Collaborative Research and Creative Activity Initiative

Collaborative Grant Applications are now open in MyApps. Deadline for application is October 3, 2022 by 5 p.m.; decisions made by November 1, 2022.

Fall Grant Office Hours for Writing a Successful Catalyst or Collaborative Grant Proposal

Email your RSVP to Janet Potgeter ([email protected])
Sept 14, 1 - 3 PM, 049 JHZ 
Sept 20, 9 - 11 AM, DEV 302E
Sept 29, 2 - 4 pm, via Zoom


The Collaborative Research and Creative Activity Initiative is designed to foster new collaborative research and creative activities between faculty members from different disciplines and/or areas of expertise. Proposals that create and integrate ideas across the arts, sciences, humanities, and all professional colleges will be most competitive. Research partnerships across GVSU units and between GVSU and other universities and institutions are strongly encouraged. 


Tenured or tenure-track faculty members on continuing appointment are eligible. Visiting Faculty, Affiliate Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, and Staff can be co-Principal Investigator (PI), but not lead PI.

Funding Limitations

  • Only one proposal per review cycle.
  •  Up to a maximum funding of $10,000.
  • Supports faculty summer stipends, student help, supplies, necessary travel, and other costs of projects (Travels to conferences are excluded).
  • A total of up to $5,000 may be requested in salary for the PI(s). Note that this is not per individual PI: salaries for multiple individuals may be requested, but the total cannot exceed $5,000. The salary requested should be proportionate to the amount of effort expended by the faculty member and should be indicated in terms of time period and equivalent corresponding percent of effort.
  • Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of merit.
  • Successful applications must demonstrate how the collaborative effort will help solve the question/problem under investigation in a way that individual effort is less likely to do so.

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 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:Apply Here

Review Process

Collaborative Research and Creative Activity Initiative 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, level of collaboration of the team members, 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 the acquisition of future external funding and/or recognition for the faculty member, his or her department, and the University.

Grant Application Example

Annis Water Resources Institute Example


Proposal Guidelines


Letter of Support


Collaborative Grant 2022-2023



Total Grants



Following first round awards, Nov. 1, 2022.


Collaborative Grant 2021-2022



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Previous Recipients

2022-2023        2017-2018 

2021-2022        March 2016   

2019-2020        October 2015

2018-2019        March 2015





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