Internal Faculty Funding

Faculty working on project

Please note:

Small Grants and Manuscript Preparation Grant requests are taking a minimum of two weeks to process due to RSP being understaffed and COVID.  Award notices are currently going out on Fridays.

Overview

RSP offers grant programs supporting the research, scholarly and creative communities at Western, funded through a combination of self-sustaining and permanently budgeted funds.  Application dates vary, consult the RSP Calendar for upcoming deadlines.

Faculty Summer Research and Creative Activities Grants

This program provides faculty with $6000 in summer salary to engage in projects that will result in significant advancement of their professional development and field of research, scholarly or creative work. A subcommittee of the RCA Council reviews proposals and makes funding recommendations to the Vice Provost for Research. Approximately 10 awards are made annually.  For additional details please refer to the Request for Proposals.  Applications should be electronically submitted using this Application Form.  The following are examples of some recent successful proposals:

Faculty Summer Teaching Grants

This program provides faculty with $6000 in summer salary to engage in projects that will result in significant advancement of instruction. A subcommittee of the RCA Council reviews proposals and makes funding recommendations to the Vice Provost for Research. Approximately 10 awards are made annually.  For additional details please refer to the Request for Proposals.  Applications should be electronically submitted using this Application Form.  The following are examples of some recent successful proposals:

Small Grants Program

This program provides faculty with up to $1,000 to support their research, scholarly, and creative work.  Funds may be used for supplies, equipment, research-related travel, performances, exhibitions, displays and similar creative activities, as well as other necessary expenses.  Funds may not be used to pay salaries (including student salaries) or for conference attendance or to present results at other professional venues or for the development of instructional materials, curricula, general purpose (departmental) equipment, or dissertations. Funds may only be used for expenses incurred during the award period (pre-award spending is not supported). The term of the grant is up to one-year, and any unexpended funds remaining at the end of the grant period will be returned to the program.  Recipients can hold no more than one Small Grant at a time.  This program is open to all faculty (tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure track) as well as exempt staff and other university employees for whom research or creative work is expected as a condition of employment.  Please use this eform to submit an application. Applications are accepted at any time.  Limited funding is available.  For additional details please refer to the Request for Proposals.

Manuscript Preparation Grants

This program provides up to $2,200 to assist with manuscript preparation and publication.  Allowable costs include indexing, licensing fees for copyrighted materials, page charges, open-access fees (up to $1,800 may be applied toward open-access charges), and figure preparation. Professional editing costs for books (but not journal papers) is also supported.  For additional details please refer to the Request for Proposals.  Please use this eform to request support for manuscript preparation and/or publication. Applications are accepted at any time. Limited funding is available.

Pilot Project Grants

This program provides up to $5,000 to help seed ambitious new projects with the potential to open significant new opportunities for research, creative expression or scholarship.  For details, please see the Request for Proposals.  Please use the Pilot Project Grants application form for your submission

New Initiatives Fund

The New Initiatives Fund aims to grow Western’s extramural funding base in order to diversify and expand our overall capacity for research, scholarship and creative expression.  To do so, the NIF seeds new programs in high-risk, high-reward directions with convincing potential for widespread impact and to return or exceed the Fund’s initial investment.  For details, please see the Request for Proposals.  Awards can be up to $25,000 with few restrictions and applications are accepted at any time during the academic year.  The program is expected to be competitive and prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their concepts with RSP before preparing  proposal.

 

Other Western Grant Programs

The following funding opportunities offered by other programs are also available.  Contact those programs for additional information: