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Faculty Research Grants

We are pleased to announce the guidelines for Faculty Research Grants (FRGs) in accord with University Statutes. FRGs will support research and sponsored research projects by tenured and tenure-track faculty. Listed below are the specific guidelines for FRGs.

Applicants must apply online no later than January 15, 2022.

I. Grant

  1. Up to $5,000 as professional development funds for external grant proposal preparation or in support of research and non-sponsored research projects. The funds will be available from July 1, 2022 to April 1, 2023.
  2. Up to $7,000 in support of STEM research of which no less than $2,000 must be utilized to cover Fordham student research assistant hourly fees during the summer, i.e. between July 1, 2022 and August 31, 2022 only.
  3. The grants can support research assistants, consultant fees, non-conference research travel, computer equipment, supplies or books based upon reimbursement through the University.
  4. All applicants should select only one of the two options on their application forms, i.e. I.1 or I.2.
  5. Funds will become available on July 1, 2022.

II. Qualifications

  1. The applicant must be a tenured or tenure-track faculty member.
  2. Priority will be given to first-year new faculty applicants who are tenure-track assistant professors.
  3. Priority will be given to junior faculty working on their first research projects beyond the dissertation.
  4. Preference in the FRG 2022-2023 award cycle will be given to projects that are essential to responses, actions, and processes addressing justice and promoting a broader impact in the larger community.
  5. Preference will be given to applicants preparing external grant proposals.
  6. The applicant is eligible to receive a FRG award up to three times in five years.

III. Requirements

Applicants are required to submit the following information online by January 15, 2022:

  1. Application form (https://form.jotform.com/212084859236158);
  2. Two-page Curriculum Vitae;
  3. Funding Justification Narrative (please see the FRG Applicants Guidelines document);
  4. Budget proposal (please see the FRG Budget Proposal document);
  5. Request for Proposal (RFP) from funding agencies and/or names of potential publishers and journals, if applicable.

IV. Post Award Procedures

  1. Award funds must be expensed by April 1, 2023.
  2. Process for obtaining reimbursement of expenses:
    1. Out-of-pocket FRG expense reimbursement requests should be submitted in Concur for CRO’s approval. Please email a brief explanation of your FRG  expenses to research@fordham.edu indicating the amount of the Concur expense report when submitting your report for approval. CRO’s approval may be deferred until the email has been received.
    2. Requests for travel reimbursement must be submitted within 30 days of completing the relevant travel. Expenses may include the cost of transportation, lodging, per diem, and car rental (see University Travel Policy). Please email research@fordham.edu the amount and purpose of the expense report being submitted for approval if submitting a Concur expense report.
    3. If applicable, submit purchase orders or check requests accompanied by invoices to research@fordham.edu.
    4. If paying an individual (such as a research assistant or an independent contractor), you must submit appropriate paperwork in order to register them in the Fordham system before they start to work.
    5. If applicable, submit a hard copy memo including your name, FRG award year, and a brief explanation of your expenses making clear that it complies with your approved budget.
    6. Submit the appropriate Fordham Accounts Payable or HR paperwork completed with everything except the budget numbers and authorizing signature.
    7. For general information on how to access internal funding please review the Office of Research Internal Funding Management Guide. For additional award management information, please see “Sponsored Programs Guidance” on the Office of Sponsored Programs website.
  3. Each grantee must submit an FRG summary report of the scholarly activity by October 1, 2023 and is required to present a talk at a faculty research event.

V. Non-Allowable Expenses

  1. Funds cannot be used to compensate yourself or any other member of the Fordham Faculty or Staff.
  2. Funds cannot be used to reimburse travel expenses for attendance or presentation at conferences, but for academic journal editors, travel would be allowable if it is designed to recruit articles, meet with authors, and promote the journal at book exhibits at major conferences.
  3. Purchasing computers and computer peripherals must be justified in the Funding Justification Narrative as directly necessary to this specific project and substantially different from what Fordham has already provided or would be expected to provide to faculty generally. (If allowed, this will be a one-time purchase and will not be replaced by the University at any time in its life-cycle.)
  4. Equipment purchases of any kind must go through Procurement. Computer acquisitions (including leased computers, printers and other computer related hardware/software) must be approved by IT Acquisitions. (Please see the Fordham IT Supported Software for a list of supported and available software.)

VI. Grant Operation

  1. The University Research Council will organize a peer review committee to evaluate applications. Please refer to the Guidelines for FRG Review and review questions.
  2. There will be one uniform rankings list for all applications, i.e. I.1 and I.2 proposals.
  3. All FRGs are administered and managed by the Office of Research.
  4. The number of grants and the eligibility requirements may be adjusted periodically based on the availability of funding.