Research & Redirection Grants

Professional Enrichment Grants

The grant application will require the following:

All PEG proposals must be submitted using the electronic form provided by FDB. As indicated on the form, each proposal should include the following:

  • Short summary of project
  • Statement of objectives and how they will be achieved
  • Beginning and ending dates of project or grant period
  • Itemized budget, including total cost of project, even if this exceeds amount requested. The maximum award from FDB is $1,200.
  • A copy of the acceptance letter for the meeting or workshop, or other documentation of participation (may be sent later if not available at time of application
  • Please submit grants on Experience.

Grant Deadlines

The funds in this category are designated to encourage faculty members to deepen and broaden competence in their chosen fields and relate this competence more effectively in the classroom. The money available is to be spent primarily to improve the professional development of individuals as well as the teaching-learning process at Wittenberg. The Board will accept proposals for new methods for reaching students with special needs; attendance at institutes, seminars or workshops; and active participation in professional conferences (delivering papers, serving as chairperson, discussant, or officer in an international, national, regional, or state organization, etc). FDB EXCLUDES FROM THE PROFESSIONAL ENRICHMENT CATEGORIES MERE ATTENDANCE AT PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES.

The Board has established the following priorities for Professional Enrichment Grants.

  • Attendance at institutes, workshops, seminars
  • Participation in professional meetings as described above.

Individual faculty members may apply for support as often as they wish toward an annual maximum of $1,200. The FDB will review proposals and make recommendations of funding based on relevancy of the proposal and the itemized budget to the Provost. The Provost, in consultation with the Director of Faculty Development, will make the final determination for the disbursement of Professional Enrichment Grants funding.

Faculty Growth Projects

The grant application will require the following:

  • Summary of proposal
  • Statement of objectives
  • Projected beginning and ending dates
  • Procedures to be followed for completion of project
  • Itemized budget including total
  • Description of method for evaluating and reporting progress/success of the project.
  • Written evaluation from department chair
  • Written evaluation from Provost
  • Grants up to $3000 will be given to faculty members to significantly expand or update their educational training.
  • Grants are for well defined projects associated with an organized program.
  • The project may occur during leave of absence, sabbatical, etc.
  • Only tenured faculty members are eligible for funds.
  • Please submit grants on Experience.

Grant Deadlines

A grant for a Faculty Growth Project enables tenured faculty members to significantly expand or update their educational training. The grant would be for clearly identified projects associated with an organized program of study, completion of terminal degrees, post-doctoral studies, internships, fellowships, and self-directed programs of study and field work. The project may occur during a leave of absence, sabbatical leave, or summer. The project should be consistent with the goals of the individual's department and the University. Please note that not all Faculty Growth grants will be accepted for funding. They will be judged on professional merit to the University. Applications are due at the end of 5th week of the spring semester of the academic year prior to the projected beginning date of the project. The Board allocates funds for up to 1 grant to be awarded up to $3,000. Grant expenditures must occur in the fiscal year of the project (1 July - 30 June).

Grants For Redirection Of Faculty

The grant application will require the following:

  • Summary of redirection plan.
  • Statement of objectives for redirection plan.
  • Projected beginning and ending dates of plan.
  • Detailed description of plan including procedures to be followed for completion of plan.
  • Itemized budget including total cost of plan even if this exceeds amount requested. For plans exceeding one year, the budget must indicate annual needs.
  • Written recommendations of the department chairperson and/or appropriate dean.
  • Written recommendation of the Provost.
  • Funds are designed to aid in the transition of faculty to other departments or out of academe.
  • Priority will be given for redirection that is consistent with university or departmental needs
  • Any full time faculty members are eligible if moving to another department.
  • Tenured faculty members are eligible for funds if moving out of academe.
  • Please submit grants on Experience.

