Fulton School of Liberal Arts


A Fulton School priority

Welcome to the brand-new Fulton School Grants webpage, initiated in August 2010. The Fulton School encourages all faculty members to make themselves aware of and consider applying for appropriate and promising grant opportunities. The pursuit of grant opportunities, in fact, is a strategic priority of the Fulton School. This page is designed to help Fulton faculty become familiar with the grants landscape and the many opportunities available for a wide, almost endless, range of research and projects.

The purpose and value of grants

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Grants can not only support one’s research and/or research-related travel; they can also--and are sometimes necessary to--make the most ambitious research projects possible. Grants may also support academic events—from lectures and performances, to conferences and study abroad programs—that might otherwise be difficult or impossible to accomplish without such funding. Grants can also be used to acquire new teaching skills, or develop new courses, or even offer courses that carry unusual costs, to the University, the students involved, or both. And in almost all cases, grants help advance knowledge in the faculty member’s field, enhance both one’s teaching and the learning experience of our students, and otherwise contribute to the SU academic community and mission. And grants come in all amounts, and even the smallest grants can leverage much larger ones down the road. It all starts, though, with identifying a grant opportunity that is right for one’s project or idea and then pursuing it.

The Fulton School “Think Grants” campaign and using this webpage

With all of the above in mind, the Fulton School initiated a Think Grants campaign in 2008-2009 that saw over half of Fulton’s 150+ fulltime faculty register for the SMARTS/GENUIS program that brings grant opportunities to faculty via email. The campaign also helped produce a 60% increase in external grant applications that year. The present webpage seeks to follow up on and seize upon that campaign and make thinking grants—and applying for them—as natural and faculty-friendly as possible.

Fulton faculty are encouraged to avail themselves of the grant-related opportunities and sources that appear in the box above.

Help and support in your pursuit of grants

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Finally, any faculty member who chooses to apply for a grant can count on all appropriate help and support during the process from the Fulton Dean’s Office and University Research Services. The pursuit of grant opportunities is a priority for the Fulton School, and the School, in coordination with University Research Services, will do everything possible to help faculty both pursue grants and be successful in doing so. Faculty members who need help getting started may contact Dr. Keith Brower, Fulton School Associate Dean, at khbrower@salisbury.edu or 410.543.6442 or University Research Services at 410.677.0047.

Grant opportunities, resources, links

Fulton Faculty Grants. These are internal grants, funded by the Fulton School, and dedicated primarily to supporting research via funds for travel to conferences, current research projects, curriculum development, and research-related course releases. For detailed information regarding these grants, including how and when to apply, see the Fulton Faculty Grants page.

SU Faculty Development Grants.  Fulton faculty may also apply for SU Faculty Development Grants in support of travel to conferences.  The call for applications for these grants comes out twice a year (each call covers a six-month period) via an email sent out by the Faculty Development Committee.  Grants are awarded through a lottery system.

SU Foundation Grants.  Fulton faculty may also apply for support for reseach and research-related travel via the SU Foundation

SMARTS/GENIUS. SMARTS brings information about external grant opportunities right to one’s computer, via email. All you need to do is register, set keywords that help target the types of grant opportunities in which you might be interested, and then receive and read the SMARTS emails that come your way (as often as daily, depending on the breadth of the keywords you set). After that, it’s just a matter of choosing to apply for X grant and doing so. Over half of all Fulton faculty are already registered. To register, or for help in adjusting your keywords, please contact Dr. Brower or University Research Services at the addresses/numbers listed above, or, if you would like to try to register on your own at infoed.com, find the SMARTS signpost, and follow the path indicated.

TESOL Grant Presentation

University Research Services (URS). The staff at URS are experts regarding all aspects of government-funded grants, from those provided via NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) to NEA (National Endowment for the Arts), FIPSE (Foundation for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education) and many, many others. URS also publishes a grants bulletin, highlighting grant opportunities hand-picked by the URS staff. URS is the most important link in the application process for external grants, and the step-by-step help they provide and the experience and insight they bring to the process is invaluable. They are located on the second floor of Holloway Hall.

Selected external grants links. For those who would like to search for grant opportunities via some of the largest providers, here are some useful links:

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Humanities Peer Review

Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education


The U.S. Dept of Education site; click Funding and then Grant Opportunities

Fundsnet Online Services

Fulbright Fellowships

Featured “Grant Opportunities of the Month!” Here are some grant opportunities, selected by URS for September 2010


Featured recent (2009-2010) grant awardees.


Questions or suggestions regarding this site may be directed to Dr. Keith Brower, Associate Dean, at khbrower@salisbury.edu or 410.543.6442.

Last updated: August 23, 2010