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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 databases and links to funders and proposal and budget guidelines.

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.

The following programs are open to tenure-stream, full-time faculty and Category I faculty.  Programs and specific grants marked (v) are also open to visiting faculty (including doctoral and postdoctoral fellows) with appointments of one year or more, for use during their Colgate employment only.

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, budget form, and sample proposals. Chair: Amy Leventer.

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Discretionary grants* (v) $1,500 / year any time
Major grant (June 2015 – Aug. 2016) $7,500 Jan. 23, 2015
Picker fellowship (June 2015 – Aug. 2016) $10,000 Jan. 23, 2015
Senior or Assoc. faculty leave, 2015-16 1-2 SLA credits Jan. 23, 2015
Horned Dorset Colony creative artist residency 1-month residency, summer 2015 Jan. 23, 2015
Publication expenses grant $1,000 any time
Textbook preparation loan $3,000 any time
Publication subvention grant $3,000 any time
Student wage grant (v) 150 hrs/semester; 200 hrs/summer any time

*Discretionary Grants: maximum $1,500 per year. Consult the Research Council guidelines for categories of support, including 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. 21, 2014; Full proposal Feb. 2, 2015.
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: Bruce Selleck (fall 2014), Ellen Kraly (spring 2015).  Web: Upstate Institute.

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Research $5,000 any time
Discretionary research grants $500 any time
Scholarly symposia, workshops, etc. $2,500 any time
Faculty-Initiated Summer Research Apprenticeships (v)
Support for Colgate students to assist with research or creative projects chosen, designed, and proposed by faculty members. See Faculty-Initiated Fellowships and Summer Research Guidelines. Apply to Division Director.

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
6-10 weeks summer funding for Colgate student(s) 3 students Dec. 2, 2014
Travel to Professional Meetings (v)
Follow Colgate's Travel Policy and submit receipts to your Division's administrative assistant with a Travel Expense Summary form, found here. Division contacts: AHUM, Beth MacKinnon; NASC, Diane Janney; SOSC, Ginger Babich; UNST, Matthew Davis.

Type of grant Maximum award
Participation $1,750 / year
Attendance $750 / meeting (part of $1,750/year total)
CNY Humanities Corridor Travel Funding (v)
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 Mary Ann Calo, Arts & Humanities Division Director.
Sponsored Research Support Fund
Short-term funding to sustain research programs of faculty who have previously brought in external grants (particularly those that included indirect costs). 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 Doug Hicks.

Types of support
  • Equipment, supplies, student research stipends, publication costs, or travel to sustain 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.
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.

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. Major grants are open to tenure stream faculty, Category I faculty, and senior lecturers. Chair: Alan Cooper (fall 2014), Maura Tumulty (spring 2015)

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Major grant for Jan. – Aug. 2015 $3,000 Nov. 7, 2014
Major grant for July 2015 – Aug. 2016 $3,000 March 27, 2015
Discretionary grants (v)
$750 any time

Kallgren Fund Travel Grants: Travel for groups of faculty designed to contribute to new pedagogical, curricular, and/or scholarly developments. Total funding available: $40,000. Deadline: September 15, 2014, for travel to be completed by Aug. 31, 2015.
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: Civic / Community-Based Education
Faculty stipends to develop or redesign a course, and implementation funds to offer the course twice. Apply through the Upstate Institute or COVE.
Fund for Innovation in Study Abroad
Support for faculty site visits to initiate new study-abroad or extended study programs. Contacts: Kara Bingham, director of international programs; Nicole Simpson, chair of the off-campus study committee.

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Institutional relationship building Interdivisional site visits to foreign universities Dec. 3, 2014
Program development Site visits to develop study groups/extended studies Dec. 3, 2014

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. Chair: Carol Ann Lorenz.
Type of grant   Maximum award   Deadline
Events in spring 2015   $12,000    Nov. 15, 2014
Events in academic year 2015-16   $12,000    April 2015 (date TBD)
Discretionary grants   $2,000    at least 6 weeks prior to proposed event