Faculty Development & Research Grants

October 1, 2013

Dear Colleagues:

Dean John Gatta and I would like to inform eligible faculty members (i.e., those who are tenured, are in tenure track, or hold title as research professor) of the opportunities available for funding of research and faculty development projects. We also wish to outline the procedures to be followed in applying for such financial support. This message serves as well to announce the first deadline for faculty development applications.
Sewanee has two main funds that can be used to support faculty projects, the University Research Grants Fund and the Faculty Development Fund. To make best use of these funds, they are jointly administered by the Office of the Dean of the College and the University Research Grants Committee. Faculty members seeking funding for a project should send a completed faculty development & research cover sheet, application proposal including expenses, a report of the last time funding was granted, and your CV, as attachments to cchurch@sewanee.edu or to rsanchez@sewanee.edu (as Chair of the University Research Grants Committee. We will then consider all applications and allocate monies from the combined funds.

Applications for financial support will be due by the following dates:

For work to be carried out during the remainder of the 2013-2014 academic year (i.e. prior to Commencement 2014), applications must be received by Friday, November 1, 2013.  For work to be carried out in the summer of 2014 or during the 2014-2015 academic year applications must be received by Monday, February 10, 2014. A reminder of this second deadline will be sent at the start of the Easter semester.

Applications should include a completed version of the attached project cover sheet, a description of the project, a statement of its importance to your development as a scholar and teacher, a detailed estimated budget, and a copy of the report presented to the Dean's office from the last time funding was obtained.

Please note that for certain types of projects funding is available from two other sources: the regular provisions for faculty travel to professional conferences (contact Dean Gatta for college faculty or Dean 
Alexander for School of Theology faculty) and the Center for Teaching's grant budget for work directly related to teaching (contact Associate Professor Jane "Ki" Fort).

Don't hesitate to contact Dean Gatta or me if you have questions.  Our thanks in advance to Cindy Church for organizing so much of this process.   

Ruth Sanchez, Chair, University Research Grants Committee