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
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
for the Humanities Peer Review
the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education
The U.S. Dept of Education site; click
Funding and then Grant Opportunities
Fundsnet Online Services
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
email@example.com or 410.543.6442.
Last updated: August 23, 2010