Research and Sponsored Programs

Faculty Improvement Grant

Faculty improvement grants are funded through the IFO/Minnesota State Master Agreement (Article 19). Faculty association committees are responsible for associated guidelines and proposal review processes. 

Please consult the FA Professional Development Committee for questions pertaining to Short-term Grants and the FA Faculty Research Committee for questions pertaining to Research Grants.

Short-Term Grants

The purpose is to support non-credit workshops/courses that prepare faculty for current or new teaching assignments and/or aligns with faculty member’s professional development plan. Qualifying workshops/courses are 1 to 14 days in length and should be interactive, hands-on training focused on a single topic, and demand active participation.

The FA Professional Development Committee may award up to $3,000 per application to support registration fees, travel and per diem expenses during the current fiscal year ending June 30. Grant awards do not support attendance at annual meetings or professional conferences.

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must be faculty with bargaining unit status -- tenure-track, non-tenure track, qualifying fixed term or qualifying adjunct (>3 credits in the academic year) -- at the time of application and grant activity. Please refer to the relevant sections of the current collective bargaining agreement.
  • No more than one application per individual can be submitted or funded during any application round.

Deadline and submission instructions

  • Deadline: October 16, 2017, 4:30 p.m. or March 15, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
  • Applications must be fully signed
  • By the deadline date and time, electronic submission to ResearchNow@stcloudstate.edu is preferred or one original can be delivered to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at AS 210

Short-term grant materials

Application Materials

Award Materials

Please submit a final report to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs within two months after completing the activities associated with the short-term grant.

Previous recipients

Previous recipients are showcased in RSP’s annual report.

Research grants

The purpose is to support Scholarly activity whose duration is greater than 14 days. Research is broadly defined as creative achievement, and/or the scholarly pursuit of knowledge using recognized procedures in the applicant’s discipline/area of study. Scholarly activities should align with the faculty member’s professional development goals and must have specific goals and outcomes.

The FA Faculty Research Committee may award up to $10,000 per application to support the execution of well-conceived scholarly or creative plan during the current fiscal year ending June 30.

Eligibility requirements

  • An applicant must have at least a 33% assignment in an IFO role at the time of application and during the grant activity. Faculty on sabbatical are considered to be on assignment.
  • No more than one application per individual can be submitted or funded during any application round. Furthermore, an individual may be funded only one time per fiscal year.
  • If this status changes, no funds may be expended when the person is not in eligible status.
  • Adjuncts are not eligible.

Deadline and submission instructions

  • Deadline: February 20, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
  • Applications must be fully signed
  • By the deadline date and time, electronic submission to ResearchNow@stcloudstate.edu is preferred or one original can be delivered to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at AS 210

Research grant materials

Application materials

Award materials

Please submit a final report to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs within two months after completing the activities associated with the research grant.

Previous recipients

Previous recipients are showcased in RSP’s annual report.