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Faculty Research and Grants

The Value of Faculty Research

Ongoing faculty research benefits students, the College of Charleston, and society, as well as the individual scholar. When they are engaged in research, our faculty model for our students the excitement of continuous learning. Today's students need to understand not only the methodology of the learning approach to problem solving, but also the personal fulfillment (and the joy) that comes with it. Students at the College work closely with our faculty, learning through their research the discovery process used to generate further understanding and knowledge. Have a faculty resource or grant opportunity you would like to share? Email Academic Affairs (Anastasia Gilpatrick, abemelia@cofc.edu).

Faculty Research and Development

The Faculty Research and Development Committee is a committee of the College faculty charged with the responsibility to support and encourage faculty research and development at the College. The committee supports a wide range of professional activities that will benefit the College and the professional development of the faculty member. However, the committee identifies as a priority the support of faculty in their initial years at the College. The committee recognizes that research and faculty development vary from discipline to discipline. Although this program is open to all faculty members, preference is given to faculty who are tenured or who hold tenure-track appointments. Individuals and groups are welcome to apply for projects including research, professional non-degree training, interdisciplinary learning, and work with professionals outside the College. Proposals leading to external funding and proposals with interdisciplinary dimensions are also encouraged.

Visit the Faculty Research and Development Committee webpage to access the current guidelines on funding and the required forms for Faculty Research Grants and Faculty Professional Support Grants. 

Liberal Arts and Sciences Small Grants Program

The Committee on Innovative Teaching and Learning in the Liberal Arts and Sciences is now accepting applications for small grants ($500-$1,500) to support innovative teaching and learning at the College of Charleston. Although proposals in support of innovative teaching and learning in any area of the liberal arts and sciences are eligible, proposals that promote areas of strategic emphasis such as diversity, internationalization, integrative learning, and high impact learning experiences are especially encouraged. Projects funded by this small grants program should have the potential for long-term impact on teaching and learning and not be limited to one course or one semester. The deadline for Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 funding is March 11. Please submit applications to Academic Affairs (210 Randolph Hall) or to francisc@cofc.edu. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Mari Crabtree at crabtreemn@cofc.edu.

Visit the Liberal Arts and Sciences Small Grants Program webpage to access the current guidelines and the application.

Harry and Reba Huge Foundation Faculty Development Grant

The Harry and Reba Huge Foundation has awarded a grant to the College of Charleston to encourage and support faculty members in developing teaching and research projects that are related to the country of Estonia.   The overall goal of this initiative is to establish an ongoing relationship with the country of Estonia and to encourage student involvement.

Visit the Harry and Reba Huge Foundation Faculty Development Grant webpage to access the current guidelines and application.

International Opportunities

The Center for International Education (CIE) at the College of Charleston is the coordinating office for all international activities, including related faculty research opportunities. Visit the Center for International Education webpage to access current information. 

The Graduate School at the College of Charleston is the coordinating office for the Fulbright Scholars Program. Visit the Fulbright Scholar Program webpage to access current information. 

Sabbatical Program

Sabbatical leave is paid time exempt from normal duties granted to faculty members for the accomplishment of professional development programs. The Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs is the coordinating office for all sabbatical activities. 

Visit the Sabbatical Program webpage for access to current information and guidelines. 

Office of Research and Grants Administration

The Office of Research and Grants Administration (ORGA) promotes external funding for research, academic projects and scholarly activities, and compliance with applicable regulations and College policies and procedures relating to research activities. ORGA is a central source of information on major government agencies, foundations, and corporations which impact research and scholarship.

  • Find research opportunities
  • Academic grant matching funds for external grants requiring a match
  • Monitoring for potential grant sources
  • Dissemination of grant announcements

Visit ORGA.cofc.edu for current information about research and grants administration at the College of Charleston. 

Support for New Faculty

Support for New Faculty from the Department, Dean, and Provost may include:
  • Start-up funds
  • Moving expense assistance
  • Special Programs

Departmental resource information should be obtained from your Department Chair about:

  • Departmental research budgets
  • Departmental travel budgets
  • Departmental start-up funding for new faculty

Information about Deans' discretionary budgets should be obtained from your Department Chair and School Dean for:

  • Indirect cost sharing accounts
  • Regular budgets

Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

The URCA program offers several competitive grants to support undergraduate research and creative activities, and to support travel to conferences to disseminate your work. As part of this program the work must be done under the direction of a College of Charleston faculty member, and it is expected that the results of the project will be disseminated in appropriate academic or professional forums. Each application requires at least two participants: an undergraduate student and a College of Charleston faculty member. The student applicant must be a full time, degree-seeking College of Charleston undergraduate student with a minimum cumulative GPA of least 2.5. A faculty member at the College of Charleston must serve as the Principal Investigator on the project.The types of grants available are:

Major Academic Year Support (MAYS) - provides funding to cover student research expenses for projects carried out during the academic year. Maximum award amount $5000.00. To review the application guidelines and download the application forms, visit theGrant Forms page.

Research Presentation Grants (RPG) - provides funding to support students who are traveling to present the results of student-faculty research. Maximum award amount $750.00 for international or national conferences, $200 for regional conferences, and $50 for in-state conferences. To review the application guidelines and download the application forms, visit the Grant Forms page.

Summer Research with Faculty (SURF) - provides funding to cover student research expenses for projects carried out during the summer. Maximum award amount $6500.00. To review the application guidelines and download the application forms, visit the Grant Forms page. To see successful grants in specific areas, please visit the links below:

Visit URCA.cofc.edu for more information.

Nationally Competitive Fellowships for Students

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