Catalyst Grant for Research and Creativity


The Catalyst Grant for Research and Creativity 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.

Seeks to support works of scholarship or creative activity that develops innovative and transformative ideas to the point where they can successfully garner new external funding.

Catalyst funding may be paired with a faculty course reassignment request or a pre-tenure supplement.


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Tenured or tenure-track faculty members on continuing appointment are eligible.

Funding Limitations

  • Up to a maximum funding of $3000.
  •  Only one proposal per review cycle. 
  •  Supports student help, supplies, necessary travel for data collection, and other costs of projects.
  •  Faculty salaries and travel to conferences are excluded.
  • The duration of the grant is one year (no extensions). 

Supplemental Funding

An additional $3000 may be requested for a 1-course reassignment. Please refer to the Faculty Course Reassignment for Research and Creative Expression Program for more information.

Funding Deadlines

There will be two submission cycles per year with deadlines at the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on October 1st and March 1st of each year. If the 1st falls on a weekend the deadline is moved to 5:00 p.m. on the next business day.

Grants awarded in March will run for one year - April 1 through March 31 of the following year. No extensions.

Grants awarded in October will run for one year - November 1 through October 31 of the following year. No extensions. 

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Proposal Guidelines


Letter of Support Template


Review Process

Catalyst Grant proposals are awarded by a competitive review process. Proposals are reviewed by a committee composed of faculty from several disciplines, and therefore MUST be written to be understood by members of these multi-disciplinary review committees, i.e., an educated lay audience, rather than by narrow specialists in your field.                                                       

Criteria used in evaluating proposals include: project justification, significance of project, appropriateness of project design and methods, qualifications of the applicant for implementing the project, probability of achieving project objectives, and appropriateness of the schedule for project activities, if applicable. All of these criteria must be judged in terms of the likelihood that the project will result in recognition for the faculty member, his or her department, and the University.



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