CLASS Funding Opportunities
***NOTE: Not currently accepting applications. Funds for 2019 have been allocated. Applications may open again in the new fiscal year pending funding.
The CLASS Conference Travel Grant program supports CLASS faculty as they travel to organized regional, national or international conferences for the purpose of presenting, discussing or performing original research or creative work. Awards up to $750 are available for CLASS faculty with position description allocations of at least 25% for research/creative activity. Support will be granted for participation in a maximum of one conference or meeting of scholarly societies subject to availability of funds. Travel must occur between Jan. 1, 2019 and Aug. 15, 2019. Applications must be submitted no later than 21 days prior to the travel date.
Two CLASS Interdisciplinary Fellowships will be awarded in Spring 2019 to lead the work of interdisciplinary teams of faculty on strategic research/creative areas vital to the college. In 2019, two faculty will be awarded $14,000 each to lead a team that results in tangible interdisciplinary research or creative work. Department chairs must nominate potential applicants and may nominate up to two faculty from one unit. Nominations are due to the Associate Dean for Research by Feb. 15, 2019; completed applications are due by 5 p.m. PST on April 5, 2018.
A CLASS Research Fellowship is awarded annually to a faculty member who holds the rank of associate professor, full professor or university distinguished professor. In 2019, one fellowships for up to $20,000 will be awarded to one faculty member in humanities, performing arts, or social sciences.
Completed applications are due by 5 p.m. PST on Friday, April 5, 2019.
Download Call for Applications.
The CLASS Summer Grant Program offers up to $2,500 for travel, for equipment, for supplies or for undergraduate or graduate research assistance (per HR guidelines) in order to create a sustainable research or creative project. The grant can also be used by the PI as summer salary to fund the writing of a grant to a federal granting agency for the 2019 submission period. The grants are intended to support tenure-track and tenured faculty to do one or more of the following:
- Conduct research that will further scholarship and directly lead to a publication or creative achievement; or
- Write and submit a grant proposal to a federal granting agency in 2019; or
- Establish a collaborative research or creative project with a team of faculty that includes at least one member from another discipline and that leads either to the submission of a grant proposal to a federal granting agency or will further scholarship and directly lead to a publication or creative achievement.
Please submit a draft of your budget to Alisa Goolsby by Oct. 19 and the final proposal is due electronically to Diane Kelly-Riley on November 2. Download PDF.
The fund supports the study of any subject connected with the history of the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho or Montana, for which a portion of the chronology occurred during the territorial and early statehood period.
The committee awards subventions for research, preservation of archival and manuscript collections, student assistantships, travel, exhibitions, conferences, or acquisitions of rare books, manuscripts, artifacts, photocopies and images. Faculty members are not eligible for salary stipends.
Contact Mark Warner for more information.
The Kurt O. Olsson Early Career Research Fellowship (ECRF) program aims to help recently hired faculty develop scholarly/creative programs that promote research and creative activities in the humanities, arts, and social sciences that will attract outside funding, and/or that will result in publications, patents or exhibitions/performances. Download Document
The Kurt O. Olsson Mid-Career Research Fellowship program aims to help advanced faculty develop new scholarly/creative programs that promote research and creative activities in the humanities, arts, and social sciences that will attract outside funding, and/or that will result in publications, patents or exhibitions/performances. Download Document
The CLASS Undergraduate Collaborative Research Key Grant is designed to encourage collaboration between CLASS faculty and undergraduate students on scholarly or creative projects, which may include articles or books, conferences, performances, productions, workshops, travel and professional development experiences.
Proposals are due on November 2, 2018 (with a budget review by October 15, 2018) for the fall cycle; and February 15, 2019 (with a budget review by February 1, 2019). Alisa Goolsby must approve your budget before you can submit your application.
U of I Internal Funding Opportunities
Amount: $1000 annually (first award winner will receive the award for three consecutive years)
Description: Elaine Ambrose, a CLASS alumna, has established a new endowment in the college to support storytelling. In addition to a storytelling workshop and a graduating senior award, the Ambrose endowment will fund a faculty award to any faculty member who is an active storyteller as part of her or his research, scholarship, or creative activity. In other words, the award can go to any faculty member in CLASS with an ongoing research agenda based in storytelling.
Allowable expenses: The award can be used for travel expenses, publishing costs, conference fees or other activities directly related to their creative and scholarly work in storytelling.
