Internal Grants Program for Scholarship

College of Health Sciences and Professional Studies
Internal Grants Program for Scholarship

Revised: 8/23/2021

The Department Heads from the College of Health Sciences and Professional Studies (CHSPS) will continue the CHSPS scholarship grant program available to all faculty and department heads. The definition of “scholarship”, for the purposes of these grants, is most closely aligned with Boyer’s concept of scholarship. The program’s purpose is to complement and possibly supplement other sources of funding available to all (CHSPS) faculty and department heads. Grant proposals will be evaluated by a grants committee (GC) made up of CHSPS Department Heads. Individuals or groups may make applications, with the latter category coming from within or across departments in CHSPS. Although group members may be from outside (CHSPS), grant monies are only awarded to within-college individuals. At its discretion, the GC may return a grant to the applicant(s) for revision. 

Pending funding, grants to individuals and groups may be awarded for any amount up to $5,000 for the duration of the grant. There is a total of $40,000 available for this grant cycle. Funds may be allocated for needed materials, travel, conference fees or other associated expenses consistent with university reimbursement and purchase policies. However, funds may not be used to bring in outside speakers, support colloquia or costs associated with consulting. The GC will review each budget request to assure appropriate project costs. These funds are not designated for travel cost to conference unless presenting as part of larger research proposal.

These grants are for activities related to any of the four areas of scholarship as identified by Boyer: discovery, integration, application, and teaching.

Guidelines for Proposals
Proposals will be evaluated according to the project’s likelihood of yielding data or conclusions that will have a meaningful academic or curricular impact related to scholarship. The GC will review proposals and advise the CHSPS Dean, Dale Kapla, of results and recommended funding.

The following restrictions/requirements govern proposals:

  1. Preference will be given to projects that will lead to a publication or a professional presentation or that will achieve a clearly stated and well-defined goal for the professional development of the (CHSPS) faculty member. Preference will be given to projects that result in peer review.
  2. Preference will also be given to projects that explore the Scholarship of Teaching - the study of teaching models and practices to achieve optimal learning. This includes, but is not limited to learning theory through classroom research, the development and testing of instructional materials and overall program-level outcome assessment.
  3. Funds may be used to hire student employees, however the amount will be determined by hours requested. Established hourly student wage restrictions and hiring rules are established by the Controller’s Office.
  4. Expenses will be funded as incurred; compensation for student workers will be paid bi-weekly.
  5. Funds may only be used for travel expenses if it is a complement to the research project.
  6. The final report will be a copy of the document submitted for publication or other tangible project exhibit.
  7. All funds are to be used within the fiscal year awarded.

Application Format
Please provide the information listed below, in order, as an email attachment to no later than Thursday, October 14, 2021 by 8 a.m.

Cover Sheet - (one-page)

  • Department or program name
  • Names of faculty, or administrator making the proposal
  • Project title
  • Date project will begin
  • Target date for submission of final report
  • Total Funds requested

Project Description - Body of proposal are not to exceed two (2) pages of text. Body of proposal does not include cover sheet, budget sheet, DH support letter, or other supporting documentation. (12 pt. Ariel, double-spaced is required). Proposals that do not meet guidelines will not be considered.

Budget Sheet - Provide a brief description of how funds will be used (use of a simple single page budget table to supplement the description is encouraged) (Appendix A)

DH Support Letter - The letter of support from your department head shall address the concept of scholarship and shall indicate what departmental resources, financial or other, will be committed to the project. In the event of more than one grant request from within a department, the department head will provide the GC with a ranking of preference. (Appendix B)

Other Supporting Documentation - (Appendix C)


Submission Date:  Thursday, October 14, 2021 by 8 a.m.

Decision Date:  Friday, October 29, 2021

Final Report Due:  Monday, October 3, 2022 by 11:59 p.m.

Send the grant application and final report electronically to Rachel Perala,, by the due dates specified above.