Research at Brandeis

2022 Provost Research Grant application

Provost Research Grants are announced in December and provide funding to initiate innovative scholarly inquiry and creative activities with the potential for significant, sustained impact. Any Brandeis faculty member or Heller senior researcher involved in research, scholarship or creative activity in any field may apply for an award.

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 two or more faculty, multiple departments or schools, and proposals with convincing plans to develop and sustain a long-term activity. Priority will be given to projects likely to lead to subsequent applications for fellowships, grants or other funds external to the university.

All proposals should include a description of the proposed activity and its significance, resources needed to complete the work, timeframe, and plans for sustaining the activity. See the attached application forms for word limits and other details.


The maximum award will be $35,000, and the committee will make evaluations based on both the merit of the proposal and the appropriateness of the budget.

Funding will be provided for up to 12 months, starting July 1, 2022.

Salaries, if requested, must include fringe benefits. Please refer to the Office of Research Administration Pre-award site for details.

At the end of the grant period, unused funds will be returned to the Provost's office. Please do not count on a no-cost extension.

What can awards pay for?

  • Graduate or undergraduate student support
  • Expenses associated with data collection or entry
  • Equipment, research supplies and software *
  • Travel
  • Summer salary for faculty or staff

* As with all grants, equipment purchased becomes the property of the university.


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


To apply, please download the appropriate application form and follow the outline provided. Limit answers in each section to the length indicated. Please also attach a recent vita.

Sciences applications

Arts and Humanities applications

Completed proposals should be emailed to:

Evaluation Criteria

Research Award Evaluation Committee

Chair: Steven Karel, Vice Provost for Research

Linda Bui, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Programs, International Business School

Bulbul Chakraborty, Division Chair, Sciences

Jonathan Decter, Division Chair, Humanities

Charles McClendon, Division Chair, Creative Arts

Cindy Thomas, Associate Dean for Research, Heller School

Bernard Yack, Division Chair, Social Sciences

Provost Research Grant Inquiry Presentations