Faculty Grant & Professional Development Opportunities

Faculty Grant and Professional Development Opportunities

Internal Grant Opportunities 

The University of Dayton Research Council Seed Grants (RCSG) are competitive and merit-based awards. The purpose of these seed grants for New Tenure Track Faculty is to assist eligible faculty members in the initiation of research during the summer months. New Tenure Track Faculty may apply for grants under this category in only each of their first four years at the University of Dayton. Usually due end of October.

The Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) Grants are for faculty to infuse their undergraduate engineering courses with Entrepreneurially Minded Learning (EML) and other advanced learning pedagogies such as Active Collaborative Learning (ACL), Problem and Project based learning (PBL), etc. Faculty are empowered through development opportunities, peer interaction and funding commensurate with effort designing EML modules. See go.udayton.edu/KEEN for more information.

Graduate Student Summer Fellowship (GSSF) program. This competitive annual program provides a generous financial support to highly qualified graduate students who wish to devote
full-time effort to thesis/dissertation research or other creative/scholarly projects during the third
(summer) term of the academic year. Usually due early March.

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (S.U.R.E) program. Faculty have the opportunity to submit an application to get financial support to have University of Dayton undergraduate engineering students work on a research project in the faculty member’s lab. Additional funds are also available for project related materials and supplies and students are eligible for housing in the residence halls at a reduced rate. Usually due end of October.

The Federal Grant Seekers Fellowship Program provides junior tenure track faculty in the School of Engineering with the opportunity to identify and work on federal grant proposal(s) with a cohort of other faculty and to prepare to and then meet with program director(s) at a federal agency (ex – NSF, NIH, EPA, etc) in Washington, D.C. area in May.  Applications due end of October. Learn more about the Federal Grant Seekers Fellowship Program.

Internal Professional Development Opportunities

The Learning Teaching Center (LTC) offers faculty several opportunities for professional development such as E-Learning, Teaching and Studio Fellows programs. To read more about these programs click here. Submission dates vary for each program.

External Funding Opportunities for New and Young Faculty

(Excerpt from http://www.spo.berkeley.edu/fund/newfaculty.html)

  • Department of Energy
  • Early Career Research Program (due in September for required pre-application, November for application)
  • National Science Foundation
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) (due in July)
  • Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) (September)
  • Department of Defense
  • Young Investigator Program Office of Naval Research (early January)
  • Young Investigator Program Air Force Office of Scientific Research (July or August)
  • Young Faculty Award DARPA (January)
  • Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program (Learn more here:  http://awards.cies.org/  Contact Jennifer Speed, jspeed1@udayton.edu or 937-229-2669 for internal support.)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Early Career Faculty (April)

External Funding for Summer Research

USAF Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFFP). SFFP fellows conduct research in collaboration with Air Force researchers for a continuous summer period of eight to twelve weeks at the Technical Directorates of the Air Force Research Laboratory, the US Air Force Academy, or the Air Force Institute of Technology. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Usually due in late November.


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