Application: Send to Jean Planagan ([email protected]) by Nov. 6, 2017, a CV and a description of a plan to use the award to advance a creative and scholarly activity based in storytelling. Six hundred words maximum for the description.
Expectations of recipient: The recipient of the award will keep storytelling as an active component of her or his research and scholarly activity for the duration of the award. The recipient will work to mentor undergraduate students in the craft of storytelling. In particular, the recipient will organize an annual Storytelling Workshop on the UI Moscow campus (target date of the first workshop is March 20, 2018) for CLASS faculty and students who will meet with Elaine Ambrose and will present their own works. The expectation is that the Storytelling Workshop will be a four-hour event that will include lunch. Finally, it is the expectation that one of the students presenting that day will become the recipient of the Ambrose Storytelling Senior Award, which is also funded by the Ambrose endowment.
Expectations for workshop: The Ambrose endowment will fund the workshop completely. It will happen in Moscow. The goal of the workshop is to highlight the creative activities of undergraduate students who engage in storytelling. Participating students will attend with their faculty mentors. Elaine Ambrose will also attend and open the workshop with a presentation. The faculty award winner will then make a presentation. Each participating student will present a selection of a story that they have written. After a lunch, there will be panel presentation for workshop participants to discuss the power of storytelling. Logistics for the event will be handled by CLASS Development. The retreat is expected to last four hours. The faculty award winner will help organize the event.
What do they do: The International Programs Office (IPO) pursues grants that bring international students, scholars, mid-career professionals, teachers and community leaders to U of I for training, teaching and/or academic study. Grants range from five days to two years.
IPO collaborates with U of I colleges and departments works closely with a number of partners. These include:
- Center for Intercultural Education and Development (CIED) at Georgetown University
- Institute of International Education (IIE)
- International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)
- Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State
- U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Who should contact them: CLASS faculty or administrators who are interested in partnering with IPO on grants.
When to contact: As early in the process as possible. This is especially critical if you want IPO to have a significant role in the writing of the grant and/or have IP staff serve as PIs or Co-PIs on the project.
Whom to contact: Bob Neuenschwander [email protected]
RISE funds are competitively awarded by the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) to further the development of research, scholarly and creative activities across all disciplines. RISE grants are intended to enhance the competitiveness of future proposals submitted to external sponsors, and/or result in publications, patents, awards, performances or other deliverables related to the PI’s discipline. There are multiple funding opportunities available on various timelines through the RISE program.
To participate in the ORED RISE funding programs, a PI must be in a tenure-track or research faculty position and must have submitted all reports and requirements from previous ORED awards and all sponsored activities. Additionally, a PI cannot apply to a specific RISE program from which they have been awarded funds in the last two years (e.g., Jumpstart (JS) awardees are not eligible to apply for JS funding until two years after the project end date, but they are eligible to apply to other RISE programs). For more information, contact [email protected].
Who qualifies for sabbatical leave? Members of the UI faculty with tenure at the time of sabbatical leave, and the rank of senior instructor or above, or the equivalent of such rank, may be granted sabbatical leave after six full academic years of service at UI or after six full academic years have elapsed since the faculty member’s most recent sabbatical leave at UI.
To find out more about sabbatical leave, refer to the
What they do: Corporate and Foundation Relations helps U of I faculty and staff find and apply for funding from corporations and foundations for everything from creative works to research projects. CFR also provides profiles on particular foundations and corporations and offers grant-writing assistance, training and other resources.Contact them to:
- Find funding for a particular project, wish to know more about a particular foundation or corporation, or would like to receive funding alerts when new grant opportunities arise
- Submit a proposal to one of our corporate or foundation partners
- Use our Proposal Writing Toolkit for a step-by-step guide on how to write a proposal
- Request help writing a letter of inquiry or proposal to a foundation or corporation, or would like an experienced grant writer to provide feedback on your draft
- Schedule one-on-one training on how to use , a comprehensive funding database with searchable government and private grant opportunities. Contact us for help getting the most out of this database and set up your profile.
When to contact: If you’re interested in finding funding opportunities of all kinds via setting up a Pivot account, or if you’re interested in having the office staff search for possible matches with foundation and corporate and individual donors; the office can also help with proposal development. To learn more go to: Find Corporate Funding.
NOTE: The links below reference both granting organizations as well as websites that provide directories of funding opportunities. Many corporations and foundations limit the number and type of submissions one institution can submit. If you’d like to approach a corporation or foundation on this list, please contact Corporate and Foundation Relations.
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