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Funding Opportunities

External Grants

Colgate’s office of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations (Grants Office) assists faculty in locating and applying for external grants and sponsored research. Web resources include:
All proposals for external grants or contracts that will be administered by Colgate (i.e., funds are paid to and disbursed by the university) must be reviewed and approved before they are submitted to the funding agency. For information or assistance, contact Helen Kebabian or Bruce Moseley in the Grants Office, ext. 7451.

Colgate Funding Sources

The university offers competitive funding for a wide range of faculty research and teaching activities. For programs with specific deadlines, requests for proposals are issued via e-mail to all faculty.

Colgate Grants for Research and Other Scholarly and Creative Activities

Faculty Research Council
Grants and leaves to support research and creative work in all fields. Please consult research council guidelines 2015-16, budget form 2016, and sample proposals. To submit student wage grant proposals, use either the 2015-16 application (for student work to be completed May 31 or earlier) or the 2016-17 application (for student work beginning June 1 or later). Chair: Amy Leventer.

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Discretionary grants* $1,500 / year any time
Major grant (6/1/16 – 8/31/17) $7,500 Jan. 22, 2016
Picker fellowship (6/1/16 – 8/31/17) $10,000 Jan. 22, 2016
Senior or Associate faculty leave in 2015-16 1-2 SLA credits Jan. 22, 2016
Horned Dorset Colony creative artist residency 1-month residency, summer 2016 Jan. 22, 2016
Publication expenses grant $1,000 any time
Textbook preparation loan $3,000 any time
Publication subvention grant $3,000 any time
Student wages 150 hrs/semester; 200 hrs/summer any time

*Research Council Discretionary Grants: maximum $1,500 per year. Consult the guidelines for categories of support, which include research travel, non-student wages, and other research expenses. Apply any time via e-mail to Research Council chair Amy Leventer.
Picker Interdisciplinary Science Institute
Grants for internal and external collaborations that bring expertise from different disciplines to bear on current and emerging scientific problems. Director: Dan Schult. Web: Picker Science Institute.

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Interdisciplinary science research $150,000/year for 2 years Pre-proposal Nov. 24, 2015; Full proposal Feb. 1, 2016.
Interdisciplinary speakers or colloquia TBD Contact Picker Institute director
Upstate Institute
Grants for research pertaining to the upstate New York region, and for scholarly symposia, conferences, or workshops that address issues related to the region. Director: Chris Henke. Web: Upstate Institute.

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Research $5,000 March 28, 2016
Discretionary research grants $500 any time
Scholarly symposia, workshops, etc. $2,500 any time
Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs
Grants for research that addresses civic affairs and public policy in the global context. Proposals focused in Africa, East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, or South or Central America will be given priority.  For details, see Lampert Faculty Scholars web page. Director: Jason Kawall.

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Lampert Faculty Scholars $10,000 January 22, 2016
Faculty-Initiated Summer Research Apprenticeships
Support for Colgate students to assist with research or creative projects chosen, designed, and proposed by faculty members. For details, see Faculty-Initiated Fellowships and Summer Research Guidelines. Apply to department chair.

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
6-10 weeks summer research funding for Colgate student(s) 3 students Nov. 13, 2015
Sponsored Research Support Fund
Short-term funding to sustain research programs of faculty who have previously brought in external grants. The investigator must have applied for continued external funding. Limited to 12 months’ support, for tenure stream and Category I faculty only. No deadlines; apply to Dean/Provost.

Types of support

  • Equipment, supplies, student research stipends, publication costs, travel – to continue a research program.
  • Matching funds for required University contributions to external grant proposals.
  • If funds allow: support for developing a research program, for faculty who have not yet received external funding.
Travel to Professional Meetings and Research-Related Expenses
An allotment of up to $1,750 per year to attend or present at professional meetings.
Up to $250 of this allotment may be used for research-related expenses.

Eligibility: Full-time teaching faculty (includes special or terminal appointments of one year or more, and postdoctoral fellows), Category I teaching faculty, and PERA faculty.
For $250 research expenses: Full-time tenure-stream and category I faculty.

Reimbursable expenses: registration fees, transportation, accommodations, meals, and incidentals.

Follow Colgate's Travel Policy; submit receipts via Concur, accessible via the Colgate Portal. Division contacts:
CNY Humanities Corridor Travel Funding
Travel funds to develop scholarly humanities projects with colleagues at Humanities Corridor universities (Cornell, Syracuse, Rochester) and New York Six colleges; or to attend Humanities Corridor events. Apply to David McCabe, Arts & Humanities Division Director.
Arts & Humanities Faculty Development Grants
Supplemental funding for conference travel and research expenses. Rolling deadline. For details, contact Beth MacKinnon, Arts & Humanities Division administrative assistant.
Bicentennial Projects
Funding for faculty to contribute to the public celebration of Colgate’s bicentennial through faculty or student research; a new course, partial-credit course, or unit within a course; or an event. The first projects will run in academic year 2016-17. For details, see call for proposals. Deadline: January 19, 2016.

Colgate Grants for Faculty Development and Curriculum Development

Faculty Development Council
Grants for projects designed to strengthen pedagogical skills; to improve communication among faculty about pedagogical issues; or to extend the range of the faculty's teaching and advising capabilities. Consult guidelines for details; see sample proposals. Chair: Maura Tumulty.

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Major grant for January – August 2016 $3,000 Nov. 6, 2015
Major grant for July 2016 – August 2017 $3,000 April 1, 2016
Discretionary grants $750 any time

Kallgren Travel Grants: (a) Travel for groups of faculty designed to contribute to new pedagogical, curricular, and/or scholarly developments. (b) Collaborative, multi-faculty meetings that take place away from Hamilton but do not involve extensive travel. Total funding available: $40,000.

Deadline: September 19, 2015, for travel to be completed by Aug. 31, 2016. Submit proposals by e-mail to Kelly Snyder.
Academic Technology Grants
Teaching and Technology Micro Grants (up to $500 per course) for software, apps, web-based subscriptions, etc. No hardware. Apply any time via web form.
Course Development Grants: Community Engagement
Funding to implement a new or substantially redesigned course that incorporates community engagement. For service-learning courses, apply through the COVE service learning page. For courses incorporating community-based research, apply through the Upstate Institute course development page. Deadline: January 29, 2016.
Course Development Grants: Colgate Bicentennial
See Bicentennial Projects, above.

Colgate Funding for Campus Arts Events

Colgate Arts Council
Support for creative and performing arts projects and performances, primarily in the fields of music, theater, dance, creative writing, visual art, and film. The Arts Council seeks to support unusual and consequential projects which require funding above normal departmental and program budgets. See Arts Council Guidelines and Arts Council budget form. Chair: Carol Ann Lorenz.

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Events in spring 2016 $12,000 February 5, 2016
Events in fall 2016 $12,000  April 22, 2016
Discretionary grants $2,000  at least 6 weeks prior to proposed event

Endowed Chair Funds

Endowed Chair Fund Spending
Endowed chair holders are provided a fund that can be used for expenses in support of the teaching, research, and service of the chair holder or his/her department.