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Faculty Funding Sources

College Faculty Research and Teaching Awards

College Mentoring Supplement Awards (CEMENTs)

Offers up to $5,000 annual grants awarded to successful external grant recipients in order to facilitate undergraduate student mentoring, based on the idea that while competitive granting agencies do not always encourage undergraduate student-involvement in research, these students nonetheless may benefit by being able to work with successful researchers. Grants are awarded based on a 10% of funding line formula, up to $5,000 maximum so that every successful external grant recipient in the College can benefit from these funds. Proposals are granted pending verification of current funding by the College Controller. A courtesy call for proposals will be announced a few weeks prior to the deadline, typically due the 15th of the month.

Grants on the Edge (GOEs)

Offers between $5,000-15,000 annual grants awarded to conduct research recommended by review panels for competitive external grants that were highly ranked but fell below the funding cutoff line. The intent is to help put the grant “over the edge” and into the funding pool upon resubmission. One to two grants are awarded per granting period, depending on funding availability. A courtesy call for proposals will be announced a few weeks prior to the deadline, typically due the 15th of the month.

James Bobbitt Alzheimer’s Research

Offers up to $20,000 award for a faculty member conducting research in the area of Alzheimer’s disease. A courtesy call for proposals will be announced a few weeks prior to the deadline, typically due the 15th of the month.

James Bobbitt Heart Disease Research

Offers up to $20,000 award for a faculty member conducting research in the area of heart disease. A courtesy call for proposals will be announced a few weeks prior to the deadline, typically due the 15th of the month.

James Bobbitt Kidney Disease Research

Offers up to $20,000 award for a faculty member conducting research in the area of kidney disease or diabetes. A courtesy call for proposals will be announced a few weeks prior to the deadline, typically due the 15th of the month.

New Faculty Start-up Funds

Offers up to $20,000 annual grants awarded to new faculty members for each of the first three years at BYU. The renewal process involves preparation, submission, review, and if necessary, resubmission of at least one proposal to an external funding source, with a goal of encouraging new faculty to regularly seek external funding for their growing research program. This is based on the premise that their scholarship can have greater impact on students if there is sufficient funding to provide wages, supplies, travel, conference registration, data sets, computing needs, equipment, etc. Proposals should be submitted shortly after the start of employment with annual reports and renewal requests submitted approximately one and two years thereafter. However, funds for years 2 and 3 may be provided early when there is an urgent need to generate data in a timely manner, for example for a grant proposal resubmission. Turnaround time is usually within one week of submission to the college.

Roger and Victoria Sant Sustainability Research Award

Offers up to five $14,000 awards for faculty mentoring of students in research related to sustainable use of the world’s resources. Special consideration is given to proposals that involve marine research. The Sant Committee, chaired by Sam St Clair, oversees the awarding of these funds.

Teaching Development Grants (formerly TEGs)

Offers up to $10,000 individual or faculty group awards are available semi-annually to foster excellence in undergraduate teaching by improving the quality of teaching through funding pedagogy development opportunities or implementing pedagogy innovations. Awards allow two semesters and two terms to implement and report on the outcomes. A courtesy call for proposals will be announced a few weeks prior to the deadline, typically due the 15th of the month.

Technology Transfer Grants

Offers up to $20,000 semi-annual grants awarded to applicants holding at least provisional patent applications, based on the recognition that 1) the commercialization process includes several “gap” periods between discovery and fundraising, often requiring supplemental funds to generate clinical trial-data; and 2) the College stands to benefit financially from successful commercialization of faculty research. Grants are awarded based on the potential for progress toward a patent, dependent on the size of the royalty fund generated through existing commercialization contracts. A courtesy call for proposals will be announced a few weeks prior to the deadline, typically due the 15th of the month. Report due 12 months after the award is granted.

Turkey Vaccine Study

Offers up to $15,000 award for a faculty member conducting poultry research. A courtesy call for proposals will be announced a few weeks prior to the deadline, typically due the 15th of the month.

University-level Funding available for Faculty Research

Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Grants

Offers $1000-$15,000 funding to faculty and students engaged in research on the American West for a wide variety of disciplines. Search the university site to find the latest expectations including the application deadline.

David O. McKay Grant

Offers up to $25,000 (carries over up to one year) support for improving teaching across all disciplines consistent with the aims of a BYU Education. (See Aims of a BYU Education) Search the university site to find the latest expectations including the application deadline. The application form can be found on the university's grad studies page under "Scholarly & Creative Work Grants".

Eliza R. Snow Grant

Offers up to $25,000 (carries over up to one year) support in bringing LDS perspectives to the academic disciplines, or in expressing LDS perspectives in creative work. Search the university site to find the latest expectations including the application deadline. The application form can be found on the university's grad studies page under "Scholarly & Creative Work Grants".

Emmeline B. Wells Grant

Offers up to $25,000 (carries over up to one year) support for research and creative work with a focus on contexts and issues related to women’s lives. Search the university site to find the latest expectations including the application deadline. The application form can be found on the university's grad studies page under "Scholarly & Creative Work Grants".

BYU Gerontology Research Funding

Offers up to $10,000 for research funding related to the physical, psychological or social aspects of aging in the later years (main focus of research: age 50 or older). Research proposals from all disciplines will be considered. Search the university site to find the latest expectations including the application deadline.

High Impact Graduate Research Assistantship

Offers assistance up to $30,000 for three years to recruit high caliber graduate students with the potential of producing outstanding scholarly research. Search the university site to find the latest rolling proposal expectations and deadline.

Interdisciplinary Research (IDR) Origination Awards

Offers $60,000 for two years as seed funding to interdisciplinary teams of faculty from at least 3 different departments and 2 or more colleges for external funding. Search the university site to find the latest expectations including the deadlines for letters of intent, and full proposals.

John A. Widtsoe Grant

Offers up to $25,000 (carries over up to one year) support for innovative research or creative work that enhances the quality of life. Search the university site to find the latest expectations including the application deadline. The application form can be found on the university's grad studies page under "Scholarly & Creative Work Grants".

J. Reuben Clark, Jr. Grant

Offers up to $25,000 (carries over up to one year) support for work that increases the influence of the gospel principles in public life. Search the university site to find the latest expectations including the application deadline. The application form can be found on the university's grad studies page under "Scholarly & Creative Work Grants".

Women’s Research Initiative Grant

Offers up to $5,000 support for research and creative work focusing on women. Search the university site to find the latest expectations including the application deadline. The application form can be found on the university's grad studies page under "Women's Research Initiative Grant Application".