Office of the Provost

Faculty Resources for Research


Faculty Professional Development Support

Each tenured and tenure-track faculty member, academic staff member with faculty rank and three-year instructor is eligible to apply for faculty professional development support, except for those who hold Brown Chairs/Endowed Chairs. All other faculty and staff with faculty rank are eligible to apply for funding.  The categories of the Faculty Professional Development Support are Special Conference Participation up to twice per year, one special conference participation and fees for one professional membership, one international special conference participation, or invited travel-based projects in the Fine Arts. The first call will go out in March to cover activities from July 1 - December 31 and the second call will go out in September to cover activities from January 1 - June 30.  


Tenured and tenure-track faculty members, full time coaches, three year visitors, librarians and academic affairs staff with faculty rank may apply for competitive professional development funds for scholarly and academic projects. These funds may be used for any legitimate professional development expense including domestic and international research travel, books and supplies, subvention fees (subject to the Book Subvention Award Policy), journal publication costs, projects leading to permanent and/or public documentation of creative works in the Fine Arts, and other research related expenses. The deadline for the proposals is Friday, March 6, 2015.  Please submit proposals via email to Christine Vasquez ( and direct any questions to the Dean of the Faculty.

Faculty-Student Projects

This program funds a range of faculty-student projects not eligible for HHMI funding including but not limited to archival research, research in preparation for honors theses or other significant student projects, conference travel with students for faculty not participating on the conference program, and projects in the studio arts, music and theatre.  Projects may involve collaborative faculty-student research, faculty supervised undergraduate research, or intensive projects in the arts, music and theatre.  The goal is to accommodate different types of faculty-student projects aimed at improving student learning and strengthening faculty teaching and/or scholarship.  Tenured and tenure-track faculty members, full-time coaches, librarians and academic affairs staff with faculty rank may apply.  Part-time and visiting faculty may apply with departmental approval. The program pays faculty and student project expenses during the academic year.  For up to eight summer weeks, the program pays faculty and student stipends and student housing, project expenses, travel and other items related to the particular project.  The deadline for the proposals is Friday, March 6, 2015. Please submit proposals via email to Christine Vasquez ( and direct any questions to the Dean of the Faculty.

Sam Taylor Awards

The will of the late Sam Taylor set aside income from a portion of his estate to fund continuing education and development of faculty members at United Methodist-related colleges and universities in Texas.  Grants may be used for graduate study or post-graduate research. The 2014 submission deadline for the Call for Proposals for the Sam Taylor Funds is Monday, August 4, 2014.  Please submit proposals via e-mail to Christine Vasquez (  To view the past recipients click here.

Sabbatical Leaves

The Sabbatical Leave Program supports the long-term professional growth of the faculty by funding semester-long leave for innovative, substantial research projects consistent with the faculty member’s plans for long-term professional growth and development. Faculty are encouraged to discuss potential projects with the Provost and their Department Chair well in advance of application. Policies, eligibility, kinds of supported activities, financial considerations, procedures for application, deadlines and timelines are all available in the Faculty Handbook.  The deadline for submission of sabbatical proposals are due mid-October. A sabbatical cover sheet is required.   Note: Some deadlines fall as far as two years prior to your anticipated sabbatical leave.

Institutional Review Board

Southwestern’s Institutional Review Board for Human Research (IRB) was established to approve research projects involving the use of human participants. The Board exists both because Southwestern wants to ensure that research participants are treated with the utmost respect and safety and because federal law requires that all federally-funded research involving human participants receive Board approval.

Brown Working Papers in Arts and Sciences

The Brown Working Papers in Arts and Sciences is a series of professional papers (to date conference papers and drafts of articles or book chapters which are on their way to completion or under revision; many have now been or are about to be published) from SU faculty and students and staff. Professor Eric Selbin is the editor of the compilations. Initial funding was made available by the Brown Foundation through the Brown Distinguished Research Professor Program. 

Subscription Service Providing Research Ethics Education

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative

The CITI Program is a subscription service providing research ethics education to all members of the research community. To participate fully, learners must be affiliated with a CITI participating organization.  The CITI public access course in the Responsible Conduct of Research is available without charge to the research community.  This course is designed for learners who are:

  1. Not affiliated with an institution that participates in the CITI program.
  2. Affiliated with a CITI participating organization that has not yet established a specific RCR curriculum for their learners.

Discipline specific (Biomedical, Social & Behavioral Research, Physical Sciences, Humanities, Engineers, Administrators) courses are available.

The RCR topic areas include: Research Misconduct, Data Management, Conflict of Interest, Collaborative Science, Responsible Authorship, Mentoring, Peer Review, LabAnimals, Human Subjects.

Granting Agencies

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

National Institutes of Health Grants (NIH)

The National Institutes of Health Grants (NIH) site allows you to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The National Science Foundation funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering. It does this through grants, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations throughout the United States. The Foundation accounts for about one-fourth of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) grants program enhances science education for students at all levels, from the earliest grades through advanced training. Grants awarded by HHMI fit within two general categories: research grants for individuals and science education grants for institutions. Most HHMI grants are awarded through competitions that have specific objectives and eligibility criteria; thus, HHMI does not encourage and rarely funds unsolicited grant proposals.

Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)

The US Department of Education, through the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) operates a Comprehensive Program — their primary grant competition — and supports innovative educational improvement projects that respond to problems of national significance. The website is an excellent place to find out more and also to learn about past grants.

American Philosophical Society

The American Philosophical Society assists scholars in their research. The Society sponsors five major grants including the Franklin, Phillips, and Library Fellowship Programs for smaller grants ($1000 - $6000) and the Daland and the Sabbatical Fellowship programs for much larger grants ($30,000 - $50,000). The Franklin Grants are for all areas of knowledge/disciplines. The Daland Fellowships are for clinical medicine. The Phillips Fund is for work in Native American linguistics, ethnohistory, and the history of studies of Native Americans, in the continental United States and Canada. The Sabbatical Fellowship program is awarded in the social sciences and humanities. The Library Fellowship is awarded for scholars to conduct research in the society’s library.* Specific information about each grant, as well as deadline dates are available at this website.