The College-Funded Research Program was established with the purpose of assisting in the advancement of professionally significant faculty scholarship.

Faculty members are especially encouraged to seek support for short-term projects or for projects which provide preliminary research for the preparation of off-campus proposals.

Individuals planning proposals for external grants should contact Mary Ellen Jackson, Director of Sponsored Research, for information and assistance.

Grants awarded through the College-Funded Research Program do not support undergraduate research; information on programs supporting research with undergraduates can be found on the Research by Students page. Costs associated with the Instructional Program of the College and Faculty development other than Advanced Study should be directed to the Office of the Provost to be considered for other forms of College support.  Information on  the College’s Faculty Travel Program can be found on the Provost’s Information, Forms, and Lists Page.

All proposals should be submitted to the Dean of Curriculum and Research and must be received in their entirety (including supporting letters) by the deadline for submission for the meeting at which they will be reviewed. Proposals are reviewed by the Academic Research Committee whose recommendations for final action are then forwarded to the Provost.

Below is a brief overview of the types of requests supported by this program.  Details about the programs can be found in the ARC Research Manual, which can be found on the ARC forms page. Online application forms can also be found on the ARC forms page.

Research Grants

Research Grants may cover equipment, supplies, specialized library materials (including microfilm and database search costs), travel for research, research assistants (a separate proposal  is required for EXCEL Scholars), and other specialized personnel.

Advanced Study Grants

Advanced Study Grants are awarded to assist faculty members in developing an enhanced research expertise in their own field or a related area of advanced study.  Awards may cover travel and tuition expenses for a faculty member who attends an institute, special topics conference, short course or program of summer study.

Preparation/Publication/Production Cost Grants

ARC grant support may be requested for unusual costs associated with the preparation of long manuscripts, illustrations, professional indexing, performance works, etc. Grants also can be requested for the publication or production of other (such as production costs for digital media, recording of performance works) scholarly works, when charges are routinely requested by a referred journal/publisher/production company/distributor or when such charges are a condition for acceptance of a scholarly work for publication or production. These grants typically cover costs for plates, excess pages, or page charges of printed works and CD, digital, or other media production of performance works.

R.K. Mellon Summer Research Fellowships

In 1963 the Richard King Mellon Foundation provided partial support for a Summer Research Fellowship program.  This program provides $5000 in professional development funds for tenured or tenure-track members of the faculty, to be used over a period of two fiscal years.  The Richard King Mellon Research Awards are intended to promote original scholarship or other accomplishment that will result in scholarly publications or other intellectual products.