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Faculty Challenge Grants

Application Deadline: May 20, 2022 – extended to May 23, 2022

One goal of the Sharing Our Scholarship committee is to encourage and support the efforts of Spalding faculty to pursue research in their fields and across disciplinary boundaries. We are therefore pleased to announce the return of the Faculty Challenge Grant process, supported by the Office of Academic Affairs, for funds to be used between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023. Up to five grants are available, up to $750 each to support faculty research within their discipline, across disciplines, or in relation to teaching and learning.


Examples of grants that have been funded in the past, related to ongoing or time-limited research projects:

  • travel to see earthworks frequently discussed in classes and to do preliminary research for a future trip with students (Creative Arts)
  • paying for a web designer, a domain name, and storage for a website to attract and collect information, feeding into an on-going research project (Religious Studies)
  • editorial fees prior to publishing a book (Education)
  • recruitment incentives for research participants (Social Work)
  • travel to site-specific community events to conduct interviews (African American Studies)
  • obtaining software and training to develop specific online education modules (Education)



  • May 23, 2022: Application letter due
  • May 24 – June 1: Peer review of applications: A selection committee composed of both SOS members and other faculty will review the applications and make recommendations to the Provost. Applicants for Faculty Challenge Grants will not serve on the selection committee. If there are more applications than grants, preference will be given to early career faculty.
  • June 13, 2022: Faculty Challenge Grant recipients announced
  • At least by June 31, 2023: Grant funds spent and faculty reimbursed
  • September 1, 2023: Brief written reports due (about how the funds were used and how the project benefits the faculty member’s disciplinary/interdisciplinary scholarship and interactions with students)
  • Fall 2023: Recipients will give a short presentation to the Spalding community about their funded project.



  • Am I eligible to apply?
    Faculty members who are tenured, tenure-track, non-tenure track, or .75 FTE with a minimum of one year of employment at time of application are eligible to apply for a Challenge Grant. Faculty who received a grant in the Spring of 2022 are not eligible for this cycle.
  • Is it OK to apply for funding so I can buy a tablet or laptop for my research?
    If funds are used to purchase electronic equipment, it becomes the property of Spalding University.
  • Can I use the grant for purchases made before July 1, 2022?
    No, the grants are for faculty projects in progress or completed between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.
  • When and how would I receive the grant money? 
    The grant is issued as a reimbursement for goods, services, or travel purchased by the faculty member for up to $750. Funds must be used, and receipts submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA), by June 30, 2023. Reimbursement may take a few weeks.
  • Are there any reporting requirements?
    A brief, formal, written report of how an awardee benefited from the Challenge Grant is required and will be due on September 1, 2023. In addition, grant recipients are expected to give a short presentation to the Spalding community (e.g., at a President’s Tea) about their projects.
  • More questions? Contact Dori Miller Parmenter (, chair of the SOS committee, if you have specific concerns about your project or the application process.


Application Guidelines:

Please respond to the following questions in the form of a memo or letter (about 1.5 single-spaced pages should be fine):

  1. What is the research project you are working on?
  2. Why is the project requiring funding important to your field?
  3. What impact will the project have on your teaching or your interactions with students?
  4. What will the grant be used for?  Please provide a detailed breakdown of how you would use the funds, showing that you have researched the cost of goods, services, travel, etc.
  5. What specific project outcomes will be facilitated by this grant? Indicate if you have other sources of funding for this project, or if you have obtained other grants for this project in the past.


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