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Faculty Development: Research and Funding

Guide to Faculty Development Resources.

Internal Grants Reviewed by the Edgewood College Faculty Development Committee

The Faculty Development Committee at Edgewood College oversees the distribution of funds for Mini-grants, Teaching Improvement Grants, and Educational Programming Grants. The chair of the committee sends out a call for applications via email. Eligibility information and details can be found in the Faculty Handbook, found in the Quick Links section of the Faculty Development homepage.

  • The call for Mini-Grant applications goes out four times a year. These grants are primarily for travel and other projects related to dissemination of research with costs that exceed departmental budgets. 
  • Instructional Development Grants are intended to advance instructional excellence, Full and part-time faculty are invited to apply for funding to be disbursed after at least two full-years of employment at the college. Funds may be used to promote curricular/pedagogical innovation, support continuing skills training, implement emerging disciplinary methodologies, create effective assessment tools, or to integrate classroom technology. Typically, the maximum request will not exceed $3,100 or 3-4 credit hours of release time, Awards are more than mini-grants but less than sabbatical leaves, typically amounting to 3-4 credit hours, which cannot be an overload.

  • Scholarship Development Grants are intended to support the scholarly life of the faculty. Fulltime tenured and tenure-track faculty are invited to apply for funding to be disbursed after at least one full year of service to the college. Funds may be applied to a spectrum of resources that support the production of scholarly or creative works, including but not limited to: equipment, outside consulting, lab resources, performance and exhibition expenses, and course release time.

    Education Programming Board Grant calls go out twice a year, at the beginning of each semester. These grants provide resources to host a campus-wide event that has broad support across two or more schools or departments, such as bringing a speaker or event to the Edgewood campus.

When applying for an FDC grants, it is important to read instructions carefully, and to fill out the application form in its entirety. Samples of successful applications are included below, but please keep in mind that the forms are frequently revised. Submit your documents using the most recent forms and guidelines in order to meet the application requirements. Applications are sent to

Grant Application Forms, 2015-16

Please refer to the most recent communication from the Faculty Development Committee chair regarding specific application deadlines throughout the semester. Below you will find the grant application forms created for use in the 2015-2016 academic year.

Getting Started with External Funding

Faculty are encouraged to begin grant writing projects by working within departments and schools to ensure that you have the support of your chair, dean, and VPAA as appropriate.

Once you have successfully put the project in motion, you are encouraged to work with the Advancement Office to assess external funding. All proposals submitted through the College must be submitted by the Advancement Office.

Connecting with the Grants/Advancement Office

You will need to connect with the Grants / Advancement Office before you initiate a specific proposal to a funder. The Grants Office can assist with various stages of the proposal, depending on the specific needs of the proposer. Edgewood faculty and staff are invited to connect with Advancement early in the proposal process. They may be able to help identify relevant resources on and off campus, and will assist with required forms.

Office for Institutional Advancement
Phone: (608) 663-3328


Initial Steps - Project Development

Several aspects will need to be addressed for any proposed project; as you develop your project and proposal, please consider the following questions:

  • What is the scope of the project (e.g., duration; general funding level; internal and external participants and partners)?
  • Are you seeking any commitments from the College during the grant period (e.g., matching funds, new positions, office space, computers or equipment, release time)?
  • Is this a one-time request? If not, do you have a plan for continued support?
  • Are you seeking any commitment from the College after the grant period ends?
  • Does this project support one or more of the College’s strategic priorities?
    • Cultivate an inclusive teaching and learning environment
    • Encourage civic engagement by faculty, staff and students
    • Attract, retain, and develop high quality faculty and staff
    • Advance the infrastructure necessary to support our efforts
    • Ensure financial health
    • Assess learning and institutional effectiveness
  • Have you established the support of your department and of the dean of your school?
  • Do you have a specific funding agency in mind or are you seeking assistance in identifying a funder?

As you begin the process you will be asked to fill out a Grant Review and Approval Form. This form will require two sets of signatures at different times during the process:

  • The first set is required before proceeding with a proposal and includes signatures that indicate the project has been approved by the Department, School, VPAA’s Office, and Grants Office.
  • The second set is required before submission of a proposal to a funding agency and includes an additional review of the budget (and any College commitment, if relevant) by the Business Office and VP-Advancement.

The process may involve additional steps, depending on the scope of the project (e.g., HPRB). Several groups across campus are in the process of collaborating on updating policies related to seeking out and obtaining external funding. When completed these will be made available on this site. Currently, faculty members are encouraged to work with relevant academic offices, the Grants Office and the Business Office to address such requirements, if relevant.

Funding Databases

In addition to resources available publicly and through professional organizations, the College has access to two funding databases.

A database of grant and funding opportunities for faculty and staff (formerly Illinois Researcher Information Service) made available through the Oscar Rennebohm Library. Faculty and staff have full access to this database.