Faculty Research Grants

Consider COVID-19's impact on your scholarship.
As you plan your research or creative endeavors, you may want to develop a contingency plan for project continuity (e.g., in the event of travel restrictions), or adjust the scope of your work to account for potential disruptions due to public health emergencies.

UWL provides Faculty Research Grants on a competitive, peer-reviewed basis to eligible faculty and academic staff. The term "research" is meant to denote investigative activities--scholarly efforts to advance knowledge, increase skills, and improve understanding in any academic discipline. Proposals clearly designed to improve instruction on this campus will not be considered for funding by these grants. Scholarly projects taking place domestically or internationally are eligible for funding.

Annual deadline for proposals: Grant Proposal Reports from Digital Measures are due to grants@uwlax.edu on the fourth Wednesday in October by 4:00 pm.

COVID Disruption Research Restart Grant Guidelines

In addition to traditional Faculty Research Grants (FRG), there is a second grant program for which eligible faculty may apply for the October 2021 deadline – COVID Disruption Research Restart Grants. The applications will parallel the FRG timeline and submission requirements, with some additional information required (see below).

Eligibility expanding section
  • Only ranked faculty are eligible (i.e., tenure track faculty). Priority will be given to probationary faculty.
  • Probationary assistant professors who started UWL in fall 2021 are eligible for traditional FRGs but not for these funds.
  • Faculty may only receive a COVID Disruption Research Restart Grant or a COVID Course Buy-out Research Reassignment.
  • Faculty may only submit a traditional Faculty Research Grant or a COVID Disruption Research Restart Grant. The committee will only consider one application per applicant.
Criteria & Additional Requirements expanding section
  • Proposed projects can be research that is in progress. Consequently, proposals should focus more on completing/advancing projects than an FRG application.
  • Required:
    • Project title entered into Digital Measures must be prefixed with “RR: [project title]” to designate proposal as a Research Restart application.
    • Additional document: COVID Disruption Ranked Faculty Scholarship Check Sheet
      • Complete and upload this document in Digital Measures under “Additional Supporting Documents.”
    • Follow all FRG request for proposals (RFP) requirements for:
      • Narrative, budget, budget justification, and supplementary forms/documents
      • Presentation sign-up and guidance (will take place in Zoom)
      • Submission process and deadline
      • Final reporting
  • Project and funding timeline:
    • Project start dates may begin as early as March 1, 2022. Project end dates must be no sooner than August 31, 2022, and no later than June 30, 2023.
  • Review process and scoring of proposals will follow criteria detailed in the FRG RFP.

Proposal Information for FRGs and Research Restart Grants

  • Having trouble with the grant submission process? Please scroll to the bottom of the screen for an instructional video.
    • The uploading process is demonstrated first in the video.
    • See minute 6:23 in the video for a demonstration of generating a grant proposal report.


Information for Chairs

  • No signatures are required.
  • Letters of support are allowed only to document commitments of support that are required for the completion of the PI's project.
  • PIs should provide you with their proposal so that you may review it.
  • If you approve, communicate your approval (verbally, email, etc.) to the PI.
  • When they upload their proposals, PIs will initial to indicate you have approved.
  • When they submit their proposals, you will be copied on that email.
  • If you receive an email for a proposal that you have not seen and/or approved, you may contact ORSP at grants@uwlax.edu and request that the proposal be withdrawn from consideration.

How to Create Internal Grant Proposals in Digital Measures