Grants & Awards

The CTRE invites faculty to apply for a range of grants each year. These small, $1000.00 grants are competitive and are designed to support unique projects and faculty development opportunities that advance the mission of the university. There are two rounds of grantmaking each year, with grants made in November and April. Please see the timeline below:

Step Fall 2023 Spring 2024
Applications due 10/13/2023, 11:59pm 03/29/2024, 11:59pm
Announcements made Early November Mid-April
Use of funds (recommended) Spring/Summer 2024 Summer/Fall 2024

Grants are available to full time tenure eligible and non-tenure eligible faculty and are reviewed by the CTRE Faculty Advisory Board based on carefully set criteria provided in the application materials. All materials should be submitted as a single PDF to by the deadline listed for that round. 


CTRE Grant Descriptions

The CTRE grants support special projects around research, teaching, student engagement, and faculty development. Review the descriptions and criteria below to find out more. 

The Seed Grant provides financial support for new and innovative research projects and other projects that result in a proposal for external funding. New and early-career faculty are especially encouraged to apply!

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This grant supports faculty in the pursuit of novel or innovative professional development activities that directly enhance their research and/or teaching. Please note that while these grants may support conference travel, they are competitive and limited, and are thus not meant to be a substitute for department or college funding for professional development.

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This grant is designed to support program enrichment through projects that increase teaching effectiveness and student engagement. This may include the development of innovative activities and assessments, new courses, professional development, equipment, or other strategies to improve student outcomes and ensure student success.

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Submission Guidelines

All grant applications must be submitted online by the deadlines listed. If selected, you may be asked to submit supporting documentation. All travel and grant spending is subject to university guidelines. For more information on these guidelines, please reach out to the offices of Procurement Services or Grants & Research


Past Awardees


Faculty Development Grant
Dr. Asmamaw Yimer Dr. Inna Dolzhenko
Dr. Robert Holmes Dr. Patricia Steinhaus
Dr. Michael Wannah Dr. Natalie Szabo
Dr. Byung-In Seo Dr. John Smith
Dr. Nadeem Fazal  
Seed Grant Seed Grant
Dr. Kevin Sweir Dr. Nadeem Fazal
Dr. Rasha Elhage  
Dr. Chi Young Oh  
Dr. Natalie Szabo  
Student Engagement
Dr. Natalie Szabo
Faculty Development Grant
Dr. Erica Allen, Nursing
Dr. John Smith, Art
Dr. Fatima Hendricks, Occupational Therapy
Dr. Nadeem Fazal, Pharmacy
Dr. Natalie Szabo, Music
Dr. Byung-In Seo, Advanced Studeies Education
Faculty Resource Network
Remote Scholar Program 2022
Dr. Suzuko Morikawa, Depart. of Geography, Sociology, History, AF.AM Study & Anthropology
Faculty Development Grant
Dr. Rasha Elhage, Dept. of Advanced Studies in Ed. (DASE)
Dr. Jaccquelyn Benchik-Osborne, Educaiton Studies
Dr. Natalie Szabo, Dept. of Music
Faculty Development Grant
Dr. Aynaz Lotfata, Geography, Sociology, History, Anthropology & Af-AM Studies
Dr. Evelyn Delgado-Norris, English, Foreign Language & Literatures
Dr. Mel Sabella, Chemistry & Physics
Faculty Development Grant
Dr. Lietu Jiang, Communication, Media, Art & Theater
Dr. Marse Nazon, Psychology
Dr. Rong He, Biological Sciences
Faculty Development Grant
Dr. Rasha Elhage, Special Educaion
Dr. Robert Szyman, Physical Educaiton
Dr. Olanipekun Laosebikan, Grduate Studies
Dr. Ana Baez, Foreign Language
Dr. Christine List, Communication, Media & Fine Arts
Dr. Simeon Stumme, Bilingual Educaiton
Student Engagement/Program Enrichment
Dr. Michael Danquah, Pharmacy
Dr. Ernst Coupet Jr., Accounting
Dr. Trisha Shaw, Pharmacy

External Grants


Description: The US Department of State, through the Fulbright Specialist Program, awards grants to qualified US faculty and professionals to engage in short-term, collaborative projects that strengthen and support the developmental needs of host academic institutions in more than 150 countries. Typical activities include seminars or workshops, consulting on faculty or workforce development, developing academic or training curricula and materials, lecturing at the graduate or undergraduate level, and conducting needs assessments or evaluations for a program or institution.

Eligible applicants are US scholars and professionals in the following disciplines: agriculture, American studies, anthropology, archaeology, biology education, business administration, chemistry education, communications and journalism, computer science and information technology, economics, education, engineering education, environmental science, law, library science, mathematics education, peace and conflict resolution studies, physics education, political science, public administration, public and global health, social work, sociology, and urban planning. Project periods range from two to six weeks. Applications must be submitted online.

Eligibility: Public, Private

Award(s): Awards vary

Deadline(s): Applications are due March 8, May 10, July 5, September 6, and November 8, 2023

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Description: The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music supports performances of musical works by Kurt Weill and Marc Blitzstein; scholarly research pertaining to Weill, Lotte Lenya, and Blitzstein; and relevant educational initiatives. Applications are accepted for funding to support media, college and university performances, dissertation fellowships, educational outreach, professional performances, publication assistance, and research and travel. Eligible education outreach activities should focus on Weill, Lenya, or Blitzstein, and may include workshops, symposia, and secondary-level and college-level educational initiatives.

Eligible applicants are colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations. Applications must be submitted online.

Eligibility: Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations), Private, Public

Award(s): Awards vary

Deadline(s): Applications for college and university performance grants are due June 1, annually. Applications for major professional productions, festivals, and exhibitions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Applications for all other categories are due November 1, annually.

Focus: Professional Development, Scholarships/Fellowships, Technology Equipment/Devices

Grade Level(s): Higher Ed, 9-12

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Description: The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) Program awards annual grants to protect and preserve the growing social and economic benefits of cyber systems while ensuring security and privacy. The SaTC program takes an interdisciplinary, comprehensive, and holistic approach to cybersecurity research, development, and education, and encourages the transition of promising research ideas into practice. The SaTC program welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity and privacy, and draw on expertise in one or more of these areas: computing, communication and information sciences; engineering; education; mathematics; statistics; and social, behavioral, and economic sciences. Proposals that advance the field of cybersecurity and privacy within a single discipline or interdisciplinary efforts that span multiple disciplines are both welcome.

Eligible applicants are universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in and having a campus located in the United States acting on behalf of their faculty members. Also eligible are nonprofit, nonacademic US organizations, such as independent museums, observatories, research labs, and professional societies associated with educational or research activities. Applications must be submitted online.

Eligibility: Public, Private, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)

Award(s): Small project grants up to $600,000 are awarded. Medium project awards range from $600,001 to $1.2 million.

Deadline(s): Proposals are accepted year-round.

Focus: Engineering, STEM/STEAM/STREAM, Technology Education/Computer Science

Grade Level(s): Adult, Higher Ed

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