Catalyst Grant for Research and Creativity
Catalyst Grant Applications are now open in MyApps. Deadline for application is March 1, 2022 by 5 p.m.; decisions made by April 1, 2022.
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.
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 October will run for one year - November 1 through October 31 of the following year. No extensions.
Grants awarded in March will run for one year - April 1 through March 31 of the following year. No extensions.
Apply online through MyApps; click:
Eligibility and Funding Limitations
Eligibility: Tenured or tenure-track faculty members on continuing appointment are eligible.
- Up to a maximum funding of $4,000.
- 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).
Link to Faculty Course Reassignment for Research and Creative Expression Program: An additional $3,000 may be requested for a 1-course reassignment to compensate the faculty member's department, through the Dean's office. This option supports the cost of a replacement instructor to cover one course, or similar responsibilities, normally performed by the applicant. This reassignment provides unencumbered time to help fulfill the demands of unusually time-intensive projects.
Link to Pre-Tenure Supplement for Research and Creativity: The Pre-tenure Supplement for Research and Creativity enhances scholarly and/or creative productivity by providing junior faculty members with financial support to launch their creative agendas at the university.
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.