This page provides College of Fine Arts faculty and staff with information and links to financial resources in support of creative/scholarly research, service, and teaching projects.
The College of Fine Arts University Research Grant (URG) program exists to:
Guidelines and applications are downloadable from the links listed below. Grants have already been awarded for the 2019-2020 academic year and the College Research Committee will begin reviewing applications for the 2020-2021 (FY21) academic year in the spring of 2020.
|December 13, 2019||Application opens on online portal (see below).|
|February 15, 2020||Faculty submit PFRG, SFRG and FDG proposals requesting any amount directly to new ONLINE portal. Specific guidelines and application information for both programs are available at the University's Review website (https://ilstu.infoready4.com/). This site serves as a central location for submitting your application(s) to the internal grant programs offered in the CFA. New users to the University Review website may login with their ULID.|
|April 6, 2020||Applicants are notified, in writing, whether his or her proposal will be funded.|
|July 1, 2020||Funding period begins.|
|June 30, 2021||Funding period ends.|
|October 1, 2022||
Accomplished POFs due to the chair of the College Research Committee.
The College Research Committee (CRC) is committed to providing advice and mentorship to CFA faculty interested in preparing an application for the PFRG, SFRG and/or FDG programs. The CRC invites potential applicants to use them as a resource in developing effective proposals. The College will not be holding professional development sessions this year. Members of the CRC are listed on the website.
For more information contact Sara Semonis, associate dean and chair of the College Research Committee.
For information on what can be funded with a URG, refer to checklist.
The College of Fine Arts URG program includes three categories designed to support diverse research and creative activity needs of faculty at different stages of their careers. Faculty members may apply concurrently for Faculty Research Grants (PFRG or SFRG) and Faculty Development Grants (FDG) if they meet the eligibility requirements for each program. After receiving a PFRG or SFRG twice within two consecutive years, faculty are ineligible to apply for this grant for one fiscal year following the second award.
The College Research Committee has developed rubrics to score each grant application. Those rubrics are provided to aid faculty prepare their applications.
The following programs are intended to support and recognize the research efforts of tenured and tenure-track faculty. When exploring these opportunities, keep in mind that the term "research" is broadly applied; it includes traditional research, creative expression, and all other forms of scholarly activities. See Criteria for the Evaluation of Scholarly and Creative Productivity for additional information.
Note that due to budget constraints, funding levels have been decreased and faculty salaries are no longer an eligible expenditure. The Cross-Disciplinary Grant Development Program is intended to provide the resources needed to develop competitive external grant proposals for research that crosses disciplinary boundaries. One to two awards of up to $10,000 are made during each of the fall and spring award cycles. Application information can be found on the Review website when proposal submission windows are open.
The Proposal Development Travel Grant is intended to enhance the competitiveness of grant proposals by providing travel support funds to faculty or staff wishing to meet with agency program officers or collaborators at other institutions. Travel to meetings, workshops, etc. is not eligible for support. Travel support is limited to $1,000 (as reimbursement of allowable costs), and only a limited number of grants are available each year. Applications are accepted continuously through the Review website.
Matching funds of up to $200 per faculty member is available to defray publication costs, exhibition fees, and open access fees. Applications are accepted throughout the year and awards are made on a quarterly basis (while funds remain). Specific guidelines and application information can be found on the Review website under "Ongoing Programs".
University Travel Awards Progam
To enhance competitive grant proposals, Research and Sponsored Programs will provide travel support funds to faculty or staff wishing to participate in grant-writing workshops, collaborate with experts, serve on review panels, or meet with agency program officers.
Illinois State University campus is now subscribed to GrantForward for external funding opportunity searches and researcher profiles and no longer uses Spin/Genius.
GrantForward is available at grantforward.com.
GrantForward is a funding search and grant recommendation service that can help to increase your awareness of grant opportunities with a daily updated database of more than 20,000 grants from about 10,000 sponsors. You can search for grants by keywords as well as by using advanced filters (such as deadlines, sponsors, and categories). GrantForward can also recommend grants to you based on your CV and past publications.
You can also find the link on the Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) website under the Funding tab.
You can access the service at grantforward.com from any campus computer without having a user account. To get full functionality, such as profiles and recommendations, as well as access from any Internet-connected location, please sign up for a user account, using your Illinois State email address (follow this tutorial).GrantForward provides a Researcher Welcome Guide for your reference. You can find support (tutorials, webinars, and notes) at the GrantForward Education page. If you have any questions about the service, contact RSP at ResearchOffice@IllinoisState.edu or GrantForward at firstname.lastname@example.org.