ORSP Internal Funding Programs

Internal Funding Opportunities for Faculty and Staff

There are several programs designed to provide internal support for research, scholarship and creative endeavors by faculty and staff.

Internal Programs Overview 2014-2015

Click here for an overview of CMU's internal programs and funding levels in 2014-2015.

Faculty Research and Creative Endeavors (FRCE): The FRCE program is administered by a faculty committee appointed by the Academic Senate, with oversight and grant management provided by ORSP. FRCE provides support for:

  • Publication through Publication and Exhibition Cost Grants
  • Presentations at meetings, conferences or exhibitions through Premier Display Grants
  • Research Grants support research, scholarship, or creative endeavors. There are two types of awards with maximum funding of $3,500 and $8,000.

Early Career (EC) Grants: Support for professors who are within their first three years of their initial appointment at CMU (with preference to assistant professors). Regular, tenure-track and fixed term faculty with research commitments are eligible. NOTE: In 2014-2015, EC grants will be awarded for one year only, with a maximum award of $20,000 for single investigators. Applications due by 5 p.m. EST on January 16, 2015.

New Research Initiative (NRI) Grants: Available to all regular faculty, providing support for new initiatives, programs, and seed money. This grant provides up to two years of support to a maximum award of $10,000 for single investigators. Applications due by 5 p.m. EST on January 16, 2015.
Creative and Scholarly Support (CSS) Grants: Support for faculty engaged in scholarly or creative work where there is little if any opportunity to secure external funding and where the entire project (exhibition, performance, book, etc.) can be accomplished with internal funds. This grant provides up to two years of support to a maximum award of $15,000 for single investigators. Applications due by 5 p.m. EST on January 16, 2015.
Research Incentive Awards (RIA): An RIA provides re-assigned time (course release) for faculty who are successful in obtaining large external awards. See program guidelines for specific criteria.
College of Science and Technology (CST) and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) Research and Grant Policies: CST and ORSP combined efforts to develop research and grant policies to support faculty research. See program guidelines for specific criteria.
Vice President for Research Discretionary Fund: The Vice President for Research maintains a Discretionary Fund to support one-time requests for research-related activities that are not covered by the FRCE program or other ORSP competitions and programs. See program guidelines for additional details.

Proposal Match Guidelines:
These guidelines are intended to guide the preparation of grant and contract proposals that include matching funds. In order to promote CMU's efforts to secure increased external funding for research, education, outreach or creative projects, ORSP is committed to working with the academic colleges to provide match for proposals where this is explicitly required by the funding agency. See proposal match guidelines for additional details.
President's and Provost's Awards for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity:      The President's Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity recognizes senior, tenured faculty members for their contributions to research and academic inquiry. The Provost's Award recognizes the achievements of junior faculty members. The nomination process for awards begins in fall semester. Recipients are chosen by a selection committee. 

Archived Guidelines:

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs maintains an archive of guidelines and report forms for past internal grant award programs for faculty use and reference.   

Internal Programs Guidelines:


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