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External Grants

Colgate’s office of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations (Grants Office) assists faculty in locating and applying for external grants and sponsored research. Web resources include:
All proposals for external grants or contracts that will be administered by Colgate (i.e., funds are paid to and disbursed by the university) must be reviewed and approved before they are submitted to the funding agency. For information or assistance, contact Helen Kebabian (hkebabian@colgate.edu) or Bruce Moseley (bmoseley@colgate.edu) in the Grants Office, ext. 7451.

Colgate Funding Sources

The university offers competitive funding for a wide range of faculty research and teaching activities. For programs with specific deadlines, requests for proposals are issued via e-mail to all faculty.

Colgate Grants for Research and Other Scholarly and Creative Activities


Faculty Research Council
Grants and leaves to support research and creative work in all fields. Please consult research council guidelines 2016-2017, budget form, and sample proposals. To submit student wage grant proposals, use the 2016-17 application. Chair: Rick Braaten (rbraaten@colgate.edu).

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Discretionary grants* $1,500 / year any time
Major grant (6/1/17 – 8/31/18) $7,500 Jan. 27, 2017
Picker fellowship (6/1/17 – 8/31/18) $10,000 Jan. 27, 2017
Senior or Associate faculty leave in 2017-18 1-2 SLA credits Jan. 27, 2017
Publication expenses grant $1,000 any time
Textbook preparation loan $3,000 any time
Publication subvention grant $3,000 any time
Student wages (for Fall 2016 or spring 2017, use 2016-17 application)
150 hrs/semester; 200 hrs/summer any time

*Research Council Discretionary Grants: maximum $1,500 per year. Consult the guidelines for categories of support, which include research travel, non-student wages, and other research expenses. Apply any time via e-mail to Research Council chair Rick Braaten (rbraaten@colgate.edu).
Picker Interdisciplinary Science Institute
Grants for internal and external collaborations that bring expertise from different disciplines to bear on current and emerging scientific problems. Director: Dan Schult (dschult@colgate.edu). Web: Picker Science Institute.

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Interdisciplinary science research $150,000/year for 2 years Pre-proposal November 22, 2016; Full proposal February 1, 2017.
Interdisciplinary speakers or colloquia TBD Contact Picker Institute director
Upstate Institute
Grants for research pertaining to the upstate New York region, and for scholarly symposia, conferences, or workshops that address issues related to the region. Director: Chris Henke (chenke@colgate.edu). Web: Upstate Institute.

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Research $5,000 January 27, 2017
Discretionary research grants $500 any time
Scholarly symposia, workshops, etc. $2,500 any time
Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs
Grants for research that addresses civic affairs and public policy in the global context. Proposals focused in Africa, East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, or South or Central America will be given priority.  For details, see Lampert Faculty Scholars web page. Director: Jason Kawall (jkawall@colgate.edu).

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Lampert Faculty Scholars $10,000 January 27, 2017
Faculty-Initiated Summer Research Apprenticeships
Support for Colgate students to assist with research or creative projects chosen, designed, and proposed by faculty members. For details, see Faculty-Initiated Fellowships. Apply to department chair.

Type of grant Deadline
6-10 weeks summer funding for Colgate student(s) November 11, 2016
Sponsored Research Support Fund
Short-term funding to sustain research programs of faculty who have previously brought in external grants. The investigator must have applied for continued external funding. Limited to 12 months’ support, for tenure stream and Category I faculty only. No deadlines; apply to Dean/Provost.

Types of support
  • Equipment, supplies, student research stipends, publication costs, travel – to continue a research program.
  • Matching funds for required University contributions to external grant proposals.
  • If funds allow: support for developing a research program, for faculty who have not yet received external funding.
Travel to Professional Meetings and Research-Related Expenses
An allotment of up to $1,750 per year to attend or present at professional meetings.
Up to $250 of this allotment may be used for research-related expenses.

Eligibility: Full-time teaching faculty (regular or with an appointment of one year or more), Category I teaching faculty, Senior Lecturers, post-doctoral fellows, and PERA faculty. (Note: Professional development for library faculty is administered by the University Librarian.)

Eligibility for $250 research expenses: Full-time tenure-stream and category I faculty.

Reimbursable expenses: registration fees, transportation, accommodations, meals, and incidentals.

