Grant Opportunities

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

ISU Funding Opportunities Submitted Through LAS

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).

  • Eligibility: Tenure-eligible and tenured faculty within the LAS College. Faculty are only eligible to receive one Research and Travel Grant per fiscal year.  Department chairs are not eligible for these grants.
  • Award Amount: Up to $1,250 for domestic conference travel, $1,750 for activities that directly support research, or $2,250 for international research/conference support.
  • LAS Due Dates: Fall – October 1, 2018 Spring – February 15, 2019
  • Submission: Proposals should be submitted electronically by the department chair to Julie Palmer.
  • Full Program Details and Application Materials Information
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.

  • Eligibility: The lead PI of each team must be a tenure-eligible or tenured faculty member within LAS for whom research, scholarship, and/or creative work are assigned as one of their primary job responsibilities. For complete team details, please see program guidelines.
  • Award Amount: Two categories available: funding for three years at a) $25,000-$50,000 per year and b) up to $100,000 per year, pending availability of funds.
  • LAS Due Date: Not offered in FY19
  • Submission: LOI and full proposal should be submitted electronically to Julie Palmer.
  • Full Program Details and Application Materials Information
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).

  • Eligibility: Term faculty who have at least a 50% appointment and who have been employed as ISU faculty for at least 2 years (4 semesters). P&S staff with rank-only faculty appointments are not eligible. Faculty are only eligible to receive one Term Faculty Travel Grant per fiscal year.
  • Award Amount: Up to $1,250 for domestic conference travel and $2,250 for foreign travel.
  • LAS Due Dates: Fall – October 1, 2018 Spring – February 15, 2019
  • Submission: Proposals should be submitted electronically to Julie Palmer.
  • Full Program Details and Application Materials Information

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.

  • Eligibility: All full-time tenured associate professors and professors may apply for this award. Each award will be given to an individual, but she/he can have collaborators on the project.
  • Award Amount: Up to $50,000 per year for up to three years.
  • LAS Due Dates: LOI – September 21, 2018 Full Proposal – October 5, 2018
  • Submission: LOIs and proposals should be submitted electronically to Julie Palmer.
  • Full Program Details and Application Materials Information
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.

  • Eligibility: All faculty employed at least half-time.
  • Salary: A maximum of six months’ salary through ISU payroll, regardless of funding source. A faculty member on assignment for six months or less will continue in full paid status; a faculty member on an assignment of more than six months will receive six months' salary with the salary prorated across the total period of the assignment.
  • LAS Due Date: September 15, 2018 (including departmental rankings)
  • Submission: Proposals, 5-8 page CV and Replacement Cost Template should be submitted electronically to Julie Palmer.
  • Full Program Details and Application Materials Information
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:

  • Round 1: Travel starting between November 5, 2018-June 30, 2019
  • Round 2: Travel starting between March 1, 2019-October 31, 2019
  • Round 3: Travel starting between June 3, 2019-January 31, 2020

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.

  • Eligibility: All faculty members.
  • Award Amount: Awards will be 75% of the lowest appropriate round trip fares as quoted by an ISU Official Travel Agent, obtained by the Faculty Senate Office.
  • LAS Due Dates:
    • Round 1 – September 28, 2018
    • Round 2 – January 11, 2019
    • Round 3 – March 15, 2019
  • Submission: Applications and a separate CV should be submitted electronically to Julie Palmer.
  • Full Program Details and Application Materials Information