Internal Funding Opportunities and Awards for Faculty

The Faculty Development Fund supports activities that contribute to the overall professional development of Simmons University faculty. Applications will be accepted from faculty who are making presentations, participating on panels, and so on. You should submit an application by the deadline, even if you have not yet received documentation of the acceptance of your paper, poster, or participation on a panel, etcetera. In such cases final awards will be made contingent upon providing the documentation to the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Faculty members may receive one award per year. For FY20 the maximum award amount is $700. Please be advised that Faculty Development funds are limited. The amount awarded may be less than the amount requested.

The Faculty Development Fund is administered through the Fund for Research Committee. Applications must be submitted so that the award activity commences after the decision process takes place. No awards are made after the activity has been completed.

Send applications and all correspondence to


Spring Application Deadline: Friday, January 17, 2020
Summer Application Deadline: Monday, June 8, 2020
Fall Application Deadline: Monday, September 14, 2020


All full-time faculty are eligible to apply.


Faculty Development Fund Guidelines

Application Form

Faculty Development Fund Application Form


The Fund for Research was established in 1966 with a generous alumnae gift. The Fund offers small grants to faculty members and senior staff to pursue scholarly research for professional development and/or institutional research contributing to the educational functioning of the University. "Research" is to be interpreted broadly — to embrace both analytical and creative efforts.

Grants will be made in amounts not exceeding $2,500. Proposals are accepted for projects of up to two (2) years in length.

Full-time faculty members and senior administrative staff are eligible to apply. Applicants are advised that Fund for Research grants are awarded through a competitive process.

Send applications and all correspondence to by 4:30 p.m. on the due date.


  • November 15, 2019*
  • March 15, 2020*

* If the proposal deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, applications will be due on the Monday following the deadline.

Download Fund for Research Applications and Guidelines

Application Deadline: Please check back.

The primary goal of the President’s Fund for Faculty Excellence is to stimulate innovative and interdisciplinary scholarship. Priority consideration in this next funding cycle will be given to jointly submitted applications that support new initiatives tied to the Redesign goals of enhancing collaboration within and across our new four college structure.

Application Materials and Guidelines: Please check back.

The FY18 guidelines and application form for the President's Fund for Faculty Excellence may be found below.

Significant changes include:

  1. The funding priority for the upcoming deadline will be given to jointly submitted applications that support new initiatives tied to the Redesign goals of enhancing collaboration within and across our new four college structure.
  2. Priority in allocating funds will be given to applications from faculty members who hold full-time appointments.


Once you have received a grant, you are restricted from reapplying to the fund until three (3) years from the end of the grant.

Reporting Requirements - Current Grants

Annual Progress Reports are required until completion of the project. Upon completion, a final project report, with documentation related to the project's 'final product', must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Recent Awards