2018 Provost Research Grant Announcement

Dear Colleagues,

The Provost’s Office is pleased to request proposals to initiate innovative scholarly inquiry and creative activities that have the potential for significant, sustained impact. Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 5 and should be emailed as a single pdf document to provgrants@brandeis.edu. Use the format outlined here.

Who may apply

Any member of the Brandeis faculty or research staff whose appointment extends through June 2019 and who is involved in research, scholarship, or creative activity in any field may apply for an award. Emeriti faculty must spend down any existing discretionary funds before applying for these awards. According to the tenured faculty retirement policy, if you have exhausted research funds and additional funding is needed to support research activities, applications may be made to request funds. Staff scientists and postdoctoral fellows and associates may apply with the endorsement of their adviser or supervisor (see application form, below).

Purpose and Evaluation Criteria

Proposals should be for early stage activities rather than for projects that are well underway. We encourage collaborative proposals that involve multiple departments or schools and proposals with convincing plans to develop and sustain a long-term activity. Proposals should describe the proposed activity and its significance and impact, resources needed to complete the work, timeframe, and plans for sustaining the activity. Explain in your proposal why the project is needed and the measurable outcomes that will result. See the attached template for word limits and other details.


What can awards pay for?

Your responsibilities

Upon completion of the project, recipients will submit a report summarizing their accomplishments and indicating their plans to continue the activity (including plans to secure additional funding, if appropriate).  In addition, the report will summarize project expenditures.   

Each year Brandeis will organize a colloquium where awardees will present their accomplishments to date.  The Brandeis community will be invited to participate in open discussions and possible future collaborations.


To apply please write a brief proposal, following the outline below and limiting answers in each section to the length indicated. Please also attach a recent vita. Completed proposals should be emailed to: provgrants@brandeis.edu

Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 5 and should be emailed as a single pdf document to provgrants@brandeis.edu. Please use this format.

Research Award Evaluation Committee

Ed Hackett, Vice Provost for Research (chair)

Cindy Thomas, Associate Dean for Research, Heller School

Gannit Ankori, Division Chair, Creative Arts

John Burt, Division Chair, Humanities

John Wardle, Division Chair, Sciences

Sarah Lamb, Division Chair, Social Sciences

Kathryn Graddy, Senior Associate Dean, International Business School