All grant applications are due in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Office (202 Catt Hall) on the dates indicated. Include your name in the title of the data file. For more information on grant applications contact Julie Palmer.
All grants will be awarded on a competitive basis.
Upcoming Grant Opportunities
LAS Funding Opportunities
- LAS Humanities Scholarship Enhancement Initiative (HSEI)
- LAS Research & Travel Grants
- LAS Seed Grants for Social Science
- LAS Signature Research Incubator
- LAS Term Faculty Travel Grants
ISU Funding Opportunities Submitted Through LAS
- Bailey Research Career Development Award
- Faculty Professional Development Assignment
- Foreign Travel Grants
Other Funding Opportunities
Information about External Funding Opportunities
LAS Funding Opportunities
|LAS Humanities Scholarship Enhancement Initiative (HSEI)||February 1|
The LAS Humanities Scholarship Enhancement Initiative is a research initiative designed to encourage and assist LAS humanities faculty seeking to enhance their scholarly productivity and impact by funding course releases awarded through a competitive process. Criteria for funding of LAS HSEI proposals will include evaluation of the merit of the research, its potential impact on scholarly productivity, and its alignment with one or more of the LAS College Signature Themes.
Interested faculty should prepare a proposal which includes verification that the investigator’s academic chair has approved the course release as well as a departmental cost-share commitment of at least $1,000 professional development funding in support of this specific effort.
|LAS Research & Travel Grants||Fall - October 1, Spring - February 15|
The LAS Research and Travel Grants program provides modest funding to support research or scholarly activities for tenured/tenure eligible faculty in the arts, humanities and social sciences who have limited opportunities to secure external research funding. Examples of the types of funding requests that will be considered include travel to present scholarly efforts or to conduct scholarly work, the purchase of small equipment or supplies, and hiring of undergraduates to assist in research activities.
The LAS Research and Travel Grants program will be offered twice per fiscal year. Proposals should be submitted through the department chair, acknowledging a cost share of at least 10% (template provided).
|LAS Seed Grants for Social Science (SGSS)||February 1|
The LAS Seed Grants for Social Sciences provide competitive funding to enhance scholarly research in the social sciences and enable collection of preliminary data in support of future extramural grant proposals. Criteria for funding of SGSS proposals include evaluation of the merit of the research, its potential disciplinary impact, the potential to generate preliminary results enabling future competitive external funding, and its alignment with one or more of the LAS College Signature Themes.
Interested faculty should prepare a proposal as well as a budget justification table (template provided). A departmental cost-share commitment of at least $1,000 in support of this project is required from the home department of the principal investigator (PI), or jointly of the PIs if the SGSS proposal is collaborative.
|LAS Signature Research Incubator|
**The LAS SRI opportunity is on hold for FY19. Please look for future updates.
The LAS Signature Research Incubator has a mission to stimulate and foster interdisciplinary programs that address major challenges facing humanity. The SRI builds on the diversity of LAS, cultivating an interdisciplinary network of faculty, staff and students focused on challenging problems that require a multiplicity of disciplinary perspectives. Through seed funding, the SRI provides opportunities for innovation that might not otherwise occur.
The SRI invites proposals each fall for seed funding. Interested faculty should read the full program guidelines and complete the SRI cover page, budget, budget justification, and the impact and funding action plan templates provided. A letter of intent will be required prior to submitting the full proposal.
|LAS Term Faculty Travel Grants||Fall - October 1, Spring - February 15|
The LAS Term Faculty Travel Grants program is intended for term faculty in disciplines that have limited opportunities for obtaining external funding to support professional development that is consistent with the expectations of their PRS. Thus, the focus of the program is on supporting teaching activities.
The LAS Term Faculty Travel Grants program will be offered twice per fiscal year. Proposals should be submitted through the department chair, acknowledging a 10% cost share and that the request is consistent with the applicant’s PRS (template provided).
ISU Funding Opportunities Submitted Through LAS
|Bailey Research Career Development Award||LOI - Sept. 21, Full Proposal - Oct 5|
|The overall goal of this award is to foster innovative research (outside of an established research program) that not only increases knowledge but has practical applications. The Bailey Award should allow faculty to devote time toward high-risk, high-impact research addressing emerging scientific, technical and/or societal problems resulting in practical applications and, in appropriate disciplines, extramural funding.
Applicants should submit proposals to the LAS College. Prior to submitting the full proposal, the PI should send an LOI containing the project title, a list of all co-PIs and departments of co-PIs departments, and all internal collaborators and departments of collaborators. The LAS College will forward one selected application to the VPR Office by November 1 each year.
|Faculty Professional Development Assignment (FPDA)||September 15|
Faculty Professional Development Assignments allow faculty time to advance work on research and scholarship that is difficult or impossible to perform in conjunction with one's on-campus responsibilities. FPDAs provide faculty with a release from teaching and service responsibilities, however the responsibility to continue mentoring current graduate students and post-doctoral research associates remains. Professional development assignments may also entail international travel and/or familiarization with new or specialized training in or related to the faculty member's discipline. FPDAs are expected to result in publications, grants, scholarly innovation and enhanced learning opportunities for students.
FPDA applications will be reviewed at the college level before being forwarded to the Senior Vice President and Provost. Interested faculty should prepare the FPDA application, a 5-8 page CV, as well as a completed Replacement Cost worksheet. Applications must be ranked by the department before submission to the college, so departments may have an earlier deadline.
|Foreign Travel Grants (FTG)||September 28, January 11, March 15|
Financial support for university-related travel to foreign countries, in some instances, may be obtained through the Foreign Travel Grant Program. Because funds in this program are limited, grants are awarded on a competitive basis and for no more than 75 percent of the least expensive round trip air fare between Des Moines and the individual's destination or 75 percent of the lowest appropriate air fare between two destinations, whichever is less at the time the quote is obtained.
Applications are reviewed and grants are awarded three times a year. Award periods for 2018-2019 are:
FTG applications will be reviewed at the college level by the LAS Faculty Development Committee before being forwarded to the Faculty Senate Committee. Interested faculty should prepare the application, including the department chair’s signature, as well as a separate PDF copy of their CV. The dean’s signature will be obtained following the FDC’s review and recommendations.