The fall 2017 call for our internal small grant programs , Faculty Development Awards and University Small Research Grants, appears in this week’s Funding Connection.

Faculty members with the rank of assistant professor and above may request support from these programs for their scholarly activities and professional development. To be eligible, faculty members must have at least some percentage of their appointment devoted to research.

The FDA program is primarily known for providing support for travel to international meetings to present research. A relatively little-known option of the FDA program is for funding of travel to meet with program officers from potential external sponsors. The USRG program provides "seed" grants to support early research, scholarly activity, and other creative efforts.

Applications are due October 2 for travel/projects occurring before July 1, 2018. We will be conducting two FDA and USRG information sessions to share information and answer questions about the programs and the application and review process. The sessions will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, September 14 and  3:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 27. Both sessions will be held in Union 207 .

We use final reports on trips and project outcomes to learn how these programs have helped faculty make connections in their fields or obtain needed preliminary data resulting in later larger external awards. If you have previously obtained one of these awards and have stories to share about their impact, we would love to hear them!

— Beth Montelone, senior associate vice president for research