Faculty Research Grants


The Faculty Research Grant (FRG) aims to advance the intellectual and creative achievement of SMC faculty and promotes individuals toward tenure, promotion, and/or further scholarly engagement. We especially seek to support research that centers social justice and concern for historically marginalized communities related to yet not limited to aspects of gender, race, sexuality, and class. The FRG is supported by existing endowment funds identified for promoting academic excellence.

Getting Started

1. Tenure-track faculty on the R&T roster from all disciplines. 

2. Administrators at the rank of full professor are not eligible. 

3. Faculty members who are on sabbatical during the whole academic year of the award (i.e., the grant academic year). 

4.  Faculty members must be in compliance with college-wide diversity training requirements. Grant recipients who are not up to date will need to complete Guide training in spring 2024. 

5. Faculty members who have not received an FRG in the last three review cycles. Use the following information to determine when you can apply. 

Year X Year Y Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Apply for Grant Use grant Not eligible to apply Not eligible to apply Eligible to apply  Use grant

Eligible faculty members may apply for FRGs of up to $10,000. Faculty collaborating on a joint project may apply for one FRG not to exceed $10,000. 

These grants can cover expenses such as faculty summer salary, travel for research purposes, student research assistance, transcription services, miscellaneous supplies, workload units in the research category, and specialized equipment. (Equipment purchased with FRG funds remains the property of the College after the grant period). If the grant is used to cover workload units, it will be applied at a rate of 3WU of scholarship. 

Funds will be available for use during the following fiscal year only, starting July 1 and through the following June 30. The Provost may approve extensions to the grant period with supporting documentation/justification. 

Submit your proposal to eGrants portal using the Provost Grant Form by 11:59pm, Dec 1, 2023. Incomplete applications cannot be reviewed. 

A complete proposal will include the following:

1. Project DescriptionUse this template

2. CV emphasizing  your qualifications to pursue this specific project.  

3. IRB approval if needed and available. If needed but unavailable, the application must be submitted to IRB  before April 1, 2024. 

 Detailed guidelines are available here.

Review Process 
Upon the recommendations by a review committee composed of the Committee on Faculty Development and Scholarship (CFDS), the Office of the Provost will award up to nine FRGs. 

Evaluation Criteria 
Applications will be evaluated based on the explanation of the project with respect to the following areas:

1. The research question(s) and aim of the project; 

2. The methods or creative practice methodologies that will be used; 

3. The expected outcomes and/or significance of research;

4. How the project will contribute to the applicant’s specific discipline; 

5. How the project supports the Lasallian mission, promotes social justice, or supports historically marginalized communities within the applicant’s discipline;

7. The applicant’s qualifications to pursue this project; 

8. Feasibility of work plan; and 

9. Demonstration of the need and budget narrative. 

Grant recipients will provide the Office of Faculty Development with a report of grant activity within sixty days of the conclusion of the grant period. (See Appendix C for the form and required fields on the report.) This document must be uploaded to eGrant portal.

Failure to submit the final report will result in a loss of eligibility for future faculty research grants.

Grant recipients may be invited to share the results of their efforts with the broader SMC community in the form of a public presentation and support future applicants through information and/or training sessions.