University Senate Awards

The University Senate supports two Senate grant programs:

  • University Senate Fellowship Awards
  • University Senate Research Committee Small Grants

The University Senate Research Committee reviews the applications and makes funding decisions.

University Senate Fellowship Awards

The Senate Fellowship Award Program is open to IUP faculty members and administrators. Awards are made on an annual basis. This year, the committee will make awards of up to $3,500 per investigator or $7,000 for two or more investigators. Proposals are due March 4, 2022. The University Senate Research Committee will review the proposals and rankings from each College Research Committee at their April meeting. Awards will be announced shortly thereafter.

Grants are intended to do the following:

  • Provide seed support for projects that may develop into more extensive undertakings eligible for funding from an external source
  • Provide summer support for faculty members who want to conduct research or design creative teaching projects
  • Stimulate faculty in areas of publication, professional presentations, artistic endeavors, and external grant applications

Senate Fellowship Grant Guidelines

Proposals for the USRC Fellowship Grant Program can be submitted through IUP's InfoReady Review system. Guidelines for the 2022-23 USRC Senate Fellowship Grant are now available.

University Senate Research Committee Small Grants

The University Senate Research Committee Small Grants Program helps faculty members complete small projects that arise throughout the year. 

In an effort to offer flexible funds to support the research needs of as many faculty as possible, and given the large balance of available funds given COVID-related cancellations in past fiscal years, travel grants (for virtual OR in-person conference travel) will be awarded up to $2,000 and do NOT require matching funds this year. Faculty may receive multiple travel grants in AY 21-22 ( total travel funding will not exceed $2000). Research and scholarship grants will be funded up to $5,000 for individual projects and up to $10,000 for projects with two or more IUP faculty members. 

Please review the updated 2021-22 USRC Guidelines for details.

Proposals for the USRC Small Grants Program are submitted through IUP's InfoReady Review system. Please note that there are two separate competitions: one for travel applications and one for research/scholarship applications. Competitions are launched monthly after the previous month's competition has closed.

Applications are reviewed and grants are awarded eight times during the academic year.

Deadlines and meeting dates for the USRC competitions are available on the USRC Application Deadlines and Meeting Dates page.