Office for Faculty Research & Resources

Professional Development Support to Improve Grant Competiveness

The Office for Faculty Research and Resources is pleased to announce a new Grant Improvement Scholarship (GIS) Fund for Willamette faculty. The GIS fund provides small grants (typical awards range from $250-$2500) to help faculty make their grant applications more competitive and fundable.

Individual faculty members have unique needs regarding the kinds of investments and professional development will help them become better positioned to apply for and receive external grants and fellowships. The GIS fund provides small grants (typical awards range from $250-$2500) to help faculty make their grant applications more competitive and fundable. It is expected that faculty who receive GIS funding will apply for an external research grant or fellowship within two years of their scholarship. In order to ensure that faculty are requesting the best possible form of funding for their individual needs, faculty are encouraged to discuss with the Director for Faculty Research and Resources activities for which they plan to seek support.

Eligibility, Guidelines and Evaluation Material

Below is a list of possible activities for which faculty can seek Grant Improvement Scholarship funding: (1) Travel support to meet with program officers or grant collaborators; (2) Funding to participate in a grant writing workshop, webinar, or online course; (3) Stipend to serve as a proposal reviewer for a major funder such as the NEH, ACLS, or NSF; (4) Funds to hire an expert to review and critique a proposal prior to submission; (5) Funding to engage an evaluation expert to help develop a proposal’s formative and summative evaluation plan and assessment tools; (6) Funding to attend writing workshop or retreat to prepare manuscripts for submission and thereby improve one’s publication record.

Application Materials

To apply for a Grant Improvement Scholarship: Submit an email to Kendra Mingo, kmingo@willamette.edu. In the email please include the following: (1) Three paragraphs that summarize (a) your research program; (b) the proposed grant improvement activity and associated costs, and; (c) how this scholarship will enhance your professional development and promote future grant activity. (2) The external grant or fellowship program for which you plan to develop an external proposal, its deadline, and award amount. (3) A one sentence statement of willingness to share what you learn with other faculty members. (4) A copy of your current curriculum vita.

Deadline: Ongoing. Send application materials to kmingo@willamette.edu

Contact Information: Kendra Mingo, OFFRR Director (503-370-6617)