Office of the Provost

Funding Opportunities

Provost Funding for Innovations in Teaching and Research

Provost Research Awards support early stage innovative scholarly inquiry and creative activities that have the potential for significant, sustained impact. Awards are administered through the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. Requests for proposals are announced each spring for the upcoming fiscal year, and recipients share their projects at the "Celebration of Scholarly Inquiry" event.

See provost research award recipients

Provost Teaching Innovation Grants promote excellence in teaching through the development of innovative instructional methods, new methods of assessing learning or the redesign or courses using technology. Grants are administered through the Center for Teaching and Learning. The request for proposals is announced each spring for the upcoming fiscal year and recipients share their work at the "Teaching Innovation Showcase."

See examples of past teaching innovation grant posters

Other Teaching and Research Funding for Faculty and Staff

Affordable and Open Educational Resources Grants

Affordable and Open Educational Resources Grants are for faculty who are interested in incorporating open educational resources into their courses. These grants will also allow faculty to engage with librarians, instructional designers and faculty fellows from the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Experiential Learning and Teaching Grants support the four teaching principles (Authenticity, Relevancy, Connection to Future Opportunities, Active Learning) and the three student goals (Agency, Belonging and Competency) of experiential learning and teaching at Brandeis.

Information Literacy Grants

Information Literacy Grants support faculty who are interested in working with librarians in designing courses which increase student information literacy. Faculty and librarians work together to develop coursework in which students have the opportunity to think critically about how to find, evaluate and apply information sources.

The SPROUT Program (for bench research) and SPARK Program (for nonbench research) are seed funding opportunities designed to "step up" selected Brandeis technology and make it more attractive for licensing and commercial development.

Opportunities for Faculty in Arts and Sciences

Faculty Travel Awards support travel to professional conferences and meetings for tenured faculty and faculty on renewable contracts of at least half-time status.

The Theodore and Jane Norman Fund for Faculty Research and Creative Projects comprises the Theodore and Jane Norman Awards for Faculty Scholarship, the Theodore and Jane Norman Junior Faculty Research Leaves and the Theodore and Jane Norman Salary Replacement Award.

Senior Faculty Research Semester awards provide tenured faculty in the divisions of Creative Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences with a nonteaching semester and research funds to focus on a scholarly or creative focus.

The Tomberg Research Fund provides $4,000 in research and travel funds to all tenure-track assistant professors who do not have Brandeis laboratory startup/research funds.

Funding for Students

Provost Doctoral Research Awards cover certain dissertation-related expenses for doctoral students who have finished their coursework.

Brandeis undergraduates can apply for funding to support research and creative projects, find paid research assistant jobs, and connect with potential faculty mentors.

The Provost Undergraduate Research Fund supports a student's research or creative scholarship during the summer or academic semester. It also provides funding for undergraduates to present their work at professional conferences.