Grant Deadlines

The funds available in this category are designated to retrain faculty members moving to another department or out of academe (only tenured faculty members will be considered for moving out of academe). It is also intended to assist tenured faculty who would like to leave the academic profession altogether. In a broader sense, redirection is designed to meet the needs of departments of the University at large which result from changing departmental student enrollment, retirement, or the high percentage of tenured faculty. The Board will seriously consider all proposals for redirection, but it will give priority to those which meet both a departmental or University need, as well as an individual's personal interest. It is for that reason that the guidelines include a statement to the effect that proposal for redirection must include the recommendations of the department chairperson(s), and the appropriate chief academic officer.

Faculty Research Fund Grants


This grant application will require the following:

  • Beginning and ending dates
  • Abstract describing goals and anticipated outcomes
  • Background on the project
  • Objectives of the project
  • Description of final product
  • Specific methodology
  • Itemized budget including total
  • Proposed plan of work including tentative schedule
  • Any special issues of problems that the Board should consider.

Faculty may apply for:

Faculty Project Grants - up to $1500
These grants are available for establishing projects, purchasing equipment, paying publication fees and paying for performance/exhibition costs. The Board expects proposals to be for new projects or for new phases of larger projects, and it expects publication, public presentation, or exhibition/performance to result. Faculty may apply as often as necessary for their research needs, but the total funds awarded for Project Grants will not exceed $1500 per year.

Faculty Research Grants - up to $3000 (small number available in any given year)
These grants are available for larger projects. Faculty may hold such a grant only once every five years and should expect rigorous and competitive screening of these requests. Recipients of Faculty Research Grants are not eligible for Project Grants in the same twelve month period.

  • Please submit grants on Experience.

Grant Deadlines

The Faculty Research Fund supports and encourages faculty members to maintain active professional lives. The fund provides monies for research leading to publication or public presentation, creative endeavors (exhibitions, performances, etc.), and for purchase of necessary items for research. Awards shall be made with the approval of a majority of the Board, and board members shall not vote on their own funding requests. Each request must include a description of the proposed research project, together with an itemized statement of the intended use of the requested grant funds.

Eligibility And Use Of Funds

Grants may be made only to full-time faculty members (including both faculty in a shared position) at Wittenberg University and adjunct faculty members holding rank of Adjunct Assistant Professor or above. Adjunct Faculty shall be eligible for the same level of funding as full-time faculty. Dissertation research or other research designed to meet requirements toward a degree will not be considered eligible. The Board will give special consideration to faculty who have never received a faculty research fund grant. For faculty who have previously received grants, preference will be given to those who have filed reports in a timely fashion.

Requests for grants from the Board should be made in the amount of actual expenses, taking into account additional sources of funding for which the applicant is applying. All equipment and materials of continuing value to the University that are purchased with the grant funds shall become the property of Wittenberg University.

The grant period is for twelve months, starting from the date the grant is awarded; reports are due one month after the end of the grant period. Any funds not spent by the end of the grant period revert immediately to the Board. A faculty grantee may request (in writing no later than the report deadline) a continuation of funds not expended. Requests for extension should include a report on the project thus far, the reason an extension is being requested, and a plan for the completion of the project. The Board will review the request and make its recommendation to continue or discontinue support. Only one extension will be granted.

At the termination of the grant period, the faculty member shall submit a written report to the Board, which includes a financial statement covering the funds expended and an account of the results of the research to date. Those who are delinquent in reporting will receive lesser consideration for later funding requests. At least one copy of any publication or exhibition/performance programs resulting from projects supported by these grants shall also be filed with the Board for subsequent deposit in the Library.

Examples of appropriate funding requests include equipment costs; travel for research purposes; fees for manuscript preparation; journal publication per page fees; specialized, unique or currently unavailable software (if essential to research); or exhibition, recording and performance costs.

Fund requests WILL NOT be considered for subsidizing book publication through direct payments to publisher; dissertation publication or research; attendance or presentation at professional meetings; projects that focus on teaching preparation; journal subscriptions or offprint charges; or basic computer hardware equipment, monitors, and/or printers.

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