​

Where do you begin looking for research and grant opportunities?

You can call the office to discuss your project idea or submit a request for assi​​stance​ in identifying funding opportunities to Sponsored Research & Programs and Corporate & Foundation Relations.​ You can also:

  • ​Contact colleagues and professional connections to learn where they have received support
  • Conduct a SPI​N search​ and view the Quick Start Guide
  • Check professional associations for listing of discipline-specific opportunities
  • Try searching one of the helpful links below

Federal Opportunities 

Private and Corporate Sponsors