PASSHE Faculty Professional Development Committee’s Annual Grant Competition for 2016–17

Posted on 11/16/2016 11:38:48 AM

The PASSHE Faculty Professional Development Committee’s Annual Grants Competition is back for at least one more year. Due to the limited funds available at the state level for this competition year (approximately $60,000), aspects of the FPDC grants competitions have changed. 

There will be only one FPDC grants competition this school year, 2016–17. There will be no competition for the Innovative Teaching grants as there has been in past years. Rather, Category 4 will be back in the annual grants competition request for proposals. Given the overall reduced level of funding, as compared to prior years, there are significant changes in the requirements of this RFP. While these are explained in detail at the link below, they are summarized here:

  1. Consideration will be given to probationary faculty.
  2. Each university will have a three-proposal submission limit.
  3. Faculty will be able to request up to $5,000.
  4. No pro-rata award of funds in each category will occur.
  5. Category 4 is back in this RFP, and requirements are very similar to the Teaching Innovation Program of past years.
  6. New budget category of “Travel for Conference Presentations” exists.

Faculty interested in applying for an annual grant from the PASSHE Faculty Professional Development Council are invited to submit proposals for consideration no later than December 22, 2016. at 4:30 p.m. Guidelines and submission instructions are attached and on the Faculty Professional Development Committee website.

Faculty may apply for grants up to $5,000 to support their research, teaching, and professional development in six proposal categories: 

  • Joint Faculty-Student Research
  • Faculty Research
  • Joint Faculty-Student Public Service
  • Creative and Performing Arts
  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Individual Career Enhancement

Proposals must describe the potential professional development benefits to be realized by the faculty member(s) and the significance and impact of the project and its intended outcomes. The proposals will be reviewed by the IUP Faculty Professional Development Committee, who will in turn forward three proposals for statewide consideration in mid-February. More information about the Annual Grants Program (including previous grant awards) can be found at the PASSHE Faculty Professional Development Council website.

Questions regarding the development of proposals and budgets may be addressed to the IUP Research Institute (Contact Tracy Eisenhower, senior grant and contract specialist, at, or 357-1915). Questions about the on-campus review of proposals or the local Faculty Professional Development Committee can be addressed to Committee Chair Lynanne Black ( lblack@iup.eduor 357-2483).

The statewide Faculty Professional Development Council is also seeking faculty to serve as grant proposal reviewers. There are many benefits to serving as a proposal reviewer, including seeing first-hand the winning elements of a good grant proposal. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please send an e-mail to .