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.

Recipients are expected to disseminate their results outside the GVSU community via seminars, lectures, performances, and the like. They are also strongly urged to use the award as a means of obtaining external support for their efforts, if possible.

The Pre-tenure Supplement for Research and Creativity is an additional funding option of CSCE’s Catalyst Grant.


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To be eligible, individuals must be a tenure-track faculty member at GVSU, untenured, and have completed the terminal degree in their field.  

Only one proposal per review cycle may be submitted.

Funding Limitations

  • The pre-tenure supplement is in addition to the $5,000 that may be requested through the Catalyst Fund program (in other words – your catalyst budget may be up to $8,000 total).

  • Funding cannot be used to supplement a faculty member’s salary.

  • Eligible faculty can receive the supplemental award only once.

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

Projects recognized by this program are expected to be of high quality, as judged by the Research & Development Committee.


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. 

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