Virtual Seminar: Write Winning Grant Proposals

CSCE is sponsoring a widely acclaimed seminar on writing competitive grant proposals, presented by John D. Robertson, Ph.D., Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops.  The seminar will be presented as a two-part virtual livestreamed event on Thursday, May 6, 9am-12:30pm and Friday, May 7, 9am-12:30pm.  The seminar is appropriate for junior through senior faculty and grant-writing staff and you are strongly urged to view/attend both Part 1 and Part 2.

The registration deadline is April 16. For more information please visit the Seminar website. After reviewing the seminar description and agenda on the Seminar website, questions and registration may be directed to  

Funding opportunities for the 2020-2021 year may be found at our Internal Funding site. Catalyst Grant Applications are now open in MyApps. Deadline for application is March 15, 5 p.m.; decisions made by April 20, 2021

The Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence (CSCE) promotes a culture of active, engaged and ethical scholarship through supporting innovative faculty and student research and collaborative partnerships in the broader community.

At Grand Valley State University, research, scholarship, and creative activity are essential components of the university’s mission as an institution of higher learning. Excellence in teaching at the university level depends upon active scholarship by faculty members. Through basic and applied research, artistic expression and performance, and other forms of scholarship, GVSU faculty members and students contribute to the development and application of knowledge, create a dynamic environment for learning, and contribute to the economic progress of the region that it serves.

Welcome to GVSU's Community of Scholars

The Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement

Center for Undergraduate Scholar Engagement (CUSE) provides a location where comprehensive support can be offered to all students interested in research and prestigious national scholarships. The Center will be located in 230 LIB where OURS is now housed. The change is a collaboration between the Honors College, the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence. For more information please visit the CUSE website,

Office of Sponsored Programs

OSP is the university's central office that supports faculty and staff in the identification, development, submission, and administration of externally sponsored agreements.

Office of Research Compliance and Integrity

RCI oversees compliance awareness and accountability within the research culture of the university through assistance, education, and communication. 

Laboratory Safety

The Lab Safety Program is committed to providing a safe laboratory environment to Grand Valley's employees, students and visitors. In order to accomplish this, GVSU has established guidelines to ensure safe lab practices and training programs. In addition, Lab Safety staff provides additional resources to evaluate hazards and minimize the risk of injury or illness to students, faculty and research staff.

Technology Commercialization Office

TCO is a resource and partner for university faculty, staff, and students developing technologies with commercial potential. 

High Performance Computing

With the advent of greater support for HPC scholarship and teaching at GVSU, the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence and Information Technology are collaborating to provide a transparent and efficient processes to support HPC work at the university.

Internal Funding Opportunities for Faculty

The FY 20-21 Faculty Professional Development Fund was created for faculty to request financial support to deepen their skills and/or facilitate growth in the following areas:

  • Teaching 
  • Instructional design and curriculum development 
  • Scholarly and creative activity
  • Leadership, administration, and organizational development 


Mini-Grant Program 

This program supports research and creative activity with a modest subsidy at critical times. This is accomplished through defraying the cost of travel, supplies, and other materials necessary to conduct the project. Funds may be used for page charges, color illustrations, and other costs associated with publishing.

Virtual Conference Dissemination Grant

This grant supports dissemination of the applicant's original research or creative effort. The presentations must be at a recognized organized conference or professional exposition unless you are a session chair or officer of a national committee.


Book Subvention Fund

This fund supports the costs of scholarly publication.  These subventions guarantee that scholarly works of significance by GVSU faculty can be published even if the prospective audience is limited. 

Open Access Publishing Support

This support aids the ability of researchers to publish in established open access peer-reviewed journals and peer-reviewed journals that have an open access option. 

The Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence is pleased to announce a new grant opportunity for Grand Valley faculty. The Laker Extramural Proposal Development Support will provide small grants of up to $2,000 to help faculty make their external grant proposals and applications more competitive and fundable. It is expected that faculty who receive LEPDS funding will apply for an external grant or fellowship from a major funding agency within one year of receiving their grant.

The GVSU’s Laker Match Fund (LMF) is an account of limited funding managed in the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence – Research Administration. The LMF’s purpose is to assist in the provision of matching funds when required as a condition of eligibility to apply for funding for externally-sponsored projects

The Laker Innovation Commercialization Fund (LICF) is established to enhance opportunity to commercialize innovations discovered at Grand Valley State University. The program is intended to provide financial support that cannot typically be obtained from other traditional sources of funding. 

Catalyst Grant for Research and Creativity 

This grant encourages faculty in establishing and maintaining programs of research, scholarly, and/or creative activity. Projects should display potential for having a significant impact on one’s field or chart a new trajectory in one’s scholarly, creative or artistic development.

Collaborative Research and Creative Activity Initiative

This initiative is designed to foster new collaborative research and creative activities between faculty members from different disciplines.

Faculty Course Reassignment for Research and Creative Expression

This reassignment provides unencumbered time to help fulfill the demands of unusually time-intensive projects. 


  • Register for a sabbatical writing workshop in Sprout.
  • Learn more about the policies and process on Office of the Provost website.
  • Contact CSCE for a one on one proposal pre-read. 

Quality Circles for Proposal Submission Enhancement

Quick Guides to application and management systems.

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