New Infrastructure Enhancement and Growth Grant Competition Now Accepting Proposals

Posted on 10/9/2017 1:53:41 PM

The Center for Excellence in Scholarship of the School of Graduate Studies and Research is pleased to announce a new internal grant competition for all IUP full- or part-time tenured or tenure-track faculty. In support of this new Enhancement and Growth Grant Program, the SGSR has allocated $100,000 this fiscal year for projects requesting $10,000 (minimum) to $25,000 (maximum).

To apply, please visit the grant competition page in InfoReady Review.

Application Requirements

Proposed projects must

  1. demonstrate a plan for enhancing the existing research/scholarship infrastructure at IUP, and must also
  2. position the applicant for successful pursuit of a specifically identified external funding opportunity.

The infrastructure enhancement component of successful applications will focus on how the proposed project will add to and/or enhance the research/scholarship infrastructure and mission of IUP, such as through the development of a new lab/creative space or enhancement/updating of existing spaces, procurement of core equipment, or other improvements that will facilitate original faculty and student research, scholarship, and creative endeavors. Enhancements/additions that benefit multiple faculty or programs and/or support interdisciplinary work that will be sustained beyond the proposed project funding period are encouraged.

Successful applicants must also identify the role that the project will play in the pursuit of a specific grant/contract/source of external funding. This component should be seen as extending the research mission of the university by pursuing external support for furthering the research agenda of the researcher and possibly providing additional opportunities and enhancement for IUP’s broader research mission. Applicants must identify a specific funding source (e.g., grant or contract), and a proposal must be submitted for this funding by the end of the calendar year following the awarding of the internal grant (i.e., by the end of December 2018). There is not a monetary minimum for the external funding sought, but applicants are strongly encouraged to think bigger on this component.


  • Applications may be submitted by any full- or part-time tenured or tenure-track IUP faculty.
  • The minimum amount that can be requested is $10,000 and the maximum is $25,000; a total of $100,000 has been committed by the SGSR this FY.
  • Proposals must be submitted through InfoReady Review no later than 4:30 p.m. on November 13, 2017.
  • Proposals must include a description of the project, a timeline/period of work, narratives for each of the two required components, a budget narrative, and a detailed budget. The proposal also should include a discussion of how the proposed project interfaces with the IUP Strategic Plan, with references to specific goals and tactics.
  • The proposal may not exceed 15 single-spaced pages (excluding the detailed budget sheet).
  • Match is not required or expected, but is permissible.
  • Student wages are permissible.
  • Alternative workload/release or summer contract, if included, may not exceed the equivalent of three credit hours total, and a full justification must be provided.
  • Awards will be made no later than November 27, 2017.
  • Projects must begin no later than the first day of the spring 2018 semester.

Review and Selection

Proposals will be blind reviewed by a panel of three experienced/accomplished researchers and two representatives from the SGSR. Proposals will be scored on a 20-point scale, with eight points allocated for each of the two required areas described above (infrastructure enhancement and future pursuit of external funding), and four points to be allocated at the reviewer’s discretion for overall project strength, creativity, etc. A proposal must obtain an average score of at least 80 percent (16 points) across the reviewers for consideration for funding. From the pool of eligible (average 80 percent or above) applications, the top scoring proposals will be funded, up to a combined total of $100,000.


For technical questions about applying in InfoReady, please contact Bethany Jackson ( For all other questions, please contact Randy Martin ( or Hilliary Creely (