Follow Colgate's Travel Policy; submit receipts via Concur, accessible via the Colgate Portal. Division contacts:
CNY Humanities Corridor Travel Funding
Travel funds to develop scholarly humanities projects with colleagues at Humanities Corridor universities (Cornell, Syracuse, Rochester) and New York Six colleges (Colgate, Hamilton, Hobart & William Smith, Skidmore, St. Lawrence, Union); or to attend Humanities Corridor events. Apply to David McCabe (dmccabe@colgate.edu), Arts & Humanities Division Director.
Arts & Humanities Faculty Development Grants
Supplemental funding for conference travel and research expenses. Rolling deadline. For details, contact Beth MacKinnon (bmackinnon@colgate.edu), Arts & Humanities Division administrative assistant.
Fellowship Top-Up Policy
The Dean of the Faculty’s office maintains funds to provide limited salary support for faculty who receive prestigious academic-year fellowships or grants when the award requires a faculty member to take a leave without pay at a salary below regular Colgate salary. Faculty who plan to apply for a fellowship/grant that falls in this category are encouraged to contact the Grants office and Dean’s office in advance of applying. Details of the policy are available from the Dean of Faculty’s office.

Colgate Grants for Faculty Development

The Faculty Development Council oversees the allocation of funding for (1) professional development for teaching and pedagogy, (2) course development, and (3) faculty travel related to course and professional development. Consult guidelines, FDC budget form, and examples of projects and proposals. Chair, fall 2016: Maura Tumulty (mtumulty@colgate.edu). Chair, spring 2017: Eddie Watkins (jwatkins@colgate.edu).
Faculty-Centered Opportunities
Grants for projects designed to strengthen pedagogical skills, improve communication among faculty about pedagogical issues, or extend the range of the faculty's teaching and advising capabilities. Consult guidelines for details; see examples of projects and successful proposals. Contacts: Maura Tumulty (mtumulty@colgate.edu), fall 2016, and Eddie Watkins (jwatkins@colgate.edu), spring 2017.

Type of grant Maximum award Deadlines
Major grant $5,000 November 4, 2016, and March 31, 2017
Discretionary grants $1,000 per year Any time
Teaching and technology micro grants $500 per year Any time; apply online
Curricular Opportunities
Brief descriptions and contacts are below; consult guidelines for details.

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Develop a course with community-based research $4,000 + course-related costs Jan. 31, 2017
Develop a course with service learning $4,000 + course-related costs Jan. 31, 2017
Bicentennial courses & projects $1,000-4,000 Jan. 31, 2017
Pedagogical enhancement $1,000-4,000 Nov. 4, 2016
Collaborative global teaching $1,000 any time

Community-Based Research Upstate Institute) – Funding to develop or revise a course to include a significant community-based research component. Contacts: Chris Henke (chenke@colgate.edu) and Julie Dudrick (jdudrick@colgate.edu).

Service Learning COVE) – Funding to develop or revise a course to offer students immediate opportunities to apply classroom learning to support the work of community agencies. Contact: Krista Saleet (ksaleet@colgate.edu), COVE director.

Bicentennial Courses and Projects – Funding for projects that involve students and faculty in academic or public celebrations exploring the rich heritage of the university, broadly understood. Contact: Office of the Dean of Faculty (dbeach@colgate.edu).

Pedagogical Enhancement Grants – Funding for projects requiring coordinated effort among Colgate's varied resources including the Library, Academic Technology, and others. Contact: Doug Johnson (djohnson@colgate.edu), director of the Center for Learning, Teaching, and Research (CLTR).

Grants for Collaborative Global Teaching (Lampert Institute) – Funding to enable faculty to invite colleagues to provide guest lectures (or co-teach courses) from abroad. $100-$1,000. Contact: Nicole Simpson (nsimpson@colgate.edu), Assoc. Dean of Faculty for International Initiatives.
Grants for Teaching-Related Travel
Travel grants for preparatory travel for an individual faculty member in advance of directing a study group or extended study. Deadline: November 4, 2016. Contact: Carol Drogus (cdrogus@colgate.edu). Apply online.

Kallgren travel grants for interdisciplinary groups of faculty; travel related to course development or scholarly development, or to explore a new study group or extended study site. Deadline: November 4, 2016. Contact: Nicole Simpson (nsimpson@colgate.edu) or Maura Tumulty (mtumulty@colgate.edu).

Colgate Funding for Campus Arts Events


Colgate Arts Council
Support for creative and performing arts projects and performances, primarily in the fields of music, theater, dance, creative writing, visual art, and film. The Arts Council seeks to support unusual and consequential projects which require funding above normal departmental and program budgets. See Arts Council Guidelines 2016-17 and Arts Council budget form. Chair: April Sweeney (sasweeney@colgate.edu).

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Events in fall 2016 $12,000 September 23, 2016
Events in spring 2017 $12,000 November 14, 2016
Events in fall 2016 $12,000 April 21, 2017
Discretionary grants $2,000  at least 6 weeks prior to proposed event

Endowed Chair Funds


Endowed Chair Fund Spending
Endowed chair holders are provided a fund that can be used for expenses in support of the teaching, research, and service of the chair holder or his/her department.