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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 the Grants Office (grantsoffice@colgate.edu), ext. 7451 or Bruce Moseley (bmoseley@colgate.edu), ext. 7457.

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, budget form, and sample proposals.
Chair: Rick Braaten (rbraaten@colgate.edu).

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Discretionary grants* $1,500 / year
$3,000/year for tenure-stream assistant professors
any time
Major grant (6/1/19 – 8/31/20) $8,000 Jan. 25, 2019
Picker fellowship (6/1/19 – 8/31/20) $10,000 Jan. 25, 2019
Senior or Associate faculty leave in 2019-20 1-2 SLA credits Jan. 25, 2019
Publication expenses grant $1,000 any time
Textbook preparation loan $3,000 any time
Publication subvention grant $3,000 any time
Student wages:
For summer 2019, fall 2019 or spring 2020, use the 2019-20 application.
For summer 2018, fall 2018, or spring 2019, use the 2018-19 application.
150 hrs/semester; 200 hrs/summer any time

*Research Council Discretionary Grants: maximum $1,500 per year; $3,000 for tenure-stream assistant professors. 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 Rick Braaten (rbraaten@colgate.edu).
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 (dschult@colgate.edu). Web: Picker Science Institute.

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Interdisciplinary science research $150,000/year for 2 years Pre-proposal November 26, 2018; Full proposal January 25, 2019.
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: Lynn Schwarzer (lschwarzer@colgate.edu). Web: Upstate Institute.

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Individual Scholarly Projects $5,000 January 25, 2019
Discretionary grants $500 any time
Funding for Symposia or Workshops $2,500 January 25, 2019
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: Illan Nam (inam@colgate.edu).

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Lampert Faculty Scholars $10,000 January 25, 2019
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. Apply to department chair.

Type of grant Deadline
6-10 weeks summer funding for Colgate student(s) mid November 2018
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 by emailing Trish St. Leger (tstleger@colgate.edu).

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 $2,000 per year to attend or present at professional meetings. Up to $500 of this allotment may be used for research-related expenses, including books, membership in professional societies, and any other expenses directly associated with your scholarly or artistic work. Faculty participating in international conferences or meetings are eligible for $1,000 of funding over and above the usual annual allotment of $2,000; this incremental funding is available through the 2018-19 fiscal year.

Eligibility: Full-time teaching faculty (regular or with an appointment of one year or more), Category I teaching faculty, Senior Lecturers, post-doctoral fellows, and PERA faculty. (Note: Professional development for library faculty is administered by the University Librarian.)

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 (Colgate, Hamilton, Hobart & William Smith, Skidmore, St. Lawrence, Union); or to attend Humanities Corridor events. Apply to David McCabe (dmccabe@colgate.edu), Arts & Humanities Division Director.
Arts & Humanities Faculty Development Grants
Supplemental funding for conference travel and research expenses. Rolling deadline. For details, contact Beth MacKinnon (bmackinnon@colgate.edu), Arts & Humanities Division administrative assistant.
Fellowship Top-Up Policy
The Dean of the Faculty’s office maintains funds to provide limited salary support for faculty who receive prestigious academic-year fellowships or grants when the award requires a faculty member to take a leave without pay at a salary below regular Colgate salary. Faculty who plan to apply for a fellowship/grant that falls in this category are encouraged to contact the Grants office and Dean’s office in advance of applying. Details of the policy are available from the Dean of Faculty’s office.

Colgate Grants for Faculty Development

The Faculty Development Council oversees the allocation of funding for (1) professional development for teaching and pedagogy, (2) course development, and (3) faculty travel related to course and professional development. Consult guidelines, FDC budget form, and examples of projects and proposals. Chair: Eddie Watkins (jwatkins@colgate.edu).
Faculty-Centered Opportunities
Grants for projects designed to strengthen pedagogical skills, improve communication among faculty about pedagogical issues, or extend the range of the faculty's teaching and advising capabilities. Consult guidelines for details; see examples of projects and successful proposals. Contacts: Eddie Watkins (jwatkins@colgate.edu).

Type of grant Maximum award Deadlines
Major Grant $5,000 November 15, 2018
Discretionary Grants $1,500 per year Rolling
Teaching and Technology Micro Grants $500 per year Any time
Upstate Institute Research Grants 
(Contact Lynn Schwarzer, 
$5000 January 26, 2019

Curricular Opportunities
Brief descriptions and contacts are below; consult guidelines for details.

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Upstate Institute Course Development Grants 
(Contact: Lynn Schwarzer, 
$4,000 + course-related costs October 15, 2018
COVE Service Learning Course Development Grants
(Contact: Meghan Niedt, mniedt@colgate.edu)
$4,000 + course-related costs January 26, 2019

CLTR Pedagogical Enhancement Grants $1,000-4,000 November 15, 2018

Lampert Collaborative Global Teaching Grants $100 -$1,000 Rolling

Community-Based Research (Upstate Institute) – Funding to develop or revise a course to include a significant community-based research component. Contacts: Lynn Schwarzer (lschwarzer@colgate.edu) and Julie Dudrick (jdudrick@colgate.edu).

Service Learning (COVE) – Funding to develop or revise a course to offer students immediate opportunities to apply classroom learning to support the work of community agencies.

Pedagogical Enhancement Grants – Funding for projects requiring coordinated effort among Colgate's varied resources including the Library, Academic Technology, and others. Contact: Eddie Watkins (jwatkins@colgate.edu), director of the Center for Learning, Teaching, and Research (CLTR).

Grants for Collaborative Global Teaching (Lampert Institute) – Funding to enable faculty to invite colleagues to provide guest lectures (or co-teach courses) from abroad. $100-$1,000. Contact: Illan Nam (inam@colgate.edu), Director of the Lampert Institute.
Grants for Teaching-Related Travel
Travel grants for preparatory travel for an individual faculty member in advance of directing a study group or extended study. Deadline: November 5, 2018. Contact: Joanna Holvey Bowles. Apply online.

Kallgren faculty travel grants for interdisciplinary groups of faculty; travel related to course development or scholarly development, or to explore a new study group or extended study site. Deadlines: November 3, 2018. Contact: Lesleigh Cushing (lcushing@colgate.edu) or Eddie Watkins (jwatkins@colgate.edu).

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 Colgate Arts Council Guidelines and Arts Council budget form. Chair: Ani Maitra (amaitra@colgate.edu).

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Events in spring 2019 $12,000 November 16, 2018 (Fri)
Events in fall 2019 $12,000 April 12, 2019 (Fri)
Discretionary grants $2,000 At least six 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.