Mini Grant Program

Call for Proposals

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This program provides up to $1,000 to engage in projects that advance the recipient’s professional development and field of research, scholarly or 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.



  • Program is open to all non-student employees with formal appointments to the university. This includes staff, research associates, tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure track faculty.
  • Priority will be given to quality applications from individuals who have not received the award in the previous two-year period.
  • Recipients may hold only one Small Grant at a time.
  • Recipients may not have received a Small Grant in the previous 12 month period.


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).


Small Grants are awarded for a fixed term of 12 months. Any unexpended funds remaining at the end of the grant will be returned to the program.


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Helpful Tip!

The proposal template MUST be downloaded, completed, and attached to your application eSign form as a PDF file to be considered for funding. 

For best functionality, open template in the desktop Word application.

*Template updated 8/2023


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Using the required proposal template  complete all required components as one pdf file, attached to the application eSign form and submit to your Department Chair.


Department Chairs should review the application, enter their written comments on the eSign form, and approve to RSP at


Proposals are accepted any time and reviewed on rolling basis. RSP strives to notify applicants of a funding decision within one month of receiving an application.


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Proposals will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Research and Creative Activities Council who submit their recommendations to the Vice Provost for Research for approval.

Proposals are evaluated based on:

  • Clarity, completeness, and strength of statement of need/problem/creative activity
  • Likely impact on discipline/students/community
  • Opportunity for advancing professional scholarship of the applicant
  • Suitability/feasibility of methods, staffing and timeline
  • Clarity and feasibility of endpoints (publication/performance/display/seeking external funding, etc.)