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Internal Grants

The programs listed on this page 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.

Cross-Disciplinary Grant Development Program


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.

New Faculty Start-up Support

Faculty members in the first year of a tenure-track position at Illinois State University, and who have received less than $10,000 in startup funding from their college and/or department, are eligible to apply for up to $3,500* in start-up funds. For 2016-17 only, faculty in the second year of a tenure-track appointment may also apply for support. The purpose of this program is to provide resources in support of faculty members' research, scholarship, and creative endeavors as they begin their career at ISU. Specific guidelines and application information are available at the University's Review website. *The support will be $3,500 in the 2016-17 academic year. This amount varies each year depending on the amount of indirect costs collected by the University. The amount will likely be adjusted downward in the 2017-18 academic year.

Proposal Development Travel Grant

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.

Publication/Exhibition/Open Access Grant

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 an ongoing basis (while funds remain). Specific guidelines and application information can be found on the Review website in the "Ongoing Programs" category.

Because funds are limited, this program will not be used to pay for publications appearing in journals that use predatory tactics. Please check to be sure your journal or publisher does not appear on Beall's List ( before submitting a request for payment.

University Research Grant (URG)

The University Research Grant (URG) program is an internal grant program funded by the University and administered by each individual college. Consult your college's website or contact your College Research Coordinator for program details.

Annual Calendar for Internal Grants



Grant Dev. Award (SUSPENDED)

Aug 1
Jan 1

Oct 15
Mar 15

Nov 15
Apr 15

Dec 1
May 1
External Proposal Due
Dec 31 (following yr)
Jun 30 (following yr)
New Faculty
Start-up Support
Jan 1 Aug 31
within ~3-4 weeks
of app.
After Jul 1 Report Due
Jul 30 (following yr)
Proposal Development
Travel Grant
while funds last
Continuous within
~1 month
after Travel
See program
Publication, Exhib., &
Open Access Grant
while funds last
Continuous within
~10 days
~10 days
See program
University Research
Grant (URG)
by College
by College
by College
Jul 1 of
following Year
Contact your CRC for
more details
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